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How to Introduce a Second Budgie

I love raising budgies; they are just the cutest and most adorable birds out there.

So you want to learn how to introduce budgies . . .

So you want to learn how to introduce budgies . . .

Getting a Second Budgie

Budgies are great friends to have. A quick browse on Google images reveals the many amusing antics that make this bird such a beloved and popular pet.

Most bird lovers start out with just the one budgie. You spent a lot of time thinking about it, gaining information, buying a cage and fun toys, and finding the best bird food. You dashed off to the animal shop, put down some cash and walked home proud with your very first budgie.

But it's not long before you start to wonder... should I get a second budgie? Maybe you've noticed Tweety is a little lonely, or someone else pointed out that budgies really are group animals and should have a buddy. Maybe you're just so hooked on your tiny friend that you just want to have more of the same thing. All are good reasons to get another, or even third or fourth, budgie.

Then, doubt starts to echo in your head: what if they don't get along?

Budgies have a personality of their own, as any parakeet owner will surely tell you. Sometimes, as it is with humans, those personalities collide. So, before you decide to get a second budgie, make sure you are willing and able to keep a second, separate cage. This is not only a good back-up plan in case your budgies can't stand each other. If one (or, heaven forbid, more than one) budgie gets sick, you need to be able to place it in quarantine, so the other birds don't get contaminated.

Generally speaking though, budgies are very genial and will quickly befriend another parakeet.

Budgie Jealousy

Initially, your first budgie will keep itself at a distance towards the newcomer. Don't be surprised if, after you spent all that time building a good relationship with your budgie, he even becomes a little angry at you. Some birds who were previously attached to their owners suddenly bite or refuse to perch on a finger.

This is temporary. Imagine your budgie to be a 3 year-old, both in wits and personality. He's really actually jealous! He had a palace for himself, all that attention and food, the toys, etc. Everything revolved around him. Now he sees there's another one like him. An invader! They are that smart. So how do you deal with a jealous little budgie?

Like humans, budgies get jealous.

Like humans, budgies get jealous.

Introducing a New Budgie

1. Turn the Threat Into Curiosity

First, don't treat him any differently. Give him just as much attention as before. Keep the newcomer separated, but make sure the cages are within hearing distance of each other. This way, neither bird feels threatened by the other, and they are able to safely get used to the other's presence. Suspicion turns into curiosity.

2. Move the Cages Together

After a day, move the two cages close together. Place them next to each other. The birds will climb their cage trying to get to the other one. They want to examine the other bird. Do not let them out, don't put them in one cage! They'll still fight!

3. Let Your Old Pet Out

After 2-3 days, you can let the tame budgie out. It'll fly to the new bird, land on top of the cage and investigate. If it can reach a toy or food, it will play with it or eat it. He's trying to set the pecking order! "All this is mine now, I'm the boss."

Allow this to happen. Don't feel pity. In the long run, it's the best for both birds. Just keep an eye out that neither bird hurts the other. If possible, you can put a vegetable or a piece of fruit between the bars of the cage, so both birds can easily eat from it. Eating together like this will create the first bond and further help establish the pecking order.

4. Try One Cage During the Day

Eventually, when things seem to go well, you can allow the two birds to spend the day in one main cage. The entire previous process should take at least one week. Don't let them sleep together yet.

Do keep an eye out the first few days for fights. They'll still quarrel, which is normal, but if feathers start to fly or they roll squeaking through the cage holding on to each other, it's time to take action. Extend the separation time and re-evaluate.

5. Arrange a Sleepover

Finally, if there are no further problems (give it at least 3 days), you can try allowing them to spend the night in one cage. Again, if problems arise, take a step back and re-evaluate.

I Think We Should Redecorate

An extra tip when putting two budgies together. On the day you put the two budgies in one cage, clean, reorganize the main cage and put in some toys for the new bird. This will fool the budgies into thinking they're both being put in a new cage and prevent the first bird from feeling the need to defend its own territory.


