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Old 03-13-2017, 03:24 AM
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I have a 7 month old cockatiel (8 months on 19th) and I was wondering what kind of buddy should i get? I currently don't know the gender of my tielbut is going through his first molt and thought I should wait until i see what gender my tiel is. I don't want breeding as I've read all the complications that could happen. I've seen people have budgies with tiels. There's a bird fair in a month and thought if that's a start on looking for a buddy. Any suggestions?
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Old 03-13-2017, 04:56 PM
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Is there a specific reason you feel the need to get your bird a buddy? You should never get a bird for the bird you already have. Not all birds get along so you have to be prepared to house them separately and have separate out of cage times if this happens. The new bird will need to be quarantined from your current bird for at least a month to make sure it's not carrying anything that can make your bird sick. This means in a separate cage in a separate room. Honestly, the best buddy for your tiel is another tiel. While budgies and tiels can get along, it's not recommended to house them together.
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Old 03-13-2017, 05:05 PM
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Are you not a good enough buddy for your tiel? If you have a tame bird I wouldn't bother getting it a buddy as that's what you are. And I personally would never recommend budgies to anyone as I think they are bossy nasty little birds but obviously that is my own oppinion and many will disagree with me. If you want a friend for your tiel get another tiel but I don't think it needs a friend.
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Old 03-14-2017, 12:35 AM
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My tiel and i get together well it's just i'm not home for 8 hours because of school but he has toys to play with in the cage while i'm gone so I guess he doesn't really need a friend then.
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We felt bad for our old tiel because we had school and parents had work but we got her a friend and she hated him! He was miserable and refused to become tame lol and she was quite annoyed by his presence. It doesn't always go well when you introduce a new bird unfortunately. I'd say keep your bird as your friend and just make sure when you are there it's getting loads of out of cage time and attention. Your bird probably just sleeps when your not there lol
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I've had great experience with budgies and tiels becoming very bonded, but for a cockatiel which hasn't been exposed to them from a young age, another young cockatiel would probably be accepted better. I feel all pet birds should have at least one bird companion, they're flock animals.
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My teil has been exposed to budgies just that the budgies weren't tame as much and they fly away when there is a person and my tiel can't fly because the original owner that i got my teil from clipped only one of his wings and just walks and climbs everywhere. So i was thinking of getting a tamed budgie friend for him as if i buy a tiel; that other tiel could be the opposite gender of my unknown gender teil and breed and i dont want a breeding pair so that's why I was thinking of getting a budgie for my tiel.
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Old 03-14-2017, 04:01 PM
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I spend most of my time with my teil when I get home and put him back when it's 10 pm to sleep. But I want him to socialize with other birds like a budgie or his own kind.
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Another cockatiel is your best bet for them getting along, though there are no guarantees. Birds can be super odd about friendship/bonding! My female shares a cage with a male Bourke's parakeet. They coexist perfectly fine but are not bonded. I do think it is mentally healthy for them to hang out as a mini-flock. When I brought home my lineolated parakeets, Autumn INSTANTLY became completely obsessed with one of them, for no apparent reason. Who knows why she just immediately fell in love with one bird, but couldn't care less about the other two?

Anyhow, for a different species, I'd recommend a Bourke's parakeet over a budgie if you can find one; budgies can annoy tiels easily with their hyperactive and sometimes bullyish personalities. Not to say that budgies and tiels never become friends, but I wouldn't count on it.
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8 hours is a long time to be away when you consider they'd naturally sleep ~14 hours during winter months. That's almost all day spent asleep or alone.

I really agree with another cockatiel being your best bet. It can be a bit difficult preventing mating/breeding in a bonded m/f pair, but you don't have to let the eggs hatch. They can easily be boiled or replaced with fake ceramic eggs until the birds lose interest. Budgies tend to be too boisterous and bossy for tiels, especially if they have to be caged together.

I have two boys who are buddies but not overly bonded and it's a really great dynamic. They keep each other busy all day and are still super excited to see me and hang out with me. I could never go back to having just one.
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