My friend's girlfriend recently purchased two budgies and didn't realize she wouldn't have to the time for them during college. So now she needs to find them a home. Back around March I adopted my first budgie Mochi and he's been doing well, but I can tell he's lonely. I've been thinking about getting him a friend and now I guess this could be a chance to get him some, as I'd end up adopting one more so that he wouldn't be the odd bird out there. I'm home about half the time. Sometimes I'm home just for the morning and night, and sometimes I'm home all day. So I usually get to spend some time with him no matter what. My main worry here is that if I get another three, it's just going to be unbearably loud, as I have Mochi in my room. I could move them into the next room over which is basically the guest room and maybe that would help, but they wouldn't always be around me when I'm home.
So just about how much louder will three budgies make my flock and would it be better to move them to the other room? I do have cats but I've been extremely vigilant and careful as to keeping them separate so they aren't an issue. They don't show any signs of aggression or predatory instincts towards Mochi either.
But I'm getting off track here. How much louder would four budgies be than one? And would you recommend me taking them or should I just get Mochi a friend anyways and let someone else take the two?
Four budgies will be a lot louder than one lone budgie. I share my bedroom with eight budgies and there are times when they do lots of 'shouting' calls all day and other days when they noise is less, but they are vocal the majority of the time. It depends on how tolerant you are to the noise. I would say my room sounds like a pet shop a lot of the time.
If you get a new bird friend for Mochi, which sounds like a good idea as you've noticed he's lonely, then you have to be prepared for a change in any relationship you might have with him. If he steps up or comes to you, that might change when he has budgies to talk too.
If you decide to adopt the two budgies and get a new bird so that Mochi isn't the odd one out you most keep the pair in a different room to Mochi and the new bird in yet another room during quarantine.
With cats in the house, it could get hard to make sure you have to accidents.
You must also be prepared that while there's every chance Mochi will like a new bird friend, if they do not get on, and bicker, you will have to house them in their own cages to stop any fighting.
Whether you choose to get other birds or not I can't answer for you, I believe you must make the decision based on what is best for you and Mochi.
I think I might be more inclined to just get one same species friend for Mochi and not adopt the others. Two birds shouldn't be too loud for you and you still have the guest room if needed, but it's up to you in the end.
I agree with everything Therm has said. If you imagine one person living alone, they don't make much noise.....Add three more people and the noise multiplies more than 3 fold as they all try to talk across each other. Especially if they have been alone for some time.
This is not necessarily an issue if you love the sound of birds chattering/bickering/shouting/arguing.....
You may also have to consider neighbours and how they might react to the sudden increase in noise.
I sound like a killjoy but I am just playing devil's advocate....what if this and that etc...
This is a decision that must be made with the head not the heart.
Four budgies can be extremely loud and you have to be willing to deal with that on an on-going basis.
Additionally, if any of the birds don't get along, you will have to be ready, willing and able to keep them housed separately on a permanent basis.
This is applicable anytime you acquire a new budgie -- there are some that just simply don't get along and being prepared for that eventuality is important.
I would recommend just one budgie as a friend for Mochi rather than taking on too many and regretting it later.
If you do choose to get Mochi a friend, please remember the importance of quarantining the new bird.
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.
I agree with everyone else so I won't repeat what's been offered. I just wanted to say I'm glad you're giving the idea some thought beforehand and not jumping into anything you may regret later. Responsible pet ownership.
I also cannot add to the excellent advice you've been given, but urge you to do the best decision for you and Mochi. Although I know you'd love to take your friend's (girlfriend's) budgies, it really could be a more complicated situation--for example, what are their genders? Things like that need to be taken into account.
It's ultimately your choice based on what you have time for, but I will tell you that if Mochi were mine, I personally would get a little male friend for him (and probably name him Matcha )
Let us know what you decide!
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Thank you for the feedback, everyone! I didn't end up taking them home. It was more of a last resort thing for her, but she found someone else so I didn't need to! But thank you all for the great advice! I'm thinking I may need to take Mochi to a vet sometime just to get him a check up. I take very good care of him, clean his cage weekly, give him new seed and water every day if not every two days, and get him out of his cage.
Oh, one other worry here, not sure if any of you will see it, but Mochi refuses to land anywhere that isn't my computer monitor or his cage. So he won't land on my desk, window, bed, closet, or literally anything else in my room. Which kind of worries me. Any tips of what to do?