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Old 04-21-2019, 09:26 AM
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So I've had two budgies for a little over a month now. I'm new to bird owning. At first they sang to each other all the time and fed each other and preening each other. Lately one has been squawking at the other alot. They chirp back and forth for a bit then squawk alot. I've noticed that they still preen each other but not as much. And I have not seen them feed each other lately. I'm home with them all day so they get alot of attention and I can monitor them. I've tried to rule out every thing I have researched so far. They have a huge cage that is big enough for more then just them two. They get out of the cage every day. I let them run around the room and they still squawk at each other while they are free. They each have a food and water bowl. And they have lots of toys. One bites at the others feet sometimes but they still sleep next to each other and eat out of the same bowl together. I don't think they are in breeding mood because they have not even had there first molt yet. I don't want to just jump the gun and separate them yet because I think it would be mean to put one in a smaller cage. So what I want to know is... Is this normal? If not then what should I try? Any advice would be great.

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How old are your birds? It could be that they are going through birdie puberty and at that time birds can get more aggressive, loud and bossy. Do you have a mixed gender pair, are they fully flighted or are their wings clipped?
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How old are your birds? It could be that they are going through birdie puberty and at that time birds can get more aggressive, loud and bossy. Do you have a mixed gender pair, are they fully flighted or are their wings clipped?
They are around 4 months old. There wings are clipped and I'm not sure the genders because they are so young
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If you can post a frontal picture of them taken in natural light we may be able to help you with gender identification. They could be a bit frustrated not being able to fly, and release that frustration by squawking. Do they attempt to fly?
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Ok so here is the best shots of them I could get. Yes they do try to fly I geuss they jump off the cage and fly to the floor and from branch to branch. The green one can't fly all the way across the cage though. Only the blue one.
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Looks to me that you have 2 adorable little girls.
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So if they are both girls could that be why they squawk alot and get nippy with each other? And will it still be safe to leave them in the same cage together? They were in the same cage since I got them from the pet store.
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It’s actually not true that female budgies can’t get along. Some girls are best friends. It really depends on the individuals more than their gender.

As for the squawking, it’s pretty normal at times. Healthy budgies are vocal. As long as one is not really bullying (in an obvious manner) they should be okay together. A little bickering is normal with cage mates, and is exaggerated the smaller the cage is.
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Ok. Thank you for the advice.
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It’s actually not true that female budgies can’t get along. Some girls are best friends. It really depends on the individuals more than their gender.

As for the squawking, it’s pretty normal at times. Healthy budgies are vocal. As long as one is not really bullying (in an obvious manner) they should be okay together. A little bickering is normal with cage mates, and is exaggerated the smaller the cage is.
I'm happy you mentioned that about girls getting along. Flower and Rooster are good friends and preen each other and one starts eating when the other one does too. They love each other

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