Its a bit of a long story. I got two male budgies(peekaboo and Pikachu) last summer in August and they've been the best of friends. I wanted to get them each a female for company purposes and maybe breeding in the future. Last semester before Christmas I got a third, much older female(jingle, rescue. 3-5). After a few months, I introduced her to the boys outside of the cage, and they got along well. She moved in with them. Her and peekaboo got along very well, and I believe they bonded. The problem is Pikachu. He doesn't dislike Jingle, but all he wants is to be near Peekaboo. He tries to feed him and groom him, all while jingle and peekaboo try to warn him. He constantly follows peekaboo around and it bothers him. recently, I had to separate them because Peekaboo was fed up, and started attacking Pikachu. I do have a female for Pikachu and he's with her now, but he has 0 interest in her.
I know it sounds stupid, but I think Pikachu was in love with peekaboo? He screams whenever he can hear peekaboo and constantly tries to get back to him. what should I do?
Should I try to put the females together and the males together? Should I keep them separate like this even though Pikachu screams constantly? I don't wanna stress him out anymore, but being away from peekaboo seems to make him really upset.
I strongly recommend you separate the males and females by gender.
Peekaboo and Pikachu should remain together without any females upsetting the balance. Same gender budgies can become best of friends and will preen, feed and play together.
I have male budgies that are very strongly bonded to one another and never want to be apart.
Anytime you introduce one or more new budgies into a current flock situation, you change the flock dynamics and it isn't always for the better as you have now expereinced.
It would be best to place the females' cage in a different room than that of the males' cage to give Peekaboo and Pikachu the chance to get reunited and bonded again.
Budgies do not need an opposite gender bird as a companion and most are much healthier and happier never being bred.
Budgies should certainly not be bred once they reach 4 years of age and you indicate the female you introduced is already 3.5+.
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I will do my best, but I live in an apartment with a roommate, so I cannot separate them by room until the school year is over. Is that still alright? One of the females is very smart and has already learned how to break out of two different cages. She's such a handful! haha.
Put the two cages on opposite sides of the room and use cable ties on the cage where the female is kept to keep her from "breaking out" of it.
If you lace the cable ties backwards you can easily undo them and reuse them whenever you need to open the doors.
Take things a step at a time.
Rather than worrying about the future and what may or may not be, you need to focus on the present and do what is necessary to ensure your budgies are all healthy and happy now.
We can revisit the question of a large flight cage in a few months time.
However, you will have the problem of flock dynamics yet again as well as needing to ensure you do everything necessary to discourage breeding behavior if/when that happens.