Another bird? And bonding?

by Kelli
(Seattle, WA, United States)

I have a male budgie who is about 3 or 4 that I rescued with another female bird that he was bonded with, she recently died and though he still eats and drinks, my surviving bird do not really move around in his cage anymore, nor does he fly out when the cage is open nearly as often. He is still not tame and VERY shy and wary of new things, so my interactions with him have been limited to talking and sitting by his cage with treats.

He seems depressed to me but I'm not sure. Should I get another bird? And if so, what is the probability that they won't get along? If they do get along, can I keep them in the same cage after the first month? And would I be able to get a cockatiel or green cheek conure as a friend, can they be in the same cage? And do you have any tips for binding with this bird? Will having another bird that trusts me help him trust me?

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Oct 14, 2013
Another bird after mate died?
by: The Avian Vet

I do not recommend getting another bird. It is likely that they will not get along. With the right introduction and the appropriate size cage, it could work with time and effort. I recommend that you put a mirror in his cage to provide some company. If you decide to introduce another bird, I can give you some guidance. Just let me know.
Dr B

Oct 10, 2013
Another bird? And bonding?
by: Linda

The information from Alex is good and valuable information which you may want to print out.

I would advise getting another bird, but you cannot put them together right away. They will need to be in separate cages until they get to know one another which could take months. The fact that the new bird will be in sight will take care of your bird's depression.

Both birds will have to be examined by an Avian Vet ONLY. You may wish to take both birds into the Avian Vet for an exam at the same time. You said your female died which could mean a contagious infection, so both your present bird and the new bird will need to be examined for infections both bacterial and viral so they can both be diagnosed and treated.This is not optional because if your bird or the new bird has infection of any kind, both birds will die without being examined, diagnosed and treated by an Avian Vet ONLY. Only take your birds to an Avian Vet because they are the only ones licensed and trained in care of birds and other exotic animals. Dog and cat vets cannot diagnose or treat birds or other exotics because they have no idea what they are doing and will make matters worse and not better plus they will charge you a lot of money which will not be refunded if birds die. If money is tight, avian vets will usually take money down and arrange payments for the balance. Do not miss even one payment or you will lose the opportunity to have your birds treated anytime in the future. The testing for infections for birds small as these will not be that much to begin with, and will make sure your birds stay alive and well.

So, to recap, take both birds to the Avian Vet to see if your present bird and/or the new bird has infections. Infections are common with new birds especially those coming from pet stores and some less than good breeders. The less than good breeders are usually the ones who supply the pet stores with birds, and they are all usually already sick with some kind of infection.

Both birds will need an exam to see if they are healthy or you could end up losing both of them to an undiagnosed/untreated infection.

Thanks for writing and best of everything to you,

Oct 10, 2013
depressed bird
by: Alex

I am sorry to hear of your loss.

Your bird is grieving for the lost companion.

How long ago dis she pass away?

I have been in the same boat after having one of my budgies put down to illness and increasing pain.

He stayed out of view at the back on top of my wardrobe and wouldn't eat.

The advice I was given by two avian vets and the nice people at this site is as follows:

Normally, it is advised that the new bird should be quarantined, but due to the circumstances I was advised to get a new companion ASAP.

The new bird should be in a separate cage within view of the remaining bird.

In my case,my new bird started communicating with my new bird after 20 minutes and within a few hours they were preening each others faces through the cage bars.

There is no guarantee that they will get on straight away. There is always the risk that they may never get on.

NEVER put birds of different species in the same cage, as there is the risk of death of the smaller bird. Birds fall out just like humans and other animals and a larger bird fighting with it can kill it or require emergency treatment from an avian vet.

In summary, I would advise that you get a new bird ASAP,and the new bird being a budgie. It is advised that the new bird is younger, but an older bird will be fine. My new bird was about two years older(rescue budgie) than my remaining budgie.

Keep them separated until you are sure that the birds will get on.

Just watch out for any illnesses that the new bird may have and could pass on.

After the new bird has been established, it is suggested that the birds are weaned on to either Roudybush or Harrison's organic pellets.

80% f the diet should be pellets and 20% treats.

Tracie should be able to provide the link for conversion advice.


Let us know how your bird gets on and what you decide.

You can always come back and let us know how things get on or have any further questions.

I hope everything goes well.


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