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Old 12-29-2017, 06:23 PM
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Hi all,
Iíll start from the beginning, we got Percy in August as we noticed that Monty was starting to show symptoms of being bored no matter what we did with her. When we first got Percy she wasnít in a good way, she hadnít been fed properly at the breeders and was very underweight, wasnít eating and had a tail bob. After a couple of weeks of steaming, hand feeding her and giving her plenty of vitamin a rich veggies as well as guardian angel (that stuff is honestly a miracle worker!) she picked up extremely quickly and began to get much better. She was introduced to Monty slowly after her time in quarantine. Monty had always been incredibly close to me and my family, she much prefers our company than another birds. Monty and Percy have always had an okay relationship with each other, but over the past month Iíve noticed a lot of bullying going on. Percy wonít let Monty eat and insists on regurgitating for her instead, sheís nipping her tail and to top it all off yesterday, she attacked montyís face and bit her wing causing Monty to fall to the bottom of the cage. I of course was horrified, the only thing that will calm Percy down and get her to be nice to Monty is playing the sounds of a male budgie singing.
I donít know what to do, Iím starting to regret getting Percy. Monty does love her as she does occasionally go over to her to sing to her and Ďkissí her.
But I canít keep letting the bullying happening as Iím scared that she could really hurt Monty.
At the moment, Iím considering getting a male budgie for Percy and them living in one cage and Monty living in a separate cage at the side of them. Would this work? Would I be best to get Monty a male as well? Can anybody suggest any other ideas?

Thank you in advance

(Little side note- please excuse if I have done something that isnít ideal, they are my first birds and Iím just trying to whatís best fo them. I would never do anything that would put either of them at harm as they are my little feather babies )

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Old 12-29-2017, 06:31 PM
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Separate them. Don't get in a hurry to get another bird. IMO it is never a good idea to get a bird for a bird. After some time apart maybe some supervised out of cage time together but I would not plan to ever keep them together.
In the wild they can get away from each other when needed. In cages they can not. Just being next to each other may be enough to keep them happy.
I wish you luck with the two of them.
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I agree you need to separate them immediately. Don't go getting any new birds. Considering Monty prefers the company of humans, I don't think she will need a bird companion, and she may not get along with it. Give Percy some time, and she may bond to you guys as well and not need a companion in her cage.
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Angie's correct.

You need to buy a new cage if you don't already have a suitable one and keep them in their own cages. Having one another to talk to so they don't feel alone is enough and there's no need to bring another bird into the mix and it could even make matters worse.

My budgies lived together contently but recently Star was showing threatening behaviour to one of the other girls, Sadie and Sadie was making distressed noises. I didn't hesitate in splitting them up. Star luckily was never aggressive or violent and had always got on with her mate Jay so I just put them together again and peace and harmony resumed.
I would never keep my birds together if they did anything more than petty bird squabbles.
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I think you need to separate them immediately as the small bickering will prove to be dangerous especially when you are not around. Provide at least an adequate cage for another 2 females are hard to deal sometimes but if they form a bond it will be ok. Wish you luck

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You've been given excellent advice.
Monty and Percy need to be housed separately on an on-going basis.

I would definitely not recommend you get any additional budgies.
Percy does not need to be put with a male budgie. She will be just fine in a cage on her own.
Housing Percy with a male would simply introduce a whole new set of problems/challenges to deal with and you would have to be very careful to discourage breeding.
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Thank you very much for all of your very helpful advice everyone! The girls today have been angels, no bickering or anything. Theyíve been sat all cuddled up singing to each other! Iíll still be separating them tomorrow just to be safe.


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