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Old 08-07-2016, 02:45 PM
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As some of you know Ace passed away a few days ago and Sky has been lonely and sad ever since.

We were thinking of getting a new baby bird (About 1-2 months old) for him to play with, but I read that we can't put it in the cage immediately and we should get another cage to put next to each other until Sky is used to him. Is that what we should do, or do you guys have any other tips?

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It's vital that if you decide to get a new bird, you put the new bird in quarantine first. This means that the new bird would go in it's own cage for 30-40 days to make sure any illness isn't passed on to Sky.
The cage is put as far as possible from the cage Sky is in, a completely different room in the house.
Then, after quarantine is over, you can bring the cages into the same room and slowly allow them to get used to one another from a distance.

Sky will be lonely at the moment so if you decide to get a new bird and that's what's best you could plan to get one within a week.
You must remember that the new bird might not get on with Sky, so you need to have an alternative solution if they can't live in the same cage.

For Sky's well being you can keep music on in the background so Sky doesn't feel stressed out by the silence. Spend some time with Sky as well.
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Old 08-07-2016, 03:07 PM
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Given the fact it's only been days since your Ace's passing, it would be good to give Sky some time to mourn and adjust to life without his friend.
You can help Sky out by spending extra time with him.
Give at least a few weeks to see how Sky behaves, if he seems sad/depressed then you can consider getting him a new friend.

Yes, it's true that when bringing home a new pet bird for overall health reasons it's best to quarantine the newbie in a different cage and room away from the current bird, in your case, from Sky.

The links previously given to you on quarantine and on how introduce a new budgie friend have very good information and the advice there should followed in order to guarantee the welfare and raise the chances of a successful friendship between the two to develop.
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I believe waiting a few weeks before deciding to get another budgie would be best.

Additionally, you need to recognize that 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.


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