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Old 02-26-2017, 06:54 PM
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So I met with a guy who owns a rescue nearby and he just got 7 budgies from a pet/breeding situation that got out of hand. A family got a male and female budgie for their teenage daughter and didn't realize the budgies were breeding out of control and dying in the cage (the daughter was just throwing them away and not telling her parents ) I got to see them all today and they are all ADORABLE. He has what he thinks is the original mom and dad separated in their own cage. None of them seem to have been handled much. I got the dad out and he was pretty bitey but decently calm. I fell in love with one of the younger males who looks a lot like dad. His bites were very gentle and he had sweet eyes. I thought about looking into adopting him but my issue is I couldn't get a good feel if he was bonded to any of his sisters. I feel bad adopting one out of the bunch bc they came from such a stressful, traumatic place and they are untamed and I think isolating him from his flock and trying to hand tame him at the same time might be too much. SO I'm thinking about fostering all 5! That way I can get to know everyone's temperament and who is bonded to who and simultaneously get them to trust me without separating them all for now. I don't work so I would have a lot of time to work with them individually and help find them good homes. Am I crazy lol? The guy with the rescue seemed super pumped about my interest bc he focuses mainly on bigger, more high maintenance parrots and it seems like he's reaching his maximum capacity for how many birds he can care for. I just don't want to get in over my head but I really really want to do it. I've been researching every day and feel pretty confident I could care for them like they deserve. He said he would guess they'll be adopted out in a month or less but if not he'll take them to a bird show in April so it would be a short term commitment even if it was slightly overwhelming. Anyways, sorry for being long winded but I'm excited and trying to figure it out. Any advice/experience would be appreciated!

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Old 02-26-2017, 11:09 PM
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Hi. I foster for a rescue. Do you have any other birds already? If so, you need to worry about these birds carrying disease.

General considerations: Can the rescue provide proper cages, food, and other supplies for you? What's the situation with vet care? What's the procedure with prospective adopters? What is role in education and/or evaluation of the adopters?

In general, it can be more difficult to work with a large number of birds at once, though the idea of observing them and figuring out who gets along with whom is a great idea. We only adopt out same gender pairs* are therefore careful to prevent mixed gender bonding while they are in foster. I have budgies of both genders here, but it's something I watch carefully and I never house mixed genders together. (They do get out of cage time together, though there were two who I didn't let out at the same time).

If he thinks they'll be adopted within a month, you probably won't have time to do much more than get to know them better and perhaps choose one to go with the guy you already know you want. Does he encourage adoption in pairs? If so, you might want to house them that way once you figure out which pairs seem to make sense.

Let me know if you have any questions about anything. I find fostering very rewarding and a lot of fun. You do have to ask yourself if you'll actually be able to let them go.

[* or a single bird if somebody will be home enough. Or a single bird when they already have one of the same gender and they are looking for a buddy for it.]
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Leah has given you excellent advice.

I'd be very careful about deciding whether or not you are really able and willing to foster and recognize the quarantine issue will be crucial to prevent any illness for your current budgies.

Good luck and let us know what you decide.
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I agree with Faery and Ibeckman. Don't rush into it! Give it some careful thought and planning. Keep us posted!
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Thanks so much! I don't have any birds right now so quarantine won't be an issue. He has vetted them and quarantined them at his own house for 3 weeks and will continue to vet them if need be. The rescue is giving me a big cage to house all 5 of them in, which comes with perches and toys and food bowls. He's giving me food but I plan on buying some to pitch in/donate. I think he wants to evaluate potential adopters mainly. He owns a motel and does all his "meet and greets" at his motel so I would drop them off there and pick them back up and probably not stay to meet the potential adopter. Ibeckman, your comment on selling them in gender same pairs makes a lot of sense and I'll have to ask him about that. And since they are all mature I'll have to talk to the rescue guy about ensuring there's no "funny business" between the brother and sisters while I have them. Housing them separate may be a good idea depending on how all the relationships in the flock shake out. Thank you, this has given me good questions to ask and think about. I have fostered a momma cat and kittens and found homes for them twice in the past and it was some of the most rewarding work I've ever done so I think I would really like to do this. I'm just trying to think of anything and everything to consider since I would be going from 0 to 5 birds in my care.
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I am fairly new here and have made a couple of posts about potentially fostering and I decided to go for it! Here are my 5 new foster budgies! No names yet, and they are still very nervous because it's their first day, plus we have some work to do with taming in general as they have not been handled much. Getting them into this huge cage was very nerve wracking... also I know their perches are not great, and they have food dishes on the ground which is not ideal. I was given these things by the rescue and didn't have anything else on hand so I'm going to have to go out tomorrow and get some natural branch perches for them and some hanging food dishes. But anyways here they are! One brother and four sisters:











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I'm glad you were able to take in these fosters, they're lovely!
I'm wishing you the best of luck with them!
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They look like very sweet little budgies.

Good luck with taming and rehoming them.
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Oh, they are so cute!!

Do you think you might end up keeping one or more of them for yourself?
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Aww they're gorgeous I'm glad you were able to foster them - best of luck with the adoption - I mean rehoming ;P
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