If all these steps are followed and you can let them sleep together in one cage without problems, congratulations: you've successfully extended your bird family!

Give them enough time, and very soon, they'll be the very best of friends. They'll feed each other, wash each other, and so on. Eventually, you'll find them doing everything together!

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.


Joan west on August 30, 2020:

i have a baby budgie he is about 12 weeks old we have had him for two weeks is it ok to get another budgie and put him in the same cage straight away thanks

P on August 12, 2020:

We got to budgies one male one female. The male died and we want to get a new budgie. The female has been alone for 5 weeks and is obsessed with the mirror, what should we do?

SR on August 04, 2020:

Please can someone help me on how to introduce my new budgie to my old one...... i only have 1 cage so how am i meant to do this?

Sarah on June 28, 2020:

This was very helpful to me considering that I had 2 budgies, and 1 was a female, and another was a male, and then the female died sadly. I had to get another budgie, and when I brought a female one, my older budgie started to fight the newcomer budgie, so I went online, and typed in my question on how to introduce a second budgie to an old one, and I found this article which Helped me a lot!

Thanks so much!

Best Regards,


Grace on May 12, 2020:

I had budie as a class pet

Sophie on April 29, 2020:

We bought a second budgie yesterday who was flying perfectly around her breeders’ aviary before she was caught for us to take home. Today however, in our place, she is not flying even though we released her from the cage with our first budgie. She only hops around on our floor and flutters at the same time. Is this normal?

Jade on January 29, 2020:

This was so helpfull

K on January 18, 2020:

So I’ve had a budgie for a little over a year and today I went to get a new bigger cage for her and more food. Well I ended up looking at more budgies while I was there because I had been thinking about getting her a friend since she was 1 of 3 when we got her. Well, we get home and set up the new cage and put both girls in so that the original wouldn’t be territorial in the smaller cage. They have been getting along so well even tho the new one is younger. The older one cleans the younger one and sits right next to her. I’m so glad they have bonded already

nora on October 28, 2019:

i dont really have an extra bird cage, but my boy bird seemed really exited about his new buddy.. he was talking and whistling to the new one. he has been alone for a little over 2 yrs. the other bird is used to other birds, since i bought her from a store with many others in same cage.. they dosent really fight, but the new one seems a tiny bit sceptic, still they try to sit on the same branch. should i really separate them, or see how it works?

carol on October 23, 2019:

we bought 2 baby budgies one got respretrie problems took him to a bird vet he was cured took the other one with the same problem he or she died.we bought a new one a boy.we kept him a seperate cage for a week.then put them together the new one is agressive to the new one.i am thinking of seperating them again.the first one has scaley mite and i have teated the both birds but was wondering if it could be stress off the other bird.

a.r. on August 13, 2019:

am i able to keep my new coming budgie in the same cage as my original one on the first day? i just dont have another cage for him

Barbara b on June 18, 2019:

I really think birds are better on thier own...we just think thier lonly cos we it from a human.perspective..if your a goood and mindful owner..they are fine alone..and have peace.

Leave radio on when u are out talk and interact with them. They love it. The rissk is the wrong bydgie companion..could be harmful..and Ive heard female budgies can be never 2 females .

Birb on April 12, 2019:

Today i buyed 2 at the same time i think they get along

Lauren on September 02, 2018:

I Have A Blue and White Male Budgie And I Have Had Him Since October 25th 2017. I Got A Female Yesterday. There In The Same Cage Until I Get Another Cage.

Lila on August 12, 2018:

I'm wanting to get my neighbour's budgie a friend because we are currently looking after her and she seems so lonely, she gets food out of the food dish and attempts to put it in the mirror and feed her reflection, it's so sad to watch, is there anyway I could try to persuade my neighbour to get a second one? I might offer to get them a bigger cage if she gets her a second one, I hope it works, wish me luck, thx for the article its really helpful XD

hannah on August 10, 2018:

i have a 2 year old budgie dreaming to get another, thanks for your help!

paul on July 24, 2018:

I have a large aviary where two pairs have successfully breed over three years. Should I introduce a new bird or a pair?

