Two years ago i bought two parakeets, Reese and Skye. Reese (male) suddenly died a few months ago. Skye (female) is nos lonely, she's very quiet, doesn't play with toys, she mostly sits there all day, she is also not tamed. I want to get A new budgie to keep her company, but there are some problems. I have no where to quarantine the new bird, i'm only 14, and there is no place in my house that is suitable for the bird. Also we don't have any avian vets here, so if something goes wrong and the new parakeet is sick and gets my bird sick, then they could both die! I really don't want my parakeet to be lonely, should I just take a risk and not quarantine the new bird?
The purpose of this forum is to promote the best practices for the health and well-being of budgies. Owning a bird means taking the responsibility to ensure it receives the necessary care in case of illness or injury.
If you truly don't have the means to get your bird(s) the necessary medical treatment necessary, then I would not recommend you get another budgie at this time.
Your parents need to be on-board and dedicated to ensuring the budgie(s) receive the necessary care.
How much time do you spend with your budgie daily?
Do you sit and talk, sing or read to her on a regular basis for 10-15 minutes three or four times a day?
Have you made any efforts to bond with her?
Does she chirp and/or engage with you when you talk to her and give her attention?
It is not recommended to get another budgie and put it with your current bird. Any new budgie needs to be quarantined.
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.
After quarantine, the two birds would then need to be introduced in neutral territory. Remember, there is no guarantee your current bird will get along with a new bird. You would need to be able to house the new bird separately on a permanent basis if that turned out to be the case.
I fully agree with the advice given and taking in account the circumstances, it would be good if you took the time to carefully think if you and your family are able to fully commit in terms of catering to Skye's needs when it comes to her overall health and happiness.
If you think you are unable to do this, there is always the option of rehoming Skye to more experienced owners who will provide for all that she needs.
RIP sweet Tito (Summer 2008 - January 17th 2013).
You are missed and never will be forgotten.