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I have a pair of budgies, the male is around 2 and a half years old and the female is around 2. They've always got on well together and sing to each other, groom each other, feed each other etc. They've been living together for about 18 months.
Lately the female has been acting really strangely, she constantly seems upset and will shriek and scream at the male. They've never mated although she has made some attempts at nesting and she does have a nest box which she has taken some interest in. She spends a lot of time what looks like ************ on the bars of the cage.
Lately they seem to be arguing, shouting at each other constantly, although they're not fighting and will not allow me to split them up even for a minute - i.e. take one out of the cage without the other, because they get really upset. They're not fighting over anything in particular, they have multiple food and water sources.
Does anyone have any idea of what I can do to try and restore a bit of peace for them? I feel like the male's getting very disheartened as he adores her but keeps getting shouted at.

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Unless you are wanting to breed your budgies, I'd suggest taking the nest box out. Most likely that is the reason for your female's aggressive behaviour.
If you'd like to breed them, you can place the nest box back again, after some time has gone by and both your budgies are calmer and there are no signs of aggression.
If the female acts up again, then it would be best to not let her go through breeding anyway, it's not good to breed budgies with bad temperament, because the chicks would have a higher risk of being attacked and could also pick up their mother's temper.
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Thanks for the reply!
How do I stop them from breeding? Ideally without splitting them up? because they're usually so lovely together. They've got the nest box because I was worried about egg binding.
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Egg binding and not getting a nest box aren't related at all. Budgies can even lay eggs from a perch on the cage or go down to the cage's bottom and lay the egg. Egg binding only happens if your female budgie's calcium levels are dangerously low, it has nothing to do with not having a nest box or nest site in the cage.
If your budgie is on a balanced and varied diet with plenty of calcium (either from calcium block or cuttlefish bone) then the risks are close to none.
In most of the cases, the eggs will only come if you do give them a nesting site, so removing the nest box is the best thing to do if you do not want eggs.
The fact that they haven't mated is a very good sign, it's clear they are not ready for the task.
By keeping the nest box in the cage you will only be encouraging future breeding, matings and egg laying.

So please take the nest box out and do not give them anything that remotely resembles a nest.
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You're very welcome! I hope things will soon calm down with your budgies.
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Hello there and to Talk Budgies! It's wonderful to have you with us

Aluz has given wonderful advice. Also, I'm glad you've decided to take out the nestbox. That may be making her more anxious and angry, and besides, breeding is a huge commitment and if you ever plan to breed, you must do a lot of research beforehand to ensure the best possible environment for the parents and chicks.

Is she just coming into condition? Females tend to get grouchy and broody during this time.
You could also try diverting her attention to maybe a new toy or more out of cage time and see if that helps, as well. Hopefully things settle down soon and they go back to their loving state of matrimony

You couldn't have come to a better place for advice, and we're always happy to help!
Feel free to ask us about anything else you may be wondering about and we'd love to see pictures of your pair when you get the chance.
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