Do you think I should get my budgie a friend?
Category: Parakeet Questions
I have a 1 to 1-1/2 year old budgie named Sunny. He’s very sweet and playful, but he can be shy and a little cautious at times too. He has a decent sized cage, and I get him out daily. I often just let him hang out at my computer with my while I do school work (I’m cyber schooled). Also, he’s very small, like the runt. He hasn’t grown much since we got him, and it doesn’t look like he’s ever gonna get bigger. He’s very well taken care of though, and seems very happy and healthy.
I made the mistake of putting a mirror in his cage, and he became wayyy too attached to it. He was always regurgitating to it, and all his food was piling up on the bottom of his cage :/ He also lost interest in coming out of his cage, and sometimes got a little nippy when I’d try to get him out. I took the mirror away, and he seems a little bored now. He has a nice variety of toys, and he still gets out a lot.
I’m thinking of getting another budgie though. Do you think he would get along with a new friend? Seeing how he bonded with the mirror, I think he’d be alright, but I’d hate to get another bird and them not get along. It would kill me if something happened to him. And since he’s smaller than most average budgies, I’d worry there might be a dominance issue or aggression towards him since he’s just a little guy.
I’d want another male, and I’ve read they can get along very well. I don’t want a female because I don’t wanna have to worry about mating. Also, would the males still sing? Sunny sings all the time and my mom and I love it. His songs are beautiful, and I’d hate to lose that.
I understand you have to introduce them slowly, as I’ve read up on it quite a bit. We have a spare cage that I could use with food/water bowls, perches, and toys. I know most of the main things when introducing a new bird, but any helpful tips are welcomed.
This question might seem a little dumb, but does color matter? I’ve seen some bonded pairs who are the same color, or close to it. So do similar colors bond better, or is color irrelevant?
So overall I’m just looking for opinions. Do you think I should get another budgie? Do you think two males would get along? Would his size be a problem? Would they still sing? Is color an important factor when getting another budgie? Thanks in advance! :)