Budgies are also known as budgerigars or parakeets and are one of the most popular pet bird species in the world are the Budgies, and it comes as no surprise to anyone who has ever known one. When properly tamed and cared for, Budgies make extraordinarily friendly and affectionate pets. On top of being small and easy to care for, Budgies take well to training and can learn to perform many fun bird tricks. Best of all, Budgies have the ability to learn to talk, and delight people of all ages with their cute and comical little voices.
Tame budgies are absolutely delightful to have out of their cage with you. They will climb all over you, chew the page you are writing on, attack the tip of your pen or pencil and generally make it difficult to ignore them! So if you can only have one budgie, make it a tame one so it can avoid a life locked up in a cage without friends. Better still have two or more tame budgies that can come out of their cage and have races around the room, but still keep each other company when they have to go ‘home’.
Budgies have a personality of their own, as any parakeet owner will surely tell you. Sometimes, as it is with humans, those personalities collide. So, before you decide to get a second budgie, make sure you are willing and able to keep a second, separate cage. This is not only a good backup plan in case your budgies can’t stand each other but is also a necessity if one (or heaven forbid: more than one) budgie gets sick as you need to be able to place it/them in quarantine so the other birds don’t get contaminated. Generally speaking though, budgies are very genial and will quickly befriend another parakeet.
In the beginning, you’re Budgie will not want to be too close to the newcomer. Don’t be surprised if, after you spent all that time building a good relationship with your budgie, he even becomes a little angry towards you. Some kind and attached to their owner Budgies have been known to suddenly bite or refuse to perch on their finger. This is temporary. Your Budgie can be compared to a 3-year-old, both in wits and personality. He’s really actually jealous! He had a palace for himself, all that attention and food, the toys and everything revolved around him. Now he sees there’s another one like him. An invader! They are that smart. So how do you deal with a jealous little budgie?
First, don’t treat him any differently. Give him just as much attention as before. Keep the newcomer separated, but make sure the cages are within hearing distance of each other. This way, neither bird feels threatened by the other, and they are able to safely get used to the other’s presence. Suspicion turns into curiosity.
After a day, move the two cages close together, place them next to each other. The birds will climb their cage trying to get to the other one. They want to examine the other bird. Do not let them out and don’t put them in one cage as they’ll still fight! After 2-3 days, you can let the tame budgie out. It’ll fly to the new bird, land on top of the cage and investigate. If it can reach a toy or food, it will play with it or eat it. He’s trying to set the pecking order! “All this is mine now, I’m the boss.”
Allow this to happen. Don’t feel pity, in the long run, it’s the best for both birds. Just keep an eye out that neither bird hurts the other. If possible, you can put a vegetable or a piece of fruit between the bars of the cage, so both birds can easily eat from it. Eating together like this will create the first bond and further help establish the pecking order. Eventually, when things seem to go well, you can allow the two birds to spend the day in one main cage. The entire previous process should take at least one week. Don’t let them sleep together yet and do keep an eye out for fights for the first few days. They’ll still quarrel, which is normal, but if feathers start to fly or they rolling through the cage holding on to each other and squeaking, it’s time to take action. Start over, extend the separation time and re-evaluate.
Finally, if after this 2nd and longer attempt at introducing them to each other, you can try allowing them to spend the night in one cage. However, if problems arise again, take a step back and re-evaluate. An extra tip when putting two budgies together. On the day you put the two budgies in one cage, clean, reorganize the main cage and put in some toys from the new bird. This will fool the budgies into thinking they’re both being put in a new cage and prevent the first bird from feeling the need to defend its own territory.
If all these steps are followed and you can let them sleep together in one cage without problems, congratulations: you’ve successfully extended your bird-family!