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New to the world of budgies! My neighbor recently found a lost budgie. After posting on various social media and with the local bird rescue, no one stepped forward and he couldn't keep her. I took the budgie in (adult female), to the vet, treated her for AGY and she now has a clean bill of health. She clearly was lonely and quiet. I adopted a young male. I am NOT breeding. After quarantine and vet clearances, I put them together. They were immediate best friends and get along very nicely. I have a very large flight cage and a safe bird room. Totally fell in love with these birds - I would like to rescue another budgie or two, since I have the room and ability to do so.

Is there a better combination, in terms of numbers and genders? Is it better to have an even number? Is there a more harmonious gender combination? I realize that each bird has individual preferences/quirks. Would appreciate hearing from those with experience. OR...should I leave well enough alone and just stick with this one pair.
 

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Hi! :welcome: to Talk Budgies

Generally it is best to have an even number of budgies and an equal ratio of males to females if the two genders are going to be housed together.

Personally, I would wait for a few months before deciding whether or not to rescue more budgies.
If you do decide to, remember you will need to follow quarantine for each of them.

Also, there is no guarantee that any new rescues you get will get along with the current budgies once the quarantine period is over. You might have to end up caging them separately on a permanent basis.

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Hi there and :welcome: to Talk Budgies!

I'm so glad that you were able to rescue your little girl and that she and your other budgie are happy and healthy :D

I also would wait a bit before adopting more budgies, if you'd like to do so :)

As FaeryBee said, t's definitely better to have an even number of budgies, and within that, an even number of genders. For example, four budgies is good, but it's even better if two are female and two are male, or if they're all the same gender. This lessens conflict amongst members of the flock when the birds come into condition.

That being said, it sounds like you already have quite a harmonious pair! There's never a guarantee that new birds will get along with your current birds, so if you decide to adopt another male and female, you may have to house them separately on a permanent basis, if after quarantine the two pairs don't get along.

If you feel that you have enough financial resources, space, and time for more budgies, then that's great! Just be prepared to house them separately if it turns out that they don't get along :thumbsup:

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Keep us posted on how things go, and I look forward to meeting your budgies! :photo:

Cheers! :wave:
 

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Thank you FaeryBee and StarlingWings for the kind welcome. I have been doing a lot of research over the past 2 months, working closely with a well respected avian vet in our area and am going through training with Mickaboo (the local bird rescue) to be a foster home. I have read all of the stickies, FAQs, guides and articles psoted and appreciate the good information you are providing to budgie caregivers and enthusiasts.

I am hesitant to bring in more budgies as I have a happy pairing. My cage is 32L x 21W x 60H in, it seems like a good size for 2 budgies. I am not a fan of trying to "fill" the space with birds as I see some people do....

I look forward to learning more - thank you again!
 

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You've been given excellent advice.

My thoughts on multiple birds have been compiled in the link that Faerybee provided you with about having a harmonious flock.

It's always worth considering the impact it will have on your birds to bring in more. I had a male pair of budgies first of all and they bonded together really well- were very sweet, sat together on their swing at night and then my dad got me two females and literally the dynamics changed over night once they were introduced.
As close as my two boys were, females into the mix changed things.

I don't regret the addition of the girls into my flock, but if my males hadn't bonded with those females as well as they did, it would have been very sad for those left out.
 
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