Chatterbox has been showing signs of aggression and seems to be bullying Chatters on and off, so I'll be putting her in her own cage. If the cages are side by side, will that stress her out? She's not constantly after Chatters but I noticed from day 1 she was protective of food and disliked eating with others even sitting next to her. The cages won't be right up against each other, just one small cage next to the big cage. I'm going to use her being on her own as a chance to hand train her too.
Edit: Chatters is becoming stressed from Chatterbox. Will Chatters remain stressed when not being chased around by Chatterbox?
Last edited by InsanityShard; 07-12-2018 at 02:18 AM.
I have a similar situation going on and I have found that my birds benefit from being able to see and hear each other. My two cages are next to each other (with a small gap so there's no fighting through the bars) and it seems to work well because they can still socialise but not fight 🙂
Separating Chatters away from Chatterbox is the best thing you can do right now. Chatters will become accustomed to a separate cage. Don’t worry, birds are very good at adapting. The bigger stress would come from leaving Chatters in with a bully. Having them in the same room will definitely be good for socialization.
I have had a bird that bullied the other bird in the cage. When the victim bird was injured, the bully was even meaner to the weaker bird. In cases like you mention, it might not be able to cure the problem, at least not with the 2 birds you have now.
It's impossible to answer that question as each and every budgie is a unique individual.
Some budgies become aggressive when they molt and some don't.
Birds change over time as well - their personalities don't remain stagnant so we're not able to predict how Chatterbox may behave during his next molting cycle.