Hi everyone! I'm torn about how to handle the living situation for my 3 budgies (2 male, 1 female). I've had the female (Sharky) and one male (Old Blue) for almost a year. They were adopted separately and get along but I wouldn't consider them bonded.
I adopted the second male (Mr Tweet) about 6 months ago....Old Blue is super energetic and poor Sharky was getting pestered for attention all the time. Thought he could use another friend to get more attention (and to give Sharky a break).
They all got along very well until about a month ago. Then I started to notice Mr Tweet chasing Old Blue around the cage a lot and pushing him off the top of the boing (their favorite spot!). The boys starting squaring off a lot...standing tall with head feathers puffed up, eyes pinned, and pushing their chests towards each other. I presume this is a hormonal issue and it seems to go in waves...they'd be mostly happy with minimal squabbles for a few days and then it flares up again.
Mr Tweet had to be on antibiotics for the last two weeks so I've had him in separate cage next to theirs. During this two weeks they've all been very a bit quieter and Mr Tweet has been very subdued...although they seemed to want to sit "near" each other...sitting as close as they can to the bird in the other cage, chattering back and forth. Tonight his medication ended and I let them all out together and of course he went right back into the main cage.....and the aggressive behavior started again.
They seem to want to be together when they are apart but the aggression is concerning.I hate to leave them in the same cage if this is causing a lot of stress for Sharky & Old Blue. Old Blue does not seem to be aggressive but appears to be just responding to Mr Tweet's behavior and defending himself. There hasn't been any actual biting or blood shed but I'm concerned about the stress this could be causing and if the fighting could escalate.
I'd love to get some advice from the group...I keep going back and forth on what to do. Should I keep him separate temporarily or permanently? Let them stay together & work it out since there hasn't been any physical injury?
I have been considering adopting a 4th....but now I'm worried how he might react to a new bird.
Would appreciate any advice you can share