Nikola on July 20, 2018:


From my experience, it can drive you in a loop, where you constantly get new budgies when one passes away. In home conditions, budgies, again saying from my experience, live about 7-9 years at most. Some people say they live more, but damn, haven't found a way.

Anne on July 12, 2018:

I have had 2 budgies since 2010 and today I noticed the female has escaped. Is the male too old to have a new female introduced to him.

Chris on May 15, 2018:

Good information from this page very helpful

Johnny Wasko on February 25, 2018:

Hi. Someone gave me a free budgie. He had two of them and when he got the second one they wouldn’t let him anywhere near him. I’m affraid the same will happen if I get another one. What do I do


qaz2120wsx on January 15, 2018:

Budgie newb: You can leave your computer on while you are gone. Go to YouTube and find all of the chirping budgie videos. Some run for 8 or more hours. Put this on for your budgie. It makes them feel like there are lots of other budgies around and they don't have to be afraid. My budgies love these videos and I play them every day. My budgies have come to recognize certain budgies in certain videos and get very excited when their "friend" come on. If you don't want to leave your computer on, you can put on a radio with some nice soft music. This, too, will help your budgie feel that he's not all alone. Good luck! :)

Luna on December 29, 2017:

My parakeet isn’t very naughty he has a huge cage just for himself he’s kinda selfish about it, he used to perch on my finger, but now he tries to bite me.

I think he feel so like he’s the king of the cage.

But he’s been getting better with his aggression.

Budgie newb on December 19, 2017:

I recently got my first budgie and i do wonder if i should get HER a buddy. Im not sure because she has had bad experinces with other buddies. I also want a second buddy because i am gone 6 hours a day and i dont eant her to be lonely but i also just want another budgie! What do i do? Help!

EllasBudgies on December 12, 2017:

I already have a female budgie (she is 1 years old) and I want to get another budgie since my old one is very lonely. I want the new budgie to move in with my old budgie, I was thinking perhaps a female budgie so they can't mate. Is there a high chance these two female budgies will fight a lot? All could they get used to each and become friends?

Blob on November 28, 2017:

My budgie had bad experinces with her roommate, shoud i get her a buddy? I want another budgie but im not! (my budgie is female)

Rhylan on October 30, 2017:

How do you introduce a new female to a group of three (A bonded pair and another lone male)?

Classifide on October 13, 2017:

I just got a budgie and he keeps squaking at the window

Is he lonley

Kay on October 11, 2017:

I have 2 budgies and they don't do anything together and I got them both at the same time.

hi on July 11, 2017:

this is helpful info

Angela on April 12, 2017:

I don't have two cages and I introduced the new one immediately

What should I do ???

They haven't kissed or preened each other

wilhelmina on March 01, 2017:

i have a female budgie should i get her a male or female friend

gayle gillis on February 21, 2017:

I had to put a new male in with my female as I didn't have a separate cage. she is 7 mos, he is 4 mos. she will push him right off the perch during the day but now, after 4 days she will let him sit on the same perch. will this behavior stop as I had hoped to breed them in another year.

Lilly Oakley on December 20, 2016:

I love my bird,but I don't want to spend extra money for a third cage when I'm getting a second bird, should I put my new bird in the one main cage and keep my old bird in the same small one?

Jane mcloughlin. Horwich Bolton bl6 6 hh on November 21, 2016:

Hi , I'm Jane , iv had Tootsy for 5 years is so pretty , but I felt a little friend would b company when I'm at work or out , so I went mad and got another little female blue budgie , and a cage ,.iv put there cages together , and perches close so they can get to know each other .

So far things are going fine , slowly starting to copy and

Sit next to each other ,. I'm hoping that in a couple of days I can king

D of connect the doors to see if they prefer to b together , iv always got so much joy out of Tootsy ( no 1). Really hoping (Bluey no 2 ). And tootsy will soon b best buddies ( best Budgies , rather ). Im full of confidence , that Tootsy will perhaps mother the younger one

And will b able to chit chat away with their millet ,. " Mad crZy. Budgie ' lover.

