Hi there! Alright, so the day after Christmas I got a late present in the form of a new Budgie. I've never owned one before, although birds aren't new to me as I've handled Conures before (just never owned). We are slowly beginning to get to know each other.
Here's where the problem lies. My father decided to be a nice guy and went out and got me a second Budgie today. I had briefly talked to him about maybe getting one another in the future as a companion for ours since me and my boyfriend both work 9-5 jobs. I didn't think he'd actually go and get me another... so soon. Too soon?
Right now, we have Ceres (our first Budgie) in her cage in our bedroom. We have Attis (the one my father got today) in a separate cage in our bedroom as well. I have Attis's cage covered with a towel so he can't see Ceres right now. Here's my dilemma... has the potential for both budgies to bond with us been lost? I do want to EVENTUALLY house them together granted they get along, but I don't want to do that right now.
Can I keep them in the same room, but in separate cages, and just work with each every day individually? Both are young, anywhere from 4-6 months old I'd say, but neither are tamed and are parent raised.
If the two budgies were purchased from different places, they should be quarantined in different rooms.
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.
It is also a good idea to always take a new budgie in to see an Avian Vet for a "well-birdie" check-up. This allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet and the vet can establish a baseline for your bird in case of any future illnesses or injuries.
Budgies are naturally going to bond more closely with a member of their own species given the opportunity to do so.
It is generally easier to tame and bond with budgies individually rather than together. If you house the birds in separate cages, you can work with each of them one on one.
There are lots of tips in the Taming and Bonding Section of the forum.
Please take the time to read through the Site Guidelines, all of the How To Guides, the FAQs, the Budgie Articles and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.
You'll find most of your basic questions about budgies and caring for them will have been answered after you've read through all of them.