Should I get my male budgie a friend?

(Fremont, CA)

My female parakeet passed away three days ago. Her and my male parakeet were very close. They were never sexually active, but they preened each other, regurgitated for each other, etc. My male budgie was very stressed out when she died, but has since calmed down. Should I get him a friend or just give him more attention? He has never been aggressive, so I doubt he would attack a new parakeet.
Thank you,
Another Budgie Lover

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Nov 17, 2009
Thank You!
by: Another Budgie Lover

I will definitely consider getting another female. I was told to go through the same process of introducing a new 'keet when I got my male budgie (Geerigar), but they bonded right away. Thanks again!

Nov 17, 2009
Introducing a new bird
by: The Vet

It is impossible to predict if he will be aggressive to another bird. In my experience, they are more likely to be aggressive than not. It is possible to introduce another bird to him, but you would need to do it slowly.

Keep the new bird in a separate cage for a period of time, a month or two, until they seem like they will get along. They can play outside of the cage first. Putting them together in a neutral territory (like a new cage) would help. Putting extra food dishes in will also help. As well as having many perches, and two that are equal height in the cage.

It is best to get a bird that is the same age as your bird. Don?t get a baby, they rarely work out with adults. You could consider keeping him by himself, but you will need to spend lots of time with him. He should come out everyday.

Dr B

Nov 17, 2009
Should I get my male budgie a friend?
by: Linda

Yes, it would be good to get another female for him. Sometimes birds who lose mates grieve so much they stop eating and can die under those circumstances.

The only thing I would recommend is to keep them in separate cages for a while until you see them feeding each other when they play outside the cage. You're probably going to get a younger female who will need to be tamed, and it will be easier if she is in her own cage for a while. You can put both cages close to each other so they can always see each other. You can also use your tamed, trained male to show her what you want her to do, and I think he will help you in taming and training her. Be sure and tell him to "UP" when you want him to get on a stick or your hand. She can watch you from her cage and will hopefully get the gist of the matter by watching you with your male.

My BIG recommendation is to take your new bird to an Avian Vet to clear her for bacterial infections before you set her up in room with your male. If buying her from a pet store, many of the birds already have bacterial infections and will infect other birds in your home.

It does not cost much to find out if she is healthy before putting them in same room. If you do not do this, and she does have an infection, male will also be infected and then you'll have two birds going to Avian vet, and you'll have to treat both of them to clear up the infection.

Even if you buy from a breeder, go ahead and take her to Avian Vet. The stress of moving brings their immune systems down, and leaves them vulnerable for an infection. Every new bird I've ever brought in has had to be treated for a bacterial infection, so please go ahead and take her to Avian vet before putting your birds together in same room.

Thanks so Much for writing, and keep us posted on how everything goes including posting a picture of you birds once you get new female and all. We're always here to support other bird lovers in taking the best care of their birds.


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