[S] About 2 months ago, I got two budgies from the same store at the same time. They were cage-mates there, and once they got over their fear of me, they were a happy pair. However, for the last 2 days, my male budgie has been snapping at and chasing my other (gender undetermined) blue budgie off the perch onto the ground! They haven't physically hurt each other yet, and he is still letting the other one eat, so I haven't separated them.
While they never were bonded, as in they never preened each other, they did use to regurgitate food into the others mouth. Now, they squabble and snap at each other. My blue bird is getting a tad scared, and will sometimes climb on the cage walls to avoid being harassed for being on my male's perch.
In case this is useful, I have two food dishes in my cage and plenty of toys and perches. However, I would love some advice on what I should do. Hormones? Territorial? Bickering?
No matter whether one bird is hormonal or territorial, when it bullies the other bird the two need to be separated. If you do not separate them right away, the one that is being bullied may end up severely injured.
It will definitely take a toll on the bird's emotional well-being as well.
I recommend you separate them into individual cages.
If you give them out-of-cage time together, make sure you are there to closely supervise them at all times.
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Thanks! I was about to go out and buy another cage when I saw them sitting... next to each other with no squabbles. Huh. I decided to wait a bit, and as of now, they are as chummy as before. What I would give sometimes to see what goes on in their fluffy little heads...