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Should I Get My Bird a Companion?

Written by Grace, Pootspete

Well, what is the reason for your question? Do you just want your bird to have a friend in the same cage (after quarantining)? Do you see your birdie just sitting there in its cage all by its lonesome, talking and chirping, but you feel your birdie is lonely? There are some important things you need to consider. For example, do you feel you do not have enough time to spend with the first bird? If so, are you prepared to spend even more time with having two birds? Yes, more time, not less. You cannot rely on your second bird taking care of your first bird. You will still need to interact with your birds, and you will have a bit more responsibility with taking care of an additional bird, i.e. more feed, water, toys, cleaning, grooming, additional vet visits, etc.

A lot of individuals have just one bird and the bird can lead a very happy life alone. Birds can amuse themselves to great lengths, with having interesting toys to play with in their cages and other items of amusement. The interaction that they have with you too inspires them. You could have your bird accompany you to the bathroom in the mornings, where if trained, can perch on your shoulder or a simulated perch that you set up and watch you shower and get ready for the days activities. You can also have other things planned for when you return at night. Having a television, or radio playing in the back ground also stimulates them to talk and listen while you are away at work. Having a CD with a tropical rain forest theme playing I would think is interesting as background noise. With all that being said, there are still those, like you and me, who have or want to expand our bird population in our homes.

If your only desire is for your present bird to have a companion and live the rest of its life with another bird, then that is fine. Just make sure that you have an adequate cage that will support both birds living together comfortably or in separate cages side-by-side and preferably having the same sex birds.

Please keep in mind before purchasing another bird the possibility that the birds may not like one another and will not get along even after careful introduction. But, if you have other things in mind such as breeding, then please see the article on Breeding in the Bird Information Section.

If you're attempting to train one or both birds, let me share a bit what you may encounter with having more than one bird. It will be much more difficult to try and train one or both of the birds when they have been and remain together. I am not saying that it is not impossible, but it will be much more difficult and will require more patience and stamina from you.

I have two budgies a male and female around the same age. They were not introduced to one another until after a year or so went by. They lived in separate cages in separate rooms and were aware of one another, as they would call back and forth daily, but never laid eyes upon each other. Some may think this is cruel, but I wanted to be able to train at least one of my budgies for myself. In that year's time I was able to train my male who would fly to me, talk to me and bond eventually with me. You can find out how to train your birds more fully in the Bird Information Section.

When I finally introduced the two of them, they interacted with one another. Surprisingly I found out that the male, which I trained, still flew and mingle with me also apart from his own kind. I really did not expect that to happen, as I thought once they were among their own kind, it would be difficult to divide. Needless to say, my training was not in vain and I was very pleased with the outcome. They still sleep in separate cages and are in different rooms. I let them out daily together, and my male will fly to me if I call to him, or come on his own, which is very encouraging to say the least.

In a nutshell, there was a benefit to training my male budgie alone. You may detect some of the one-to-one relationship you had with your bird gone, but in the long run you can still have both, your bird responding to you and to its own kind when and if you decide on getting another bird for your present birdie!

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