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Old 08-02-2018, 12:30 AM
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i have a 9 month old budgie, Roxo and a 4 month old budgie, Blueberry the day i brought blue home, roxo loooved her!! she was shy of course (she was only 2 months old) but they really love each other and act like siblings

i think Roxo is in his "teenage" or "hormonal" phase. he makes a very distinct noise when he disagrees with something. we place a blanket over their cage every night around 11:00 pm, and he doesnt like it. he doesnt really want our hands nearby when its late and he's tired and grumpy. im not mad, hes just a little bird, he cant help it.

but in the last couple weeks, this is fairly rare, but he will make his angry squeak and then start pecking at blue when we go to put the blanket over the cage. they love to sleep near each other on the same swing and they get along fine. its just this rare behavior he exhibits.

i know its impossible to "punish" a budgie. and i dont want to punish him. but when he has those outbursts, we put him in a seperate, smaller cage. not to punish him!! but because we dont want him hurting blueberry

is this an acceptable course of action? i dont want him to think hes being punished. i dont want him to get depressed. i dont want any adverse effects from seperating them...

what should i do?

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Hi there

Itís really difficult to give specific advice to posts like this, as our subjective opinions as to what is mild bickering versus aggression can be very different.

Yes, Roxo is the right age to be a stroppy teenager having to put up with his Velcro little sister who doesnít appreciate his need for some personal space.
He may view her differently in a few months!
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It reads to me, like Roxo sees the cover, knows what is about to happen and wants that sleeping spot for himself. He may have been happy to snuggle up together in the past, but now he isnít.

It seems a drastic step to remove him into a different cage, but I understand your concerns (If this is also occurring during the day and Blueberry is finding it difficult to eat, or if the pecking is escalating into something more or actually causing injury, then they may need to be permanently separated - but it doesnít sound as though this is the case here.)

If I were you, Iíd review the whole cage set up, have a reshuffle around and buy two single swings, in the hope that they will adopt these as their new sleeping spots.
With a change in set up, there may well be a bit of squabbling and grumbling as they jockey for the best spot, so perhaps just wait around with them covered for a few minutes to let them work it out and settle down.
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What are the dimensions of your cage? Are there enough sleeping spots (high branches, swings)? From what you describe, it sounds like a bit of “bickering” over desirable sleeping areas, so you probably will need to add another swing, and maybe other natural branches that your cage can accommodate. Can you take a pic of the cage? The easiest way to post photos is to use a photo sharing site like Imgur.

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here is a picture of their cage
https://imgur.com/a/xZMljSy
its about 56 in by 28 in, so large enough for two budgies

they like the white swing with the beads. oh, and thats the blanket we use. during the day we take it off completely but we hadnt done so yet

i got the swing for a couple bucks at kroger so i'll just buy another one and see what happens

not sure if i should ask here or make a new post on the breeding forum but, can a male and female be in the same cage without babies? any advice on discouraging breeding? i do not want babies
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I think buying a duplicate swing is a good idea, hopefully that will stop the bickering.

If you click on the link in my post above, it has a link with details of how to avoid unwanted breeding.
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Hi there and to the forums!

You've received excellent advice above. Having duplicates of things as well as ensuring that the cage is the right size are important to ensuring that they get along the rest of the time!

Moving the cage around is also a good idea. Hopefully with the new layout and two swings, the bickering stops. If aggression is still present after they get used to all the changes, and if it continues to get worse, you will need to house them separately on a permanent basis.

Meanwhile, you've come to a great place to learn even more about the best of budgie care practices. Be sure to read through the forum's many budgie articles and "stickies" (threads "stuck" to the top of each subforum for easy reference for more information!

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