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    Any ideas on our budgie's attitude toward new bird?

    Hi,

    We just brought home a new budgie, Phoebe, a few hours ago.
    Our nine month old budgie, Zoe, is acting relatively lukewarm
    to the new bird, and while not unfriendly or hostile, tending to
    keep some distance. They are both believed by the pet store
    (a very respected store in SF) to be female. The approx 7-10wk
    old Phoebe seems pretty easy going, and doesn't mind and can
    sit close or away from Zoe with no problem. She was particularly
    gregarious in the store. We realize it is too soon to make
    any predictions about where all of this is going.

    Perhaps because Phoebe is so young, she seems to be adapting
    very quickly on the first day, compared to how I recall Zoe and
    our dearly departed bird, Violet did. It is Violet's perch Pheobe
    is filling particularly to keep Zoe company.

    Zoe was a very good friend to Violet and vice versa. It has been
    three weeks since Zoe has seen Violet, who died after a tragic
    illness and seeing two vets. Zoe and Violet became friends within
    the first few minutes of meeting, becoming very cuddly and
    affectionate soon after. This preening affair continued for a month,
    until the last couple weeks of Violet's life, when at times
    Zoe started getting more covetous of her own space when in her
    favorite places, such as a swing hanging in the window in front of
    a bird feeder outside.

    Toward the end, Zoe would occassionaly put her foot up on Violet
    (who objected loudly), and sometimes would hang beneath the swing
    and gently nibble at Violet's feet (which Violet also objected to loudly).
    This occurred only when they shared the window Swing. And still there
    were times that they would kiss and cuddle as sweetly and intimately.

    I hope that Zoe and the new bird, Phoebe will become friends. It is
    hard to know if Zoe still remembers Violet, or why she is more aloof
    on the first day. Has anyone seen this behavior before or have any
    ideas about it?

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    Re: Any ideas on our budgie's attitude toward new bird?

    A couple of points...first off, you should not have the new bird in with the one you have had for some time. Your new budgie should be quarantined for at least 30 days in another room away from your other bird. Quarantining is for the protection your other bird in case the new one has any health issues (diseases) you are not yet aware of. Do you know what illness your bird that passed away had and has Zoe been checked out to be sure that she does not have any illnesses that can be passed on to your new budgie. Also, has the cage, toys, swings etc. been thoroughly disinfected to make sure there is nothing there that can cause sickness? I don't mean to sound harsh but please separate your birds and keep them apart for the 30 days and it would also be very advisable to have your new budgie checked out by an avian vet within a few days to make sure it is healthy. These are just normal precautions that should be taken whenever a new bird is brought into the home.

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    Re: Any ideas on our budgie's attitude toward new bird?

    That sounds like good advice. However, we have a pretty good idea what
    happened to Violet; the vet, perhaps the best and most highly reputed avian vet in our area believes she aspirated on food as a result of over-treating a low-grade stress-induced opportunistic infection (along with two anti-biotics for a whole month, and two gram stains confirming that the infection had cleared after treatment). The infection she initially had, which was treated, they thought was from being sold too young from the breeder. Unfortunately, she was a small bird and weighed 24 gms. The vet said she was very underweight (later we found out by a sternum check she was wrong), and we were asked to forcefeed her without being informed of the risk of aspiration, or how to best prevent it. The second vet, the reputed one, saw her at 25 grams and said she was quite meaty. In other words, we didn't need to force feed her, and I feel awful about that. It really hurts because she was such a sweet bird and I loved her very much and would have done anything I could to help her.

    Superficial diagnoses of our 9 month old bird (both vets have seen her when she was brought in with Violet) shows her to be healthy and strong. She always has been. The new bird is from a pet store/breeder with a very good reputation too, who's birds are known by the same vet. I agree that we should take the new bird and perhaps Zoe in to get a base line on their health, and I will do that this week. I also believe the odds are much more in our favor that both of these birds are healthy, than one might suppose otherwise.

    Thanks for the great advice. I'll see what the vet says about quarantining. The new bird was brought home in the same cage with Zoe, and I hate to seperate them at the moment unless it really is the only prudent thing to do.

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    Re: Any ideas on our budgie's attitude toward new bird?

    Seems I jumped the gun here. You sound like you are very well informed and didn't need my two cents worth
    I'm sorry to hear about what happened to Violet...that must have been terrible for you. Perhaps Zoe and your new bird will be able to bond given a little time and go on to live long and happy, healthy chirpy lives...

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