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Old 01-06-2017, 09:58 PM
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Hi All!

I have had Nimbus for 6 months now and he's doing great! He is a good bird because he tells me so "I'm a good bird!" -Nimbus

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However, things are going to change around the house because I accepted a job full-time. The past 4 months, I have been able to spend my time mostly at home with Nimbus. I did not have him out of his cage too much during the day because I knew that I would not be able to stay home with him during the day indefinitely. He probably still got used to having me nearby his cage during the day even if he wasn't out.

Now that I (and my cohabiting girlfriend) will both be gone during the day for at least 10 hours, we are concerned that this will not be good for Nimbus. We are thinking of getting a radio to have on during the day so it will not be too silent for him. Should we seriously consider getting another budgie or will he be fine with music and his toys during the day? We do not want him to be lonely, but he is not used to having another budgie around. I was able to train and bond with Nimbus because I was out of work and had extra time, but I will not be able to give that same individualized attention to a new budgie.

What are your thoughts on this situation? I just want what's best for Nimbus.

Thanks!

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Hi!

Well you first have to remember that getting another budgie means more work and more mess. You may also have to get a larger cage, depending on the size of the one Nimbus is in now, as well as a quarantine cage. You'd also have to have another room ready to use for quarantine for the new bird. There is also no guarantee that the two would get along.

Now, after addressing all of that, I can share my personal experience I was in a similar situation where I was home a lot for Hermes. When I went back to school all day, I felt bad that Hermes would be alone so I got Izzy. The two get along great together! There is a risk that they will bond more closely together and that Nimbus may not be quite as tame or bonded to you. You can go through lengths to prevent this or at least lessen it. That isn't to say that Nimbus won't be tame when you get another bird, there's just a chance he'd prefer to spend more time with his new friend than you!

Good luck! Please let us know what you decide and if you do get another budgie, we'd love to meet him/her!
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I agree with all that Katie has written, plus, more birds also means more potential vet bills.

If they get along and share a cage, then at that point there isn't significantly more cleaning to do.

I added a second budgie about a month after the first. Both males and they're getting along great, occasional minor squabble but overall besotted with each other.

If both of you (I'm assuming there's just the two of you at home) are going to be out of the house for 10+ hours, 5 days a week (and it's not as though every hour at home is time free for Nimbus) then personally I'd either get a second bird or consider rehoming Nimbus. Saying that, I'm aware that I don't know Nimbus's personality and he might be one of those birds who are happy with their own company. Btw, I love the name of your little fluffy cloud.
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Katie has mentioned a lot of important points.
You will have to quarantine first, so you need another cage. Ideally, you would want one that a new bird could live in happily so that if they two birds don't get along, you don't have to worry about getting *another* new cage.
And there's the possibility that the personalities won't match although if you choose carefully from a breeder or small local pet store you should be able to pick a budgie that displays good behaviour and that will complement Nimbus.

Have you ever left Nimbus alone for a long period of time?
With a radio on and toys to stimulate him, if he doesn't seem lonely, a new bird isn't always needed, but only you can determine that.

If you were to get a new friend, I would get a boy. My budgies all live together and I have only one pair that are male and female that have bonded . There are two male budgie pairs that spend all day together and they absolutely adore one another. Plus you won't have to worry about the possibility of the hen going in to condition and egg laying!

Keep us updated with what you decide.
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I was also in similar situation and decided to get another budgie (and after that, the third one lol). I guess my budgie would have adapted to being alone all day but I didn't want that kind of life for him and I never had any regrets in having other budgies. They are REALLY happy now. My budgie doesn't have the need to interact with me as much as before but I don't mind, I love the fact that he's happy and I wouldn't change that for more of his devotion once I get home after 10+ hours.
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It's great that you have Nimbus' best interests at heart.

You've been given excellent advice.

You will need to quarantine the new budgie

URL="https://talkbudgies.com/articles-buying-rescuing-budgies/103881-quarantine-your-birds.html"]Why Quarantine?[/URL]

Your relationship with Nimbus is bound to change

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-gene...en-flocks.html

I agree with Therm that if you get a friend for Nimbus, it should be male. Two males will generally get along well when introduced properly after quarantine.

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.

https://talkbudgies.com/new-budgie-ar...o-budgies.html

Please also be away that if it happens the two budgies do not get along, you may need to house the 2nd budgie in its own cage on a permanent basis. Do you have the space and willingness to do so?

https://talkbudgies.com/other-pets/50...other-pet.html

Recognize that there additional Avian Vet expense may arise when you have more than one budgie if they both become ill.

https://talkbudgies.com/general-budgi...e-expense.html

I'm sure that once you take all the variables into consideration, you will come up with the best solution for Nimbus.

Best wishes!
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You've been given excellent advice

I hope you'll be able to do what's best for Nimbus! Keep us posted on what you decide
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Thank you all for all of this fantastic advice! For now, we're going to look for behavior changes that may indicate unhappiness. This first week seemed to go fine, but we're going to continue to monitor him. He does seem to like the radio because our house is usually quiet.

I will keep you all posted!
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I'm glad you are taking your time in making the decision and ensuring what you do will be what is best for Nimbus.

He's such a handsome fellow -- I'd really love to see some more pictures of him...
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