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Old 04-30-2017, 04:38 PM
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Default Right timing for second budgie ?

I understand there is no right or wrong . It all depends on particular situations.
So here is mine: we have baby girl Gigi roughly over 4 weeks . She is English budgie , very quite as i told in my previous thread not really active much , doesn't chirp much . But she is really sweet, never bites , but not trusting easily. She is overthinking every step, every move i make . I keep working on our bond, she is definitely better with is and making a slooooow progress.
Originally we thought we are getting a male , a really playful male , as he ( she ) seemed to be in a bird shop , but after we came home and i reached out to the internet, turned out it is a baby girl and her playful personality didn't emerge anymore
We do want to get her a friend , a male , a very playful American budgie this time ( oh, gosh help me guess ) .
Whould it be ok to get him now or wait a few more month and keep working on bonding ? Honestly, i feel like I reached a wall , she doesn't want to fly to usc she doesn't play with toys almost , nor with our fingers . Simply she is pretty boring , sweet little fluff ball who we really love , but we really would like to see her happier.

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I would give her a few more weeks and keep working on your bond. At least for another month. It could be she's still adjusting to her home, though one would think after a month she'd be a bit more relaxed! Then again, it could be as simple as her being lonely, especially if she was with other birds at the pet shop.

Overall, I've been told by an English budgie breeder the English variety seems to be more sedate than the American variety. I don't know if there's any truth to this or if it's a stereotype.

Whatever you decide, good luck to you
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There are many things to take into consideration before getting another budgie.

I would recommend waiting a full 6 month period before deciding whether or not to get another bird.

You can use that time to work on building trust with your current budgie. You haven't had her long and it may take more time for her to feel comfortable and for her personality to complete reveal itself.

I'd suggest that after a few more weeks you begin working on positive reinforcement training and consider beginning clicker training as well.

Positive Reinforcement in Training

Basics of Clicker Training

1. Quarantine
If you decide to get another budgie in the future, please be sure to observe quarantine for the new budgie.

Quarantine means housing your new bird in a different cage in a different room as far away as possible from the room where your current bird(s) are housed for a period of 30-45 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.

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.


Distinction between an Avian Vet and a Vet that "Will See Birds"

Once the quarantine period is completed, then the budgies would need to be introduced in neutral territory.

Introducing Two Budgies

2. Flock Dynamics
Are you going to be willing and able to house the new budgie in a separate cage on a permanent basis IF it turns out the two budgies do not get along? I'm not saying they won't, but it does sometimes happen and you need to be aware of that before bringing another bird into your home.

Budgie Ownership: differences and dynamics between flocks

3. Financial Ability to properly care for another budgie and provide Avian Vet Care if and whenever necessary.

Do you really want another pet?

Be Prepared for Veterinary Care Expense

4. Mixed gender pair
If you get another budgie of the opposite gender, you are going to need to be very careful to discourage breeding.

A heartfelt plea to forum members new and old

When We Don't Want Eggs

5. Where do you plan to get the new bird?
Have you found an ethical and responsible breeder?

Why buy from a [Reputable and Ethical] Breeder rather than a Big-Box Pet Store

Best wishes!
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There are many things to take into consideration before getting another budgie.

I would recommend waiting a full 6 month period before deciding whether or not to get another bird.

You can use that time to work on building trust with your current budgie. You haven't had her long and it may take more time for her to feel comfortable and for her personality to complete reveal itself.

I'd suggest that after a few more weeks you begin working on positive reinforcement training and consider beginning clicker training as well.

Positive Reinforcement in Training

Basics of Clicker Training

1. Quarantine
If you decide to get another budgie in the future, please be sure to observe quarantine for the new budgie.

Quarantine means housing your new bird in a different cage in a different room as far away as possible from the room where your current bird(s) are housed for a period of 30-45 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.

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.


Distinction between an Avian Vet and a Vet that "Will See Birds"

Once the quarantine period is completed, then the budgies would need to be introduced in neutral territory.

Introducing Two Budgies

2. Flock Dynamics
Are you going to be willing and able to house the new budgie in a separate cage on a permanent basis IF it turns out the two budgies do not get along? I'm not saying they won't, but it does sometimes happen and you need to be aware of that before bringing another bird into your home.

Budgie Ownership: differences and dynamics between flocks

3. Financial Ability to properly care for another budgie and provide Avian Vet Care if and whenever necessary.

Do you really want another pet?

Be Prepared for Veterinary Care Expense

4. Mixed gender pair
If you get another budgie of the opposite gender, you are going to need to be very careful to discourage breeding.

A heartfelt plea to forum members new and old

When We Don't Want Eggs

5. Where do you plan to get the new bird?
Have you found an ethical and responsible breeder?

Why buy from a [Reputable and Ethical] Breeder rather than a Big-Box Pet Store

Best wishes!
Thanks.
Yes, i have another cage ready and i got a bigger one for them if they will get along . Aware of importance of quarantine and discouraging breeding.
I have couple of options where to get a baby : 2 breeders and 1 bird shop where owner breeds herself ( haven't checked them out yet though) .
I thought during the quarantine period we would continue bonding with Gigi , but not sure how they'd behave hearing each other. She usually goes screeching once parrot chirping heard.
I guess my whole point is once they meet each other, she'll become happier, more active and that is going to make us happier to watch them .

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I would give her a few more weeks and keep working on your bond. At least for another month. It could be she's still adjusting to her home, though one would think after a month she'd be a bit more relaxed! Then again, it could be as simple as her being lonely, especially if she was with other birds at the pet shop.

Overall, I've been told by an English budgie breeder the English variety seems to be more sedate than the American variety. I don't know if there's any truth to this or if it's a stereotype.

Whatever you decide, good luck to you
Yes, I definitely see the difference in personality now between English and American. But i think she is the quietest of the quiet)

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