I have read a lot on this forum about budgies but I have not seen anything that talks about protective behavior. I have two budgies, one albino and one pale blue/yellow/green. They were bought a different times but bonded instantly. Before getting my blue budgie, Snow (albino) seemed to be sad and was beginning to molt so I decided to get a friend. Snow stopped molting after two days of the new budgie BUT now Snow hates it when I put my hand in the cage. Snow can fly but my new budgie cannot. I can stand there and talk to my budgie's all day long but as soon as I open the cage Snow seems to want to protect the new budgie. What can I do about this? Has anyone experienced this before?
What genders are your budgies and what is the new budgie's name?
Did you quarantine the new bird for 4-6 weeks before introducing the two?
It sounds as though Snow views the new budgie as his/her responsibility and is simply trying to protect it.
I suggest you go back to the basics of training and bonding and follow the steps below:
To build your budgieís trust, sit by his cage and read, talk or sing quietly to him for a period of at least 10-15 minutes, 3 or 4 times day. After the 2nd or 3rd day, rest your hand on the outside of the cage when you talk to him so he'll learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt him.
After a week, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.
Donít make sudden moves, donít try to touch him.
Let him get used to the idea that the hand is now in his safe place and not harming him.
After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward the budgie and begin your taming and bonding sessions.
Take a look at the stickies found in the top of the Training and Bonding section of the forum for methods on different ways to bond with your birds.
To familiarize yourself with the forums, please take the time to read through all of the How To Guides, the FAQs and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.
You'll find most of your basic questions are answered after you've read through all of them.
I'm looking forward to hearing all about your budgies and hopefully seeing some pictures soon!!