I currently have one male budgie (probably about 5 months old ish) and am contemplating getting a second so he can have a buddy. Heís pretty bonded to me right now and Iím worried that getting a second will injure that bond, but I also feel badly leaving him for 8 hours a day while Iím in class. When Iím not in class, heís pretty much on my shoulder (1 hour in the morning and 2 in the evening). I want him to be happy but I also love how he loves me, if that makes sense.
What has everyoneís experiences been with having one budgie then getting a second later?
Also, how old is too old to add a second budgie?
Severus has an extremely sweet personality so i donít think it would be a problem adding another one but I just donít know.
There are many considerations when you bring a new bird into the "flock".
Right now you are Severus' flock but bringing in another budgie will definitely change the dynamics.
No one can tell you for certain exactly how Severus will react when a new budgie friend comes into the mix after the quarantine period and there are many ways things could play out.
Severus may remain bonded to you and not accept the new friend.
Severus may decide he likes the new friend's company best and while he will still be your friend - it won't be as an "intense" a relationship as you are enjoying now.
Severus may continue to be close to you which will also encourage the new budgie to accept you as well but there is still always going to be a difference as the two go off to play together rather than just hanging out on your shoulders...
There are many things to take into consideration before getting another bird.
1. 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.
Thanks for the advice! I’ll be sure to read all your links...
What do you think about the age of a current budgie when introducing a second? Sev is young now but if I wanted to wait a few months would that be better or worse?
You’ve been given excellent advice above. Definitely some things to consider. Personally, I think Severus is fine as you have him now, as a trusting budgie who will hang out with you. When you add another, you are changing the dynamic, and making ‘his’ view of his world completely different.
How he will respond, we can’t predict. He shouldn’t lose his tameness with you, but whether he’d start preferring another budgie’s company over yours is something you’d have to risk if you get another. Also, keep in mind that in the case that Severus and a new budgie happen to not get along well, you will need to keep them separate. That would mean another bird to care for and clean up after, who might never be as tame or bonded to either you or Severus. Lots to think about .
My Sweetie was over a year old when I got Lemon for him. She was about 4 months. If you do get your bird a friend get a boy bird so you don't have to worry about eggs.
Make sure you've a backup plan in case your bird and the new bird don't get along. Make sure to follow proper quarantine with the new bird. In the end, in my personal opinion, what's best for the birds comes first. If that means they are less bonded to me because they are more bonded to each other but the happiest they can be, so be it
I've added additional birds to my flock when my current birds were of varying ages. I think the oldest budgie was about 3 years old or so when I brought in a couple that were only about a year old.
My budgies get along well with one another.
The two I had that were the most tame and bonded to me will still come and land on me occasionally but that's about as far as their interaction with me goes now. The one that used to talk up a storm stopped mimicking human speech when the flock grew to more than three. With each addition to the flock, the dynamics changed. New friendships between budgies were forged and the closeness between the three I had originally lessened tremendously.
Considering you spend a few hours with him each day and he seems very bonded to you I don't believe their is a need to add a friend. As long as he has a large cage and toys to keep him occupied during the day he'll be fine. Additionally you can leave music or a radio playing while you're gone so he doesn't feel alone and has something to chirp to
Thanks guys this is helpful. Ik there’s a lot of literature out there but I wanted to hear first hand stories.
I keep the radio on for him during the day and rotate his toys about every other week, but it’s exactly what “justmoira” said about not being selfish even though he has a good bond with me now. Just something to think about! I’ll see how he does in these next few months I’m in school.
It sounds like your baby (love the name Severus, btw!) gets a good amount of quality time with you. But if you ever decide to get another budgie I can share some of my experience:
* Male budgies pair up pretty well together! I've had a female-male pair, and let me tell you, it can get pretty stressful if they decide to mate. I was always worried about my girl's health, she was an older lady even when I adopted her... and had one egg binding experience that literally scarred her. I miss my girl everyday, but having two boys has definitely minimizes the anxiety over health & trips to the vet.
In my limited experience, male budgies also tend to be nicer to one another... my boys verbally spar every now and then, but never physically bite. Most of the time they sing sweetly to each other, and on the rare occasion they even cuddle/preen one another
* Its likely that Severus would be less attached to you with a budgie friend, but there are pros as well! After introducing Caesar to Petrie, Petrie stopped wanting "cheekies"/face scratchies from me anymore. Very rarely (like every few months), he'll tilt his head for cuddles from me, but we used to do cuddles every day! It does make me a little sad, though I think of it this way: he no longer NEEDS that affection from me, because he gets that socialization from Caesar now. Both birds however, still perch on me and like to play with me, both eat from my hands, get excited when I get home from work, etc. And that brings me to one of the upsides: Caesar came from an animal shelter where no one had taken him from his cage in over a year! He was skittish and SOOOO afraid of people when I got him. Yet, many budgies are very "monkey see monkey do"... so training Caesar was a breeze, he just watched me interact with Petrie! Soon he realized that I was part of the flock too, and now he's super tame (in fact he is normally the one who wants head scratchies now).
Getting having two budgies has been a really rewarding experience for me. One other perk is that I get to watch these two interact with one another all the time (or watch "boo tube" as my partner calls it). Knowing that they have one another really helps assuage my guilt when I work long hours... but it doesn't mean that Petrie's life would have been worse without Caesar. It's a personal decision.
p.s. If you do get another one, I do always like to recommend checking local pet shelters. Occasionally you'll find lone budgies whose life you'd definitely improve by adopting them (unlike Severus, lone budgies at shelters don't get a lot of quality human interaction)