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Old 03-10-2016, 07:45 AM
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I have a large aviary where most of my budgies are kept. I had 4 males and 2 females. The females were actually quite fond of each other, and the flock was harmonious.

However, I took one female and a male out and separated them for breeding. (They are currently raising 3 healthy little pink aliens ) Ever since then, the other female left has not been very nice.

Okay, so she has never really been very nice, but it was not terrible. She would pick on the boys a little, but it wasn't anything out of the realm of what I would say is normal. However, that changed when I took the other female out. She went from ornery to aggressive. She would chase the boys around relentlessly, especially my English boy, poor Thor. Then when she nicked the cere of Peeta, I decided she had to be pulled from the aviary and caged alone.

However, my question comes in with her behavior now that she is caged alone. She has no problem playing with her toys or eating or any of that. I even pulled her favorite toy out of the aviary and put it in her cage, cause I sorta feel bad that she is alone now, even though it is her own fault. However, she is not a happy camper. She will almost attack the doors of her cage, and I have to secure the feeding doors because she has figured out how to lift them up, and I am afraid she will let herself out eventually if I don't. That would not be a good situation since I have 2 dogs that would not hesitate to go after her.

I just don't know what to do with her. I am trying to give her more one on one time, but although she is cooperative, she just doesn't really seem to care for human contact. She will step up and sit with you for a little while, but then she is done. She can become rather nippy when she's been out for a little bit. I do not react to her biting, and I do not put her back in her cage when she bites, but she still seems to want to do it.

So she isn't too interested in me, she can't go in with the flock, and I am sure not going to breed her. I am just not sure what else I can do for her.

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All you can do is to continue to love her, be patient and to work in strengthening the bond you have with her. You can use positive reinforcement techniques while working with her. Check this link and the remaining stickies at the Training and Bonding section.
https://talkbudgies.com/taming-bondin...-training.html

Your lone budgie as well as the rest of your flock needs to be on a room where the dogs can't have access to.
https://talkbudgies.com/general-budgi...irds-prey.html
Your budgie girl needs to be on a good, sturdy cage where she is unable to escape. When allowing out of cage time, the room should be bird only, no dogs allowed.
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She was used to being part of a flock, now the dynamics have all changed.
She will be missing her friends, is it possible to place another budgie in the cage with her? Of course Thor would not be a good choice, how does she get along with the other boy?
It is not generally a good idea to have an odd number of birds as there is usually one that is picked on or bullied by the flock.
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When the safe boundaries of healthy interaction between birds has been seriously compromised through continued episodes of vicious aggressiveness, and when the victim is truly harmed, (this can been seen by feather plucking during an altercation, heavy pecking on the face area, injuring the eye, beak/cere and feet areas, budgies locking their bodies in a fight, pinning the victim at the bottom of the cage) this is not acceptable.

For these cases, zero tolerance measures should be applied in order to avoid similar or worse situations from happening again and that means housing the attacker bird on a separate cage on their own. It's still possible to work with the bird in terms of satisfying their social needs.
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There was an even number of birds while she was in there. She made 4.

She cannot go back in with any other birds either, she has become too aggressive towards them. I am unwilling to take the chance that she could injure another bird.
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Your little girl is emotionally upset and needs time as Ana said above, Her whole world is upside down and she did not get to lay and raise a clutch. If she is young the hormones are racing. first of all shorten her light hours and reduce protein until the cere is bluish white. Keep her in a separate room for awhile
put radio or a series of CD's on to reduce isolation experience. Then start bonding and training-really work on loving instead of pushing her away because she is acting out. Finally after your mama hen has finished her clutch and if the hen is acting out has calmed down let the hens only have time together.Since she is never to have a nest the best you can do is work on your relationship and if possible in the future return the second hen into a cage beside and perhaps in time a cage together. Your 4 boys will be fine. It is usually safer to keep hens and cocks in separate aviaries. I have 2 old hens that preen and snuggle and have been in their own flight for years and are happy. The older your birds get the less the hormones will bother them.
The hen who is acting out will become a house companion. She is not stupid
and is trying to let us stupid people know that she needs some help and reassurance. Some thing in this hen's history probably as a chick has set this off. You might try clicker training and talk to Ann Marie/ Wiki. The reward and clicker hopefully will redirect her attention and those treats may soften her heart. She is fighting mad!! So she need to cool off a little first.
Follow Ana's guidance and later start a new process with her. Best wishes, Jo Ann
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