I was wondering if you all had any insight as whether I should get a pal for my dearest Bella. She's been a single feather child for almost a year, and I'm not sure if she'll be lonely once I start working full time, and my parents won't be around to accompany her/supervise her during outside cage time.
However, she's not a super clingy bird, she's pretty independent and we seem to wanna hang out with her more than she wants to hang out with us!
I have all of the materials and time I need for quarantine and a neutral introduction so I'm prepared for that whole process, but I'm not sure if it'll make her happier overall when she'll have less accompaniment and less outside cage time.
Just some more facts about her: I think she's a little a year old, and she's in a cage that's 30"x 18"x 18" with plenty of toys.
I'd appreciate any feedback or insights you might have!
There's a lot to think about when you're introducing another bird. There's no guarantee the two birds will get along, so you have to be prepared to house them separately on a permanent basis. Introducing a second budgie won't necessarily make Bella happier. I personally wouldn't introduce another bird since Bella seems happy now.
I agree with Hunterkat, no guarantees another bird will be accepted. Before you begin working full time you can begin to cut back on the time you spend together and see how she reacts, when she is alone leave a radio or TV on for her, never leave her out of the cage if no one is there to supervise her. If you decide at some point to get another bird be prepared to house them separately if things don't work out.
Good points mentioned in the posts above. It’s never a good idea to get another bird unless you really wanted another bird in the first place. If they don’t get along, it’s very stressful to your existing budgie to have a stranger move in!
1. If you decide to get another budgie in the future, please be sure to observe quarantine for the new budgie.
Quarantine means housing the new bird in a different cage in a different room than the current bird (as far away from the room the current bird is in as possible) for a period of 35-45 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.
It is also a good idea to always take a new budgie in to see an Avian Vet for a "well-birdie" check-up. This allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet and the vet can establish a baseline for your bird in case of any future illnesses or injuries.
If there are no Avian Vets in your area, then finding an Exotic Pet Veterinarian who has experience in dealing with small birds is the next best option.
I agree with FaeryBee There's a lot to consider when getting a new bird, and as mentioned, there's no guarantee that they would get along. If she's happy and healthy by herself and you're still able to spend some time with her daily, then there's no reason do so.
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I agree with everyone here. If Bella seems happy and content then it’s best to leave well enough alone. We have 2 that we got together and although they get along for the most part they also scrap at one another just like a true brother and sister!
Well, I will be the dissenting vote. I think it's sad that she'll be alone all day with no interaction. The radio and toys are not friends. If you can no longer be with her all day and nobody else can, you have the right idea about getting her a friend. People can say all the negatives "what ifs" they want, but in the end you are about to abandon your birdie friend and it's your obligation to at least try to give her a friend. How would you like to sit home all day with the radio and toys in a cage? (and no cell phone, Internet or tv?) You had the right idea at the beginning and you're all set up so go for it!