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Old 09-15-2016, 12:51 PM
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We've had our little one about 4 months. She was quite young when we got her indicated by the black marks still on her beak and she is going through her first molt now. She's very playful and bonded to us. She doesn't fly to us, but we take her out of the cage several times a day to play for long stretches of time. We're very affectionate with her and she's responsive to that.

She is very active and playful. Wondering if getting another one would be a good idea or not. She doesn't NEED a playmate, because we are very active with her and I am home with her most days. But it might be fun? We definitely don't want to lose the bond we have with her as she is our only family pet. (two kids, 9 and 14) And we would hope a new one would bond with us as well. It would break our hearts if they, as a pair, didn't want to be with us anymore.

Also, it's been said, on here actually, that our Luna is a girl. Her cere is mostly whitish, but has very faint blue on the bottom. It's just not a bold color either way. I saw a sweet baby parakeet this morning that was very much girl that I would love if we were to add another. Would two girls be ok? How do you incorporate a second one after having the first a while?

Just general advice. And please confirm that our current baby is a girl?
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Hey, Luna is a lovely girl.

From your description of her, Luna does sound like a girl.

Adding another bird will change the dynamic.
The most important thing would be to quarantine your new bird and work on a bond independently during this time, and then keep establishing the bond once they are together.

It's really important to consider the full implications before making a decision. If she's happy and you're happy, then adding a new bird might be avoided at this time.
If her bond with you changed and it would upset you that much, it might not be worth the risk. There's also the slight chance that the friend you got for her wouldn't be a good fit and you'd have to house them on their own.

Two girls could get on fine, it's all about personality. The same is true of a male and female.

As for introducing them, after quarantine, it's best to take it nice and slowly and make sure they meet in a neutral location (out of the cage).

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Luna is indeed a very pretty little girl.

The dynamics of Luna's interactions with you will chance if you get another budgie.

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-gene...en-flocks.html

Be aware that whether you choose a male or female friend for her, you will need to ensure you follow quarantine procedures for 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.

Distinction between an Avian Vet and a Vet that "Will See Birds"

Please be sure to take a look at these threads:

https://talkbudgies.com/general-budgi...e-expense.html

Introducing Two Budgies

When you are ready to introduce your two budgies after the 45 day quarantine period, please be sure to introduce them in neutral territory. Sometimes having two or three supervised meetings prior to moving them into one cage is advisable. Before introducing a budgie into another budgie's cage, the cage should be completely rearranged (perches, toys, food and water dishes) in order to help prevent any potential territorial issues.

https://talkbudgies.com/new-budgie-ar...o-budgies.html

Best wishes!
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