Hello everyone!! A couple of months ago I posted about finding an escaped budgie in the forest. He was on the brink of death and I did not truthfully expect him to stay alive for long...Well, he has!
Of course, this is WONDERFUL news and I am so pleased I was able to nurse him back to health. He is active and is eating and drinking well.
However... I was not expecting to have a pet budgie. I've tried to find his previous owner but he is fully flighted and so could have travelled for miles.
I have a very busy life as I work full time as well as go to college meaning I am only home 1 day a week - as well as evenings. I already have a pet parrotlet who takes up most of my spare time when I'm at home.
I did try to introduce the budgie to my parrotlet (after quarantine was up of course!!) to see if they would become friends, but after my parrotlet preened him for a few minutes she quickly started to nip and get aggressive, so I'm very hesitant to try that again any time soon.
He is a very timid and anxious budgie, not at all tame but does not bite, and I can tell by the whites around his eyes he is older, so bonding with him will be a struggle.
So I was wondering... what do I do now?
I thought about rehoming him but I have never given up a pet before and i'm worried that if i give him away, he may not be properly looked after since so many people are so ignorant about the needs of birds. Or he may be passed from home to home...
A possible option, although the most expensive and risky, would be getting another budgie so he could have some company?! He calls out to my parrotlet all day and I know he must be lonely
I would need to get a bigger cage if i were to house two budgies together, plus more toys etc so it would take me some time to save up, but he was very friendly with my parrotlet so I can assume he would bond with another bird.
I wouldn't mind taking care of another bird, I really just want to make sure this budgie has a good life!!
I'm saving up to get an appointment with my avian vet (they really aren't cheap here!) because although he looks healthy, he is moulting very heavily and I just want to make sure he's not plucking.
He is also, unfortunately, on an all seed diet... I offer fresh fruit + veg daily as I do with my parrotlet, but he won't even acknowledge them. He even ignores EMP. I have to assume that he's been on an all seed diet his whole life before coming to me, probably without human companionship so this is a huge change for him - though I will still persevere with the veggies.
This is a VERY tough decision for me but I really just want to do what is best for the bird. I'm willing to give time and love to this bird even if he never bonds with me, just as long as he is happy and healthy. I really, really do love birds and think they are such under appreciated pets, which is why I am so hesitant to throw in the towel and give him to another home!
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!!