02-04-2017, 07:21 PM
I'm very sorry for your loss of little Sunshine.
Before going out and getting another budgie, you need to let Snowflake have some time to mourn. Additionally, if you spend a lot of time interacting with him, it may be that he will adjust well to being a solo budgie.
If you do decide, at a later date, to get another budgie - I suggest you consider getting another male to keep Snowflake company.
Males can become best buddies and you will have no worries about discouraging breeding.
If that time comes, be sure you follow the proper quarantine procedures and then introduce the two budgies in neutral territory.
Quarantine means housing your new bird in a different cage in a different room as far away as possible from the room where your current bird(s) are housed for a period of 30-45 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.
When you are ready to introduce your two budgies after the 45 day quarantine period, please be sure to introduce them in neutral territory. Sometimes having two or three supervised meetings prior to moving them into one cage is advisable. Before introducing a budgie into another budgie's cage, the cage should be completely rearranged (perches, toys, food and water dishes) in order to help prevent any potential territorial issues.