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I have 3 budgies, a Latino female (?), green male, and a green very dominant female al 3-4 months old. Their cage is 2' x 3' x 3'. My greens came home on the same day and seemed to bond very quickly, kissing, preening each other, etc. About 2 weeks later a very friendly, sweet yellow Lutino was brought home and kept in a separate cage. I gradually moved her closer to them and she desperately wanted to be with the others and she would pace quickly back and forth for hours on the side of the cage close to them.

I open up the top of the cage and they play around the top perch and fly but still the two females compete up there also.

After a few weeks of I made the novice mistake of adding her to the cage because she appeared to be stressing severely on her own with the pacing. I moved the toys around and extra food cups. The females bickered and compete for every toy and food cup still, now a month later The male very occasionally. I made another error of adding a cloth sleeping home and they argue over who gets to perch on the very top.

My question is this. Would it be harmful to remove one to another cage at this point, and should it be the dominant territorial one? I was even thinking about rehoming her. The other two are both very sweet birds. But it would divide a male female pair who seem to have bonded. I do not want to lose my sweet Lutino.

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Having three budgies is always going to complicate things. As in your case, two bond and the other becomes a 'third wheel'.

Firstly, as your greens came home the same day, I assume they might be from the same breeder or pet shop so be wary that they may be siblings. If they are living together, that's fine but bare this in mind if you ever want to breed or an egg is ever laid.

The sleeping tent needs to come out of the cage. Budgies toenails can get caught in it. Budgies also don't need to sleep in a tent. They perch on branches in the wild, so putting tents in there is not needed. Budgies can also digest the fibres on the tent.
You can get the budgies a nice swing.

My budgies love this swing as they can go on the top as well as the actual swing platform.


The best idea is to remove your yellow lutino back into the other cage. If it's not the recommended size, you'll want to look at getting a new cage.
You should give her a chance to settle into the cage alone. Just because she doesn't get on with the others, you don't have to give her up.
Has she been violent with the others?
Has she drawn blood from the other budgies?
If she has, she needs to stay in her own cage. She can't be housed with another budgie at all.
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You definitely need to separate one of the females out of the cage with the male. Three budgies in once cage rarely works well and if the two females are already becoming aggressive with one another, when they become hormonal they may hurt each other severely.

Therm has given you excellent advice.
You need to remove any cloth (sleeping huts) as those are not only dangerous as far as toenails becoming stuck, ingestion of fibers but also they can easily be used as nesting sites.

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I took out the fabric house. The Lutino is the third and sweet. There has been no blood mostly lots of noise and pecking from th female greenie.
The first two were probably from the same brood so I'm going to rehome the first female. She was always aggressive, even towards the sweet male.
Thanks for the advice! (I'm still learning how to post on threads.)

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Any reason why you're going to rehome the third budgie?
You were adamant about keeping the lutino, but not the green? She could still be kept in another cage.
I also would like to understand why you bought a third bird into the home and now want to settle on two birds? Were you going for more birds or did you just change your mind about that green hen?
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I purchased the first pair because I wouldn't keep just one alone. There was a blue cere I really liked and the girl in the store just picked out one she said looked like a female with no guarantees of sex. The female was frequently pecking at the male and very possessive of anything in the cage even with several more toys and feed cups.

About a month later I was talking to and watching the budgies in the store and the Lutino came over to me and kept nibbling on my finger for a long time. I left and came back later and she did the same thing. I bought her and another cage to keep her separate and had no intention on mixing them. Well she ran back and forth for hours trying to get to the others and when she was loose would stay on the cage of the pair. After a few weeks of this I thought she was getting stressed as I explained in the first posting. Every time I separate her she starts pacing back and forth in the cage again.
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Why don't you separate the green female into a cage of her own? You can easily keep her on her own and give her separate out of cage time by herself.
There is no reason you need to return or rehome her.

When I bring a pet into my home it is forever.
I wouldn't "return" an adopted child and I can't imagine returning an adopted pet either.
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Are the pair really "bonded" or do you mean they simply can live together without problem? Have you tried keeping the lutino with the male green?
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You've been given great advice above! There is no reason to rehome the other female. It's important to remember that you are responsible for all your birds, even if they don't quite do what they're "supposed" to do-- which they won't. You need to accept the situation for what it is and take the steps necessary to ensure that all three budgies can live their lives happy, healthy, and well cared for

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Are the pair really "bonded" or do you mean they simply can live together without problem? Have you tried keeping the lutino with the male green?
I don't think there is a strong bond, there was just less bickering when they were alone together. They would preen each other a few times but mostly the green female (Mango) would be somewhat aggressive to the male (Kiwi) Yes, I did try separate them that way and they were fine. I just feel bad leaving one alone in a cage. I don't want to give ( Mango) away really I don't want her to be alone. Maybe that's what she wants. I'll try it for a bit and see how it goes. I just thought she would prefer to live with another male and I can't get any more because of the noise level in my condo that affects the neighbors. I owned finches, parrots, and sun conures with someone before but budgies are a new experience.
The Lutino's name is Baby.
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