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Old 02-18-2017, 12:28 PM
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Lapis finishes his quarantine next week, what things should I look for before beginning introductions? I cant base any indictions of sickness on his behaviour because I dont know him that well.

His poop is good, he flys around his cage, his breathings good, he eats and drinks normally.

I try to get him used to me, but its hard to do since im always studying. I was hoping that I could use this week to work on getting my budgies tamer since its my reading week, but im not doing so hot in school right now so i have to keep studying. So he still isnt super comfortable with his surroundings. Im hoping once they can see eachother he'll open up a bit. he was singing with charlie yesterday so progress. me just being there doesnt freak him out, just me being in his cage. I leave an area in the cage that I wont go, so that if they dont want me there they can feel safe in that area and come over when they are ready.

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The typical signs of illness to watch out for are basically the same and this is regardless of how new the budgie is. Even without not yet having a good understanding of the new budgie's personality/behaviour, it's still possible to detect the signs or symptoms exhibited when something is not well with the bird, this is what quarantine is for, to observe, try to make a connection and take the first steps in bonding to later on begin training.
From your description, your new budgie seems to be perfectly fine.

Given how busy you currently are with your studies, you can continue to spend quality time near both of your budgies' cages, talking to them and occasionally offering them a little treat to eat through the cage's bars.
This will not be taking a whole lot of time away from your books and you can take advantage of some of your little breaks to tend to your budgies.
Try not to feel pressured in reaching a breakthrough in trust/taming with your budgies within your reading week.
Once you are less busy, you can devote more of your time in working on bonding with your budgies and keeping the training sessions in a consistent manner for better results in the long run.

For the introductions, keeping both cages close by and allowing your budgies the required time for them to get used to one another would be good.
You can keep this arrangement for the first couple of weeks and depending on how they respond to it (if they both seem eager to truly meet and have a closer interaction) you can then allow them to have supervised out of cage time together. I realize this may not be easy especially if none of your budgie are tamed or used to having a routine where they will have out of cage time in a safe bird proofed room.
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I spend some time everyday devotedly having one on one "talks" with both of them, but im always around them. I've done introductions before, since they werent tame then either, I did the best i could think of and opened the cages to eachother for hours each day (while supervised) they got along really well and charlie transferred to the new cage in two days. no squabbling at all. the introduction took over a week to do, but by the point the cages were side by side, merlin(the older bird) was doing backflips trying to see charlie. Charlie seems quite eager to meet lapis now, jumping on the side of the cage looking for him when he hears lapis.

I was really hoping I could tame them before i introduced them, since it would be much easier. guess theres nothing to be done about it now
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If you've already had the two birds together then quarantine has been broken from the time that started.

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.

If the two budgies have already met and are getting along well during their out-of-cage time, you can rearrange whichever cage they are going to be living in together and allow them to move into together whenever you are ready to do so.

Taming and bonding is going to take time and patience no matter whether you are working with one budgie or two.
It simply may take longer if you are working with the two of them at once.
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Sorry, I wasn't very clear, I meant that I've had to introduce budgies from quarantine in the past, 4 years ago when I was introducing Charlie to the late merlin. Charlie and lapis didn't see eachother until 5 weeks of quarantine was complete.
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