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Old 10-12-2019, 04:14 PM
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We Lost Charlie to a lipoma tumor it got so bad and she after 2 months passed away. Charlie was 10 years old. Knowing this was possibly going to happen we got another baby ( named Pepper) that we think is a male,

He is a baby and fairly friendly and he has adjusted very well and eats, sleeps sings, plays and seems content. Oz on the other hand, well, she doesn't seem to like Pepper too much, she has a take it or leave it attitude.

Rarely will Oz sit next to him and when Pepper arrives at a spot where Oz is, Oz usually moves away. This is very odd behavior for Oz as Ozzie ( she's almost 5) is a very sweet bird that is gentle, and when Charlie was alive they were like 2 best buddies, they slept next to ea other and played with toys, and napped together and most of the time they were very attached.

I did not want Oz alone so we got Pepper he was vet checked and quarantined and put next to Oz in another cage for 4 days before I introduced them in the same big home they have.

Oz is not mean to him she just stares at him and seems to not be interested. I hope this phase will pass?? Pepper tries to be nice as I see him trying to sit next to Oz but oz 90% of the time she just stares at him and moves away.

I have a feeling Oz misses Charlie as they were together almost 5 years. It breaks my heart that we lost Charlie she was a really funny, temperamental parakeet BUT those 2 got along great.

Again, Oz is not mean to Pepper, she just seems disinterested. On a rare occasion, they will sit together and once I saw Pepper singing to Oz when he was next to her. He is trying but she seems disinterested.

Look at the Pic Oz the blue one, see how she looks....... disinterested??

Will this change the longer there together??
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Here is the RARE occasion that these 2 sit together. It lasted less than 5 min.
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I think thereís a good chance it will get better in time. Itís a good sign that they arenít aggressive at all to each other. You didnít say how long it has been since Charlieís death. If it was a year I might think they are going to stay this way.
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I think thereís a good chance it will get better in time. Itís a good sign that they arenít aggressive at all to each other. You didnít say how long it has been since Charlieís death. If it was a year I might think they are going to stay this way.
Charlie passed away on the 7th of October 2019.
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Hi, Mark

First, I recommend you remove the mirrors from the budgies' cage. Mirrors are not a good choice of "toy" for birds. Budgies can become obsessed with their reflection and it can cause aggressive and/or territorial behavior. Additionally, some budgies will regurgitate to their image to the point where they become malnourished. In the one picture, it appears that Ozzie is more interested in the mirror than she is in Pepper which gives you an indication of a potential problem...

With regard to Ozzie and Pepper -- you need to give them time and space to get used to the changes they've both been through.
Pepper is young and wants to be friend but Ozzie is an older bird and it may well take her some time to warm up to him.
Not all budgies become "best buddies". The fact that Ozzie is tolerating Pepper and has allowed him to sit next to her a couple of times is a good sign.
Keep in mind that budgies pick up on human's emotional state so you need to be calm and relaxed whenever you are around them and interacting with them.
Give them time and let things play out. There is a good chance that even if they aren't "best friends" having a housemate will be beneficial for Ozzie in the long run.


Is Ruby in the same cage with Ozzie and Pepper?
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Thank You for the encouraging words!! I sure hope Oz accepts Pepper

As for the Mirror, it has been in there for 5 years and never has Oz or Charlie and so far not even pepper are overly attached to it. So far it not been a problem with no obsession with it.


I talk softly and very easy with both and I KNOW they notice it!! I rub on Oz she she likes it!! Pepper not a lot but she watches how I touch and talk to Oz. I am surprised at Oz because she is such a sweet bird she really is just "tolerating" pepper... But she did let Pepper sleep next to her last night. When I covered them up they were in the same spot 8 hours later when I uncovered them. Oz is not violent or mean to Pepper. She just seems a bit disinterested...
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You haven't had Pepper that long yet so I wouldn't be concerned about it at this point.

Where is Ruby?
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We had issues with Ruby Oz was scared of her so she was given to a friend of ours that has had birds before and loves Ruby. Oz is much calmer now I really hope she befriends Pepper He is trying too hard to be liked and Oz just looks at her with disinterest. I am glad though she isn't picking at him ( I believe Pepper is a boy?) she and Pepper occasionally eat together with no fighting.

I have a feeling Oz misses Charlie and STILL doesn't understand where Charlie went, after all, Charlie was with Oz since 2015 and they were best buddies... I just did not want Oz alone and Pepper is young, friendly and vet checked and was quarantined before we put her in with Oz.

I put Pepper next to Oz in another cage for 4 days before we put him in with Oz and Oz really didn't care Pepper though was curious.

When I introduced Pepper to Oz it went ok as Oz didn't really react. I don't know if Birds react this way to the loss of their friend/mate? I wonder if Oz will become attached to Pepper. I sure hope so. Also, we are heartbroken about Charlie! She was a character!! and we loved watching her and Oz as they got along so well. Charlie had such a personality she was a blast and we really miss her. I bet Oz does too and this may be why the issues?? I am glad Oz is not mean to Pepper...
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As indicated in your other thread, Pepper is a male and you need to ensure you do everything necessary to prevent breeding.

Ozzie needs time to adjust to the loss of Charlie and you can't expect Ozzie to accept Pepper immediately.

As indicated, you need to just give them time and let things play out.
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Thank you I just wanted to see if this was normal behavior? I ask because Oz has ALWAYS been gentle, sweet and a caring bird she used to groom Charlie and they play bobb heads and I never saw any aggression from Oz ever. Also, she lets me pet her pick her up and is friendly.so, having seen this behavior from Oz the past 4 years it surprises me that she is kind of "cold" toward a baby bird that is trying to make nice to her. It is not like Oz because she has always been sweet and when Charlie was sick, she hardly left her side she went everywhere Charlie went to sit next to her. I wish people were as nice as Oz is. Even now shes "ok" she just isn't friendly very much toward Pepper and that surprised us based on how Oz has been over the years.

The Pic below was earlier today A moment that Oz sat with Pepper. It was nice to see, it didn't last long but they at least sat together for a bit.


also, what kind of Budgie is Pepper?? I also am I correct that Pepper is a boy??
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