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Old 03-15-2015, 03:53 PM
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I have two parakeets i bought together and have living together named Bonnie & Clyde. They get along for the most part, the female Bonnie can be a "bee with an itch" sometimes. I've noticed shes been hogging the food a lot lately. Every time i see Clyde go down and eat, he gets a few bites in before Bonnie comes down and kicks him out. Is this normal? Should i separate them?
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Yes, it's normal for them to have light bickerings sometimes over food or even a much coveted sleeping spot to spend the night in.
You can minimize this by having two food dishes. The same goes for other objects, if they fight over a particular toy, then get another of the same type.
Having things in twos is quite helpful for these cases.
Only when the fighting escalates and the dominant bird starts to constantly bully the other, that's when it's best to separate them. The same thing goes if you see your budgie aggressively plucking a feather out of his/her mate.
Hopefully you won't have to resort to this. Even the sweetest and most bonded of budgie pairs can get annoyed at times and bicker a bit. And later on they will be preening one another like nothing has happened.
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Females can be bossy.. most of them are. It's part of the plan for most cases.. How long have you had them? If the female is aggressive towards the male generally (not only about the food), pecks him and fights with him, then you should separate them. If she is a little bossy about the food, then you shouldn't worry. I had a budgie couple in the past and the female was bossy about the food but the male wouldn't go. He waited until she go and eat with him. Observe them and see how that goes.
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Thanks, having two food bowls seems to be helping (at least for now ). Its so funny how every time the male tries to eat no matter what dish he goes to, she comes down, takes over that dish and eats even if she already ate. Thankfully the male has figured out that if this happens he can just go to the other dish. I've had them for 7 months and i bought them together. They seem to be well together, they are inseparable but sometimes they bicker over perches.
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There is always a more dominant bird, aslong as your male is getting food and not being harassed constantly then it should be fine, do they get out of cage time to play and have free flight? having two budgies in the one cage of course requires a larger cage as well what size is your cage may I ask?
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