Thank you! That information is very helpful!Hi, Welcome to Talk Budgies!
Dove is a very pretty little female.
If you get another budgie, it needs to be in quarantine.
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.
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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.
It would be best for you to get another female budgie so you don't need to be concerned about discouraging breeding.
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Once the quarantine period has passed, then the two budgies should be introduced in neutral territory.
When you are ready to introduce your two budgies after the 45 day quarantine period, put the two cages near one another for several days. After that, please be sure to introduce the budgies in neutral territory. Sometimes having two or three supervised meetings prior to moving them into one cage is advisable. Before introducing a budgie into another budgie's cage, the cage should be completely rearranged (perches, toys, food and water dishes) in order to help prevent any potential territorial issues.
I recommend you remove the wooden dowel perch in the cage and replace it with natural wooden perches of varying diameters to help prevent pressure sores.
The information in this link will give examples of better options for perches:
Essentials for a Great Cage
Please take the time to read through the Site Guidelines, all of the How To Guides, the FAQs, the Budgie Articles and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.
Truly, the very BEST advice anyone can offer you is to take the time to read ALL of the stickies throughout the various Talk Budgie forums as well as the Budgie Articles we have posted.
These are great resources for Talk Budgie members and have a wealth of reliable information which will assist you to learn the best practices in caring for your budgies for their optimal health and well-being.
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Quarantine IS Necessary!
Essentials to a Great Cage
If you have any questions after reading through everything, please be sure to ask!