Introducing a new flock member? Parakeets

Discussion in 'Caged Birds - Finches, Canaries, Cockatiels, Parro' started by GammaPoppyLilyFlutter, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. GammaPoppyLilyFlutter

    GammaPoppyLilyFlutter Love Comes with Feathers

    Jun 26, 2010
    California
    I have two parakeets, male and female. They are not very social with people, but they are very close to each other. I'm thinking of getting my sister a young parakeet for Christmas, but I'm not sure it's a good idea. Will the two parakeets I have now torture the new bird, like chickens sometimes do? Will they shun him/her? Pet stores normally sell budgies that are barely out of their chickhood, so the female might accept it due to instinct (the male is only a month younger but she cares for him like he's her own chick), but it's mainly the male I'm worried about. He's fat and sometimes a tad moody, especially when it comes to sharing his food.

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    The green one is Sugar (female) and the yellow one is Butterscotch (male)
     
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2010
  2. Sumatra503

    Sumatra503 Kozy Orchard Farms

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    If you are getting your sister a young parakeet you should get her a seperate cage for the little guy.

    The two birds you already have are most likely paired up and have claimed the cage as their territory. to introduce a new bird could seriously mess things up for both them and the new guy. Particularly if it is a younger bird.

    The new bird will also be a bit friendlier if kept by itself. It will be easier for her to bond with him that way.
     

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