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Old 06-24-2015, 05:37 PM
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Hi! I'm new to this website and chose to sign up as my last option. It's kind of a long story so I will start from the beginning...
My boyfriends parent's had three birds, one Cockatiel (Obi) and two budgies Citron (Female) and Loki (Male). The three birds were housed together in a HUGE cage but Citron seemed to boss the other budgie and the Cockatiel around. The other budgie, Loki, is handicapped. One of his feet got damaged (we aren't sure how) and he has trouble getting around and landing. One day my boyfriends parents saved a gold finch and brought it into their house and Citron went nuts and started acting even more aggressive than before, she actually bit the baby finch. They tried housing the birds separately but ultimately decided to get rid of Citron. This is how me and my boyfriend ended up with her. My boyfriend has tons of experience with birds...He raised a pigeon, two cockatiel's, a greckel, starlings, and a couple others that I can't think of... I haven't had that much experience, but I love ALL animals and have recently developed a strong bond with birds especially. Citron has always been really feisty ever since we got her... she likes to be on her own for the most part, and chirps and chirps to no avail. We try sitting with her for hours, she is well fed, we have taken her to the vet (she is in perfect shape) has tons of toys and a large cage, she gets lots of attention, praise & millet.
About a week ago we got a call from my boyfriends mom saying that they wanted to get rid of Loki and Obi (the cockatiel & budgie) so we thought we would give it a try. Both Obi and Loki have a huge cage that we put them in separate from Citron. Citron is VERY VERY aggressive. Obi and Loki are the sweetest birds on the planet... all Obi wants is to get kisses and sit on me all day and take naps. They are both very vocal but not loud like Citron. It feels like we have tried EVERYTHING! We have tried having them all out at once and immediately Citron will attack the cockatiel (gets way too close tries landing on Obi's tail) and eventually attacks the handicapped budgie. They are both very frightened of Citron. We have tried giving all the birds millet when they are together to try and encourage good behavior. We try putting Loki in one cage and Obi in the other and leave Citron out and vice versa with all the birds so they get extra special attention. We have tried every combination, Citron with Loki and Obi locked up, Citron locked up and Loki locked up while Obi is out for a while ect. ect. Citron just gets out of control in her own cage and flaps around and rings all her toys constantly. We let the birds out almost all day, even at night time I will leave one of them out... we hate the thought of having them locked up all the time like they used to be. We are at the end of our rope. Like i said, we have two cages... I've gotten mirrors for all the birds, they have THREE separate places to eat & drink, they have PLENTY of toys ( a basketball hoop, a cocoanut hut, 2 hanging beds, tons of bells and chew toys, 2 bridges and FIVE perches...)
Today we had to put Citron in the other room because she has chased Obi around now CONSTANTLY (Obi ran into a wall and bruised his beak). I have to sleep in the living room with them every night to make sure nothing goes wrong and in the past week I have been out of bed 4 times in the middle of the night to calm them down. She strikes at Loki (the handicapped budgie) and bullies him around and we are afraid she will hurt him even worse.
I feel so bad not being able to please all of them and the LAST thing I was to do is to bring Citron to the humane society or give her up. Just today we put her in our bedroom but the birds now all wont stop chirping. Like I said, I'm new to this so sorry if any of this sounds amateur, I just want whats best for our birds! If anyone could give me advice it would be MUCH appreciated! Either respond on here or feel free to email me ( [email protected] ) Thanks so much!
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Old 06-24-2015, 06:41 PM
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Hello, and welcome to talk budgies. I think because of the time she spent being the territorial cage boss in her previous setup, your Citron has developed an overly aggressive behavior. Bird's are capable of being worked with no matter their age, so hopefully some of our most experienced folk's here can give you some advice on how to make possible progress. For now all you can do is what you have been, keep her in her own cage and probably even do away with out of cage time when the other bird's are out...
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Old 06-24-2015, 07:16 PM
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Thank you so much for the kind words! She's in the other room now so she's not bugging the other birds.
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Old 06-24-2015, 09:45 PM
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Hi Bailey and welcome to TB. You have come to the right place for information and support

That little Citron sounds like a real character! Sorry to hear that she's giving everyone a hard time (including you). I'm glad that you have already taken the right step and sincerely hope that Citron will be able to change her ways soon.

Please keep us informed on future development and post some pictures when you get a chance. We really like to see them

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My that's one feisty hen you have there, She is most probably going to need to be in a cage by herself for the safety of the disabled budgie and health and happiness of all concerned. Has she been tested for hormonal problems at all? has she ever been in condition and laid any eggs in the past?
You can try taking everything out of he cage and rearranging it to stop the territorial habits.
You have given us a very thorough and explanatory post thankyou.
I hope she will settle with time, she has become used to being the one and now she is one of a flock. Some budgies especially hens are solitary and not happy with other birds.
I hope somebody comes along soon with some helpful comments for you, I can completely understand your exasperation with your situation. Take care and don't give up just yet.
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I would definitely try rearranging the cage as recommended as this will help to curb her territorial behaviour. When my female is hormonal and bitey I rearrange her cage and play area to cool her off a little. It seems to work a bit. Unfortunately with females it seems if they get TOO comfortable they can get a little mean!!
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It would be interesting to see, if you kept her in her cage in the same room when your other two are out, whether they choose to go near her cage. It will help you understand their feeligs towards her
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Old 06-25-2015, 01:58 PM
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Wow! Thank you all SO much for the kind words and support! I have moved Citron in the bedroom (which is huge) my only concern is spending as much time with her as possible! I'm doing my best right now... I'm also going to move the toys around in her cage a bit, thank you very much for that advice, I would've never tried that! She's never laid any eggs although I'm positive she's a female...her cere is white. Before I moved her in the bedroom she had her own cage in the same room as the other birds and I would occasionally lock her up. When this happened, the handicapped budgie (Loki) would sometimes fly to the top of her cage but Citron would immediately climb to the top and try to nip at his feet and scare him away. She IS one feisty bird and I don't blame her. I feel bad because I know she would like to be the only bird in the house but It would break my heart to get rid of Obi & Loki. Whew. Wish me luck! Thank you again!!!



Here are pictures of the whole gang:
Loki is blue & white
Citron is green and yellow
Obi is the cockatiel
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Yes, having them separated like that definitely means that you have to split yourself as well. Sigh

Your birds are really cute. I think I can guess which one Citron is. Even on the picture she looks a bit angry
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