So I have a 11 year old budgie named Butter and he recently started plucking. His friend Peanut passed away a few months ago at the age of 9 from a heart condition but Butter does have a mate, Sky. And Sky used to have a female friend, Angel, but she died at 6 from a brain tumor. I've never experienced a bird plucking and I'm not sure what to do. I'm hoping that once Butter isn't so stressed out I can maybe introduce some males to the group since Sky is literally nuts. She had a stroke about a year ago and it made her crazier than before. She's extremely territorial, she absolutely has to be around Butter 24/7 otherwise she freaks out and she is 13 and has heart failure so I'm not so sure how long she has So how should I help Butter and should I get him some male friends and if so, when?
You definitely have a predicament. As Sky is so aggressive and possessive of Butter, I'm not sure introducing another budgie into the mix is a good idea. Given that Sky is 13 years old and Butter is 11 you've obviously taken very good care of your birds.
Does Butter get lots of out-of-cage time?
Can you distract him from plucking with new toys, rearranging the cage and playing with him more?
I think it would be best for you to consult an Avian Vet about Butter's condition -- perhaps he can prescribe something that will relieve some of Butter's stress.
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Welcome to TB! I'm sorry to hear about Butter, hopefully a vet visit or some new distractions will help him out. Please keep us updated on his condition!
Your birds sound very well cared for and I would love to see some pictures when you get a chance
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Thank you so much! I've consulted an avian vet about Butter's condition and I do give him at least one hour of flight time/play time with me everyday. I have tried getting him new toys and different activities to distract him and he seems to like them but he still goes back to plucking. Now Sky is actually ok with other birds being friends with Butter, she just hates being away from him.
If you are certain Sky will not behave aggressively toward another budgie if it is housed with her and Butter then you could try getting just one additional male.
I wouldn't recommend getting more than one male budgie as a friend for Butter. You want to ensure Butter and the new budgie will become friends rather than adding more than one budgie and having the new birds bond and exclude Butter.
Please remember you'll need to quarantine the new bird for 4-6 weeks before introducing it to your current budgies.
Quarantine means housing your new bird in a different cage in a different room as far away as possible from the room your current bird(s) is in for a period of 4-6 weeks.
Budgies mask symptoms when they are ill. Symptoms may not show up for over two weeks. Often you will not even realize your bird is not well. Many budgie illnesses are airborne which is why you need to quarantine your new bird in a completely different room.
Additionally, if Sky or Butter are aggressive with the new budgie when they are introduced after the quarantine period is over, are you prepared to continue to house it in a separate cage at that time?
I have gone through this process before I do have another decent sized cage for one bird to quarantine the new bird in and I generally have them meet in a neutral area like their playground. And I'm thinking of adopting so I know that Janelle will keep a close eye on her birdies. I've gotten all of my parakeets from her rescue! And she knows her stuff so I can actually ask her which make would be the best fit since not all males are mellow and chill. She always hooks me up with the best bird for my family!