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Old 05-08-2016, 07:15 AM
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Hi there, I am brand new to both keeping budgies and forums so bear with me!
I have just agreed to re-home a budgie from my workplace (Gorgie City Farm) as she is not getting handled or as much stimulation as she needs there. I am able to commit a lot of my time to this situation. She is 5 years old and has been around other birds happily most of her life before but has not lived in the same cage as one.
I would like to get her a friend, but I would like a bit of advice? I don't want to do anything that will make her stressed or upset her in the long run so firstly I suppose, is it possible to get her a friend if she hasn't lived with another bird but has lived next to one happily?
Secondly, if I can get her a mate, any advice on how to introduce them would be good as I know each situation is different and should I get her a male or female friend?

Thank you so much, I just want to do this right, so she is happy and has all she needs in life.

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Hi there.

It's great you are rehoming this sweet budgie.
Are you aware of the importance of quarantining a new bird? If you get a new bird you need to house it in it's own cage in a different room for 45 days.
In this situation, I think I would buy her a friend and plan to house him or her in their own cage. As she has never had a cage mate, but is used to birds being around her, this would be the fairest way. Once the quarantine period is over, I would move the cages into the same room and take things as they come. It may be that you are prepared to let them have supervised out of cage time eventually.

It might be that they will end up able to live together, but if not, preparing for them to live independently will be the best thing for them both.
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Welcome to the forums and the ever exciting world of budgie ownership!
You have certainly come to the right place as you will find all you need to know on budgie care here.

It's great that you have decided to take in this budgie and will be giving her the love, care and attention she deserves. Given the fact this older female budgie has always been housed separately from her other birdie friends, she may very well not be receptive to having her space invaded by a same species friend.
This would be something totally new to her and there is the chance she will not react well to this.
Maybe she was even housed on a separate cage for a reason, not just for preventing any breeding mishaps, maybe her temperament doesn't allow her to have a cage mate.
The decision of getting your budgie a friend is up to you, but you should keep in mind that they may have to be on separate cages permanently.
Also when bringing in a new bird, quarantine procedures must be met in order to safeguard your budgie's health.

You can start by reading the links below for detailed information:
https://talkbudgies.com/new-budgie-ar...necessary.html

https://talkbudgies.com/new-budgie-ar...o-budgies.html

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

Since you are new to budgies, the info on the articles and sticky threads located at the top part of each section on the forums will be extremely useful to you. Be sure to pay extra attention to the Diet and Nutrition and the Taming and Bonding sections.

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Thanks so much for the advice, I have planned ahead for the quarantine period, and hopefully when that is over and they are in the same room they will take to each other, if I have any questions I know where to come!
I have some history on her, she was bought alone for a little boy who didn't want her, so as far as I am aware it doesn't have much to do with her temperament, but I was just hoping the fact she has been alone for so long won't be too much of an issue... suppose we shall see how it goes! Thanks again!
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Okay, some information that made me worry today? Rocky is joining me in 3 days and apparently when she came to the farm her cage was falling apart so they got her a new one and when she went in it, she got really ill and started pulling out all of her feathers from stress. I have bought a new cage for her because the one she is in really is too small, and I don't want her to do this again when I put her in the new cage, is there any process I can go through or a way of easing her in gently so this doesn't happen again?

Sorry for all the questions, as I said, I just wanna get this right for her.
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Is there anyway you can borrow the cage she is in when you first take her home? That way you wouldn't have to cause her extra stress with the move. She could take things at her own pace then.
If that's not an option I would just ensure wherever you locate her new cage is in the correct place so you don't have to move the cage again and disturb her. Keep three sides covered for a week and keep gentle music on whenever you can to keep her calm and not in silence.

I'm sure other members will have some good suggestions for you too.

out of curiosity, when she got ill, was she taken to see an avian vet?
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I'm very sorry to hear that... And I have to say I find this somewhat suspicious that the budgie would so out of the blue to start plucking the feathers due to a momentary stressful situation which led her to be on a different cage.
I have rescued lost stray budgies and other species of pet birds from dire conditions and none of them had that adverse reaction.

Given the condition this budgie is in, it would really be best to have her checked by an avian vet specialist and to have her tested if in fact her feather condition is so poor. If she truly plucks her feathers, then this issue has likely been going on for a good while.
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She is in great condition now, it was only the one time she plucked her feathers apparently and when she was checked out at the time the vet thought it was just stress from new surroundings. Took her to our regular avian vet with work a few days ago to get her a check-up before I bring her home and she seems healthy and bright. I do really appreciate the advice, just filling in some things I missed that may help? And yeah I am bringing her home in the cage she is in now, so a slow transition you think is best?
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Pardon me, I'm a bit confused. Is the budgie currently with you or did you only take her to these vet appointments?

Maybe she wasn't plucking after all and what she had was a stress-induced moult. It would be important to know if she was really intentionally plucking her own feathers or not, because if it's real plucking then this can turn into a serious behavioural problem.

The process of adjusting to a new home environment and new owners can be more stressful depending on the bird's personality.
There are a few ways to help the pet bird coping with this change.
By covering the cage on 3 sides (leaving front part uncovered) and having some soothing music on will help in making the budgie less nervous and more comfortable.

The detailed information on this link may be of use to you: https://talkbudgies.com/new-budgie-ar...rd-scared.html
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