New Buddies for a Budgie
(Baltimore MD USA)
So, I'm getting two new friends for my budgie Loki. She's about 2.5/3 years old, and the new keets are about 3 or 4 months old. I'm getting them from a breeder this upcoming weekend. I can't wait to get them, and she can't wait to get a friend or two. She's so lonely lately. I chirp with my mouth, and she tries to get inside to see if there's a bird in there. I have a few questions.
1) I was wondering how to introduce them best. With Loki's last friend, I just put the two in the same cage and they were fine with each other. They figured out the "pecking order" so to say and then were fast friends. Is introducing two new birds to one old one different than introducing one new one to the old one?
I have a new cage for them all as well. I was planning on putting the new ones in the new cage first...is that smart? How to introduce the old one to the new cage? Will any of them be territorial? Should I put toys in the new cage right away or slowly introduce them? I don't want the birds to get bored, especially the old one who is used to the toys.
I'm also wondering about the quarantine period. I didn't do it with the last bird, but that was because I didn't know about it. I'm assuming I should abide by it. Separate rooms is going to be hard to do, but I could try to make it work. If nothing else I can put them on opposite sides of the room... (college student here) Two weeks is the correct period right? I want the birds to be healthy. Could you give me some more information on this?
2) I'm going to take the new keets for a vet visit. What about the old one? She just got checked out about a month or two ago and was perfectly fine. I'm a college student so money's tight, should I take her back to the vet just in case or will it be ok if I don't? Also if I do take her back to the vet with the other birds how do I keep them quarantined??
3) I was also wondering what I can do to make sure the old budgie (Loki) eats all of her food. I don't want her teaching the other two bad habits but as of late I've noticed that she's been eating her seed and not much of her pellets (she has a 50/50 mixture) I tried making it so that it was more of a 75/25 mixture (more pellets) so that she'd feel she had to eat more of that, but she ended up just picking the pellets up with her beak and throwing them outside of the cage when she couldn't find anymore seed...I just ended up with a dirty floor for a few days. I'm afraid if I make her diet all pellets I'll end up with a dirty floor and a hungry bird. She also doesn't like veggies and fruits, which I've tried giving her. I want to try again and want to see if the other two will like them, any tips on this?
Thanks for any and all of your help.