Two femal budgies with one male in a cage
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I'm new to budgies so to care for them well I need your kind help and guidance.
I've single yellow female with a green patch on the back and a pair of green budgies with yellow face. I've read on internet that two female cannot get along in one cage. But the problem is that I cannot afford another cage. Is there a way that these two can be together in the same cage? I don't know their age but the green one seems younger than the yellow so what will everyone suggest about this situation? Please need your kind guidance about this.
Hi there, itís not exactly true that 2 females cannot get along together. It all depends on the birds themselves. Females can be bossy and sometimes not get along but this isnít always the case. If you have a cage thatís big enough for all of your budgies to have plenty of room so theyíre not in each otherís face all the time or cramped up and you have plenty of perches, swings, toys and especially feed and water bowls, thereís every chance your 2 females could get along just fine. Obviously, if you see any signs of serious fighting or one bullying the other, youíll need to separate them. You said you have 3 budgies, which can actually present a problem in itself. One bird could potentially be bullied or left out. Again, if you see any of your budgies being tormented or picked on any worse than typical budgie squabbling, youíll need to step in and separate them.
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Blingy thank you so much for your kind reply actually I'm completely new to budgies. So I cannot understand their behavior. Can you please help me understand this?
All the three are a little angry sometimes to each other but not aggressively just open their beak and some slow calls. Also they are not paying any attention to food other than millet. They just sit on a perch on their specific positions not allowing the other to sit there or they just pick and chew the dried grass on cage bottom and do not notice any other toy, swing etc. While the yellow female sits on the nestbox moving her had and body side to side quickly and does not allow the other female there while the second one also go inside the nestbox and the male guards the box then. No more activity other this. I don't know why they are doing so? Is this their breeding season? Why are they ignoring toys, fruits etc? What should I do in such situation?
You need to remove any nest box immediately, I am assuming there are no eggs in it. Why have you put a nest box in the cage? Budgies do not need to breed to be happy and should you decide to breed at a future time you need to do months of research on all aspects of it before going ahead. There are many things you need to be prepared for and learn first. Two females and one male especially with a nest box can be a disaster. How large is the cage you have them in and how old are the birds?
Cody thank you so much for your kind reply. The nest box came with the cage so I didn't know that it should not be in the cage. I will remove it thanks for the guidance.
About the cage, the lenghth is 1.5 feet while the width is about 2 feet. The birds are bought a few days ago so I don't know about the age but the yellow budgie has brownish nose color while the green pair has purpulish colored nose, if this is helpful in determining the age...
Before this the yellow was in another cage with no nest box and she was scratching the bottom of cage and doing the same side to side movement and she is doing the same while sitting on the nest box opening. What is meant by this behavior?
It sounds like you may have 2 males and one female. The one with the brown cere is the female but if the other two have dark blue ceres they are males, they can also sometimes look a bit purple. If you can post a frontal picture of them taken in natural light we can help to determine the gender. As for age, once a budgie is an adult there is no way of knowing the age unless of course you know the hatch date. In most mutations if the iris in the eye is not very pronounced then the bird is most likely under a year, but there can be exceptions to this.
The behavior you are seeing by your female is hormonal in nature.
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If you post full sized, close-up in-focus pictures of each budgies' cere which are taken in natural light (no flash and no direct sunlight) then we can help determine each of their genders.
Please remove any and all nest boxes and anything else that could be used as a nesting site from the cage immediately.
You need to get an additional cage.
All budgie owners should always have a spare cage to use for quarantine, hospitalization and/or travel.
In this instance, I recommend you move the female into a cage of her own and keep her housed there permanently.
I would recommend a cage a minimum of 30" Long by 18" wide by 18" high for one budgie.
You indicate you can't afford another cage which brings up the concern of vet expense.
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I agree, you've been given great advice. The first thing to do is to remove the nest box!
Since it seems like you have two males and one female (if you have pictures that would be very helpful!) it also is a good idea to keep the males in their own cage. That way you can eliminate fighting and also ensure no accidental breeding happens :thumbsup:
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