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Hi all,

We have two budgies, male and female, who are about 13-14 months old. The male has always shown some interest in the female, and she has always (thankfully) not shown even a hint of interest back.

Recently (for the past month, maybe) our male has been showing interest to the point that he is being a total nuisance. He is not attacking or hurting the female in any way, but he is so persistent with tapping at her beak and trying to exchange food with her that she can't really do anything else (preen, play, relax, etc) other than try to evade him. He will follow her onto any perch, the side of the cage, upside down on the top of the cage, anywhere. There is literally no escape. This can last anywhere from an hour to a whole day. It is typically most prevalent in the morning immediately after removing the blanket, while at night when I cover them he chills out and returns to normal.

I recently have been separating them by keeping him outside of the cage during the day (he has access to food, water, and an awesome playground with numerous toys that is suspended from the ceiling, not to mention the entire budgie safe room to fly around in), but he has been getting wise to this and will now evade the stick that he normally hops up on so I can remove him.

So my question is, is this a "teenage" phase that he will likely grow out of, or have we already passed that at 14 months of age? When is the "teenage" phase and how long does it last? If necessary we will get a separate cage, but since he's not hurting her it seems a bit extreme, particularly if it's something he will grow out of in a few months.

Thanks in advance for any input.

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The constant unwanted attention your male is bestowing on your female will affect her both physically and emotionally.

It's good that you have separated him by keeping him outside of the cage during the day but it would be best for you to house him separately.

Having a second cage is always a good idea.

IF he grows out of this phase in a few months you'll have the second cage to use for quarantine or a hospital cage should it ever be needed.

However, your little fellow has already passed his "teenage" phase and my guess is that he is simply overly smitten with the lady in his life.
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I was afraid that would be the answer, but it's probably for the best. It's getting to be a hassle trying to wrangle him out the cage before I run out the door in the morning.

It's also going to be interesting having two flight cages in our one bedroom apartment, but at least we have enough toys on hand (for rotating out from time to time) that we won't have to go and buy/make a whole new set of those.

Thanks for the input.
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I was afraid that would be the answer, but it's probably for the best. It's getting to be a hassle trying to wrangle him out the cage before I run out the door in the morning.

It's also going to be interesting having two flight cages in our one bedroom apartment, but at least we have enough toys on hand (for rotating out from time to time) that we won't have to go and buy/make a whole new set of those.

Thanks for the input.
You can do it.
I had four of the Prevue Hendryx F040 flight cages in my 9x12 bedroom along with my queen sized bed, a night table and a reading chair.

Best wishes
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