plutopiter said: Hi, I was hoping you could help me with some concerns. I really want to get another budgie, after having one at age 12 I was extremely close with. (He got cancer and died. :< ) I'm worried about not having enough time for him, since I will be taking classes. Do you feel there is a suggested # "hours per day" for budgie interaction? I was hoping to form a close relationship with my new budgie, but I also don't want him to get lonely/depressed when I'm away for hours on end. Thanks for reading! <3
Hi! :D Thank you for following! I’m so sorry about the loss of your budgie.
I’ve always read that two hours per day of one-on-one interaction is the minimum for a single bird to remain psychologically healthy. It doesn’t have to be two consecutive hours, so you could always do an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening, or split it up however you want according to your schedule. Obviously the more time you spend with your bird, the better, but you can also vary it from day to day—if you have a day where your classes let out early, you can spend all afternoon and evening with him to kind of make up for days when you can only spend a couple hours with him. As long as he has toys in his cage and a radio or TV left on to provide some background noise for him while he’s alone, he should be able to entertain himself while you’re out.
I’m a graduate student, so I have a pretty busy schedule, and how I handle it is to wake up early so I can spend some time with my birds before I leave, and then have scheduled “bird time” every evening for a couple hours before the birds go to bed. On days when I’m able to, I work from home so I can spend extra time with the birds, and on the weekends they get more out-of-cage time. I also have particular things I do with each of the birds, especially the bigger birds since they’re tamer and seem to enjoy my company more: Beatrix and Spencer come out and eat breakfast with me in the morning, and then Beatrix comes with me to hang out while I get ready for work, and then in the evenings all the birds come out and we eat dinner together (of course they eat bird food while I eat people food), and then the budgies run around and play while I cuddle with Beatrix and Spencer, and after Beatrix goes to bed (she goes to bed early to try to keep her from getting hormonal and laying eggs), Spencer comes with me while I clean up the kitchen and then he sits on the curtain rod while I shower (I have severe allergies, so I shower in the evenings to wash off any allergens I picked up during the day). It doesn’t really matter WHAT you do with your bird as long as he’s hanging out with you while you do it. :D
I hope this helps! Please let me know if you have other questions!
Thank you so much! This helped a lot, and I will definitely keep all of this in mind when I prepare to get my budgie! ^_^ <3