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Old 02-09-2018, 04:17 PM
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Strange thing happens today. Sugar flew across the cage and landed on my hand and starting eating a tidbit of carrot. Amos has been with me since July 2017 has been a non-conformist. He decided, he too would join in and flew to my hand. They got into a difference of opinion as to who was getting this meal handed to them. Now the minute I stick my hand into the cage Sugar will fly to see if there is a meal. I don't know how to handle the bickering situation??? Putting both hands into the cage is just not possible to give them separate treats etc. Have I created a monster? I welcome any suggestions as to how to keep the bickering to a minimum. I want to share the food among them equally, but this getting out of hand quickly.

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Did you have the carrot bits placed on the palm of your hand?

Generally, if you put a few bits of the vegetable or treat on your palm, budgies will be more amenable to sharing.
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Yes, the carrot bits were in the palm of my hand. Both birds were sitting on my hand at the same time. It shocked me to say the least. But after about 30 seconds Sugar decided she did not like the idea of sharing. She also, gently nibbled at my fingers but she was not biting. I did not move my hand. She was content to eat out of my hand for over 5 minutes. Poor Amos let the new girl on the block have her way at first. Then he came back hopped on my hand and ran her off. Is this a sign they have not really bonded? I had plenty of carrot in my hand for both of them, but cooperation was not on the menu.
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Sounds like regular budgie bickering. My two girls love eachother, but if there is millet involved, there is no way they will share. Perhaps when giving them treats, you do it outside the cage so you can use two hands. Or you clip the treat inside the cage, one on each side so they each have their own. This is the reason it's also recommended to have two food bowls and water bowls, because some budgies just don't like to share.
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They have never fought over food or water. They have shared the millet too. It only happens when I am involved holding the food. Maybe two is company and three is a crowd syndrome. After I took my hand out of the cage, all went back to normal.
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