I'm in the process of introducing my two budgies to each other. They have been in the same room but in separate cages for almost a month now. They both seem much happier for the company but they still bicker when they actually meet (always initiated by the older one) outside the cage, i.e. they peck at each other or lock beaks. When it starts looking too aggressive I separate them either by distracting them or placing millet spray/veggies/a toy between them.
Yesterday, however, I think that my older budgie also tried to preen the younger one (in between bickering
). She sort of rubbed the younger one's head and neck with her beak and pulled at her feathers. I'm pretty sure it wasn't aggressive but I'm still worried that she might hurt the younger budgie, mainly by accidentally poking at her eye with her beak. She seemed to be getting worryingly close to her eyes.
So far, I've always supervised them closely when they meet in person (or meet in budgie??? :scratch:
but ideally, I'd like to move them in together soon. I'm worried though about them hurting each other either by accident or while fighting when I'm not around.
Can they accidentally hurt each other at all while preening?
How large is the risk that they hurt each other when bickering? Apart from introducing them very slowly, having two food and water bowls for each of them and a pretty large cage with lots of space and toys, is there anything else I can do to keep them safe when I'm not there?