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Old 05-06-2017, 04:53 AM
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Hi.
I had a pair of budgies and they've been together for 4 years. The male is pastel green with light yellow and the female was an albino.

Sadly, the albino female got sick and died quite recently and the male is now very sad, calling for her.

Now I want to get him a new pair and I'm looking for some advice; how long should I wait and especially: should I get another albino female for him? Will they bond faster if I do so? Or should I look for one of a different color?

Looking for some answers and thanks.

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Old 05-06-2017, 05:05 AM
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I don't see anything wrong with getting another budgie soon, although you must take into account that you will need to quarantine the bird before you introduce it to your male.

No you don't have to get an albino. Budgies don't really have colour preferences when it comes to who they will bond with.

However, another thing to consider is that it would actually be better to get another male in order to eliminate unwanted breeding/egg-laying. Budgies do not need to have a companion of the opposite sex and will quite happily live and bond with other budgies of the same sex.

You must also be prepared for the possibility that they will not like each other and must have a means of remedying that problem should it arise.

Hope I helped - and I hope someone adds anything that I've missed.

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Old 05-06-2017, 05:38 AM
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Ah, well I'm asking about the albino as if she'll remind him of the other budgie, that's why.

And yeah,I'd love to get a female and I'll have another cage side by side to be able to talk to each other before living together. This pair have never bred even when I had a breeding box attached. Baby budgies would be an interesting outcome.
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Old 05-06-2017, 06:30 AM
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To quarantine you need to have the cage with the new budgie in a separate room away from your original budgie. This sticky will help:
https://talkbudgies.com/new-budgie-ar...necessary.html

Hope I've helped

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Old 05-06-2017, 07:46 AM
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You should allow your budgie some time to grieve but as he has always had a cage mate it's probably good for him to have a new companion.

While you had no concerns with the last pair breeding, budgies personalities vary greatly and you may have new issues with this bird that you never had with your last pair.
The mutation of the new bird doesn't matter but personality does. You should try and find one that has behaviour that you think is like the old female as this will likely be a better match for the male.

I also would suggest getting a male. Male budgies are incredibly sweet together. My
flock consists of 7 females and six males and the most bonded pair I have are two boys who spend all their time together, preen and feed one another. It's what would be best for your budgies first.

As your male if over 4 years old, this is past the age when breeding is recommended at any rate. It would be best that if you do get a female, you take steps to ensure that they do not breed so don't supply them with a next box or anything else to encourage breeding.

You also said in your post that you want to get him 'a new pair' but I take it you just mean one bird. Changing the dynamics and adding more than one bird would not be recommended.

Please read the above post about quarantine, so you understand what you need to do before bringing a new bird into your home.
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Hi and Welcome to Talk Budgies!

Breeding any budgie over 4 years old is never recommended by Talk Budgies so please don't even consider that when getting a new budgie.
A nesting box should not be a part of the cage accessories so please ensure you remove it.

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After you have allowed time for your budgie to grieve the loss of his friend,
I would recommend getting a male budgie as a companion for your current bird, as indicated by Therm. I have several males housed together in a large flight cage and they do quite well together.

Please be sure your follow the proper quarantine procedures.

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.

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.

Distinction between an Avian Vet and a Vet that "Will See Birds"

Having your budgie examined by an Avian Vet allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet in case your bird needs care for an injury or illness in the future. Additionally, it is always helpful for the vet to have a baseline for your bird to refer to should it need future treatment.

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Hi there and to Talk Budgies!

You've been given great advice above. A new male budgie to keep your current budgie happy would be the best option!

Be sure to read through the links provided, which include the forum's many Budgie Articles and "stickies" (threads "stuck" to the top of each subform for easy reference) 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!

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Hi. and thank you for the advice.

I bought a new birdie yesterday. It's a violet/yellow female budgie and she's extremely cute. Probably under 1 year old. I will keep her in my room until the quarantine is over. I don't plan on keeping more than 2 birds.

My old budgie and the new budgie chirp at each other a lot.
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Congratulations on the new budgie! I hope she settles in well We'd love to meet her when you get a chance!
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We'd love to see pictures!

When quarantine is over, please follow the advice with regard to introducing the two birds.

https://talkbudgies.com/new-budgie-ar...o-budgies.html

As you chose to get a female, if the two are friendly after quarantine and end up sharing a cage, please ensure you do everything necessary to discourage breeding.

https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...s-new-old.html

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