I live close to school, so I'm able to live at home whilst going to school, which means that I will see them daily. I don't plan to go on a long term vacation in the future so I will always be available for them.
If something so important comes along that I would have to leave them alone for a couple of days, my brother has already told me that he would be happy to take care of them while I am gone.
I already know a vet to whom I have gone a couple of times with my dog (the one in my profile picture) and he is an avian vet as well.
I already have an emergency fund for my dog and I have also got it covered for the budgies.
Here's another photo of my dog from a year ago if you're interested. It's the best that I have available at the moment.
His name is Huba (a Hungarian name) and I'm aware that dogs and budgies should stay apart. Not only for the birds safety, but also for my dogs. He's such a wuss when it comes to strange animals.
He is an English cocker spaniel
How much time will you be spending with your budgies each day? If you are able to spend a minimum of 3 hours interacting with them, then I suggest you consider getting just one bird instead, since this is your first time owning budgies. As long as you spend lots of time with them, most budgies can live quite happily as solo birds. This also means they will bond closely to you, and taming one bird is much easier than trying to tame two at once. If after 6 months you feel your bird would be happier with a companion, then you can look into it
I am probably able to spend 3 hours a day with a budgie. The reason I wanted to have two budgies is because of that one day per week that I could only spend 1 hour or something like that with the budgie.
But you are right that if it were to be the case that my budgie wouldn't get enough attention, I could always get him/her a companion later on. I hadn't considered that yet.
Maybe I will get one budgie after all, since it is my first bird ever and since I can always get a second one.
There are pros and cons to getting two budgies at one time.
While it is generally more difficult to tame and bond with two birds rather than just one, it can be done. Some members enjoy working with their multiple budgies doing clicker training with each individual bird.
Usually when you get two budgies at the same time from the same breeder they will be around the same age and are already used to one another.
If you choose to get one budgie now and one later on, there are several things you need to keep in mind.
Quarantine of the second bird will be of paramount importance.
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.
The interaction of the first budgie with you is bound to change to some degree.
Additionally, there is no guarantee that the two budgies will get along after they are introduced in neutral territory after the quarantine period. If they do not get along, you must be ready, willing and able to house them separately on a permanent basis.
Two budgies together may not bond with their human as closely as one, but they can be great fun and quite entertaining to watch interacting with one another.
Please think things through carefully to determine what is most important to you and your unique situation before making a decision on whether to start off with one or two budgies.
The idea of getting a new pet at all, was because I lingered for a companion, so in that aspect, the idea of a single budgie is more compelling. However, the hapiness of this new pet is also a high priority and I am not 100% certain yet, that I can fully provide all the needs of a budgie. Since I am not certain whether to get one or two budgies yet, I will not get any before I am certain. I will weigh the pros and cons before I decide to get a budgie or two even if it will take me weeks.
I will keep you all updated on my budgie situation, but maybe on a new post, since the original topic is not really being adressed anymore.