My budgie is 5 years old and it has always just been her. Whenever I give her a mirror she fluffs up next to it and taps her beak on it, but if I was to be there she would come to me instead.
I worry that since I have a full time job, she is alone for 8-9 hours a day. So I've been considering getting her a friend. But do you think she is too old and set in her routine for it to be a shock if I introduce a new budgie to her? Or do you think it would make her happier and more playful in the long run? She rests a lot and enjoys just sitting on my shoulder. I've changed her cage layout around before and she didn't like the change much and just sat in the corner confused.
I've looked at how to introduce them together and won't be just placing the budgie in her cage.
I just feel like if I get a young budgie it might perk her up a bit for when she's alone, and make her more active again.
Also, would it be best for me to get a male budgie or a female?
She'd probably get along better with a male. If getting a very young male, you would use the quarantine period to have him at least partially tamed and then put their cages side by side and eventually allow them to meet outside of the cage to see how it goes. You would still need to take precautions about egg laying (read stickies on preventing nesting). On the other hand it's also possible that she may not get along with another bird and you could end up keeping them separated....although with that, there would be bird/bird safe interaction, even when caged separately. Decisions, decisions.
I agree with Phil. It all depends on if you are willing to potentially have two cages in a worse case scenario. Even if they don't live together, they could still be friends and enjoy chirping together. Best case is they become great friends and make one another very happy.