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New friend for Eddie

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I just found this forum and I am hoping experienced cockatiel people can help. I had two wonderful cockatiels until this morning. My little girl died in my arms and left behind her buddy Eddie. She was 7 years old and he is 6. They had been together for 4 years and now we are worried that he will be lonely. He used to live with a friend and was very lonely until he met Skuttle. She died of a respitory illness and he is showing no signs of the same. We would like to get a new companion for him soon and would like advice. He and Skuttle used to be in separate cages, but became insepartable so they shared. I have no problems with them living together or separate, but I would like him to have a new friend. Is it better to get a male or female for him, or does it matter. Should I wait a long time or get one soon? Should I get him a new friend at all? I don't know if he will accept a new friend. Thanks in advance for any help.
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Welcome to the forums, i'm sorry it's such a sad circumstance that brought you here. :(

This is the most important thing i was going to say...
Laura said:
keep in mind they have to be in quarantine in separate rooms for at least 30 days to make sure neither of them is carrying and hidden illnesses.
So whether you get one today or 3 months from now it's not going to be a quick fix. :) It might be worth getting Eddie vet checked just to make sure he hasn't got what Skuttle died of. They can carry these things without showing symptoms until it's very serious.
If you're worried about him being overbearing to a young female i would go with a male. I don't think you will have too many problems with the age difference. :) The only difference between the mutations is their physical appearance. It all comes down to which one appeals to you most. The only thing i've heard is that lutinos (all yellow with red eyes) are more prone to night frights than other mutations...but i've found the opposite to be true in my flock so there goes that theory. :p
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