Tracka on January 26, 2015:

Please HELP

I went and bought another budgie before reading your information...I was given 2 budgies from the previous owners of the house. One was a girl and the other is still deciding although I'm thinking more a girl. They cleaned each other and slept with their heads under their wings and bickered but still worked well with each other. My daughter cleaned the cage and the girl got out. The other one chirped for it for 12 hours straight. I then went a bought a 3 month old budgie, it's so cute. But last night I found the little one in the top of the corner of the cage clinging on with it's beak and claws. :-( Today they will sit beside each other but when the little one gets too close the older one goes to peck it. The little one is talking a lot to the mirror and finds comfort in the mirror so it tries to get to it. I think I've done the wrong thing...It's been 2 days now and the other one is still chirping occasionally but not as much. Can I please ask, "what would you do?" I don't want to have to go and buy another cage but I'm thinking of getting another baby budgie and leaving the older one by itself or should I just see what happens? Tracka

gem618 on December 22, 2014:

Please advise: Budgie singled out, alone at bottom of aviary from the "flock" of 10.

Introduced a new female budgie and she flew up to the rafters AFTER spending 4 hours with solo budgie.

I want this bird to be happy and not alone.

Should I get a separate cage and house the 2 together??

dee on April 01, 2014:

I had a budgie I felt sorry for he was on his own so I went to a breeder and told them I wanted another budgie as mine was lonely I never knew you had to keep them apart, and the so called breeder never advised me any differently needless to say my little budgie died I was gutted I still have the one I bought from a breeder and feel sorry that he too is now lonely, but my heart is saying do buy another one as I don't want tweety to die and it be like a circle buying one loosing one etc

Elysianphoenix (author) from Belgium on January 23, 2014:

@Bellinda: Although I can't tell for sure without observing, it sounds like they have already bonded. Nibbling at her beak is a sign of affection. If she lets him, it means she feels affectionnate towards him as well. You say he attacks her, does he lunge at her once or really try to hurt her? The lunge could be perfectly innocent. A second feeder is definitely recommended in this case, as you need -at least- as many feeders as there are birds. Some people will recommend getting one extra, but I don't think that's necessary with just two budgies. He may be feeding her though, look closely: their beaks would be interlocked, as if they're making out, and he'll seem to be throwing up.

Either way, get a second feeder. But it doesn't sound like he hates her. ;-)

You say you can't afford a second cage. I do recommend, if you are able to, to purchase a small travel cage. These can be found for around 15$. Just in case. Good luck with your birds!!

Elysianphoenix (author) from Belgium on January 23, 2014:

Hey, sorry for the late reply. One of two things will have happened. Either they learned to get along and are now friends, or you had to give one of them away because they kept fighting. It depends on the gender, really. Two girls and one male will cause a fight (girls can get jealous). Two males and one girl will usually work out, but since b udgies have personalities and are all unique, it's impossible to predict up front. From what you describe, I reckon he was just a little anxious as a newcomer in an already established group, and thus he seperated himself as a precaution. More than likely though, he's now a part of the group, though if there is a girl in there, I expect there to be a couple by now.

Elysianphoenix (author) from Belgium on January 23, 2014:

Odd as it may sound, that's actually really good! Imagine they didn't get along and would fight all the time? Your budgies need a bird friend, and now they have one! This makes them SO much happier than a human ever could! But don't let that discourage you. If you give them both love and attention, you'll only have doubled the love you receive from them!!

