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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-07-2015, 01:08 AM Thread Starter
 
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Difficult choice! Okay to add to flock?

It seems people ask frequently in all forums I've read about when you should and shouldn't get a second budgie. I have done a lot of reading on the subject and still feel torn. My budgie is young, and has been with me for 3 months. He is great! We have a great bond, and he goes to everyone in the family. I am a stay at home mom, so he gets plenty of attention. I have been thinking of adding a second budgie for a few reasons despite having lots of time for just the one. I love them, and their antics. I've never owned two bonded birds! We travel (not a ton), and it seems like it would be nice if he had a bond that doesn't occasionally leave for a few days. If we are blessed with another child there may be a period where I have less time. It seems easier to get him a friend his own age while he is young and I have plenty of time to form a bond with a new budgie. However, I don't want to lose his bond to me. He seems happy the way things are. HELP! I just can't decide! I really want a second, and I know lots of you have multiples. I just want to know I can have a bond with two if I do things right, as opposed to losing my current bond and never bonding to the new addition. (I would quarantine and keep them separate for some,time initially to form a bond first before introducing birds)
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Personally I think you'd be doing him a favour! Birds are flock animals, as I'm guessing you already know, so it's great for him to have a companion of his own species to hang out with for whenever you aren't there. Obviously there's always a chance that he won't pay as much attention to you but you can definitely still have a relationship with him that can easily be worked on with treats, cuddles on his own etc. I own a flock of many, many budgies as I breed on a somewhat large scale and if I walk in that aviary (especially with millet) I can't get the things off me

I do have a question, was he hand raised? Or is he just 'tame'?

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Hello and welcome to the forum, bringing in another budgie to your home can work out and not affect your first budgie as long as you spend the time daily having hands on time with the first bird.

Keeping a bird hand tame and happy with the family only works if you spend daily time with that bird, bringing in a new young bird means you will have to take time hand taming it as well. Two hand tame birds will give the family loads more fun and your first bird will have a cage buddy to keep him company when you aren't there.

Just make sure to keep spending time daily with your first bird and don't stop.





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Thank you all very much for the responses! My first bird was hand raised, and very tame! He even rides around sweetly on my young son who just adores him. I just contacted the breeder and told him I'd like the bird I have been wanting! In two weeks I should be bringing home my Double Factor violet opaline spangled budgie boy!
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Awh congrats! Please feel free to share photos of both of them

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