My boyfriend and I have had one budgie (Dexter) for 3 months now and he is very tame. He sits on our shoulders, gives us kisses, and demands attention! We are considering getting another budgie, to keep Dexter company and for us to enjoy having another pet, since we love Dexter so much. We are not too concerned about keeping Dexter company while we are out of the house, as we are home quite a lot.
But, we are worried about another budgie affecting Dexter's tameness and character. He's very cheeky and is obsessed with us. Would another budgie make him pay less attention to us? Would Dexter bond less with us?
Also, would getting a different species (e.g. lovebird) still affect his bond with us?
Last edited by tarrynclaire; 01-19-2018 at 08:53 AM.
Reason: Adding another question
Yes, if you get another budgie, Dexter's interactions with you will change.
If you want your bond with Dexter to remain the same, I would not recommend getting another budgie.
You have the time to spend with him and Dexter is happy with the current situation.
There are many things to take into consideration before getting a second budgie.
If you decide to get another budgie in the future, please be sure to observe quarantine for the new budgie.
Quarantine means housing the new bird in a different cage in a different room than the current bird (as far away from the room the current bird is in as possible) for a period of 35-45 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.
I agree with FaeryBee. Dexter seems totally happy with the current arrangement, so why compromise the bond you have with him?
It's true that budgies are flock animals, but you and your boyfriend are his flock and he's fine with that Some budgies prefer the company of budgies to humans, but others, like my own girl, adapt splendidly to life as a solo budgie and wouldn't have it any other way.
and Princess Mallorn!
Thank you to Deb for her wonderful Faery magic
I definitely agree. You seem to have a great relationship with your budgie. If you add in another budgie they will likely prefer hanging out with each other instead of with you. As long as he is happy and you spend plenty of time with him then keeping him as a solo bird is just fine.
I understand the desire to have multiple budgies and you have been given some great advice to keep the bond you are building with Dexter strong. You’ve only had him for 3 months (which isn’t very long). What I would recommend is to go through the information FaeryBee has attached links to and spend a few months figuring out the answers (during which time you’d be strengthening the bond you have with Dexter).
If after a few more months have passed you still want to a second bird (and I’d be careful with adding a larger bird – I have a sibling that learned the hard way that it can be a recipe for disaster after a very large vet bill and a permanently disabled budgie; who has beaten the odds and is still alive… 7 ½ years later). It is possible to retain a bond with a budgie when adding another (after the appropriate quarantine time – a perfect time to start bonding with the new addition) – just keep in mind that there will be a change in the relationship and you won’t know what it will be until AFTER you’ve introduced the new budgie.
If knowing this does not dissuade your desire for another budgie, then I will tell you about my oddball budgie and be the opposing voice in this thread. I got Hyourinmaru shortly after he was weaned and when he was about one year old I started to think about getting a another budgie. I agonized over whether or not to get a second budgie – worried about how he would get along with another budgie and how it would change our relationship, at this point in time he had learned to say “you are a pretty bird” and variations thereof. In the end I did get another budgie who I quarantined at my folks’ place (with their permission) and began bonding with her on the weekends. Turns out they got along great and my bond with Hyourinmaru remained strong – in fact it even improved. He continued to learn new phrases and enjoyed spending time with me (and his new buddy). I also developed a great bond with the new budgie and I have many great memories of her (unfortunately she passed away about 3 years after I got her). But I had almost a year to develop my bond with Hyourinmaru before the second budgie was introduced and I feel that time was very important to the bond he and I share even today.
Now, Hyourinmaru is not Dexter and you will NOT KNOW what adding another budgie will do to your relationship until AFTER you do so. Determine what is best for your situation, read all of the stickies, strengthen your bond with Dexter, and then IF you feel another budgie is right be ready and willing to deal with whatever results – good or not.