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Old 04-17-2017, 10:33 PM
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Couple questions about taking in 2 more budgies. It's still not set in stone so I figured I'd get some opinions first.

My sister bought to budgies from petco. They have already passed the quarantine time so they are disease free. She isn't a terrible person, I promise! She just didn't realize how loud and messy they would be (even though I did tell her about that ) and her husband says they have to go.
Instead of tossing them to a person who wants them on craigslist or something, I maybe offered to take them in. This isn't a light decision. Hehe.

So question is, can I even take them in? I have 4... and that would mean I would have 6. Is that like crazy way too many budgies? Will my birds even accept them into their family eventually? Provision for 6 birds isn't a worry, but behavior and stress for me is. I want to make sure it wouldn't be chaos beyond what I can handle. Yes, I know it will be more messy and sound more like a bird enclosure at a zoo, but it already is messy and does sound like we are walking through the zoo. So that won't be a huge change I suppose. But yes, introducing and accepting are huge concerns of mine. Before I take these 2 beautiful birds in, I want to make sure it is safe and wise to do so!
Also if there is anything I haven't thought about that I should, please do share! Maybe there is even a way to make sure they go to a safe and happy home, not just someone answering a craigslist add.

Thank you! And sorry for the babble.

I forgot to add, I am in the process of taming my 4 Budgies, so that would be the main stress I wound have. Taming 4 and then having 2 new ones. Oy!


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Old 04-18-2017, 02:49 AM
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As you are already prepared for extra mess and noise the only other big factor that concerns me is that the increased vet costs should any of them become sick.
If your birds needed emergency avian vet care, could you cope with the added costs?

It would be wise to keep the new birds together in their own cage especially while your trying to bond with your four. It won't matter and they should feel content as they are. You can work on a bond with the new two and then introduce them for out of cage play time when you can supervise them.

It's never a sure thing birds will get along. You can help by no rushing in, letting them meet in neutral territory and if you do let them live in one cage together, make sure rearrange it first.
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Therm has offered you good advice.

My question is what exactly does "taming" mean to you.
Are you simply working to get all your budgies to step up and return to their cages or are you trying to develop a bond with each of them?
It is important to be realistic about your expectations when you have a flock of more than four budgies.

I have seven budgies housed in my living room and it is quite noisy all day when they are awake and active. The mess is phenomenal but I simply put a sheet under their flight cage which catches most of the seed debris, toys and feathers that land on the floor.

I also have three other flight cages in my bedroom. One has two budgies in it, one has two lovebirds and the third has a single lovebird.

As you can well imagine - being in my home is rather like being in a jungle.

I'm sure you can handle having 6 -- the question is do you really want to make the commitment to assume the responsibility to give two more budgies a safe and happy forever home?

Do you really want another pet?
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Thank you for the advice!

By taming I do mean I want to bond with my budgies. I would like to tame and hopefully develop a bond. Though I have read, it is very difficult to for a bond with each and every one of them. They tend to bond with each other more than their owner (not sure if true.)

I was thinking about possible adding a couple more females to even out. I have 3 males and 1 female so that is an issue haha. But I did not make this decision on my own. I was told I had all males by the petstore. However, these 2 budgies, I am unsure if they are for sure a pair. That concerns me, I do not want to end up with anymore males. I am just thinking about this now, if I get more budgies. I want females, not males.

I guess the vet bill won't be a "pro" on the list, but I am willing to take care of them as they need to be! But these little cuties are worth those bills if you ask me.
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If you want to post pictures of your sister's two budgies' ceres taken in natural light (no direct sunlight and no flash) we should be able to help you determine their gender before you make a decision on whether or not to take them.

It is much more difficult to tame and bond with multiple budgies. The budgies are always going to prefer bonding with members of their own species over a human.

Please be sure to keep that in mind if you plan to add additional birds to your flock.
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It's very true that budgies will always prefer their own species to humans and more so when you have multiple birds. It will take a lot of hard work ad a long time to establish a bond and it might be nothing more than simple step up's. As an owner of 13 budgies, each little personality varies and not all of them are suited to being a human companion in the same way.

That said, if you have a budgie that is more open to you, you can work on that bond to get the others to trust you more.

I also wouldn't rush in to adding any more females if you decide to take in the two others. Other options are available. It might be best to find which male your female gets on with the most and let them share a cage and leave the boys to their own company. My budgies live together (7 females, 6 males) and even though there's a pretty even ratio, the females are rather aloof and prefer their own space and not to be bothered by the boys.
My boys are usually the ones preening one another, sitting together, etc.
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Thank you for the replies. I made the decision to not take the 2 budgies in. I was getting stressed out just thinking about it, so I took that as I probably shouldn't do that.

I am helping them find a good and safe home.
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