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Hello all, I'm new here and am so glad to have found an informative forum! We have two budgies that we got about 6 months ago in an attempt to keep a 10 year old Cockatiel company. They are male and female and don't get along with the cockatiel. The budgies will follow the tiel and chase him away from his food and sometimes even bite him. I have them in a very large cage (60 x 24) which has a divider to separate the tiel and budgies. Anyway, I'm thinking of giving the entire large cage to the budgies and putting the tiel in his own cage in the living room where he can be out and with us. I have the budgie's cage upstairs with windows to look out and they have bonded to each other. I haven't had time to tame them and when I reach into the cage to feed them they seem scared and fly away from me. My question is: Are they happy just being together in a big cage with toys and food? Or do they require human interaction and taming? I want to do the right thing for them, and worry about giving them away. As long as they are happy, I don't mind keeping and caring for them. Thanks for any advice!

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Hello, and to TB!
As for your budgies, I would always recommend to have positive interactions with them even if you don't have time to completely tame them. Bonded as they are, it would probably be difficult to tame them completely, unless you separate them for training sessions and get one-on-one time.
Since it sounds like you aren't looking for "tame" budgies, I would suggest you just sit with them for maybe an hour or two every day, talk to them, read to them, do work, watch a movie, whatever, so they can adopt you as part of their "flock". Also, I would take the first steps to taming even if you don't intend to go all the way. Just rest your hand in the cage for a few minutes every day until they are used to it, and they know that no harm will come to them from it. Eventually, they won't be afraid when you approach them any more. And who knows, they may take to you quickly and make it simple to fully tame them!
I hope this helps, and good luck with your flock!
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Budgies are not happy if they are just in a cage for themselves. They need to fly outside of the cage everyday, bath in fresh water, get vitamin D (UV lamp), have fun music at times, have fun with fresh veggies etc. They don't have to be tame, but they are harder to keep happy if they are scared of humans. Especially to get them back into the cage.
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Hello and welcome, having the two budgies means they will always be more interested in each other rather than forming a bonded relationship to you. But as you mentioned you got them originally to be friends with the tiel.
I would separate the budgies from the tiel, he is most probably not happy having the harassment from them constantly.
Having the tiel in where there is human interaction and he will be able to interact is better for him , unless you get another tiel.
The budgies will be fine, as long as you do allow them free flight occasionally and of course spend some time when you can.
It is always hard to get the mix right when you have different species together. Hope things improve for you.
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I agree that separating the tiel from the budgies is best for your cockatiel. Cockatiels are more docile birds and the harassment from the budgies is sure to take its toll on your bird.

A 60 x 24 cage is a lovely size for two budgies and they will be quite happy to have that much room to flit around in and play. I agree with Gaby that sitting with them for a while each day and interacting with them is important for them to learn to trust and accept you.
When you aren't available to them, playing music for them or having the TV on a low volume is a good practice. Starling Wings, Imaginary and Pretty boy have offered you good advice.

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Thank you all for the replies! I forgot to mention that I leave the doors of the budgie's cage open, but they don't seem interested in coming out. I guess that's because they aren't tame. I have gotten them out before, by placing my hand in and sort of scooting them to the door. They seem to be OK out of the cage, but not that interested in things. I clipped their wings, but they can still fly a bit into things. Should I continue to scoot them out, or just leave the doors open and let them come out on their own if they want to? Thanks so much for the suggestions and support!!
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Thank you all for the replies! I forgot to mention that I leave the doors of the budgie's cage open, but they don't seem interested in coming out. I guess that's because they aren't tame. I have gotten them out before, by placing my hand in and sort of scooting them to the door. They seem to be OK out of the cage, but not that interested in things. I clipped their wings, but they can still fly a bit into things. Should I continue to scoot them out, or just leave the doors open and let them come out on their own if they want to? Thanks so much for the suggestions and support!!
Clipping their wings does not make them stop fly into things. That's kinda the point with budgies - they fly. Onto, and sometimes into things. Try to give some positive reason to come out: place a nice millet at the cage door, maybe some heavenly fresh salad and carrots someplace next to the cage. They are probably scared, so make sure you don't scare them when they are out/open cage door. Good luck
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