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What Do You Do With A Lonely Parakeet?

If your parakeet seems lonely, it may be tempting to get him or her a buddy. But a new bird might not be the answer to a lonely bird, so find out ways you can include your parakeet in your everyday life.

Sally Blanchard

Budgerigars

Q) Ozzie is a 3-month-old budgerigar that we have had for about six weeks. He seems to just eat all the time and doesn’t play with any of the many bird toys he has in his cage. He seems reluctant to bond with either me or my husband and seems very lonely and sad, although he does chirp a lot. I am wondering whether it would be wise or safe to introduce a mate (another male) into his cage as a friend for him?

A) Many of the budgies sold today have not experienced much human socialization. He most likely did not have toys around when he was a baby, and it is unlikely that he was handled very much, so toys and human interaction are unfamiliar to him. If you get another budgie to house with him, it is unlikely that either bird will really appreciate your companionship. Your budgie is young enough that he could still be tamed. As a start, since he likes to eat a lot, I would encourage him to eat with you. Place his cage near or on the table and open the door to let him out. Fix him a special plate with healthy foods, such as chopped veggies. It may take awhile for him to come out to eat with you, but the way to his heart may be through his little budgie belly.

Want to learn more about budgies?

Should You Have One Budgie or Two?
How To Train Your Parakeet


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Posted: February 26, 2014, 11:15 p.m. PDT

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