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Old 12-30-2016, 11:57 AM
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So lately I've been toying with the idea of getting Mr. Boo a buddy. My son's a little older and we're out of the house a little more than we used to be. I'm still on the fence because Mr. Boo has always been oddly fond of his solitude. I am almost quite certain that even if we get a new buddy that he would probably prefer not to have them as a cage mate, but I feel confident that he would enjoy the playground company.

I understand the importance of quarantining a new bird...and intend to do so.

What I'm curious about is how will they handle the quarantine?

I'm pretty certain that Booboo is gonna go NUTS over knowing there is another bird in the house that he can hear; communicate with, but not find because even my son's fake parakeet makes him bonkers. How do I keep him sane for 45 whole days lol?

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If you do decide to get another budgie, put the new budgie in a room as far away from Mr. Boo as possible.

Play music in each of the respective rooms which should help to minimize the "noise" each can hear with regard to the other budgie.

However, if Mr. Boo is fond of his solitude then I'd definitely think carefully before deciding if getting another budgie is really for the best. As long as you are interacting with Mr. Boo regularly and consistently on a daily basis, he should continue to be just fine.

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I would also re-examine whether or not your Mr. Boo really is okay as a solitary pet. Rather than assuming he'd like company .

Many pet birds do just fine alone (especially if that is what they are used to and already thriving that way) and might actually resent a new addition, making for a more stressful environment.

More birds (even one more tiny budgie) means more mess and cleaning, another living being to look after, and potentially more vet bills. Just something to think about .

If you do choose to get another, of course you know to quarantine . FaeryBee has a good suggestion about music, which will help to drown out chirps . But I wouldn't anticipate the worry about Mr.Boo's reaction so much. People do this (quarantine) all the time, and existing flock members are 'fine' even if they hear another bird. Of course he will react to the new bird's noises . Good luck in whatever you decide.
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So lately I've been toying with the idea of getting Mr. Boo a buddy. My son's a little older and we're out of the house a little more than we used to be. I'm still on the fence because Mr. Boo has always been oddly fond of his solitude. I am almost quite certain that even if we get a new buddy that he would probably prefer not to have them as a cage mate, but I feel confident that he would enjoy the playground company.
May I ask how you know he enjoys solitude?
(I am trying to decide the same thing for my budgie)
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MinB, I don't know how to answer that exactly lol. He's very sweet and lovable when he wants to be, but over all is just pretty aloof and sorta indifferent to mostly everything that he's not scared of. He doesn't enjoy excitement and he just seems happy enough without bother. The presence of new toys freaks him out for days unless they have a bell. We live in an ok sized apartment, but small enough where even if I'm in the other room I can leave him open all day because I know he MIGHT go to his playground or his bath table,(YES! I know that he's SPOILED lol) but not mess with anything or get into trouble. He won't fly out of the living room unless I've wheeled his cage to them. He will only go as far as the back of the couch. I've figured out if I scootch the couch back a little, he will expand his circle to where I've moved it to, but no further. That is also the farthest point I can walk with him before he flies back to his cage. And as I write this I'm wondering if a budgie can be agoraphobic lol. There is at least one week out of just about every month where for like 4 days he just has no interest in playing with me not matter how much I try to engage him. I'll be shaking and throwing his balls all over and he'll get excited, but won't feel any need to participate and just when I start to worry he could be sick, the next day he's like a playing machine. It just seems to me that the rest of the time where I would worry that he could be lonely he seems perfectly happy entertaining himself or watching spongebob.

And I guess the only reason I was considering a buddy was because he talks so much and whistles spongebob and I saw that r2d2 bird and all the comments said he was probably lonely and it made me think maybe my guy could be lonely. I guess reading all I wrote and seeing your opinions made me realize that maybe he's not so much lonely, maybe a weird loner agoraphobic hermit parakeet lol...in which case he's in good company with me lol.
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From your description of Mr. Boo's personality and mode of interaction (being afraid of new toys, not liking excitement, etc.) I truly believe Mr. Boo will be much better off remaining a solitary budgie.
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My girl Mallorn acts much the same as your boy Mr. Boo, and she has been a very happy solo budgie for five years! I agree that your darling will continue to be just fine by himself
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And I guess the only reason I was considering a buddy was because he talks so much and whistles spongebob and I saw that r2d2 bird and all the comments said he was probably lonely and it made me think maybe my guy could be lonely. I guess reading all I wrote and seeing your opinions made me realize that maybe he's not so much lonely, maybe a weird loner agoraphobic hermit parakeet lol...in which case he's in good company with me lol.
Thank you for your reply. I looked up R2D2 budgie and found an article on the Telegraph that says he lives with 2 other budgies so that guy definitely can't be lonely!
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As it appears you've reached a good decision with regard to Mr. Boo's situation, I'm closing your thread at this time.

If you wish to have it re-opened for updates, please contact me via Private Message and I will take care of that for you.

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