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Worried about Russ

I've recently moved to a new apartment, taking Russ with me (yay). It's taken her a wee while to settle in (I've been here two weeks), and she'll have days where she's okay, days where she's not. I've had to move her about 3x because the place she was wasn't very good/temporary until I'd moved all my things.

I've put a little mirror in her cage and she likes it, but she's not really coming out of her cage unless she's cooed out. She doesn't go to her spiral, I think cos it's too far away. I need to move it.

I want to get her a friend. I'm worried however that she's too possessive of me. Like, she doesn't really like any one but me, in the mornings (before I moved), before work, she wouldn't leave me alone. Flying on my head, my arms, everything while I got ready for work

I'm just concerned for her, want to get her a friend, but unsure if I should.

Thoughts?
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Sounds like she's had a lot of change and is a little bewildered still. Poor girl, I hope she starts to feel comfortable in the new place soon.
IMO, if you would like another bird, get one for you, not her. I only say this because there's always the chance that they will not get along. Stewie was our first conure. After a while we decided he would benefit from having a birdy friend, so we got Sid. Sid loves Stew and wants to be friends in the worst way. Stewie seethes at the sight of Sid. Seriously hates him (and all other birds it seems). They can not even be out of their cages at the same time, Stew will attack, even flying in for an air strike.
That said, I do believe they all still benefit from seeing and hearing each other. When we are not home, or are trying to get chores done or whatever, they have each other to talk to, listen to, and watch.
I'm always super jealous when folks post pictures or talk about their flock getting along and being able to be together without conflict.
Just something to consider. Good luck with your decision. Choosing a new bird (if you decide to) is so exciting!


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I agree with Tovah on the other bird issue - make sure they're very compatible with you too!

How does Russ react to the mirror? I almost lean towards taking it out, what with all the other changes.. if Russ thinks it's another bird in the mirror, it could cause more stress or for Russ to bond with her reflection, rather than you. Personally, I don't put mirrors in my bird's cages for that reason, or at least only small ones



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Yeah I think I may take it out as she's spending more time with the mirror. I do want another budgie, but my main concern is that she will hate it cos she is just so possessive of me.
Thanks for your thoughts, I hope she will be okay soon!
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I seem to find that budgies will usually take to other budgies faster than other parrots will take to their own kind.

But nevertheless, make sure you are okay with getting her a friend. If you do, I would recommend getting a male, because females will often fight. But then theres an issue of eggs, so that could be a problem.

If you are at all concerned about getting another budgie, I think she will be fine.

If she is bonded to you, she might prefer to be with you. And maybe you don't want to sort of ruin that bond by getting another budgie.

If you have the time for her, she can be kept on her own, unless you think she really needs a friend.

If you really want another budgie, then I'm sure things would work out if you took things slowly. Budgies seem to like others of their kind (except possible female with female)

Take the mirror out, because that could cause more stress of having something new. Parrots seem to hate change, so its only natural fr Russ to be kinda stressed.

I think she will settle down after a while.

I know you will be able to make the right decision. All I can give you is my opinion, and you know Russ and her behaviour far better than I do!

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Tonight she's been a lot more social than she has been the past two weeks. Flying around by herself, to and from her cage and spiral and to me. Now she's sitting happily in her cage. Crazy birdy <3 Thanks for the advice guys. Like I said, I do want another bird, but I don't think introducing one is wise, like what I mean is, I should have got another one not long, if not at the same time as Russ. She's just too possessive of me
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Sounds like she had a good night, that's great!


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Since you really want another bird yourself, I think you can keep Rus happy even if she and the other bird choose to enjoy one another only from a distance. My three little birds do get along well, and they can be out playing together or even spend some time in the same cage. My senegal is too big to be allowed near the little birds, but even if the size difference did not exist, I get the impression she would attack another bird if given the opportunity. I am told that is fairly common among African birds. Nevertheless, she benefits greatly from having other birds in the home. She engages in parallel play with them, each in his/her own cage, and they chatter back and forth constantly. She wants ME when she wants me, and that is why I think she would attack, but she still very much benefits from her separated but various interactions with her house buds.

I would wait until you feel Rus is comfortable in the new apartment, though.

I have a small mirror on the play gym, but don't put mirrors or anything shiney enough for them to see themselves in inside the cages.

Roni, my senegal, is fascinated with sitting in the bathroom between the big mirror and me and looking at me in both places.
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