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I recently adopted a budgie to keep my own boy company after he lost his budgie wife. They are in separate cages currently as they get to know each other.

Bertie is an exhibition/English budgie who belonged to a lady that did really love him just didn't have the time anymore. However, it's been about 5 days and Bertie will just sit on his perch quite and hardly doing anything. Maybe some very quiet chirps and ill see him eat. Compared to my other boy Sterling, who is flying around; singing, dancing and causing chaos.

Is this normal for exhibition budgies? Or is he depressed?

P. S. Sterling was a little scared to start with but now will go over as close as he can and spend time chatting to Bertie. Bertie will also get as close as he can but again, small chirps, not much action.

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When you get a new budgie, it should always be quarantined.
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 takes budgies some time to settle into their new environment. Each budgie has its own unique personality and temperament, no matter whether it is an English/Show type budgie or an American/Pet type budgie.
It could be that Bertie hasn't adjusted to his new surroundings or it could be that his personality is simply more laid-back than Sterlings.

It is going to take some time for you to learn his personality so you can make a determination.

We'd love to see some pictures of Bertie and Sterling!

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Hello and welcome to the forum~

You've been given great advice and I agree completely. Bertie is understandably very new and uncertain so since you've mentioned it's only been 5 days (correct?) since you got him of course he's still nervous and shy. As mentioned above some budgies also are less excitable than others, but there's no real way to make that determination right now before he's settled in.

Please be sure to read through the links provided above as well as they will help to keep you updated on everything. If you have questions after doing so, please be sure to ask as we'd be happy to help! We'd also love to meet Bertie and Sterling when you get a chance!

Cheers :)
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