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Old 04-23-2016, 09:17 AM
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First, i am sorry if any of my questions or problems are answered in other parts of the forum. It's only because i am new here.

About my adventure with budgies.

There was she, a small cute budgie that sang all day long and loved playing with me, and that .. only after 3 weeks since we first met! She enjoyed my laptop, hitting keyboard and icons on desktop, hiding under my hand while i was typing etc.

However, i noticed that she wasnt doing well because during the day she was alone, so 2 weeks later, for christmas, i "gifted" her a male budgie. She was extremely happy and jumped on him since first encounter. They bonded immediately. She also forgot instantly who i am . I was happy for them.

Unfortunately, she died on the medic table, after a stupid accident in the house.. maybe it was my mistake that i let them free 24/7 in the house, i dont know. My male budgie was sad, i could ve seen it in his eyes.. its incredible how much personality a small bird can have. So a few days later i brought home another male budgie.

Since then he seems happier, but, the questions are:

Was it the right decision to bring another male budgie?

Are there any other things to worry about? He seems aggressive towards the other male budgie, lifting his leg towards the other's chest and so on. They dont fight, or i havent seen this yet.

What are the clues that they could fight while im not home?

Any other advices.. please

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Old 04-23-2016, 10:05 AM
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Hi there and welcome to the forums!
You have certainly come to the right place as you will find all you need to know on budgie care here.

I'm very sorry to hear of the string of events that led to your budgie's passing.
When it comes to the overall safety of a small pet bird, it's not advisable to allow free reign of the house and to leave budgies unsupervised when they are having out of cage time.
For their safety and well being, it's important to set a scheduled routine for when they can have out of cage time (under supervision) and for when they must be on the cage which is their ultimate place of safety and comfort.
Unless your whole house is bird proofed to minimize hazardous situations and accidents, it's best to have one room of the house "budgie friendly" and this should be the room your budgies can have out of cage time.

It's also not recommended to introduce a new bird without first following quarantine procedures. This is done in order to prevent a potential illness carried by the new bird to be passed to your other budgie. https://talkbudgies.com/new-budgie-ar...necessary.html

Male budgies have the potential to develop great bonds and be the best of friends, and to give them the best chances of getting to know each other properly, the introductions should be done in a progressive way. You can check these two additional links for the detailed information:
https://talkbudgies.com/new-budgie-ar...o-budgies.html

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-gene...en-flocks.html

Be sure to check the information on the articles and sticky threads located at the top part of each section of the forums.
By doing so, you will be up to date and have a better idea on the best practices to ensure the safety, welfare and happiness of your budgies.
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I'm sorry for the loss of your female budgie.

Did you quarantine the new male and then introduce him to your current male in neutral territory?

Quarantine means housing your new bird in a different cage in a different room as far away as possible from the room where your current bird(s) are housed for a period of 30-45 days.
Budgies mask symptoms when they are ill. Symptoms may not show up for over two weeks.
Often you will not even realize your bird is not well. Many budgie illnesses are airborne which is why you need to quarantine your new bird in a completely different room.

It is also a good idea to always take a new budgie in to see an Avian Vet for a "well-birdie" check-up. This allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet and the vet can establish a baseline for your bird in case of any future illnesses or injuries.

Distinction between an Avian Vet and a Vet that "Will See Birds"

When you introduce two birds, it is best to put the cages side by side for a few days so they get used to seeing one another. Then, you can introduce them in neutral territory - meaning not in either of the two cages.

When you are finally ready for the two budgies to go into whichever cage they will be living in, it's best to completely rearrange everything in the cage to help prevent one from being territorial.

Not all budgies get along with one another. It is very important to have the largest cage possible and have separate food and water dishes for each bird. The very minimum size cage for two budgies would be 30" long by 18" wide by 18" high Volume = 9720 cubic inches.

If you notice one budgie "bullying" the other by not allowing it to eat or perch or being overly aggressive, then you will need to house them in separate cages. In fact, it might be best to separate them for awhile and allow them only supervised out-of-cage time together until you are certain how they are going to get along.

Please take the time to read through all of the How To Guides, the FAQs and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.

You'll find most of your basic questions about budgies and caring for them will have been answered after you've read through all of them.

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