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Old 05-30-2015, 04:58 PM
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I got a new friend for my wee girl Perry a while ago, which at the time I believed was a male so I figured they would be likely to get on. After quarantine I slowly introduced them by putting their cages beside each other, eventually having meetings together and having the new budgie Alfie visiting Perry's cage until eventually I felt they were ready to be together

The first week went well but then they started fighting and Alfie (the new one) would pick on my original bird Perry. It soon became clear that Alfie was not a male as its beak went from a blue to a white'ish blue, which I assume is the reason they are not getting along.

They have been together in the same cage for around 4-5 weeks and there have been several occasions where I have had to take Alfie out and put her in a separate cage

Do you think there is any chance of them ever getting along? I love them both and do not want to have to resort to re-homing one but I also do not one of them getting really hurt

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Hen's can be very territorial. How big is the cage you are trying to house them together in ?
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Hen's can be very territorial. How big is the cage you are trying to house them together in ?
Its not overly big... 56cm high x 42 wide
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Taking into account Alfie's temperament, if the fighting/bullying is constant to the point of stressing Perry out, the very best thing to do is to separate your girls on a permanent basis. You can still have both cages close by, so they can see and talk to each other if they want to.

I know this is not what you want to hear, but even the biggest of cages can't do much to prevent a very determined hen from chasing and viciously attacking her cagemate.
The fighting can even escalate as soon as Alfie comes into breeding condition (when her cere turns dark brown and crusty). If she is already showing a bad temper while out of condition, chances are high it will get worse once she goes into breeding condition. If I were in your shoes I wouldn't risk it by letting them share a cage. Not to mention it wouldn't be fair for Perry to be constantly picked at and be miserable and even have her very life at stake.
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Taking into account Alfie's temperament, if the fighting/bullying is constant to the point of stressing Perry out, the very best thing to do is to separate your girls on a permanent basis. You can still have both cages close by, so they can see and talk to each other if they want to.

I know this is not what you want to hear, but even the biggest of cages can't do much to prevent a very determined hen from chasing and viciously attacking her cagemate.
The fighting can even escalate as soon as Alfie comes into breeding condition (when her cere turns dark brown and crusty). If she is already showing a bad temper while out of condition, chances are high it will get worse once she goes into breeding condition. If I were in your shoes I wouldn't risk it by letting them share a cage. Not to mention it wouldn't be fair for Perry to be constantly picked at and be miserable and even have her very life at stake.
Thanks for your reply, I had a feeling that was coming They really are lovely birds, Alfie has been fairly tame since I got her and is very friendly towards humans just not Perry, its hard to watch them fight as they just look so sweet and innocent... hmmmmmmmm
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I agree with everything aluz has told you.

Personally, I would not house the two in the same cage.
When you have one extremely dominant, aggressive and territorial female it is best not to risk having her severely injure or even kill your other budgie.

Putting each in her own cage and having them next to one another seems to be your best option. You can try giving them closely supervised out-of-cage time together.

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