Elysianphoenix (author) from Belgium on January 23, 2014:

Hey, I haven't been around for a while, sorry for the late reply. Anyways, in the mean while, I hope things with your budgies have improved. They should have gotten quite close to each other, and I expect the first one to have distanced itself slightly from you, but if you gave both of them plenty of love and attention, they should both be vying for your attention and using you as a landing post. :)

Elysianphoenix (author) from Belgium on January 23, 2014:

@Bellinda: Although I can't tell for sure without observing, it sounds like they have already bonded. Nibbling at her beak is a sign of affection. If she lets him, it means she feels affectionnate towards him as well. You say he attacks her, does he lunge at her once or really try to hurt her? The lunge could be perfectly innocent. A second feeder is definitely recommended in this case, as you need -at least- as many feeders as there are birds. Some people will recommend getting one extra, but I don't think that's necessary with just two budgies. He may be feeding her though, look closely: their beaks would be interlocked, as if they're making out, and he'll seem to be throwing up.

Either way, get a second feeder. But it doesn't sound like he hates her. ;-)

You say you can't afford a second cage. I do recommend, if you are able to, to purchase a small travel cage. These can be found for around 15$. Just in case. Good luck with your birds!!

Bellinda on January 22, 2014:

I have just introduced a new budgie to one I had for about a month as he seemed lonely...but he hates her....I dont have another cage to separate them (didn't know you should, when a kid it was done by lumping them in) nor can I afford one. He is constantly nibbling at her beak till she moves away then he attacks her...they have started sitting on the same perch, but he is guarding food and I worry she wont get any to eat...would a second feeder help?

Luke on June 19, 2013:

Trying to introduce a second bird, they are both young, one is 4 months the other 5 or so weeks. The slightly older one feels jealous I think. I've pushed the cages together.

some one that needs helps on December 05, 2012:

hi i had a budgie then got a new one after 2 days,now my first budgie(used to like me) wont stay on his perch when i move it,he will like the new one, grab with its beak on the cage bars and go someheer else,its been about 2 days since mye new budgie came in,i need to know if the will not be like me forever ?

Grant N.Z from New Zealand on July 16, 2012:

Great hub . I have a budgie and i love him to bits, he is hand reared and so tame. However i have just also brought an handreared indian ringneck. So i have brought a female budgie to keep billy company. This is because the ringneck will take up a lot off attention. I have also brought a very large cage to put the budgies in. At the moment the 2 budgies are in there old cages, next to each other. They have been like that for 6 days. It is just by luck that i have been doing just as you have written. But after reading your hub , i know i am , [by luck] on the right track. And you are so right, budges are just fantastic little animals. Good to see you mention lots off toys as billy plays with different toys constantly. And the other day i saw a budgie in a cage with only 2 perches, one food dish and one water dish. I asked how long they had had him. 5 years. 5 very very boring years . Poor little sod. I feel like sneakng him home with me.Cheers Grant

geo on July 12, 2012:

My first keet seems keet more than me :( he cant be with out her:( what do I do

carolyn on June 06, 2012:

Thank you for the article. I bought a third budgie two days ago. I have only had the other two for two weeks but they are best of friends. The new-comer is a bit like "Billy no-mates" at the moment. I put all of them straight into a massive brand new cage with lots of toys (I didn't know I wasn't supposed to). They have pecked each other a bit - nothing serious...yet. He's just a baby and so is my lutino. Is it likely they will be the best of friends before long?

Elysianphoenix (author) from Belgium on April 02, 2012:

Glad you enjoyed it! Birds have a lot of different personalities. Some are shy, some are very social, attached to humans or prefer to be alone. It makes them so much more interesting, don't you agree?

Elysianphoenix (author) from Belgium on April 02, 2012:

Thank you! I do hope this article will help others like yourself and me in introducing their budgies to each other.

Aficionada from Indiana, USA on June 02, 2011:

What an interesting and cool article! It makes me think of the days my mother kept a bird when I was a child; and it is so much fun reading about a bird's personality?!?!? Honestly, I never knew.

Jason Menayan from San Francisco on May 23, 2011:

This is a terrific guide. We had a parakeet years ago, and when we got another, there was a little aloofness at first. Your steps would have helped them warm up to one another more quickly (they did end up getting along in the end).