If you are the proud owner of a sole parakeet, then you may already be well aware of the birds' craving for regular interactions with others, whether avians or humans. Since parakeets tend to get lonely, adding a new parakeet to the cage may be a smart and compassionate idea, but don't rush the process.
Although certain species of animals are undoubtedly solitary, birds are often not part of this category, and parakeets definitely are on the companionable side. Birds generally do well with routine acknowledgement and "conversational" partners. If you are short on time and can't connect with your parakeet as frequently and regularly as you would like, adding a new parakeet may be just what the doctor -- or veterinarian -- ordered. Many parakeets favor the presence of fellow birds over the presence of humans, although that isn't necessarily always the case. Some parakeets that live by themselves take on strong bonds to their human caretakers, as well.
Male or Female Considerations
Before bringing a new parakeet into your previous birdie's life, consider what makes the most sense. Do not be random in your selection of a new parakeet, as that could lead to frustrating results. Since female parakeets often possess rather assertive dispositions, they generally only flourish with male cage mates as long as their living quarters are large. When male parakeets "get in the mood" and get on the last nerves of annoyed female parakeets, they may find themselves frantically attempting to get away from the almost inevitable ire. Without a lot of space, a male and female parakeet union isn't the greatest idea. It is also crucial to consider that opposite-sex birds can reproduce.
Same Gender Situations
If you don't have a large cage environment, two boys are probably a much more peaceful and placid combination. In most situations, male parakeets get along famously, even developing loving and amiable rapports with each other. If you bring two female parakeets together, the effect you see may just be the polar opposite. With a duo of girls, you may encounter seemingly endless "catfights" over personal territory. Quarreling parakeets can be pretty noisy and headache-inducing -- not a good thing for anyone.
Factors to Remember
Besides considering gender, you also have to make sure that you are fully capable of offering both of your sweet pets a relaxing and comfortable living situation that is conducive to optimal health, whether it comes to dietary planning or regular veterinarian appointments. It is also important to understand that bringing another parakeet into your pet's life may cause him to become closer to the new guy -- and therefore less reliant on your attention.
When you get a second parakeet, never, ever simply place him in your other bird's cage. Allow him some "training time" in his own personal cage. If your residence is big enough, keeping the cages in separate rooms is ideal. When you are ready for the two birdies to encounter one another, put them both in bird play pens or gyms. This way you have an impartial setting that won't bring upon immediate territorial battles. You can also get a preview as to whether both birds may be suitable for life together in the same cage. By the initial separation, you also can prevent the newbie from possibly transmitting illness to your other pet. Never bring a pair of parakeets together unless you have veterinary confirmation that both are 100 percent healthy.