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Old 01-29-2018, 09:03 AM
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Default Male Budgie Constantly Annoys Female

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I had a male budgie for a year. He was starting to get lonely so i bought a young female budgie. I had them separated at first and then let them together when the male showed interest in the female. They appeared to be getting along fine.

Present Issue
So now, idk whether I am noticing this now or whether it had gotten worse a few days ago. It has been a few days and the male simply won't let the female breathe. I mean, he's constantly trying to budgie kiss the female. She doesn't seem to like it and occasionally bites back. The male preens himself and won't even let the female preen herself. As soon as she starts to preen herself, the male bugs her again. This happens the whole day. He follows her everywhere. If she goes to the floor of the cage to eat food, he follows her and does the same thing. He doesn't let her eat in peace (even though they have separate bowls of food and water.

What I Tried
I took out the male from the cage. He constantly tries to find his way back in. When the female starts to eat or preen, the male gets all fluffed up and constantly chirps as if wanting to get it.

What should I do? Should I separate them and get different cages? Or is this a hormonal, mating behavior of some kind of the male?

I would really love to hear some input!

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Old 01-29-2018, 10:13 AM
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What should I do? Should I separate them and get different cages? Or is this a hormonal, mating behavior of some kind of the male?

I would really love to hear some input!
Hi Farhan

Yes this sounds like hormonal mating behaviour and yes, it would be wise to separate them for a while, so that he can take a week or so to ‘cool off’ and she can have some peace.
Whilst it’s great that he is so delighted in the arrival of his friend, we really need to encourage a more platonic relationship - If she was enjoying his constant attention then you could soon find yourself having more than the two birds to worry about

Take your male bird into a different cage and if possible a different room, and give him a week or two to calm down.
Follow the advice in this sticky from now and continue to apply it when you gradually introduce them back together.
https://www.talkbudgies.com/budgie-br...want-eggs.html
https://www.talkbudgies.com/new-budgi...o-budgies.html

Hopefully, he’ll calm down and it will all work out. If it doesn’t, then you may need to house them separately permanently. If that turns out to be the case, then they can still enjoy the company of being in the same room and possibly have supervised out of cage time together.

Good luck
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The advice Julia has provided is excellent and I agree with her 100%.
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Old 01-31-2018, 01:21 PM
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Thank you for the Advice Julia! It's been a day and his annoying behavior has decreased a bit. I will separate them for some time so his hormones get back to normal.
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