I have a situation I didn't anticipate
I thought that by having 3 birds, possibly Buster would get upset not having a close friend - this is not the issue. Buster is really quite happy just being himself - Great!
My issue is with Reggie who has fallen head over heals, insanely in love with Oscar. I thought I had gotten them a nice big gentle MANLY English budgie friend, turns out this is Reggie's ideal type!!
Over the last few weeks Reggie has been feeding Oscar and clearly he's been very fond of the big chap always wanting to be near him. Over the last few days however, this has intensified and it came to a head last night leaving me a bit bewildered and confused about how to proceed.
Reggie feeds Oscar (constantly!) kicks, kisses and is generally just up in Oscars face all the time. On behalf of Oscar, I tried to shoo Reggie away last night only this made him mad haha. I wouldn't usually want to get involved, I know we cannot judge our birdies when its hormone related, but I wasn't enjoying seeing Oscar constantly pestered. Especially when it involved flying. Oscar isn't the best flier, so when agile Reggie shoots off after him it makes Oscar abort his mission and land anywhere with a crash, AND THEN Reggie is there again kissing him etc etc - this is just too much!
So anyway, my interfering obviously annoyed Reggie and then he turned into a savage! If I got Oscar on my hand and walked towards the cage Reggie would fly at us and try to land, if I gently discouraged this he would attack my hand and hang on. Then he turned into a maniac shouting and flying about and generally being in a rage. I got the spare cage but putting Oscar in it unaccompanied was hard. Eventually I had Oscar on his own in the spare care and Reggie sat on top looking in with his tail in the air gently vibrating his wings. I put Oscar in the spare room over night. If you've followed my posts previously you will know that Reggie and I have a very strong bond so its really out of character to be an arse to me.
This morning I wanted to reunite all 3 and we had all the same issues again - demon Reggie! I ended up separating them again with Oscar in the spare room and Reggie and Buster in their cage in the living room, their cage mostly covered. Reggie proceeded to shout at the top of his voice in a high pitch chirp calling for Oscar.
I don't give them a lot of protein currently, they don't get a huge amount of daylight these days. What can I do to shut down this crazy labido? I tried giving him his Penguin who he usually pounces on straight away, but even she wasn't of interest compared to Oscar!
Do I just wait for this to end and Reggie to give up and realize he's been friend zoned? He hasn't tried to mount him yet, or put his wings around him, but from what I've read hes doing all the classic wooing techniques.
I worry for their safety, their cage isnt small, but its not big enough to have these shenanigans going on whilst i'm at work. I would hate to find that Reggie had gotten into a fight with Buster, or Oscar finally maned up and shot him down.
(I have looked at stickies but couldn't see one relevant, please let me know if I missed one!)