So I have a male budgie Jasper and got a new female budgie Crystal two weeks ago. They absolutely love each other, feed each other, play together, etc. But whenever Crystal is preening herself or scratching herself then Jasper finds it necessary to bite her and make her stop. And it's not a gentle bite. It seems so rude and painful too. Sometimes he grabs onto her head feathers really hard when she is preening herself, other times he grabs onto her chest feathers or wings. He used to do this to my previous budgie that passed away, but to less of an extent so I didnt really mind much. Earlier it just seemed like he was trying to get her attention. But with Crystal he is actually grabbing her, and since she is an english budgie with longer feathers, its a lot easier for him to grab her. Today he tried to bite her foot when she was scratching herself. In these situations she lso always gets mad at him and kind of lunges back at him to make him stop. Why does he do this?
First things first, Crystal should be in quarantine for a minimum of 30 days. During this time, you should have her vet checked to make sure she isn't hiding any illness that could also infect Jasper and make them both ill.
If Jasper is picking on Crystal and is biting and harrasing her, then they need to be separated. Birds are just like dogs and cats and should be given the same amount of respect. You wouldn't leave two dogs together that were fighting, nor two cats...or even kids! If/when things get physical you need to give them their own space so no one gets hurt and injured or killed.
Okay hold on. I think I need to elaborate more because I think I made it sound too bad in my post.
Jasper is not harassing her. They are absolutely in love, and he was not in love with my previous budgie, so this is legit. They do everything together and play and sleep and sing together. I could go on and on.
He doesnt constantly bite her. It is only sometimes when she is preening. I know it sounds terrible when I write about it, but it is really not as bad as it sounds. I am smart enough to tell if they will injure or kill each other with their behaivior and I would never put them in danger. I am just wondering why he finds it necessary to do that. It is also never out of aggression. He has never shown an ounce of aggression in the 5 years ive had him, and he is not being mean when he bites her (well in my mind its not nice, but he is not trying to be intentionally rude). I know how an aggressive budgie looks and acts and what he is doing is not aggresive. If it were that, he would stand absolutely no chance with Crystal because if she wants something (like to sit on a certain perch), she gets it, whether Jasper is in the way or not.
I do not want to sound cross or anything. I know how to read birds body language very well. I have studied it for years and I know what I'm doing. Thats why I'm asking about this, because I recognize that it is not aggression but I do not understand what he is doing or why.
And just for the record, he is not biting her to the skin. She is too fluffy for that. He is grabbing her feathers but he doesnt have the chance to tug at her because she pulls back right away (youd do the same if someone pulled your hair).
They are not in danger, trust me, I wouldnt do that to my birds. I am simply curious as to what he is doing.
Oh and just a note, no need to worry about the vet and quarantine, the breeder gave me instructions on that already and everything is well 🙂