My Budgie is in Bird Mourning Should I Get a Same-sex Mate?

My Budgie is in Bird Mourning Should I Get a Same-sex Mate?

Last Updated on by Mitch Rezman

Leslie relates,

Hello, about 4 years ago I adopted 2 adorable young budgies from a favorite animal rescue in my city.

They were on a healthy diet and well cared for.

Three weeks ago Matteo passed away due to a respiratory obstruction he may have been born with.

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As a result, his buddy Omar is now in bird mourning.

I’d like to adopt a new friend for him, perhaps this time a female, but I’m not prepared for baby birds if they were to mate.

This particular animal rescue encourages only same-sex bird partners for this reason.

Do you think they would mate in a 24-inch cage, or would it be better to just bring home another male?

Also, would my now 4-year-old budgie have the patience for a new, much younger budgie sharing his cage?

Thank you for your advice!

Hi Leslie,

We’ve been through the budgie breeding thing, trust me you’re much better off with same-sex budgies. 

This blog post will help you through the decision

A list of considerations before getting a second budgie



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Dear Leslie

Sorry for Omar‘s loss.

Yes, they do mourn for their caged companions.  If you would rather not have another parakeet, you may be fine with a small mirror to keep Omar company.

Otherwise, I do recommend another male. A female is just going to get Omar worked up.

He might follow her around and pester her more than appreciated. 

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And yes, a younger parakeet might be annoying to Omar. If you can locate an older male it would be the best of both worlds.

Best of luck


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