I recently bought home a pair of baby budgies to give my older peeper some more company. the older budgie (Peeper) is a male, and I believe the babies are one male (Jasper) and one female (Tiger). at first I had them in separate cages but the babies soon spent all their time in cages in the one I had first, so I assumed they're all getting along fine. however Tiger squawks a lot, and often when one of the babies will try to perch on the same branch as Peeper he'll move elsewhere. Sometimes I see the babies try to bite his tail as he goes past. Are they just playing? The babies were born without their primary flight feathers so if Peeper really disliked their behaviour he could just fly on top of the wardrobe (that's one of his favourite spots when he's out of the cage) but he still stays in the cage, just doesn't let them too near him.
Glad to hear you have two new additions
Did you quarantine the new babies first, or put them all in the cage right away? It sounds like you just got them and put them all in the same cage.
It's best to introduce new budgies in a neutral area so they can get used to each other first. You can put them out in the same room and have them share millet. This might help them get to know each other. Bickering is normal between new budgies as they establish boundaries. If they are physically hurting Peepers it may be best to separate them, but if not, it should be okay
Hope to see pictures of the new guys soon!
and Princess Mallorn!
Thank you to Deb for her wonderful Faery magic
In my experience usually the adult is the one to worry about because he could hurt the babies if he wanted to. What you are describing sounds like baby play to me, and Peepers may prefer prefer to keep his distance until he has got used to the newcomers.
Although I agree it is often the case that 3 mixed gender birds can create an odd one out, it can sometimes work very successfully. I had two cocks and a hen together for quite a while and they were very content together. My mistake was to add another bird 18 months on and then all hell broke loose, and they had to be separated and the original regime restored.
They are all so different. Of course you expect the usual bickering and budgie politics, but you get that with two pairs or one pair too!