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Can I Put 1 Male and 2 Female Budgies in the Same Cage?

Dr. Mark is a veterinarian with over 40 years of experience in the field. He works with dogs, cats, exotics, and livestock.

Budgies are social animals, so with the right cage setup and introduction, they can thrive living together!

Budgies are social animals, so with the right cage setup and introduction, they can thrive living together!

Can I Keep Male and Female Budgies in the Same Cage?

"Can I keep two female budgies and one male in the same cage? I already have the two females and am hoping to add the male. I usually let them out of the cage to roam the house 3–4 days each week. Will adding a third budgie be okay?" —Nisha

Yes, Parakeets Are Social Birds!

Australian parakeets (budgies) are social birds. In Australia, they live in large flocks. Amazon parrots are more likely to hang out in pairs, but budgies do great no matter what the group makeup.

The key is introducing the birds correctly. Here are a few tips.

Tips for Adding a New Budgie to Your Cage

Keeping three budgies in one cage is not a problem. I have heard about cases where a couple will harass an extra female, but I have not seen this in my own budgies. Here are a few tips for setting up an optimal environment and introducing your old birds to your new one.

Ensure Your Cage Is Large Enough

My main concern is that since they will be confined several days each week, the cage needs to be adequately large.

Before you get your new bird, make sure that the cage is at least 30 inches long (40 would be much better) and tall enough for them to move around, at least 30 inches. Make sure that there are enough perches for the birds to separate if they want to be alone.

Quarantine the New Bird

Anytime you get a new bird, it is a good idea to quarantine them for at least 15–30 days to watch for any contagious diseases. (Newly shipped birds might develop respiratory problems, and you do not want your older budgies to get sick.)

Introduce the Birds Slowly

Keep him in the same room as the other birds for the last 5 days or so; this will make putting them together in one cage that much easier. Introductions need to go slow to prevent problems later on.

Prepare for Potential Coupling (and Consequences)

Two of them might end up making a couple, so you will want to provide them with a breeding box.

If two of the birds do form a couple, they may end up fighting with the third bird. If they do, you will need to separate that third bird and get a companion for her. (This happens a lot more in a small cage, so if your birds are loose in a room most of the time, this may not even be an issue.)

Best of Luck With Your New Budgie!

Following the steps above and staying patient throughout the initial introductory period should make for a smooth transition for your birds and you!

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This article is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from your veterinarian. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

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