I have a male and female that have been together for about 3 months. I recently rescued a male from the local animal shelter and have him in a separate cage. Now that quarantine is over, I was going to try to put them together. I tried today, no squabbling, the new guy touched beaks to the other two in a gentle manner. But then he lifted his leg onto the back of the female and she moved away. A few minutes later he did the same to the male. It almost looks like a kick, but it isn't fast and there is not other aggressive behaviors or vocalizations. I will try to get a video. I had them together for a few minutes and separated them again. No rush and will only have them together supervised for the time being. I thought I noticed the female being a little aggressive with her cagemate, but nothing serious.
Realizing that 3 may be a crowd, should I get another female? I do have room for 4 budgies if that would be a better ratio. The original pair is a mature female and an immature male. The new male is an adult. I know they are flock animals and enjoy each others company. For the record, I have 0 intention of breeding.
I have read through the stickies and posts, but may have missed information about this leg lifting behavior...
Last edited by flygirl; 07-26-2017 at 12:43 AM.
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That is a mating gesture. It can also be a show of dominance.
To assure you don't accidentally have any breeding going on, you can get another cage, and house the two males together if they get along.
Sometimes (as with my budgies), males and females prefer to be platonic friends. But if you have birds who happen to take more interest in each other, you'll need to take some measures to be sure to not have any accidental breeding.
My current pair is platonic. I believe the male is young. I do not have any "attractive" spaces and continually move perches and rearrange toys and food dishes.
Current cage dimensions: 32" L x 21" W x 60" H; All birds get daily flight time outside of the cage.
To clarify, I have a a single platonic pair (male and female) in one cage. I recently adopted a new male in a separate cage and would like to put everyone in my one big flight cage, but understand that even numbers and genders are likely to be more harmonious, which is why I am considering an additional 4th bird (female).