I’m Thinking Of Getting A Pair Of Budgies Change My Mind

AJE

I’ debating getting a pair of budgies, I’ve kept and bread them before, if I get a pair that probably means no more fish tanks, and I don’t know where I would keep them. I could keep them in my iguana room, where they will have lots of light, any problems with that? Or I could keep them on top of my 57g where I would spend most of my time but that’s a pretty dark room would that be a problem? Please give me reasons not to get them
 

Cheesecake

They bite. That hurts, and might draw blood (but you might get a cool band-aid if you don't cry ).
Plus, they are probably very $$$$$.
 

AJE

They bite. That hurts, and might draw blood (but you might get a cool band-aid if you don't cry ).
Plus, they are probably very $$$$$.
Nope they are pretty cheap down here and their bite isn’t that bad, my iguana scratches are worse
 

aussieJJDude

Are you comfortable enough to get another pet to look after? Do you find you're struggling to take care of you're current animals, if so, best leave the birds until you have time available.
 

AJE

Are you comfortable enough to get another pet to look after? Do you find you're struggling to take care of you're current animals, if so, best leave the birds until you have time available.
I have plenty of time, but I will be going off to college in 2 years so there’s that.
 

Cheesecake

I have plenty of time, but I will be going off to college in 2 years so there’s that.

I thought you were 15.
 

aussieJJDude

I have plenty of time, but I will be going off to college in 2 years so there’s that.
In Australia, its pretty common for people to live at home and go to college (uni) or at least stay in the same town/city... will you do the same?

If not, I'd reccomend waiting until finishing to allow a perment residence for the birds.
 

AJE

I thought you were 15.
I am 15
In Australia, its pretty common for people to live at home and go to college (uni) or at least stay in the same town/city... will you do the same?

If not, I'd reccomend waiting until finishing to allow a perment residence for the birds.
I will move aware from home and live on college campus
 

Cheesecake

Are you allowed to have pets on campus?
 

WinterSoldier.

I can't think of any reason NOT to get them.....
 

SM1199

As someone who is currently in college, I highly advise you not to get even more pets than you already have right before college. My college only allows a 10 gallon tank maximum in your dorm that can only house fully-aquatic animals, and absolutely no other pets. So I had a 10 gallon tank my first year. I later ended up getting an apartment, and that's when I started thinking about the time and the physical space I have available to care for more pets. Right now, you don't know what restrictions your college is going to have, whether you will decide to move off campus later, and what time your classes are going to allow you. It is much better to wait until you get there and get a feel for everything before you make a decision.

Also, I can say that moving from dorm to home or home to apartment or dorm to apartment (you get the idea) is not easy with pets. It was an ordeal just moving with my 10 gallon, and I later did it with a 55 gallon plus a 10 gallon and a couple smaller betta tanks. My point being, you probably want to downsize your pets rather than expand them right now, unless your parents are okay with taking care of your pets if you leave them at home (which I don't advise, because that's a great way for your pets to unintentionally get neglected and you can't enjoy their presence anymore).
 

AJE

As someone who is currently in college, I highly advise you not to get even more pets than you already have right before college. My college only allows a 10 gallon tank maximum in your dorm that can only house fully-aquatic animals, and absolutely no other pets. So I had a 10 gallon tank my first year. I later ended up getting an apartment, and that's when I started thinking about the time and the physical space I have available to care for more pets. Right now, you don't know what restrictions your college is going to have, whether you will decide to move off campus later, and what time your classes are going to allow you. It is much better to wait until you get there and get a feel for everything before you make a decision.

Also, I can say that moving from dorm to home or home to apartment or dorm to apartment (you get the idea) is not easy with pets. It was an ordeal just moving with my 10 gallon, and I later did it with a 55 gallon plus a 10 gallon and a couple smaller betta tanks. My point being, you probably want to downsize your pets rather than expand them right now, unless your parents are okay with taking care of your pets if you leave them at home (which I don't advise, because that's a great way for your pets to unintentionally get neglected and you can't enjoy their presence anymore).
Oh, I’ll have to leave them at home, because I’ll be going to a college in the states
Are you allowed to have pets on campus?
not sure
 

Cheesecake

Oh, I’ll have to leave them at home, because I’ll be going to a college in the states

not sure

You'll have to come to Maryland then.
 

Addie42

your roommates will not be happy with you if they start chirping too loud
when you move away to college/uni... or end up renting with someone else...
 

SM1199

Oh, I’ll have to leave them at home, because I’ll be going to a college in the states

not sure
Yeah, I don't think it's fair to the animals to buy them when you know you won't be able to offer them a home for life. I know your family would take care of them while you're away, but that's putting a burden on them that they didn't necessarily want. You should ask them beforehand if they genuinely want to keep these birds AND provide them proper attention and enrichment while you are away. If the answer is anything but an enthusiastic "yes," wait until you're in your own living situation (whether that be during or after college) to buy the birds.
 

AJE

You'll have to come to Maryland then.
Right now I’m considering going to Missouri
 

Princethepurplebetta

I would wait until you're out of college. My sister got a bird 2 years ago and now she has to find someone to foster it (I would but he attacks me) until she is back from college. They only allow 20 gallon fish tanks and all the apartments around her campus don't allow birds
 

Nicalou

Budgie pairs are hard to look after, especially for a college student.
They need a decent size cage, they are hard to find and are NOT cheap. Most budgies are kept in cages way too small because like with most pets the enclosures marketed for them are too small. I have mine in a cockatoo cage that is to small for a cockatoo, birds need room to fly in their cage especially if they're going in be locked in them most of the time.
Toys are also an issue. So many supplies marketed for birds aren't actually safe for birds and lead to injury, vet bills, and death.
Birds also need a lot of time and attention. Untame budgie pairs need just as much individual attention as a single tame budgie. I know little about actually taming a bonded budgie pair but I've been trying for 2 years with no luck.
Budgies also need out of cage time, the only exception is if they live in an aviary. Budgie proofing a room is time-consuming and takes a lot of trial and error, some dangers can only be seen with experienced eyes and some dangers are caused by the actual bird not knowing it's surroundings. When my budgies first started coming out of the cage they would fly into the walls, they had to learn not to do that themselves.
I got my budgie pair when I still attended college but I lived at home. Now I have to revolve my life around these birds. I have to live with my parents till I can comfortably leave and take them with me, or till they die and budgies live 10-15 years. Eventually one's going to happen.
 

Jack B Nimble

You will end up finding a partner and ignore the birds I guarantee it.
 

AJE

Thanks all
 

SaraCooper

When iguanas are old enough, they sometimes become predatory, so housing budgies with them isn’t a long term solution.
Also, most dormitories require you to change rooms every semester- I used to work at a college, and still have friends in administrative positions. Most colleges don’t permit live pets because students are prone to abandoning them in the dorms , .
 

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