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Old 09-01-2017, 05:08 AM
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I think my budgie pair are fighting, their my first pair so at first I thought it was normal for them to have a disagreement once in a while but it's got worse. This morning a found that Yurio, the nicer budgie, was bleeding on his head. I grabbed him and got my mum to help look at it and she thinks it's a scratch.
I don't really want to separate them, they've been together since babies.
Should I separate them?
Their in a smaller cage because the bird room is being redecorated, and there's no room for the big cage anywhere else. Could that be it?

I don't have a spare bird cage, my mum gave it away because a local breeder needed one urgently, but I do have a couple of hamster cages that we use for vet trips. Would I larger hamster cage be suitable till I can get hold of a bird cage?


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Old 09-01-2017, 09:52 AM
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When birds are crowded together in a cage that is too small, it is easy for them to become more aggressive and territorial. The smallest cage two budgies should be in together would be a minimum of 30" x 18" x 18". Anything smaller than that is never advisable.

You should always have a spare bird cage on hand for use as a quarantine/hospital cage or as a backup in case two budgies do not get along.

Once a budgie draws blood from another, that is a sign that the aggressiveness is "over the top" and the two budgies should definitely be separated.
If you do not separate the two, the more aggressive bird can easily severely injure or kill the other.

I would suggest you put them into individual cages
(Remember, the very minimum size cage for one budgie is 18" x 18" x 18" and bigger is always better! The more room each bird has the better off it will be. Ensure the spacing between the cage bars is no more than 1/2").

After you separate the birds for a couple of weeks, you can begin giving them out of cage time together again as long as you closely supervise them.
If they get along well during out-of-cage time, then you can try putting them together for an hour or two at a time (in the very largest cage possible) to see how they do.
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It's been decided that we're going to move them back into the big cage, and if the fighting continues we'll split them up. The cage their in is the spare cage, and big enough for 2 budgies, we moved them into it because the bird room is being re-painted. My mum made room for the big cage in another part of the house so, hopefully, they should be moved soon.
I know now it was stupid of me to move them into a smaller cage, at the time it seemed like the best solution. The big cage is technically a parrot cage so not very movable.
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If the big cage is a parrot cage it might not be suitable to house your budgies.
You need to measure the space between the bars and make sure it's no more than 1/2''. If it's larger than that, it's not going to be suitable to keep your birds in.

While the smaller cage can lead to upset and fighting due to lack of space, it's also a problem that one of your birds hurt the other badly enough to draw blood. This is a big concern and why you've been advised not to keep them together and only reintroduce them slowly.
How big is the small cage they are currently in? Is it large enough to house one budgie and suitable for them?
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If the big cage is a parrot cage it might not be suitable to house your budgies.
You need to measure the space between the bars and make sure it's no more than 1/2''. If it's larger than that, it's not going to be suitable to keep your birds in.

While the smaller cage can lead to upset and fighting due to lack of space, it's also a problem that one of your birds hurt the other badly enough to draw blood. This is a big concern and why you've been advised not to keep them together and only reintroduce them slowly.
How big is the small cage they are currently in? Is it large enough to house one budgie and suitable for them?
I made sure the big cage was suitable before buying it.
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They've been moved and I've noticed a slight difference, but it's to early to tell. If the fighting continues I'll move one back into the small cage.
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