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Old 12-10-2016, 12:33 AM
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Hi all!

I am currently a 2nd year college student that goes to school a bit far away from home (7 hour drive). I've had my budgie, Sebi, for about six years now. Originally I had bought him with a mate, but she unfortunately passed away a couple years back. Since then, he has had no other interaction with any other budgies besides the noises I played for him.

I had never gotten another budgie, just because I used to be home all the time and would be able to be with him while in middle school/high school. However, now that I'm in college, he's left under the care of my parents and sister, which aside from feeding him, giving him water, and taking care of his daily needs, don't really interact with him very much. They take off the top of his cage to let him come out and my mom takes him out every weekend to play with some toys.

He is overall, from what I can determine when I'm home, a happy bird who likes playing with toys. He sings all the time, is healthy, and is relatively tame and curious. I've just been worrying lately whether or not he is lonely, since the only actual, face-to-face interaction he gets is when I come home from college on breaks.

I am going to go home for winter break tomorrow for a month, and was wondering whether it would be wise to get another budgie companion for him? I figured it would be a decent amount of time to quarantine the new bird and allow them to get to know each other. The only problem is at the same time I wouldn't be home for that long and would leave very soon after getting a new bird- I'm worried I probably won't be able to socialize the new bird very well, and would feel bad to just get a new bird and have my family take care of it as well.

Should I get a new bird for my old budgie man? Any advice/input is appreciated! Thank you

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Old 12-10-2016, 06:57 AM
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Hi there,

If you and your family haven't noticed any negative changes or signs of boredom/depression on Sebi, if he has remained happy and playful (taking in account his older age and the fact that he may have naturally slowed down more), then you won't need to get him a new friend.

I have gone through quite a similar situation when I went to university.
At the time I also had a lone budgie and my parents were left in charge of him.
Most of the time I would be back home with him every other weekend, but during exams I would have to stay away for longer periods of time.
Everything went well during the 4 years I was away, my budgie was very well taken care of and adjusted well to the changes in the out of cage routine.
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Your budgie sounds like he gets nice interaction with your Mum and sounds like he's content and happy. Getting another bird after a while with Sebi being on his own might upset him. As you've already mentioned you wouldn't have a lot of time to bond with a new bird before having to leave and the bond you have with Sebi might be compromised.

If the two birds don't get along, then you may have to cage them individually and you have twice the work then.
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There is no need to get another budgie.
Sebi sounds like a well-adjusted and quite happy little fellow.
I'm sure he's getting plenty of interaction from your family during your absences so I wouldn't risk bringing another bird into the equation and disrupting the dynamics.

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Thank you all! I'll just give Sebi lots of company when I'm home then
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