Bonding between new & old budgie
We got a new budgie a few weeks ago. He/she was about 6-7wks old when we got him. I should note, he was the only baby in the nest, and was very clingy with the breeder while she had him.
Initially the baby ( Kiwi ) had some digestive problems. We resolved that issue, and are trying to help Kiwi bond with our older budgie ( Sunny ). We are finding Kiwi would rather be with us vs playing with Sunny right now.
Kiwi flys pretty good, and will come to both of us when we call. really likes to snuggle into our necks when he's on us. It's funny most new birds you have to train them to step up, this one we have to work with him to step down. I think being the only baby in the nest may have something to do with that. He just doesn't seem to know how to interact with the other budgie. When he actually does spend time with Sunny, he constantly puts his head up to Sunny's face and begs for food while making little baby peeps.
Sunny, loves to feed and groom kiwi, and constantly tries to do that even if kiwi pushes him away. Sunny will actually put his foot up to kiwi's chest, or try to hold him by the tale to bring him closer. He has also tried to mount kiwi several times now.
We're really not sure how to curb Kiwi's begging. He/she will even do it if they are eating from the food bowl together. Is this something that will just pass as Kiwi gets older?
Any suggestions on bringing them together?
Baby budgies beg their parents or clutch siblings for food when they are not yet fully weaned. Make sure your little one is filling his crop and eating well on his own, as he grows more, the begging will stop.
It is a good sign that your older budgie preens and sometimes feeds Kiwi, it only shows they are bonding well and like each other.
The occasional pull of the tail and the playful light bickerings are also normal between budgies, as long as they don't play rough and hurt each other, then all should be fine.
Keep on allowing them to play and hang out together and let them set the pace of their friendship, instead of imposing it on them. Most likely they will choose to move in together to the same cage on their own accord, when one goes inside the cage and the other follows.
Good luck! :)
He is eating very well on his own now. I have started hand feeding him in the morning, and Sunny now joins kiwi to eat on my hand. They especially love it when I sit in the chair by the sunny window and do that with them. I did that with them this morn, and now kiwi is sitting on my shoulder making his happy clicky chewie noises. :)
He's not begging as much, but it still goes on. I suspect being the only baby in his nest, it may take a little longer to get him fully weened. I do notice when I feed them together like that, Sunny is not so so persistent trying to feed Kiwi all day.
They do go in the same cage now and then, but Sunny can get a little rough at times, so we still have them sleeping apart for now.
I do have one other question. On average, how old are they when they go through their 1st moult, and how long does it normally take.
The exact time when they moult and the duration of it depends on the bird itself. They usually have their first moult anywhere between 3 - 4 months old. Some start to moult as soon as they reach 3 months old while others can start a few weeks later.
Depending on the bird, a moult can last 2 to 3 weeks or even a bit longer.
The duration also depends on the degree of the moult itself, sometimes budgies get light moults and other times they get more heavy moults.
Sounds like Sunny and Kiwi are forming a great bond. Solo baby budgies will take longer to wean, but having another budgie around to imitate will help the process loads. Enjoy them both! :)
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