Here's the background. I was planning to get my first budgie in September, but even then I wasn't sure if I should. Basically, I go back to my home country every year for two months during July and August. I was considering not getting a budgie at all because I wouldn't be able to find anyone to take care of my budgie for two entire months. I want to get a young budgie, that I can train. Today I found a local pet store that said they can take care of my budgie for a rate I can actually afford. They'd even let it out of its cage, if it's hand tamed. Now I'm super, super excited and want to get a budgie as soon as this week! But I'm wondering when I seriously should.
If I want to train a young budgie, is it a good idea to get it now? I would get it by the end of April, leave it with the pet store for about 2.5 months (June 24 - September 6), give it lots of love again from September to next July and etc. My main concern is whether this will negatively impact our bonding process. After 2017, I won't be going for as long again the following years (14-20 days, at most).
I don't really want to wait now because I'll have quite a lot of free time during May and June, so I can actually spend time with my budgie. From September to December, I'll be working full time. And I'll be somewhat free again starting January 2017.
I know this is a lot of information, and it may be confusing, but I really want to be sure I'm not doing anything wrong. Please let me know if something is unclear.
For a new budgie, it really is best to have a routine to settle into for a few solid months before anything changes so they're able to acclimate to their new surroundings.
Although you're really excited and I can imagine you just can't wait to bring your new little friend home, I would wait until you're back from your two months abroad. Even if you're able to board him, so much stress over the next few months that will come from moving in with you and then just as he's settling in, being away from his new home for two months, that just really isn't good for him.
Since you want the best and easiest transition for your little guy, I would really wait. Meanwhile, keep on researching and making sure everything's perfect for him!
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I agree with Star. I would not plan on getting your budgie until after you return from abroad.
Getting a budgie now and then leaving it for two months in July and August would definitely affect any taming and bonding progress you might make between now and then.
Even though you are going to have free time in May and June, that will not counter the time you will be away in July and August. Remember, that for a budgie, a day is a very long span of time.
I would spend the time during the upcoming months learning as much as you can about budgies and their care as well as possibly saving up the money to get the biggest cage possible. The bigger the better as long as you ensure the spacing between the bars is no more than 1/2".
Additionally, you can begin looking for a reputable and ethical breeder from whom you might be interested in getting your budgie when you return.
For the budgie's sake, as well as your own, waiting is the prudent course of action.
Welcome! As a new budgie owner myself I would strongly recommend you to take your new budgie home on September. I'll tell you my own experience. My boy Kiwi has been with us for a month now and he's just about starting to really settle in, starting to explore his toys and feeling more comfortable in his cage. We're still not bonded. Yes, he comes on our fingers and enjoys when I read to him. He listens to my voice and then sings along. Week ago I was very busy with college and work and didn't read to him for 2 days and I felt straight away we are few steps back as he became more cautious when we were around. So yes, bonding is a slow and long process and it would be too much stress for your bird to be separated from you when he had just settled in and starting to trust you.
I joined this forum on December 2015 and brought Kiwi home only on 30th March because I new I wouldn't have time for him while college is not almost over. In meantime I read a lot about budgie care, about cages, food, behaviour etc to be more prepared
So I would say wait altought I know how hard it is but then at the end you'll be so glad you did