Should I Replace a Parakeet's Lost Mate?

by Susan Revermann, Demand Media Google
    Parakeet love to socialize.

    Parakeet love to socialize.

    Your parakeet may seem a bit off after the loss of his mate and may not want to socialize at all. He’ll get lonely, however, so it’s best to try to introduce a new friend. Even if it’s not love at first sight, he’s likely to thrive from the companionship.

    Monogamy

    As a general rule, parakeets are monogamous creatures and they stay with their partner for life. If, however, one mate is lost, it is very possible that they will find another mate.

    Mourning

    Allow your parakeet to mourn the loss of his loved one. You may notice your parakeet withdrawing from you or not eating or chirping as much as he used to. Although these mourning behaviors should go away within a few weeks, contact your vet if you have any concerns about his behavior or health.

    Loneliness

    Parakeets are naturally social creatures. They thrive well when they have someone to play with and talk to. If he doesn’t have this much needed interaction, he is missing out on a vital aspect of his life. When your parakeet is used to having a mate, but now finds he is all by himself, loneliness and boredom can result. In some cases, he may resort to feather plucking. Contact your vet if he doesn’t stop this destructive behavior.

    Introducing A New Friend

    So you’ve gone out and found a new friend for your parakeet. Now that she has arrived, keep in mind that it may not be love at first sight. Just because he had a mate doesn’t mean that he will like every new chic that comes his way. He may still be mourning or their temperaments may not mesh immediately. Give it some time and introduce them slowly. You may want to keep an extra cage around for a while just in case you need to separate them, especially if it turns out to be a negative physical encounter. The positive benefits of trying to replace the mate outweigh the negative impact of being lonely. At least give it a try.

    About the Author

    Susan Revermann is a professional writer with educational and professional experience in psychology, research and teaching. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington in psychology, focused on research, motivational behavior and statistics. Revermann also has a background in art, crafts, green living, outdoor activities and overall fitness, balance and well-being.

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