Soon I will order a new cage for Jimmy and Kimmy. I came across a great cage online that would take up the same amount of space as they current cage + the cupboards it's on. The model is called Paradiso 60 and it is from a brand called Montana. Here is the website: https://www.montanakooien.nl/montana...o-vanilla.html
I especially like that the bars are covered with a coating that makes them safe when it comes to (heavy) metals.
The cage's measurements are 60x60x124 in cm, I used a website to calculate the inches: 23.6 x 23.6 x 48.8.
I'm limited by the width sadly, but this will give them a huge lot of space nonetheless. Bringing me to my second thought:
Jimmy and Kimmy are doing fine together. However I notice that Jimmy is a very social bird, whereas Kimmy is more keeping to herself. They preen each other about once a day, but don't seem to interact that much besides that. It looks to me like Kimmy is chasing Jimmy away a lot, usually from toys. She is quite possessive and Jimmy can be quite naggy (either trying to get THAT toy or trying to get her attention) and it is always resolved with some bickering. The space will allow some extra toys and distance from each other, which will probably be an improvement. I read that it is common for a female and a male to behave this way, but I feel that their characters make this a bit worse and also more uncomfortable for them. I see that Jimmy needs a huge lot of attention from me, and I think it is because Kimmy is so minimal in her social interaction. At the same time Kimmy sometimes scares Jimmy away from me so she can sit on my shoulder for a while completely unbothered by him.
Now I wonder if things could get better with another bird (or 2, to even it out?), so I would like to hear your thoughts and advices first. The cage should offer more than enough space in volume for 4 budgies, but I wonder if the width/depth makes for a different advice? I know wider is better than taller, but sadly my apartment doesn't allow more width than this.
And do you think that it could help Jimmy and Kimmy socially? I can imagine that if Jimmy has other birds to focus his social skills on, that Kimmy can catch a bit more of a break and choose better when she wants to cuddle and interact. I also quit my vet degree, and will be doing a different degree coming schoolyear, and I will probably be home a bit less than they are used to, so I'm also considering it for this reason.
I'm looking forward to your thoughts on this. The only thing that is happening for sure is that I will get the new cage.