07-25-2018, 07:37 PM
The new budgies should have been quarantined before introducing them to the birds you already had.
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.
You also indicate you have one male in with three females. This is not recommended. When the birds come into condition, they are very likely to become territorial and aggressive. I would suggest you separate the new male and female into a different cage and house them separately on a permanent basis. You can, however, give all four supervised out-of-cage time together.
Additionally, you are going to need to be very vigilant in discouraging breeding. This is very important. Budgies do not need to breed to be happy.
Before breeding any species, it is important to learn as much about the animals, their personalities and the best practices to follow for responsible and ethical breeding prior to making the commitment to take on the responsibility. This requires extensive research and an openness to continual learning.
Rearranging the cages frequently, and limiting the light they get to no more than 8 hours a day will help tremendously.
Please be sure you [U]never[U] put a nest box or anything that could be used as a nesting site in their cage.
When they come into condition, limit the amount of protein in their diet at that time.
With regard to Taming and Bonding - that takes a good deal of time and patience. Working with one bird at a time is often easiest. Please refer to the stickies in the Taming and Bonding Section of the forum for tips.
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Taming and bonding takes a great deal of time and patience. The more birds you are working with, the more time it will take.
Last edited by FaeryBee; 07-25-2018 at 07:42 PM.