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Hi all - I have taken in a mature male budgie who was abandoned in a property by its former owner. He spent about a week alone before being dumped in his cage on a pavement (and it is freezing out so I am relieved he does not appear to be sick). I offered to give him a home - new to budgies but researching loads. He is in full moult (stress induced ??) and has lots of pin feathers - have offered lots of fruit veg and egg - so far only likes his seeds/millet and apricot. He clearly needs a companion and I am having trouble finding a London based reputable breeder. No name has only been with me for 3 days but is really sweet. Doesn't bathe but likes being sprayed. ny guidance on rescues and finding him a friend (male only as I don't want to breed) would be gratefully received. Thanks heaps.

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Karma to you for rescuing the little fellow!

If you have not yet done so, it would be advisable to take him to an Avian Vet for a "well-birdie" checkup.
Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma.
This is important as "regular" vets will often overlook symptoms that are quickly obvious to an Avian Vet.
When you rely on anyone who has not had training in Avian diagnosis and care, you may be delaying effective treatment.
This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.
The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recovery than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.

Distinction between an Avian Vet and a Vet that "Will See Birds"

Having your new budgie examined by an Avian Vet allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet in case your bird needs care for an injury or illness in the future. Additionally, it is always helpful for the vet to have a baseline for your bird to refer to should it need future treatment.

If you do decide to get a companion for your new rescued budgie, please be sure to observe quarantine for the new budgie.

Quarantine means housing your new bird in a different cage in a different room as far away as possible from the room where your current bird(s) are housed for a period of 30-45 days.
Budgies mask symptoms when they are ill. Symptoms may not show up for over two weeks.
Often you will not even realize your bird is not well. Many budgie illnesses are airborne which is why you need to quarantine your new bird in a completely different room.

When you are ready to introduce your two budgies after the 45 day quarantine period, please be sure to introduce them in neutral territory. Sometimes having two or three supervised meetings prior to moving them into one cage is advisable. Before introducing a budgie into another budgie's cage, the cage should be completely rearranged (perches, toys, food and water dishes) in order to help prevent any potential territorial issues.

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Hi there and to the forums!

Well done for rescuing this darling budgie

Clearly he has found a good home You've come to the best place to learn even more about budgies, starting with the great links provided above by FaeryBee. If you have any questions after reading through everything, please be sure to ask as we'd love to help.

She has given you some wonderful advice and I agree with her 100%!

Keep us posted on how he's doing (what's his name?)

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The little chap I have rescued hasn't been named yet - I have a 5 year old nephew coming to stay for a few days on Boxing Day and I am going to ask him to come up with a name. No name has started to cheap at me loudly and likes playing with a mirror ball in his cage at the same time as I do. He has only been with me since Sunday but is happy to drink when I am nearby. I think we will be ok. I am concerned about whether to get a companion or not. It would be a more natural environment for him to have a "flock". I am aware of quarantine and how important it is - I am happy to invest the time. But who do I buy from? I did a google search and came across Gumtree ads - and when I emailed one asking about his birds for sale his reply was "Still have the birds. Should have some greens and mature." Frankly did not inspire me with confidence!!!! I have looked on registered breeder forums to see if there are any in London without much luck - any suggestions would be hugely appreciated!!
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Hi there and welcome to the forum.
I think the question about whether to get a companion or not will become clearer for you after the holidays and you're back in a usual routine. You can then see how content he appears with the time you have free to give him.
I got one of my little budgies via gumtree: He was an unwanted gift. I looked both there and on 'preloved'. Both sites tend to be dominated by small garden shed type breeders, but I found quite a lot of birds up for rehoming too.

Whatever you decide, I'm sure that 'no-name' is in a better place and much happier than he was before and I'm looking forward to hearing the names your nephew will come up with!
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I look forward to hearing what his name is soon!

Also, budgies don't necessarily need another budgie to be happy. Budgies are indeed flock-oriented animals, but this can be either a human flock or a bird flock. Of course, if you're not able to spend sufficient time with him and believe that a friend would help him to feel more at home, that would be a good option

However, my girl just turned four and she has been the only budgie in the house since she was a baby! My family and I are her flock, and she loves it.

It all depends on the individual budgie's personality.
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I am pleased to say we saw an avian vet today who confirmed he is a youngish male in good health. I think I probably will get him a companion but am going to wait for a few weeks for him to completely settle - a couple of days ago he stepped onto my hand for the first time (Yay!).Thanks for all the advice everyone - my new friend has been named by my nephew (aged 5) as "Jamie".
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Do be aware that not all budgies get along. I would say that the majority do, but it's not something you can count on. You could end up with them permanently housed separately.
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.... my new friend has been named by my nephew (aged 5) as "Jamie".
I'm glad you've found a name for your little guy, though I was secretly hoping that your nephew would name him something more like 'Smash Hulk'

Best of luck with the companion search!
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