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Old 06-13-2016, 05:21 PM
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Question Is introducing a young, third male to two others a bad idea?

Hi all, i'm emma, and i would like some advice about how many birds to keep...

I became a first time bird owner in February, getting an adolescent boy on leap day this February and a second boy the day after from the same store (i know, not good of me to do it that way but i wasn't sure if i wanted a pair until i saw how lonely the first boy looked on his own). The two get along swimmingly with each other, but don't really care for my mom and i. I just got them to eat out of my hand yesterday after having them for almost four months!

I had hoped to have birds who would like getting handled, but i know now that since they were already pretty much adults when i got them and i didn't interact with them as much as i should have when i first brought them home that they would be less likely to bond with us.

When picking up supplies last week, i saw a little grey juvenile boy and i fell in love with him... I've been considering getting him and during his quarantine trying to handle him and make him friendly to us, and later introducing him into a cage with my other birds. I have seen people discouraging the introduction of a third bird to a pair, but is this the case for all males? The idea also being that the new boy will be more comfortable with humans and will be handled. Does this sound like a bad idea?

The happiness of my birds is the most important thing to me, so if a third boy would feel like the odd one out or the pair i have wouldn't be receptive of a newcomer, i'll stick with these two.

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Old 06-13-2016, 05:42 PM
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Hi Emma and welcome to the forums!

Generally speaking, when housing an odd number of budgies, the chances of one of the budgies to be left out are higher and this is especially the case when a given pair is already strongly bonded with each other.
When adding a new budgie to an existing pair or flock, the dynamics are bound to change and it's important to watch the behaviours and see if the introductions go well and the new budgie is well accepted into the flock or not.
You may find the info on this link useful: https://talkbudgies.com/articles-gene...en-flocks.html

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Old 06-13-2016, 07:18 PM
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Hi Emma and to Talk Budgies

I would not advise getting a third budgie. I've been in the position before of having three and one generally ends up being left out or even ganged up on by the other two.

If you are set on having the new little one, then I'd suggest you plan to cage it separately from the others after the quarantine period is completed.
You can try allowing them to have supervised out-of-cage time together.
If, in a few months time, you believe the new (third) budgie needs a friend, you can consider getting a fourth and housing #3 and #4 together.
Remember, anytime you bring a new flock member into the equation, there is a chance the birds will not get along and one or more may need to be housed separately on a permanent basis.

I would also advise you to look for a reputable and ethical breeder rather than buying from a big-box pet store.

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Hello Emma and to the forums!

You've gotten some great advice from Aluz and FaeryBee!

Your budgies sound adorable and we'd love to meet them when you get a chance!

Meanwhile, be sure to read through the links provided above--they're full of useful information to keep you posted on the very best budgie care and practices! If you have any questions after reading through everything, please do ask as we'd love to help.

Hope to see you around, and keep us updated on your decision!
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