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Old 03-17-2015, 12:10 AM
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I've noticed recently my two boys aren't overly fond of one another. When I first got them, they would preen each other all day long and be inseparable. Now they'll still sit on the same perch, but will fight from time (including screeching). I noticed that they had been fighting over a toy at first, so I took it out. After that, I noticed they fought when I hung parsley for them to nibble on. When one would get close to the one eating, they'd fight (kind of jabbing at each other with their heads). They still preen each other from time to time, but definitely are not as friendly towards each other as they initially were.

They're about 3 months old and I have noticed they sometimes rub their faces on the perches or the metal bars, could they just be moody because they are starting to molt (haven't seen any abundance of feathers)? Any ideas as to what I should do?

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Yes; it's possible they don't feel well because they're molting. Can you post photos?

How large is their cage? Minimum size for 2 budgies is 30x18x18": Petco Designer White Finch Flight Cage - Finch Flight Bird Cage from petco.com. Sometimes a cramped cage will exacerbate fighting.
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Some budgies also find it fun to poke each other with their beaks - like little boys finding it funny to punch one another. If they aren't pulling out each other's feathers, they are probably playing in good fun or establishing a pecking order. If they are damaging one another's beaks, they should be separated.

Do you have two of everything in the cage? Having two water bottles, food dishes, toys, two hanging bundles of parsley, etc., generally helps with multiple budgies.

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This is the cage I have, I know its not a flight cage, but they're outside everyday and I think that its big enough for them to not feel cramped:
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I've looked at pictures online and it doesn't seem like they're molting either, I think it might be what PrincipePio pointed out about the pecking order. They only ever jab at each other and never actually make contact. In terms of two of everything, I've got two feeding bowls, but will start hanging two bunches of parsley and get two of their favorite toy (spoiled brats). I'll let it play out for a bit, think that is a good idea? I really appreciate the help
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It sounds like normal budgie behavior and another week has gone by since you first posted... how are they getting along now?

Do you have a picture of how you have your cage set up? It's definitely big enough for the two of them.

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Here is a picture of the cage setup, please pardon the hanging parsley, its my way of coaxing them to come out of the cage on their own :



I'd say the fighting hasn't gotten any worse and I'd like to think its gotten a little better. They still bicker, but its never a fight, just bickering here and there. I'll let it play out a while longer, but I feel more comfortable now with the reading I've been doing and all of your responses
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My males will fight one second then smooch and cort one another the next. There was a brief period of time where it got violent but that ended quickly. They seemed to have learned one another's boundaries. Your cage seems big enough to where they can avoid one another if needed. Sometimes the bickering cracks me up. My hens avoid one another unless they want the same perch then they have a stare-down contest.
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I'd say the fighting hasn't gotten any worse and I'd like to think its gotten a little better. They still bicker, but its never a fight, just bickering here and there. I'll let it play out a while longer, but I feel more comfortable now with the reading I've been doing and all of your responses
Bickering occasionally is normal.
Think what it's like to spend 24/7 for weeks at a time with even with your best friend!
We'd bicker some too.

I'm glad they are doing well now and your cage set-up looks great!
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What a fun-looking cage! And given the thread topic, I love the picture you chose — how appropriate that they're pointedly Not Looking At Each Other, thank you very much. Also, I'm no expert in budgie development, but I have seen folks around here talking about the budgie "teenage years." While they'll always have moments of dispute, they may also be better buds again once they're a little more grown up.
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Thanks for the compliments on the cage , I'm going to set up a little play gym with a boing at the top as soon as I get the opportunity to do so. I've also read about the teenage years, I'm assuming it might be that as well considering they're about 4 months old. The two hanging toys near the top were essentially ignored for the first two weeks, I just randomly switched the sides they were on and now they play with them non-stop... I will never understand my birds
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