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Old 02-18-2020, 10:51 PM
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My female budgie is around 8 months old. She is tame but can sometimes be bitey if she doesn't get what she wants.
My male budgie passed away a few weeks after getting her so she has been living alone for a few months already (besides my canaries and finches in the same room, but that doesn't really count since they are different and dont interact).

I decided to show her a picture of my male budgie just for fun since usually my boy would be slightly interested, but she got SO hormonal! It was like a switch was flipped! She started making that deep sound, tapping her beak on his picture, eyes pinning, getting fluffy. And biting me too. I couldnt move my finger or hand without her biting me.

I will most likely be getting another male in a few months, but is it normal for her to be that hormonal just at the sight of a picture of another budgie? She doesnt even have a tan cere yet. Its still light blue/white.

I dont like it when she gets hormonal because she starts acting aggressive, so ill be avoiding that now, but was that normal for her to respond like that? None of my previous budgies ever did that. The most they would do is slightly fluff up and tap their beaks, but never ever get aggressive.

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Budgies can definitely become aggressive when they are hormonal.
From what you are saying now, I believe you need to be prepared for the eventuality that you may well have to house the female and male budgies separately on a permanent basis when the time comes that you bring him home.
Definitely make sure you observe the complete quarantine period and onlly put the two budgies' cages near one another when the quarantine period has ended.

Once the cages have been next to one another for a few days, then you can consider whether or not to try introducing the two of them in neutral territory.

You've already indicated how hormonal your female has become recently so I'd be extremely careful as she may decide to lay eggs even if you house her separately from the male and you certainly will not want to allow them to breed.
An aggressive budgie should never be bred.
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Okay, thanks for the advice.

I have plenty of cages so if I ever have to separate them that should be no problem.
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