Hi I have a question about a parakeet I bought yesterday. He seems pretty comfortable in our house already, he sings some, flies around, puffs up his feathers, I even got him to sit on my finger for a while! But I was thinking about getting another bird to keep him company while I'm out? I don't know if he would be defensive over his cage or if getting another would ruin our bonding process? What do you think? Should I get another bird? They are pet store birds but I don't know...
Getting a companion bird depends on the breed and temperament of your bird. Also on how much time you’re out. If you an your bird are getting along well, and you have about an hour or so to spend with them and you provide toys, then you don’t need to be too concerned.
We keep some light music or videos on when we leave Curtis for awhile and he enjoys that. Also, even if you don’t have a lot of time to handle them or play with them, simply keeping them in an active room (with people in it frequently) will help.
I’ve not kept budgies myself, but here’s what advice birdchannel.com has for second budgies.
"Female parakeets are dominant in their social interactions, so base your selection of a second budgie on gender. If you own a male and its cage is small, your best option is to select another male. Male budgies get along well together; they serenade one another, and usually interact harmoniously.
If the cage is larger, you could consider selecting a female budgie for your male, provided the male budgie has space in which to escape, should the female reject his constant courtship advances when hormone levels rise.
Because females are more prone to territorial fighting over space, it is less advisable to keep two females together. Female parakeets bicker more among themselves, stand their own ground, and their disruptive arguing leads to squawking beak duels that disrupts everyone.
Never place one budgie into another budgie’s cage or with a pair of budgies, even if the birds appear to be getting along outside the cage. This would be like placing a stranger in your bedroom without your consent. Keep the cages side-by-side and allow socialization to take place in a neutral territory. Your budgies will eventually select the dwelling they prefer, usually by preliminary visits to one another’s cages. This safer introduction to living arrangements will help reduce the possibility of quarreling and bickering.”
Link to source: http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-species/find-the-right-bird/two-budgies.aspx