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Old 03-31-2018, 03:23 PM
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Hello everyone I have two budgies Lemmy and Dio, Lemmy I found out recently is a girl I’ve had her for around 6 months so she is around 8 months old. She was an only budgie until Christmas time when I got Dio from the pet shop. Lemmy was from a breeder so was hand tame Dio is not. Lemmy’s behaviour changed she became aggressive to me and would now bite me. Just recently in the last two months she has been better and less aggressive towards me but she won’t stay out of her cage for long because Dio will not come out and he can’t fly either. I’m worried they are in their cage too much? There’s a bit of falling out between them sometimes.. they have 2 feeding bowls Dio although younger is a bit of a bully with Lemmy can anyone advise if there’s anything I can do? Or if I’m doing the right things so far?

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You indicated that Lemmy is a female but did not mention Dio's gender, although you referred to him as "he".

If you have a mixed gender pair, it is very important that you do everything necessary to prevent breeding.

Rearranging their cage frequently, and limiting the light they get to 8 hours a day will help tremendously.
Please be sure you never put a nest box or anything that could be used as a nesting site in their cage.

When they come into condition, limit the amount of protein in their diet at that time.

You can't force your budgies to come out of their cage, you can only encourage them to do so.
Try putting a perch outside of the door of the cage and set up a playground either on top of the cage or near the cage.
Put a couple of favorite toys and a favorite treat on the playground. Let them decide for themselves when they are ready to explore.

Why is Dio unable to fly?
You indicate he is sometimes a bully -- exactly how does he bully Lemmy?

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Thanks for replying, they are a mixed pair by accident yes, I though Lemmy was a boy you see so I thought I had two boys but it was confirmed on here that she is in fact a girl!. I have read up about discouraging breeding also. Dio is a boy yes he is around 5 months old. The shop I got him from have clipped his wings I am hoping he will grow them back with his first Molt. He is only beginning to trust me I can get him to eat millet from my hand but only if Lemmy is present. So far today she has been out of her cage the longest so I’m hoping things are going in the right direction. She was so affectionate with me before Dio came along but I just felt so sorry for her when we were all out that’s why I got her a companion. There is a little play gym on top of the cage which Lemmy likes to explore. They argue occasionally over a particular perch spot or Dio can be a bit of a bully at feeding time but they never actually bite each other and they regurgitate for each other and mostly live harmoniously I will attach some pictures for you
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I'm glad to hear your budgies are getting along well most of the time.
What you describe sounds like normal bickering and not bullying.

Please take a look at this link for ideas on everything you'll need to make Lemmy and Dio's home great:

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What size is the cage you currently have them in?
Length, Width, Height

The very minimum size cage recommended for two budgies is 30" L x 18" W x 18" H
9,720 cubic inches.
The bigger the cage the better assuring that the spacing between the bars is no more than 1/2".

Also, it appears you have their cage located in your kitchen?
Housing budgies in the kitchen is not recommended -- do you have somewhere else you could locate their cage?
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They are in the kitchen yes, why is it not recommended? I don’t really have any other space to be honest.. my kitchen and living area are the same it’s open plan the cage meets the measurements it’s 32” across and 22” tall
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The kitchen can get too hot for your bird, and the fumes from cooking or burning foods can be toxic.
Other factors, such as open flames, sharp edges, and dangerous appliances make the kitchen treacherous for any bird.
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