Sorry that this is absurdly long! It's an issue that I have been trying to think through and would love some input.
I now have eight budgies and two cockatiels in my house. The two cockatiels are mine, and I have requested not fostering cockatiels for a while, so they are out to the equation. Pretty much--they and the budgies do interact some, but not as much as when I only had one cockatiel.
I usually keep the budgies (and my cockatiels) in my very large bedroom, but for a variety of reasons, I don't think that is what I should do now. However, my upstairs bedroom is safe for not-particularly-tame birds to bop around in, the rest of my house, not so much.
The goal is, for the most part, to end up with bonded pairs of same gender budgies for adoption.
Barnes and Nobel are a pair of bonded males and are very ready to be tamed. I want to have them downstairs where it will be easy to work with them for 5-10 minutes frequently throughout the day as I pass by. They will clearly be the first pair that is adoptable. (And somebody will be very fortunate--they are two very
Lime and Lemon are a pair on bonded females who have gotten into the upstairs routine: they come out of their cage, know how to find their way home, are gradually getting more settled just from the routines of the day. They were initially completely frantic around any human activity.
Coconut is a male, came with Lemon and Lime, I separated him when they got here, and I have him upstairs. Since Lemon and Lime aren't interested in him, that's been fine.
Now I also have Pip (male) and Ms. Green and Mr. Yellow who all came together--and squabbled a lot when they were in the same cage. They moved Pip to a separate cage thinking that Mr. Yellow was Ms. Yellow.
Pip is happy upstairs at the moment taking it all in and chirping with the other birds. Since he's only been here two days, I haven't let him out, though I am teaching him about his treat cup
The hope was that he and Coconut would become buddies.
Now I have the issue, however, that I need to separate Mr. Yellow and Ms. Green. They are currently downstairs next to Barnes and Noble. (Who chirp pretty much all day and are good company.) One possibility is moving Mr. Yellow upstairs and eventually seeing who pairs up out of Pip, Coconut, and him. Ms. Green wouldn't have a cage mate, but she would have B&N for company. That would cause the least amount of disruption of how they are now. My concern is whether Coconut, Pip, and/or Mr. Green would potentially court Lemon or Lime and break up their bond (well, not Coconut--they've already decided that they are not interested in him).
There are many other possibilities, but I'm not going to try to list them all! I know I'm going to have follow-up questions in any case!