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My newer budgie was in quarantine for 6 weeks but she could hear the older budgie and they kept chirping to each other. Last weekend I placed her cage in the same room as my older budgie. They seem to be getting along fine so far. In fact, my older budgie seems much, much happier now. She doesn't even ack at me so much anymore or peck. She seems to ack a lot in the morning though when I'm not in the room. No idea wwhy. Maybe she's not a morning bird.

Anyway, so I'm thinking of letting one of the budgies out today in their room so that she can fly to the other budgie cage and they can interact through the cage bars. I don't want them to move in together yet as I have to work again from tomorrow and can't supervise them during the day. So that will have to wait till next weekend.

Anyway, is it a good idea to let one of the budgies out to approach the other one in her cage? I'll probably have to let the younger and newer budgie as my older one refuses to leave her cage.

Just checking that I'm not doing anything terribly wrong..

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When introducing a new budgie or any other pet bird, it's always best to do so in a neutral territory.
By taking your newest budgie and placing her near the cage of your older budgie, the latter may feel threatened and become cage territorial.
The best thing to do is to allow both budgies some out of cage time together, always supervised to see how they get along in their interactions.
You can also let them share some millet and see how things go from there.
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Thanks. It's just that my older budgie refuses to leave her cage. I'm hoping that is something that the newer budgie will teach her. Anyway, introducing them in neutral territory is difficult as I'm not sure how to get the older budgie away from her cage.

How about if I do it the other way round. Try to get older budgie out of her cage so she can approach newer budgie s cage? And then once she s out maybe i can let newer budgie out as well. I just cant do it in a differeny rooom as older budgie a cage is too heavy for me.

I'm hoping that eventually they'll move in together in the older one's cage.

Sorry, hope this makes sense...
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The advice about getting territorial is a good one.

So that didn't go as well as I had hoped it would. Instead of letting the younger budgie out I first let the older budgie out. She flew straight to the younger one's cage and they started acking at each other. So then I let the younger one out hoping that would calm them both down. They both landed on the older one's cage. I gave them each some millet and for a while they were just happily munching their millet.

Then the older one got bored and started snacking on the younger one's millet spray, which she seemed to allow but then the older one started pecking at her tail and backing again. They chased each other around for a few minutes before the older one flew back into her cage. I closed the cage door so the younger one couldn't follow her.

The younger one was determined though to ..god knows what..make a connection, make friends, establish dominance,...I really don't know what. Anyway she insisted on crawling around the outside of the cage and the older kept pecking at her.

I've read in the sticky on here that a bit of acking, chasing and bickering is normal but I was still worried. They didn't draw blood yet but I didn't want to let it come to that so I caught the younger one and put her back into her own cage (took me a while). Anyway, they quickly seemed to calm down again and thankfully the younger one doesn't seem to hold a grudge because I caught her. I pacified them both with millet and they seem fine now.

They are both in the same room but I think from tomorrow I'll just place their cages next to each other rather than letting them meet.

I think I really need to somehow sort out the neutral ground issue. Maybe I can let then older one out first, then cover her cage, then bring the younger one into the room, and remove her cage from the room..
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I would suggest you place the cages side by side for a few days so they can get used to seeing one another through the cage bars and interacting "safely" from the confines of their own cages.

When you are ready to try the two of them out of their cages at the same time again then your idea sounds like it might work.

I would also suggest you have several "meetings" out of the cage in order to determine whether or not the two are going to get along well enough for you to consider having them occupy the same cage.

If you do reach that point, please ensure the cage is plenty large -- rearrange everything in it, provide two perches or swings at the same height for the highest level in the cage, provide multiple food and water dishes and be vigilant to ensure that neither of the birds is too aggressive toward the other.
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