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Old 01-02-2017, 11:32 AM
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Question Ernie bothering previous budgie

Hi, everyone! I have a question...

So, when Ernie's first companion (Bert) died, he was obviously very lonely. We bought him a new friend (Oscar, also now deceased). At first, he was very accepting and almost treated him like his own chick (which he practically was, he was young), caring for him and feeding him. As Oscar grew up, he started pushing Ernie away and became more independent. For some reason, Ernie suddenly would get really mad and start pulling on Oscar's wing and/or tail. We were really worried, so we placed them in separate cages. We discovered, however, that Ernie could not stand not being able to see Oscar, thus we had to put the cages right next to each other so Ernie wouldn't make a fuss.

As I said before, Oscar is now deceased, but for future reference, what caused this behavior?

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Old 01-02-2017, 12:03 PM
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The context in which the pulling happened would have explained the behaviour.
Some budgies, especially younger ones will at times use one of their feet to grab their mates longest tail feathers and they do this in a playful way (harmless playful mischief to test boundaries), it's not a sign of aggression. At other times they can also give a little tug at the mate's primary flight feathers (by using the beak) or even the tail feathers if they happen to be in the way, like blocking the budgie's field of view.

When there is animosity and a real fight is triggered, the attacks aren't really directed at the tail feathers or the long wing feathers. It revolves more around the head/face area, with some pecking that can turn into feather plucking (more in the neck/back of the head area and sometimes the forehead).
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This is good news, but the only thing is, it wasn't just a LITTLE tug. Ernie would pull on one of the longer feathers, but he was strong enough to pull the wing, and Oscar was actually swaying back and forth because Ernie did it so hard. We had to scold them to get them to stop. Even when they were separated, the cages were close enough so that Ernie could (and would) chew on Oscar's tail feathers.

However, I'm glad to hear that this isn't true fighting. I know that they didn't truly hate each other, but they didn't always get along.
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