Hi guys, this is my first post here, just registered today!
In the end of december last year, I got my first budgie, a 12 week (I have my doubts about that, I suspect he is older than what they told me at the pet shop) old male, he is blue and very gorgeous. We started to bond, he would jump up on my hand for millet, although sometimes only with one foot, as he was still a little nervous around me after I had had him for about 6 weeks. By the end of the 6th week, we had a "good" day where he would perch on my finger about three times, even sat there for a good minute before he got tired of it and flew off. He was used to my hand, but still nervous about me, which I understand.
Anyway, things were going good, we were making progress almost every day. But the thing is that I work very long hours, and I just could not stand the thought of him being home alone for 10 hours several times a week (it BROKE my heart), so I decided to get another budgie to keep him company (that was always the plan, but I wanted him to be more tame first. In the end, I had to put his needs before mine, he needed a friend), so the plan had to happen sooner than I had intended, but I didn't realize just how guilty I could feel for having him home alone
A week ago, I got a very cute little budgie friend for him, its (dont know the sex yet) around 7 weeks old now. It instantly jumped on my hand for millet and apples, etc. and I could move my hand around the cage no problem. It's so friendly and curious, just precious <3
My first budgie has started to act up so much! He screeches even more than usual (live in an apartment, so not ideal but what can you do), he even tries to bite me. Not a fast aggressive bite, but he will start to nibble on my finger when I feed them, and slowly pinch harder and harder until it starts to hurt, and he gets a reaction out of me. This has been going on for about four days now. He is also a lot more scared of me now than before, he flies away if I try to get close to him, we were past that stage before I got the second budgie.
The two budgies seem to be getting along, they will preen each other and sleep next to each other ( always close to each other all day), but he will also nip at the baby budgie when they are eating. They seem to play, but they also seem to be a little irritated with each other sometimes..?
SOOO (sorry about the long post) my questions are:
1) Why is my first budgie biting me? Is he testing the boundaries? Or is he angry with me all of a sudden? He never did this before..
2) I dont really enjoy them so much, because all they do is screech screech, they are SO cute to look at, but right now I dont really know what to do with them.. I mostly just watch them or feed them millet or fruits, but they are not interested in anything else (was expected) - any chance this might change with time?
3) Are my budgies getting to know each other, or are they actually stressed out by each other?
Would appreciate your input, new budgie owner here, and just want us all to be one happy family
. They are SO cute and adorable, but right now, they are just...there. So noisy and so uninterested in me