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Old 09-30-2016, 12:26 AM
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Hi Everyone!

It's been a pretty long time since I've been on this forum and a lot has changed!
Many of you may not remember me! I used to post on here so much but I got super busy and life gets in the way sometimes!

Last time I posted on here I had four budgies: Kirby, Charlie, Daisy & Ollie and a cockatiel named Bandit.

so last year every thing was going great, all the budgies were getting along wonderfully! Then at the end of the year just a few days after Christmas I went in to check on the budgies as I always do in the morning and I found Ollie had passed away in the night.
Ollie was my youngest budgie only 3 years old & he seemed very healthy, active and extremely happy. Sometimes my birds were prone to night frights and with the positioning of his body I felt like this was likely the answer to his sudden death- he had likely had a night fright, crashed into something and just broken his neck or done some serious damage.

I was so heart broken to lose him and especially sad for my other male budgie Charlie who was very very close to Ollie.

A little while passed and Charlie seemed sad and depressed without his best buddy. A friend of mine told me he knew someone who was selling some hand raised baby budgies so I went and had a looked a picked out a little male green and yellow boy who we named Kiwi.

Kiwi was accepted into our flock very easily. He actually reminds me of Ollie a lot, he loves to fly around and is a very active happy bird.
I think this cheered Charlie up a bit & the flock dynamics evened out once again.


fast forward to this year August 26th and once again heart break when we found Daisy had passed away in the night. Again Daisy did't show any signs of being sick, but she was a rescue bird, we were unsure of how old she was when we brought her home & she never learnt to fly due to injury before we got her. Daisy was only with us for 4 years but she could have been 8 or 9 years old. She may have simply passed away of old age or she may have had some other medical issue we didn't know about.

Anyway this again changed the dynamics of the flock.

It's been over a month now... we now have one female bird (kirby) living with the two boys (kiwi and charlie) and while there has been no fighting one thing I have noticed is that now Daisy is gone Kiwi is actively pursuing Kirby.. Before Daisy and Kirby the two girls were often sitting together and the two boys together. Maybe Kiwi has just come into breeding condition and is showing more interest in Kirby..
and I'm sure Kirby is enjoying this attention
But its left Charlie on his own quite a bit.

I've always had four budgies and I've always kind of believed that its best to have even numbers.

I'm unsure if I should buy another bird so charlie doesn't feel so alone.. and if I do decide to buy another bird should I be buying a female?
or should I buy a male since Charlie always seemed to bond with males more?

is having three boys and one girl okay? or am i best to stick with two girls and two boys?
I'm unsure at this stage what I want to do.. but was just thinking before I'd love some advice from people who love their budgies as much as I do and I thought wow I haven't been on talk budgies for ages!

so here I am coming to update you guys

I'm going to upload some pictures latter on in the pictures thread

Also if anyone is wondering about my cockatiel bandit she is doing really well. she isn't bothered much by the budgies as she loves human company more than anything else.

Hope this long post hasn't put anyone to sleep!

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Old 09-30-2016, 01:44 AM
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Hi Sarah I am truly sorry to hear of your budgies passing on to the Bridge.
In regard to having the uneven ratio we tend to advise an even number of birds is better, also the one female two male can , and most probably will become a problem. With three budgies one tends to be left out.
I have a flock of three and this happens with my boys, however Budget is more human orientated and hangs with us his human flock.
I would recommend getting another hen to balance your flock. Take care and glad to hear from you.
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Hello Sarah. I remember you a very nice person with a wonderful heart...

First I'd like to say I am so very sorry for your loss of Ollie and Daisy.. I remember seeing them on Skype and Indi sent them toys to play with. Sarah you are a good caring and loving mum Ollie and Daisy knew that you loved them so much.. Please accept my deepest Symphony..
Fly high up in the Sky Ollie and Daisy you are free..

Now Welcome to your newest member of your family Kiwi. You sound like you are adorable I'm sure Kirby loves his new friend.

How is bandit going?

I am really sorry you have been having a hard time. You no that Indi and I are here for you my friend.

We have missed hearing from you.. Hugs to you Sarah.
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Welcome back to the forums, Sarah!

I'm sorry to hear of Ollie and Daisy's unexpected departures, you have my deepest sympathies.

As for getting a 4th budgie, if after quarantine you plan on housing all 4 in the same cage, then it's best for you to get a girl.
Later on and depending on how they behave and interact with each other, you may need to house two budgies per cage, if there is no longer harmony within the flock or if there are overly passionate advances between the male/female pairs.

I will be waiting for the picture update and to meet your latest arrival, Kiwi!
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Hi Sarah! It's nice to meet you and to have you back around here

Your flock is beautiful, and I'm sorry to hear of Ollie and Daisy's passing

They were both gorgeous, sweet little birds and I know how much they loved you.

You've been given some great advice with regards to evening out the ratio of males to females, let us know if/when you decide to bring another little one into your life!

Be sure to have a look around the forums as things have changed a bit, and I hope to see you around soon!
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Hello Sarah. I remember you a very nice person with a wonderful heart...

First I'd like to say I am so very sorry for your loss of Ollie and Daisy.. I remember seeing them on Skype and Indi sent them toys to play with. Sarah you are a good caring and loving mum Ollie and Daisy knew that you loved them so much.. Please accept my deepest Symphony..
Fly high up in the Sky Ollie and Daisy you are free..

Now Welcome to your newest member of your family Kiwi. You sound like you are adorable I'm sure Kirby loves his new friend.

How is bandit going?

I am really sorry you have been having a hard time. You no that Indi and I are here for you my friend.

We have missed hearing from you.. Hugs to you Sarah.

Hi Lyn,

How are you and Indigo? I hope you are both well
I really appreciate your kind words.

Bandit is doing really well, she's very happy! gets to spend lots of time out of her cage and loves to sit on my shoulder while we watch TV!


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Welcome back to the forums, Sarah!

I'm sorry to hear of Ollie and Daisy's unexpected departures, you have my deepest sympathies.

As for getting a 4th budgie, if after quarantine you plan on housing all 4 in the same cage, then it's best for you to get a girl.
Later on and depending on how they behave and interact with each other, you may need to house two budgies per cage, if there is no longer harmony within the flock or if there are overly passionate advances between the male/female pairs.

I will be waiting for the picture update and to meet your latest arrival, Kiwi!
Hi, thank you for the warm welcome!
I have added some pictures in the budgie pictures now! I have talked to my partner and he has agreed we should get another female budgie so at some stage there will be a new addition to our flock when we find the right bird!
We already have a spare cage for quarantine as we've been through that before of course & if need be we will separate the birds if they have any trouble but hopefully all will go fine and they will all get along good.
They have quite a large cage so usually can get away from each other if they're annoying each other!

I will have to try to come online more and keep you guys updated!
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Hi. Sarah. Indigo is well he is now 4 years old..He is so funny. I have grown his wings fully..He flies all around the house nearly run into me a few times and had to duck.. I look forward to seeing new pictures of your new budgie Kiwi..
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Hi, Sarah -

It's nice to have you back.

I'm sorry to hear about your loss of both Ollie and Daisy
I know how hard that is.

I completely agree with aluz's advice to even your flock with an additional female and am glad you and your partner have decided to do so.

I'll be looking forward to seeing picture updates of all your budgies soon!

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