I haven't posted on here in a while but last year I was posting a lot about my first parakeet, Peety. Last night there was an interesting turn of events and while I was at work last night one of my roommates thought that Peety had escaped after he accidentally left the cage door and back door open, and couldn't find him. Instead of telling me, he decided to go to the store and try to find another bird identical to Peety, and hope that I didn't notice the difference...but when he got back Peety was back in his cage. He decided, then, to just put the new bird in the cage with him. The thing is, I think it's possible that the new bird is a female and I really don't want little baby parakeets, because I don't know how to take care of that. At the same time, I feel bad taking an animal back to a pet store when it didn't do anything wrong. Is there a way to prevent them from breeding even if they're in the same cage? I only have the one cage and can't afford a new one at the moment, since I wasn't planning on having a new bird anytime soon. I'll attach a picture for you guys to look at and tell me if you all think it's a female. She's the one with the dark head, Peety is white.
First off, I hope you have had words with your roommate about opening the cages when your not present.
I'm not sure how he thought you wouldn't notice this bird was different seeing as the mutation is completely different. Awkward, lol!
The picture posted isn't the best for determining the sex. Potentially it could be a female because I think I can see some white around the nare but a full frontal picture would be better fr anyone to determine the sex.
It's good that you are being sensible with regards to breeding. If you don't put a nestbox in the cage and if it is a female, make sure you move the cage around when she is in condition and limit her daylight hours, you shouldn't have a problem. I have 4 pairs of budgies living together and no issues with breeding.
It's a shame that you can not keep the new bird in a quarantine cage. This does go against best practices which we promote on this forum.
By putting the new bird in with Peety, you are risking his health if the new bird has an illness. As you can't afford a cage you clearly can not afford vet treatment either for the sick bird, so perhaps it would be best to return the budgie unless you can come up with a saving plan so you can offer medical care for your birds.
I think you definitely need to have a talk with the roommate with regard to your budgie(s).
Your roommate going out to buy another because he thought Peety had escaped due to his inattention is just wrong.
The bird your roommate purchased is definitely female.
What size cage are the two budgies in at this time?
The minimum size recommended for two birds is 30"x18"x18".
Questions to ask yourself include:
1. Does the cage meet the minimum size requirement?
2. Do I have an emergency fund set up to cover any necessary vet expenses that may arise?
3. If I have no funds or room for a second cage, what will I do if one bird begins bullying the other?
4. Do I have the time to devote to the care of two budgies rather than one?
5. As they are definitely male and female - everything necessary needs to be done to prevent breeding.
Given your current circumstance, I believe the best thing for the female budgie may be for your roommate to return her to the store.
I'm sorry for the disastrous situation your roommate left you in!
This certainly is an issue and I agree that the first step would be to consider Deborah's questions and see if you have the resources for another budgie.
I'm glad that Peety didn't escape after all, though your roommate definitely needs to have a good talking to. If you're gone often when they're still in the room, I might consider getting a lock for his cage so this doesn't happen again.
I hope that this all works out!
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Thank you to Deb for her wonderful Faery magic