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Old 10-04-2017, 08:15 AM
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Has anyone seen or had experience with birds that just seem incompatible due to extreme different personalities? My two are starting to have issues that just seem to be getting worse.

Luna is very mellow, she is happy to quietly play by herself or explore around the cage. She is cuddly with Uma when he is being mellow but thats not too often.

Uma is extremely hyper and pushy. There is hardly a moment he isn't on the move or making noise. He really likes Luna but consistently annoys her, getting in her face, screaming in her face, picking at her tail feathers, picking at her leg band.

She tries to move away but he followers her relentlessly, always trying to touch or feed her. I've seen Luna push him away, even knocking him off the perch a few times. In the last few days, she eventually gets frustrated enough she screams in face and strikes at him.

I'm afraid she is going to eventually hurt him since he just won't stop being a pest. When he is calm, luna will preen him or let him preen her. Another thing he does is constantly regurgitate food to her, to the point he gets forceful, this also seems to annoy Luna.

Uma is not settling in with me or the household. He is flat out terrified of me. If I get close to the cage, he starts breathing fast and panicking, to the point he flails around the cage until he crashes into things or hits the bottom.
This makes feeding and cleaning difficult since I have to get in the cage to do both.
Luna just sits and watches me when I tend to the cage. She seems interested in me and what I'm doing. She occasionally scares when I'm in the cage but thats usually only after a Uma has ticked her off to the point she has became angry.

I'm really thinking that having a male that is so hyper isn't good for Luna or for that matter, for Uma. I absolutely do not have room for a second cage so I'm really considering returning him to the pet store. Not the ideal situation but I feel it might be best for Luna's sanity.
I'm also concerned that I will never be able to let them out for play, not with Uma being so fearful. That something else that doesn't seem fair to Luna.

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It's always tough picking out a new bird for a previously solo bird. If you had a pair that was friends before, you can sometimes match up a potential personality if you watch them for a while.
How long have Luna and Uma been together?
You said you don't have room for two cages, may I ask what happened during quarantine, or did you buy them at the same time?

While Luna might be somewhat annoyed by some of Uma's attention, from your descriptions, there's no anger or very troubling behaviour at the moment. The bickering you've mentioned sounds like normal budgie behaviour to me and if they are fairly new to one another, they will have to establish boundaries.
Are you able to get them a bigger cage to give them a bit more space?
I also wonder if you would be able to get two cages that stack one on top of the other?

It's worth pointing out that my birds share one large cage.
They all have their own personalities. Cassie is a very hyper, bossy female who runs the roost. I have some very quiet girls and boys who aren't as active. They all live together in harmony as they have plenty of space and options to make things work for them.
My birds aren't tame, and some are more fearful of human interaction than others. All my birds come out for free flight in a secure, bird safe room and this doesn't affect them getting that out of cage time.

If you truly feel that Uma isn't right for you, then perhaps taking her back would be for the best, however, I feel like, with time, they may get along, especially if they've not been together long.

Also, remember that Luna has now enjoyed the company of another bird and that taking that away from her now may have a negative impact on her mood.
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I got them a day apart from the same store so no quarantine. I've had them about a month now.

Things came to a head today so I ended up taking Uma back to the store. Luna was at her favorite toy when Uma came close to her, Luna then grabbed Uma by the wing and hung on.

Uma was screaming and trying to get away but Luna held on for a few seconds. This was after a couple hours of Uma constantly pestering Luna.
Uma was not hurt, skin wasn't broke but it was a very clear indicator that things were getting worse.

I got new perches and completely redid the cage for Luna. It's a big cage that can be broken down smaller, so I did that for the time being.
I want to be able to move the cage easier to a safe room for taming and out of cage time.

Luna already seems more content. When I got home, she was resting and grinding her beak. She is a bit thrown off by the cage redo but she isn't calling for Uma at all. She is looking outside and babbling to herself at the moment.
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It'll be best to keep Luna as a solo bird and not add another bird at any point.

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