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Jacobusagi 06-07-2015 12:10 PM

Bad Budgies?
 
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I've been having some behavioural problems with my 2 budgies and Im in need of some help/suggestions. About 3 weeks ago I got 2 new male budgies at the same time. They were both part of a small flock and although they are different ages I just assumed that they would be fine together since they were housed together. At first they didn't really interact with each other but now the younger one sometimes likes to chase my older budgie around. Not allowing him to sit in the same perch or eat whenever he wants (he does allow him to eat most of the time). Then at other times they act like best friends even though it's clear the younger of the 2 is more dominant. It seems that they dislike each other more than they like each other. I would really hate to separate them and I really want them to become friends. Is this just normal behaviour for them as they get accustomed to each other or should I be concerned?

FaeryBee 06-07-2015 12:27 PM

Jacob,

It's difficult to give you a definitive answer. Some bickering between budgies is normal and they often establish a "pecking order" with one being more dominant than the other.

Ensure you have multiple food and water dishes in the cage and house your birds in the largest cage you can. The more room they have to get away from one another and enjoy their own space, the better.

If, over time, the behavior intensifies to the point of overt aggressivness and constant bullying, you may need to consider separating the two.

At this point, I would give it a week or two to see how the situation plays out.

MascaraRabbit 06-07-2015 12:37 PM

Faerybee gave great advice (the bigger the cage the better! So they can seek refuge from one another :P) I think that if after a few weeks they still appear too aggressive that you could consider separating them. However, I'd keep the cages side by side and after a few weeks or days leave their cages open and see if one or the other wants to share their living space and invite them to reside there with them permanently. :)

MascaraRabbit 06-07-2015 12:39 PM

Oh, and your budgies are absolutely beautiful by the way! I love the yellow and green one in particular. :budgie:

Jacobusagi 06-07-2015 12:40 PM

Ok thank you. They have a large cage at the moment but it is a tall one and not a wide one. I am in the process of moving and am planning to build a very large aviary in the basement. I am just hoping that they can wait until then or at least just get used to each other and stop the fighting. Luckily it hasn't really gotten to the point of attacking it's more or less just chasing. it's really upsetting to see them like this and it's making me begin to dislike my younger bird out of frustration and feeling sorry for the other one. I don't know what I'm going to do if this doesn't work out, I don't have the room or money to purchase another cage the size of the one I have now. I love my birds and I would be heartbroken if they hated each other forever.

MascaraRabbit 06-07-2015 12:59 PM

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Originally Posted by Jacobusagi (Post 2987874)
Ok thank you. They have a large cage at the moment but it is a tall one and not a wide one. I am in the process of moving and am planning to build a very large aviary in the basement. I am just hoping that they can wait until then or at least just get used to each other and stop the fighting. Luckily it hasn't really gotten to the point of attacking it's more or less just chasing. it's really upsetting to see them like this and it's making me begin to dislike my younger bird out of frustration and feeling sorry for the other one. I don't know what I'm going to do if this doesn't work out, I don't have the room or money to purchase another cage the size of the one I have now. I love my birds and I would be heartbroken if they hated each other forever.

Please dont dislike your younger budgie. Hes just doing what budgies do! lol, like Faerybee said...they do tend to do that sometimes. I say that so long as he isnt plucking your other birdies feathers to where hes balding then its ok. I have two conures as well and my female will sometimes attack my male for no apparent reason. Just being a temperamental girlie. (although he has his moments too) It's totally normal bird behavior. And keep in mind that it might actually upset them to separate them. They may be a bonded pair. (again my conures are...even when they do have their little spats)


A little aviary would be so lovely! If I were crafty enough I'd do the same! It's my dream one day to have one! :)

FaeryBee 06-07-2015 01:00 PM

Please don't "hate" your budgie for doing what is in its nature.

When we adopt any pet we assume responsibility for its care, health and well-being.

Each animal has his/her own unique personality - just like people. All budgies have good qualities to enjoy and love.
Some children pose more challenges than othes but the parents love the through it all. ;)

In all probability, things between your two budgies will sort themselves out just fine with a little more time.

Usually two male budgies will settle into a pattern with one another and most of the time they end up being good buddies.

Jacobusagi 06-07-2015 01:07 PM

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I may just be over thinking things and worrying about them too much, I guess thats the struggle of being a new bird parent lol. I'll make sure to monitor how their relationship progresses, whether that be for better or for worse. At the moment they are acting very at ease with each other and even sharing a perch so I guess that's good!:)

FaeryBee 06-07-2015 01:10 PM

Yes, that's a very good sign! :thumbsup:

If you haven't yet seen the information in this link - it has some excellent suggestions on how to make your budgie's cage great. ;)

Essentials to a Great Cage-Talk Budgies Forums

Jonah 06-07-2015 01:16 PM

Very handsome little boy's you have. I am betting that they will be fine together. Just keep an eye on it getting out of hand like Deb said. Squabbling, and territorial bickering is normal, I think if one is attempting to injure the other you will know it. Do you give them out of cage time, that may help...:)


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