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Old 01-01-2017, 10:51 PM
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I now have six budgies under my care: Kip and Coconut (bonded males, mine), Lemon and Lime (bonded females, foster), Benjamin (foster), and Lucy(foster). Lemon, Lime, and Lucy are all very good about returning to their cages. Coconut is getting much better. Kip hasn't been coming out (the others go and visit him, though). Benjamin is the issue. My big fear was that he and Lucy would try to pair up--and I am continuing to watch for that--but so far it hasn't been an issue. What has been an issue is getting him out of Kip and Coconut's without traumatizing everybody. Kip and Coconut don't mind him being in there at all and there doesn't seem to be any danger of Kip or Coconut changing who their best bud budgie is (they preen each other, never Benjamin, for example).

Does it seem like a bad idea to let him stay with them at times? He doesn't spend all of time with them by any means, but if he happens to be there when it's time to go back to their cages, it is difficult to get him out. Not impossible because there is a left door and a right door and I can scoot him out, but it ends up scaring all three of them and I don't like doing it. I can also solve it by not letting them out at the same time, but overall the out-of-cage time together is very nice for all of them.

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Old 01-01-2017, 11:33 PM
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It's fine to allow Benjamin to spend time in the same cage with Kip and Coconut. The only reason we recommend having even numbers is because one budgie may end up being excluded.

Since Benjamin doesn't mind being excluded from Kip and Coconut's bonding he should be welcome to stay with them whenever he wants to.
You can even house the three of them together if that would be easiest for you.

I have seven males all housed together.
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Thank you! I'll leave Benjamin with his own cage, at least for now, but won't worry if he ends up in with the other boys when it's time to go home. Their current cage is the minimum size for two, but I am moving them to something somewhat larger soon. I'll see what happens then.
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I used to worry about getting my pairs in their correct cages and like you didn't want to stop them spending out of cage time together.
It took me a while to stop worrying about how they housed themselves together and just let them sleep however they wanted if they were happy.
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Therm, I wouldn't have even considered the possibility of letting Benjamin stay with the other boys if it weren't for you.

Part of my concern is that he is a foster and I don't want him to get too glued to Kip and Coconut, but...I am learning that I have no idea what they will do next. I left Benjamin in with the other boys after their morning play time and I just let them all out again. Kip came out of his cage for the first time in eons!! He and Benjamin are playing in Benjamin's cage at the moment. Love it!
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