I would really appreciate any advice that anyone can give as I seem to be getting conflicting ideas from vets.
I have a beautiful blue male budgie (Buddy) who is nearly 2 years old.
In the last year he has suffered 3 crop infections . I have taken him to the vet each time and obtained the appropriate medication and he has always recovered well.
However, I am concerned about the reasons for what appears to be a recurring problem.
I have a female cockatiel (Bobby) who is nearly 6 but the 2 do not really get along. Well, Buddy loves Bobby but Bobby does not feel the same!! However, they are able to come out of their cages together (both are tame) with no problems.
I have read about recurring crop infections in Budgie's and the one thing that keeps coming up is that Budgie's should not be lone and at least 2 should be kept together. I have therefore decided that I would like to get Buddy a little companion.
I have also been advised to take all mirrors out of his cage - is this the right thing to do?
If a companion is the right option, can anyone advise on how long I should keep them seperate before placing them in the same cage or should they go straight in together?
Also, would it be best to buy another male as I do not really want to have little baby budgies being born!
I have already bought a bigger cage so that they will have plenty of room but I wanted to make sure I am doing the right thing.
My birds are incredibly important to me so I do not want to do anything that could be detrimental to them.