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Old 10-23-2016, 06:12 PM
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Hey everyone! I've had my budgie Magnus for over 4 months now, and things have been steadily getting better! We aren't bonded, and I want more than anything to be, but I also want him to be happy. He's been regurgitating for toys, and mating on then too. I'm worried that he's really lonely! I would love to have another budgie, but if I got one I'd want a baby and I'd want it to bond with me as well. Should I get another? Or will this hurt my progress with Magnus?

Really I'm just looking for stories of what happened when you guys got a second budgie. (I would of course quarantine for the first month). Is it possible to have to budgies who are bonded with you? Or should I try to get even better with Magnus before introducing another?


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Do you have mirrored or shiny toys where Magnus can see his reflection on?
If so, then it would be best for you to replace these with other types of toys.
In order to minimize the regurgitation and the matings on a specific toy, it would also be advisable to remove that toy.
You can get a couple of wooden chew toys for him. Reducing the amount of protein on his diet and the daylight hours as well as enriching his environment with playful activities when having out of cage time will also be helpful to keep his hormones more under control.

Getting a friend now could make things worse and his passion could very well be redirected to the new bird and this could lead to more trouble.
It's important for you to focus on solidifying the bond you have with Magnus and to keep on working with him.

Good luck!
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A pair of birds together. there is a chance they will only bond with each other. Could be friendly to you though. At this point, get a closer relationship with your current bird to have stronger friendship before you get another bird for your new bird. A bird mate or companion is best for your bird. It would be one of his own species. For now, buils a stronger relationship with your bird.
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I agree with aluz. I think it is important you first establish a good bond with Magnus.

To help with the continual urge to "mate", ensure your budgie has access to lots of flight/climbing exercise.
Provide two or three swings to encourage him to keep moving and tire himself out.
Chew toys like Kabobs and other shredding toys are helpful and you should provide plenty of wood to chew--especially when he is in condition.

Reduce the number of hours of light he gets as well as the percent of protein and other foods used to bring birds into condition.

If the urges don’t dissipate, take the budgie to an Avian Vet for a check-up.
Sometimes the vet will suggest a special diet or hormone injection to balance the natural hormones.
A busy bird is a happy bird, especially if you are part of the fun.
Teenage Budgies need to have directed activity if you do not feel comfortable observing mating behavior with toys.
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Do you have mirrored or shiny toys where Magnus can see his reflection on?
If so, then it would be best for you to replace these with other types of toys.
In order to minimize the regurgitation and the matings on a specific toy, it would also be advisable to remove that toy.
You can get a couple of wooden chew toys for him. Reducing the amount of protein on his diet and the daylight hours as well as enriching his environment with playful activities when having out of cage time will also be helpful to keep his hormones more under control.

Getting a friend now could make things worse and his passion could very well be redirected to the new bird and this could lead to more trouble.
It's important for you to focus on solidifying the bond you have with Magnus and to keep on working with him.

Good luck!


Thank you! I've removed the reflective bells from his toys, so that should help things hopefully. The mating behavior he displayed only started today, and that might've been because I had to keep his cage door closed because the AC broke in my apartment and I had to keep the fan on for my own sake. (He has a heating pad and a towel to block out the fan from chilling him.) I'll definitely wait until getting a new budgie, maybe until next summer.


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