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Old 07-03-2015, 11:47 PM
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Default I am having trouble with my new trio, advice would be appreciated

I would like to know anyones personal experience with trios? I have 3 male budgies. Icarus is my oldest, Emris and Kilgharrah are both 'babies' (about 8 weeks now) but not brothers. I bought them from a lady who had well over 200 budgies (so many LARGE aviaries )

Now I can provide pictures to show I am not lying, but Emris is already bigger than Icarus Icarus is about a year old now, and Emris is no more than 8 weeks. I'm really confused on this? This aside, Emris was very pleasant when he was introduced and happily shared living quarters with Icarus and Kilgharrah. They all sang happy birdy songs and played fine.

However, over the past week I noticed Icarus behaving very different. He was no longer on the top perch and he often stayed in corners. I watched more often and I have noticed Emris is pecking everyone, and screeching at Icarus until Icarus is hiding in a corner or on a lower shelf. It absolutely broke my heart!

As I speak Emris is in a small carry cage with me spending one on one time around the house with me. He has a charming nature when we're alone. I even discovered he sings along to songs, he matches the volume and after a while matches a similar rhythm. How clever! (or is this a budgie norm that I've never had the pleasure of seeing?)

How would you guys handle this situation? Is it a clash of personalities? How can a baby budgie bully my older budgie so much?? Will this pass? Kilgharrah and Icarus are happy together, and sing a lot more with Emris out of their cage. ANY advice is most welcome

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I had a trio for awhile but they all had their own cage, and just had out of cage time together. Most of the time trio's don't work out well because one bird is usually the third wheel and get's left out. We have had people here though that had trio's that got along OK.

As far as the size difference, that is not really unusual in the budgie world, all depend's on the breeding. Emris may have some show budgie (english) in him.

Moving forward, I would leave Icarus and Kilgharrah together, as they seem to be happy bud's, which may be what is causing Emris to be so aggressive. I would just keep Emris in his own cage, he sound's like a splendid little fellow that may bond well with you. You could alway's get him a cagemate down the road, or even get another and try four in a big cage...hard to say, maybe some of our forum friend's can give you some advice and insight....
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I agree completely with Randy, and that's what I would do. It sounds like Emris is feeling like he has to be more independent and dominant than his friends, so I would separate him and since it sounds like he's responding really well to you, try to further your bond with him. Icarus and Kilgharrah together as mentioned, this will help them to bond to each other and not be abused by Emris.

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Poor Icarus it sounds like he is feeling intimidated. I agree with the above advice or you could perhaps get a fourth budgie to keep the numbers even?
I'm sorry Iris never turned up
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Randy has given you excellent advice.
Three in one cage doesn't usually work out well...
Emris will do just fine in a cage of his own and you can give the three supervised out-of-cage time together.
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