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Hey I have read the sticky on introductions and I have introduced budgies in the past. However pet care is always changing and I do things now very differently to how I did them several years ago. So I wanted to get your opinion on my method for introductions. I quarantine my birds of course, and then keep the birds cages in the same room for a few days. However my birds will go crazy without out of cage time so I give them separate play time in the room, so they can exercise and this also gives them a chance to interact with the other bird through the cage bars. If things seem to be going well after a few days I let both birds out to play and eventually move them into one cage. I have had plenty of success with this it's just the sticky didn't mention play time for the birds while they are being housed in the same room. From my experience I don't see anything wrong with my method, the birds are unable to hurt each other badly while interacting through the bars. However there may have been something I have missed and so I would love a second opinion on this. I may just be second guessing myself but I'm very paranoid when it comes to pet care and always want the best for my animals.

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It's perfectly fine for you to allow your budgies to spend out of cage time together under your close supervision after they both show definite signs of being receptive towards each other and of wanting to have a closer interaction.

Ideally, it would be best to do so once the budgies (especially the newbie) are at the very least finger tamed in order to facilitate the process, making coming out and getting back into the cage overall less stressful. It's equally important for the latest arrival to have the time to acclimate to the room before being let out (this is done in order to avoid panic during a first flight that can result in a crash landing).

As for allowing a new budgie to go to the other budgie's cage, there can be issues with territory depending on the personality of the other budgie (if by chance the older budgie thinks that the newbie is invading their safe space).
There can be some bickerings through the cage's bars and even biting of toes if the newbie is perched or climbing the cage. And this is something to be avoided.
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Hi there,

It's perfectly fine for you to allow your budgies to spend out of cage time together under your close supervision after they both show definite signs of being receptive towards each other and of wanting to have a closer interaction.

Ideally, it would be best to do so once the budgies (especially the newbie) are at the very least finger tamed in order to facilitate the process, making coming out and getting back into the cage overall less stressful. It's equally important for the latest arrival to have the time to acclimate to the room before being let out (this is done in order to avoid panic during a first flight that can result in a crash landing).

As for allowing a new budgie to go to the other budgie's cage, there can be issues with territory depending on the personality of the other budgie (if by chance the older budgie thinks that the newbie is invading their safe space).
There can be some bickerings through the cage's bars and even biting of toes if the newbie is perched or climbing the cage. And this is something to be avoided.

Thank you very much, the interacting through bars is what I was concerned about. Both the birds are very tame. Im just concerned that they will both go crazy if I don't let them out to play and fly as they are both used to having at least an hour of play time each day. However it is recommended in the sticky to wait a few days before letting the birds interact together. Since both my birds are flighted it would be very difficult to take one out and move it to a different room since it would likely want to go interact with the other bird. Can I still provide my birds with an hour of play time separately while they are getting used to having their cages near eachother, and if so, how? Or will they be fine confined to their cages for a few days while I do the introductions?

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If you feel that your budgies aren't yet ready to meet out of the cage, you can take your newbie's cage back into the quarantine room (since he is still familiar with that room) and allow him to have out of cage time.
After the out of cage time activities are over, you can move the cage back to the room where your other budgie is.
There is no need for them both to be confined to their cages, especially if they are used to having a schedule for out of cage time.

Since they are both tamed, later on when you let them have out of cage time together it will be much easier to handle them both.
If you set up a play area for them and place a couple of toys and favourite treats nearby, they will likely chose that area to perch and socialize too.
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If you feel that your budgies aren't yet ready to meet out of the cage, you can take your newbie's cage back into the quarantine room (since he is still familiar with that room) and allow him to have out of cage time.
After the out of cage time activities are over, you can move the cage back to the room where your other budgie is.
There is no need for them both to be confined to their cages, especially if they are used to having a schedule for out of cage time.

Since they are both tamed, later on when you let them have out of cage time together it will be much easier to handle them both.
If you set up a play area for them and place a couple of toys and favourite treats nearby, they will likely chose that area to perch and socialize too.
Thanks very much for your response.
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