So I am getting a budgie at the beginning of the summer, but I am afraid I won't be able to give it all of the time it needs once school starts back up. I would get two at the same time, but I'm afraid that I won't be able to tame two birds as easily as just one. Any advice?
It would be helpful to have more information to give you the proper advice in your particular situation.
Have you ever owned a budgie before?
If you are living with your parents, are they the ones that will make the decisions with regard to the budgie(s) medical care if/when necessary?
Do you already have a cage?
Do you know the minimum size requirements for a cage for two budgies?
How much time daily will you be able to spend with the budgie(s)?
Do you (not your parents) have the financial means to ensure two budgies get any necessary medical care they may need if there is an illness or injury?
Taming means different things to different people.
Budgies in general will want to be with their own species if they have a same species friend available so the bond that you may have with one budgie probably won't be as strong as what you may achieve with two. Do you simply want the birds to be able to step up or are you looking for closer interaction with them?
Please take the time to read through the Site Guidelines, all of the How To Guides, the FAQs, the Budgie Articles and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.
Truly, the very BEST advice anyone can offer you is to take the time to read ALL of the stickies throughout the various Talk Budgie forums as well as the Budgie Articles we have posted.
These are great resources for Talk Budgie members and have a wealth of reliable information which will assist you to learn the best practices in caring for your budgies for their optimal health and well-being.
Hi! Thank you so much for your reply! I would probably have anywhere from 3-6 hours to spend with the bird on average. Would this be enough time to ensure that they don't develop neurotic behaviors? The health and happiness of my bird is of upmost importance to me- I would love to have a close bond with them, but if this is not completely possible due to owning more than one that is fine, I would much rather they be happy. I have never owned a budgie before, but I have done research for almost 9 months at this point as I waited to move off campus. It would be my decision whether or not the bird needed to go to the vet- my parents would not mind in the least paying for it in any regards and I'm getting a job over the summer anyway, so I would have income to provide for them. The cage I have has more than enough space for 2 budgies, I would have to look at the exact dimensions but it's much larger than the 18x30x18 minimum.
3-6 hours per day is plenty of time to spend with your bird and it will definitely be easier to tame and bond with one than with two. You can play the radio or TV for your budgie when you are not at home.
IF, after about 6 months, you truly feel your little one would be better off with a friend, you can consider getting another at that point in time. Recognize that the new bird would need to be quarantined in a different cage in a different room for 40-45 days and then the two would be introduced in neutral territory.
I'm very excited for you. Budgies are wonderful pets.
If possible, it's best to try to find a good breeder rather than getting your new friend from a big-box pet store.
It's great to have you with us, and you couldn't have come to a better place to learn even more about the best of budgie care!
You've been given great advice! Be sure to read through the links provide above to stay up to date on all the best practices for caring for budgies. If you have any questions after reading through everything, be sure to ask as we'd love to help!
We look forward to seeing you around the forums, as well as staying updated on how the search for a perfect little friend goes.
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Start with one. Bond with him/ her. Train them and establish a little relationship for a few months. When they are bonded and comfortable with you and will step up/ come over when you call them from a foot away, then introduce a second. As long as they have been bonded for a month or so like that you can try and introduce a second.
That bonded bird will help to bond and train a second bird to you after the second one has been in quarentine. Quarentine though is a great time to bond and get to know the second one as well.
This all takes time so be patient. But in the end you could have two little buddies that like each other and have a friend when your not around but also love being around you as well. This has been the case with my birds.
Be warned though that sometimes they will hate each other. Maybe try and pick two laid back birds. WHen at the store, watch each one. how do they treat the others? Do they nip? Do they go with the flow? This is important. Also try and pick two males as they usually get along better than two females.
Also if they don't get along amazingly at first this is normal. Little tiny fights (no injuries though!) are normal. Try to introduce them in a neutral area outside the cage and give treats to both. Then when you put them in together after a week or so of this, make sure you rearrange the toys in the cage they go into. otherwise you will get territory issues.
If you're interested in a very close relationship with your budgie I'd definitely look carefully for a single, newly weaned youngster. Starting with one will give you the feeling of success to go through the process of care, taming, bonding and training. If you can dedicate even 3 hours of you day, even just to hang out with him
you and your bird will be happy. If you discover that you'd like to give your bird a companion later, your first bird will still be a good friend of yours. Singles are almost always easier to tame and bond with than taking on two right away.