Im saving up to get a budgie and I was wondering if it's best to get 1 or 2 at a time. I would like just one so I would have a better chance to bond with it but I also don't want it to feel lonely and stressed and have to get another and quarantine them. Any advice?
I have two budgies but I started out with one & added the second a few months later. As I was new to budgies I think starting with two would have been a little daunting for me. I didn't add Toki until I was sure Greyjoy was settled in and had started to bond with me. Now that they are together I found Toki's training much easier since she can watch me interact with Greyjoy & she sees that he trusts me. He has helped me teach her to step up, eat veggies, swing & play. Although quarantine can be inconvenient, it's fairly brief. I do wish I had chosen my second bird a little more wisely since they ended up having to be housed separately which is a possibility you must prepare for if you end up getting two. However this was just my experience and it could be totally different for you as each bird is an individual. I am by no means an expert but my advice is to start with one.
It's good you are doing your research ahead of time before bringing a budgie into your heart and home.
As you indicate you are "saving up" to get a budgie, it is important you realize that the costs do not stop once you buy a budgie, cage, appropriate perches (NOT wooden or plastic dowels that come with the cage), toys, food, etc.
There will be unexpected costs and you should also be able to financially handle emergencies such as trips to an Avian Veterinarian.
No matter how much or how little you pay for your budgie (and it is always best to get a budgie from a reputable breeder rather than a big-box pet store) it will be your responsibility to ensure the budgie gets the necessary appropriate medical care from a qualified Avian Vet should it become ill or injured.
Bringing a budgie into your home and not being able to provide for it is unfair to the bird. It is best to wait until you are in a situation where you can ensure you can meet all needs of any animal before you choose to adopt it.
Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma.
This is important as "regular" vets will often overlook symptoms that are quickly obvious to an Avian Vet.
When you rely on anyone who has not had training in Avian diagnosis and care, you may be delaying effective treatment.
This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.
The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recovery than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.
Having your new budgie examined by an Avian Vet allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet in case your bird needs care for an injury or illness in the future. Additionally, it is always helpful for the vet to have a baseline for your bird to refer to should it need future treatment.
While a single budgie has a better chance of bonding with the human owner, not all budgies do so. If this is something that is really important to you, you need to recognize that you may have to put your feelings aside if that happens to be the case when you get a budgie. You must be prepared to love it for who and what it is no matter what.
If and when you are in a position to bring a budgie into your life, I would strongly suggest you begin with just one bird. You will be new to owning budgies and it is important you learn to care for the bird following the best practices for its health and well-being.
After having the budgie for a minimum of 6 months, you can then consider whether it would be advisable to get another at that point in time, taking into consideration the need for quarantine, introduction in neutral territory, additional potential vet expenses, etc.
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.
You'll find most basic questions about budgies and caring for them will have been answered after you've read through all of them.
I agree with FaeryBee.
If after having your bird for 6 months, you decide to get another bird, try to get a baby as they're more likely to bond. Male and male pairs go well together. Male and female pairs work too however you must take care to discourage breeding. And female and female pairs do tend to be a bit more difficult and can bicker more, but it's not impossible to keep them together.
Also remember even with two birds you can still bond with both of them.
Whether or not you decide on getting a second bird will depend on your birds personality, how much time you are able to spend with it, if you have space and money for a large enough cage, and if you can commit to owning two budgies.
Talk budgies has so many great articles which FaeryBee has listed.
Thank you all for the great advice! I really don't want to support the mass pet stores but Im having a hard time finding a breeder in my area and I'm not sure if any shelters have them either. I'll definitely continue looking!
I'm so glad you're working on finding an ethical breeder! Are you open to adoption of older birds, too? I know Metro Denver Parrot Rescue has adoptable budgies Other than what's already been said, I'll keep you posted if I find anything else. I'm in Colorado, too
It's great to have you on the forums and we look forward to staying posted on your search for a new budgie friend!
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