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Hi,
Im new to this site so Im sorry if I have done anything wrong in posting this.
We recently purchased a new female budgie as we previously had 5 (3 males and 2 females).
Due to this one male had become very distressed and was being bullied and we worried for his health as he had stopped eating and seemed to constantly preen. We have budgies before and I am aware of self mutilation.
This new budgie we purchased is a year old like the rest and female. But she has developed this wierd wing movement.

What she does its puts her wings out just a little not all the way and sorta. Twitches or shakes them. She tweets at the same time.
I have read she could be scared but they also say if this was the case she would stand tall but she doesnt she sort of bows down.
She has taken to the other 5 and they all get along now and they all pair up and preen and she will follow the other 5 around the cage. Other then this possible display she doesn't seem afraid or nervous. They all chat away contentedly and she preens eats drinks and plays fine.
I thought it might be a mating behaviour but have found nothing to back this up.
Any advice at all will help
I will attempt to get a picture but she stops when a human enters the front room. Shes still kind of shy.


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How is the one male being treated by the other birds now that you have an even ratio of males to females? If the male that was being bullied is still being mistreated by the other budgies, then it would be best to separate him and one of the females into a cage of their own on a permanent basis.
No budgie should be continually subjected to bullying either physically or emotionally.

From the behavior you are describing the new female is exhibiting, it sounds as though she is begging to be fed by the other budgies.
If you watch sparrows outdoors, the females will often behave in this manner when their want their mate to feed them.
It doesn't sound like anything you need to be concerned about. This is a normal part of the "courting" process between birds.

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Do not take my information by proof or evidence, but I think that the female is doing this because like above, she is wanting to be fed. If she is holding her wings out somewhat further she may be showing a sign of aggression or playfulness. It could very well be playfulness and your male may be taking it as a sign of aggression. I am not sure as I am not the best with budgie psychology, but I think that she may be pressuring or trying to play with the male. I do not know anything about this though, but try to see it as a sign of aggression/playfulness and see if anything clicks to the male's behavior of mutilation. Do not take this as fact because I am not completely sure about my statements but it could be practical and help you
I would like some to further investigate this!
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Hi there and to the forums!

You've come to a great place to learn even more about budgies! You've been given great advice. It sounds like she's getting along wonderfully with the other budgies. However, if the male is still being bullied then he and another female should be moved into a cage separately, as mentioned.

Meanwhile, be sure to read through all of the many articles and stickies that we have here! If you have any questions after reading through everything, be sure to ask as we'd love to help.

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