Hi there, I'll try and give as much information as possible, because I want to get this right for my feathered babies.
So I have 2 budgies, 1 young male and 1 female.
I work on a city farm in Edinburgh and recently we were given 7 budgies to look after while the owner/social worker looked for new homes for them. 2 of them are in their own cages but are very friendly, one is female and one is male. They are all so beautiful but are in such small cages that they came in I have a giant cage and would love to offer them a happy new home.
Is it at all possible to add another budgie to my cage with my male and female? They are not breeding and have no nesting box but they get on quite well. If it is possible to take one of them, should I choose the male or the female to add to my pair or should I look into re-homing both? Adding to that, if this is a terrible idea and if I should leave my pair as they are please tell me because I love my wee babies and want them to be happy. Just hoped I could maybe give some other budgies a happy life and a bit more company.
Generally speaking, it's not a good idea to add 3rd budgie into the mix, by doing so chances are high one of them will be left out.
When housing budgies on the same cage, in order to minimize problems and keep the flock's harmony it's best to keep an even number of budgies.
In your particular case, I wouldn't recommend housing a third budgie with your current male/female pair and this is regardless of the gender of the new fellow.
You will run higher chances of fightings to be triggered between the new fellow and one of your other budgies. Two males can fight for the female's affection the same way that two females can fight for the male.
Yeah, I wanted to do all the research I could before even really considering it as an option. There are 2 that need re-homed that are alone, one male and one female. I was thinking of only taking one of them to reduce stress for the 2 I have now, but if that's a terrible idea but if I re-homed both the male and female would that work better, given the right quarantine time and careful introductions. The 2 needing re-homed lived together in cages side by side for their whole lives as far as I am aware, not sure why they were in separate cages but from what I know, they were removed from their home as their owner wasn't very kind to them... I have a ginormous cage for the 2 I already have with more than enough space? Again, tell me if this just won't work. I just can't bear to see them in such small cages in an environment not best suited to them.
If you are interested in helping the two budgies that are together, the best thing to do is allow them to stay together.
Whether or not they will get along with your current birds remains to be seen.
Here are some things you should consider prior to making a decision:
After the proper quarantine period, the cages should be placed side by side for several days. After that, you can try allowing the birds to have out-of-cage time in neutral territory to see how they get along.
How large is the "ginormous" cage you have for your two budgies currently?
Please provide the Length x Width x Height
If the two foster budgies prove not to be compatible with your current birds, are you able and willing to provide them a large cage and house them separately from your current birds?
Do you have the financial means necessary to ensure all four budgies would receive the necessary Avian Veterinary care should it become necessary?
The dimensions of the cage H1500 x w780 x d520 mm, it's a pretty big cage in a big room, but they're allowed out for a large part of the day before and after I go to work.
Yeah, I know things don't always work out and they may not get along, but I just want to take them away from being in cramped tiny cages where they're never allowed out to fly either.. Wouldn't have an issue keeping them in a second separate cage if it came to it, they're such lovely birds, with lovely personalities. Financially, it's not an issue, got that covered. As I have a dog with insurance, I keep money saved away for these kinds of things, just in case.
Relying on your expert opinions so if you think it's not the wisest idea, I won't because the last thing I want to do is make things worse for the new budgies, or upset my original 2. I will personally seek good homes for the new budgies if I can't take them but I'm so in love I thought it'd be worth a shot looking into it
Adopting the two budgies together would be ideal, especially if they are bonded and good friends.
It's great that you will able to welcome this pair into your home and I hope everything goes well with them.
Best of luck!
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