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Old 01-17-2018, 12:40 AM
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Hi everyone,

So 3 days ago I adopted two 1 year old budgies from my mums friend.

Iíve been watching them for the last few days and Iíve noticed that the female is very mean to the male. I understand that they have a hierarchy but whenever he tries to eat or perch in some areas sheíll chase him away and sometimes keep chasing him around the cage.

At the moment theyíre still in the cage that they came in which is very small and Iíve already ordered a big flight cage. Should I wait and see how they act in the big cage or just seperate them?

They donít seem to be bonded even though theyíve been together for a year (no grooming each other or anything) and the male really loves his mirror. Would separating them make it a bit easier to tame them as well? The male seems really sweet, he will just sit and chat away but heís really shy because the female is so aggressive. And I can tell the female is nice on the inside but the male seems to annoy her a lot with all his talking. I donít know what to do!! I donít want to do something wrong and have them hate me forever, I already love them so much.

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Old 01-17-2018, 06:04 AM
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Hi, Lauren,

Having the male constantly bullied is not something that should be allowed to continue.

I would suggest you separate the two and keep the two smaller cages side by side for a couple of weeks.

You can try re-introducing the two in neutral territory for short periods of time to see how the get along.

I also recommend you remove the mirror from the cage. Budgies can become obsessed with their reflection.

Whether or not you will be able to house them safely together in the larger flight cage will have to be determined over time.
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Hi Lauren!

I think in my opinion it might be best to separate for the time being especially if the female isn't letting him eat or perch and they're not bonded. You can keep the cages next to each other so they still have each others company but still get the space they need? Plus supervised out of cage time of course. Some space might make them at least become pals again
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Hi Lauren
I agree with the previous posts.
I’d just like to add, that when you try to see if they will get along better in a large flight cage, make sure that you have a 2 seed dishes and 2 veggie dishes in the cage.
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I had the same thing happen with my pair. They got along fine for a few months, grooming and feeding each other then one day Luna decided she didn't like Beep much anymore.

They started bickering more and more, Luna got to where she would barely let him eat even though I had multiple dishes. Last straw was a few days ago when I saw luna rip feathers out of beeps back. I immediately bought a new cage and let him have it.

Neither are very happy. Beep wants to be with her even though she is nasty. She acts like she wants him but if I let them out together, luna goes after him when he goes into her cage.
I did have the cages next t each other, that causes a lot of wall climbing, Beeps tail is broken and mashes from rubbing on the bars. I moved beep a few feet away and they both seem more content. They call out more but they aren't constantly climbing walls to try and reach each other.

Hopefully they can eventually go back together but if not, thats ok too.
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UPDATE: Alrighty so.

First of all, thank you for all your messages. They have been super helpful.

The flight cage arrived and I wanted to give them a chance before I seperated them so I put all their toys inside and they have been in there for 3 days with 2 food and 2 water bowls.

I watched them closely throughout the day and there was only bickering here and there and Nessie (female) only chased Bergs (male) away from the food a couple times. It was a lot less than what she was doing before so I let it go and thought she would grow out of it since she has so much space now.

Now this morning I woke up and watched them for a few mins, and Nessie decided to start the morning by chasing Bergs away from his food twice and then having a good chase around the cage twice. I probably could put them in an aviary and she would still chase him.

So today Iím getting two small flight cages and putting them next to each other. Hopefully it wonít be permanent because I feel bad separating them, but weíll see how it goes.

Again thanks so much for all your advice

Lauren
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Lauren,

Please make sure that each cage you get is a minimum of 18" x 18" x 18" which is the very smallest a single budgie should occupy.

Bigger is better, so if you have the room, I'd suggest you go for a minimum of 30"L x 18"W x 18"H for each cage.

We'd love to see some pictures of your budgies if you have any you'd like to share.


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Both cages are 30x18x18 and I'll try to get pictures up soon
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That great news regarding the cage size!

I'll be looking forward to seeing your pictures.
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