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In Memory Tributes and Memorials to Budgies which have moved on to the Rainbow Bridge

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Hi, I had 2 budgies both bought separately but about the same age, maybe 3 years old & both males. Sadly one of them died yesterday. I intend to get a new budgie in a couple of days. The
What I'm wondering is as the new one will be younger is it better to get a male or female. They fly free in the room during the day but have separate cages to sleep in.
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Old 08-06-2016, 10:28 AM
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Sorry for the loss of your budgie.

I think it would be best to get another little boy to be a friend for your budgie.

Do you know about putting your new bird in quarantine? The new bird should have it's own cage in a different room to your other budgie and be kept apart for 30-45 days.
This is to prevent any airborne illness transferring from one bird to the other.
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I'm very sorry for your loss...

To answer your question and in order to minimize potential issues, it would be best if you get a him a male companion. Chances are high your budgie will accept the new one since he had a male friend before.

Be sure to check this link on quarantine: https://talkbudgies.com/new-budgie-ar...necessary.html

This one may also be of use: https://talkbudgies.com/new-budgie-ar...o-budgies.html

Best of luck with everything and despite the very sad circumstances, welcome to the forums.
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Thank you both.
I wasn't aware of the need for quarantine. I will read the links. I have a very small flat though & they would be in adjoining rooms & I think probably screaming to each other so that might be a problem.
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If possible, it would be good if you had a room where you could close the door in order to muffle the sound from the flock calling, having a radio or the TV on would also be helpful in this case.
If this is not possible, then placing the new bird's cage as far away as possible from your current budgie would be best.
You can also book your new budgie an appointment with the avian vet for a wellness check and if/when given the all clear, you will be able to skip quarantine.
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I'm very sorry about your loss. I also think it's a good idea to get another friend for your budgie who is used to being with a same species friend. I do think a male would be good. Males can become good friends, and you won't even have to be concerned about taking steps to prevent eggs and accidental breeding.

To reduce the chances of disease transmission to my existing flock, whenever I'd bring in a new bird I'd first buy from a clean reputable source who is already known for producing healthy stock. Then take them to the vet for disease testing and a physical exam. I've done this especially in situations when quarantine was hard to do as in your case. If it's possible, I'd put the cages as far apart as is practical in your place for the first month. To really do 'true quarantine', it requires housing in a separate air space, showering and washing hair, changing clothes and footwear each time after attending to the new bird. Of course this isn't always practical or possible in our homes, so we just do the best we can.

Do you have an idea where you're planning to go to look for a new bird?
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I'm very sorry for the loss of your budgie.

I agree with the previous posters that getting a male budgie friend for your current bird would be best and RavensGryf has provided you with excellent suggestions with regard to quarantine.

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Hi there and to the forums!

I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your little budgie

I do agree that a little male would be the best option to keep your little one company, and aside from that I can not add anything else of relevance to the wonderful advice given above

Be sure to read through the links provided and if you have any questions afterwards, feel free to ask! We're always happy to help

I can't wait to meet your budgie and the new little boy, when he comes.

In the meantime, hope to see you around!
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Thanks all for the information
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