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Old 03-26-2017, 09:01 AM
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I currently have a pair of girls. The reason I have a pair is because my girl Belle had lost her mate, and even tho she lived alone with me for quite a few months, she never really bonded to me or wanted to be with me so I made the decision to get her a friend. While in quarantine, the new budgie Petal actually started bonding to me quite well, however I had bought her as a companion for Belle and so I did end up introducing the two and they get along so well. I have them out with me and we sit and watch tv and things but of course they are more interested in eachother. Which makes sense.

Normally this wouldn't bother me too much, however I did used to have a single budgie who was so strongly bonded to me, and I also used to have a dog who was bonded to me as well. I lost both of them last year. Now that I am kind of getting over my grieving for them, Im starting to wish I had that kind of companionship again, mainly in the form of a budgie since I'm not ready for a dog again.

Petal's personality shows that she would likely do very well if she just had me as her companion considering how quickly she began to bond to me when I first got her but of course there is no way I'm separating my two girls.

I just really miss having that strong bond with a budgie, like I had with my past bird Sky. She used to fly to me all the time without me asking her to and we would have little conversations and things. I even have another cage sitting there which could be put in the dining room if I really wanted but, financially, it would be irresponsible for me to be adding more animals in right now, as well as my mental health not being too great, I don't want the added responsibility of more birds. I'm not an impulsive person and I'm not going to get a budgie and bring it home. I just wanted to share how I was feeling and maybe some of you can relate?

Just considering everything that is going on, Im feeling lonely. And knowing I have a budgie that would likely bond to me very well if she was alone is frustrating as well. Of course I still get to interact with my birds, as an additional flock member but it's not the same as having that one on one bond. The most important thing to me is always the welfare of my animals and I would never purposely do anything to jeopardise that, I just figured since we're all budgie lovers here, you guys would be the most able to understand how I'm feeling.

If you've made it this far then, thanks for reading my post. It feels nice to get it all out and perhaps some of you are in the same position? Anyway I also want to say what a blessing it is to find this forum and I'm so happy to be involved in such an amazing community.

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Old 03-26-2017, 09:22 AM
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With all you've been through it's no wonder you're feeling somewhat lonely right now and missing that "bond" that you enjoyed both with Sky and your dog.

I think it is very commendable you recognize the limitations you are under both financially and emotionally and are not rushing out to get another budgie. It shows a great deal of maturity on your part that you are putting the birds' needs before your own.

Perhaps you could consider working more closely with Petal and Belle to see if you can clicker train them.
If Belle sees Petal's interaction with you, she may be more inclined to want to be involved as well.
It's something to consider anyway.

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With all you've been through it's no wonder you're feeling somewhat lonely right now and missing that "bond" that you enjoyed both with Sky and your dog.

I think it is very commendable you recognize the limitations you are under both financially and emotionally and are not rushing out to get another budgie. It shows a great deal of maturity on your part that you are putting the birds' needs before your own.

Perhaps you could consider working more closely with Petal and Belle to see if you can clicker train them.
If Belle sees Petal's interaction with you, she may be more inclined to want to be involved as well.
It's something to consider anyway.

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Thanks, I actually started trick training Belle before I brought Petal home, and she really really loved it, she learned how to spin. I'm just waiting for my dad to make a training stand so I can work with each bird separately in a different room for trick training. I just don't want the other bird to hear that click and be expecting a treat when Im not even working with them. Belle doesn't mind being with me and she trusts me but, she's definitely not strongly bonded to me, and I could tell that no matter how much time I spent with her, she was a more bird oriented budgie. This may also be due to the fact that she wasn't kept in a great situation before she came to me, and had learned to be quite scared of humans so, although she's comfortable with me now, it's definitely beneficial for her well being to be paired with another budgie.

My past budgie Sky actually knew quite a few tricks. She would target, flight to me on command, spin, wave and crawl through a tunnel
 
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I've done clicker training with other birds around and they can tell who the click is meant for.
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I'd suggest looking through sdodo's training journal for Max and Kliger.
She's doing an amazing job with clicker training the two of them!
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I'll have a look through. The other reason I don't want to train the budgies together is I don't want any bickering over the treat. These girls are bonded, but being girls, do bicker occasionally over food but it's not a huge deal since they have multiple bowls in their cage. Also it will be nice to get a little one on one time with each bird.
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