2 parakeets fighting after living peacefully
Sorry in advance for the long question:
I have 2 parakeets under one year old. 1 i got in January 2015 and another 1
in May 2015. They were getting along pretty nice until last week. They are flapping their wings at each other, aggressive stances, screeching at each other. What i noticed is basically its about food. They don't let each other eat, when once goes near food dish another screams and so forth. Even for the hanging spray millet they fight and does not let eat. Since yesterday the intensity of all the above mentioned behavior increased so much that i have to put the cover on the cage most of the day just keep slightly uncovered so there is enough light so they know its not night or if they want to come down to lower perch so can eat. Both are healthy and active, there are 3 compartment for food dishes, on 2 of them i have food and 1 water. Plus i hang spray millet to the cage bars i put 2 to 3 spray millet to their corners so they eat their own but same with the spray millet too. I am thinking to give one to someone. The January parakeet is tamed sit on the finger but still scared of me and another is untamed. Please advice
Hello sorry to hear your little budgies who were once happy and calm are now being not so nice towards each other.
Do you know what sex the budgies are? Are they both females, do they have blue , or brown, white on the cere area.? If you can post a picture of them both with their beaks and head clearly for us to see this will help.
It could possible be one of them is in condition and trying to be territorial, wanting to be the boss so to say.:budgie:
Thank you so much for the reply, i have attached the picture its old taken on May 04, 2015. I will post more tomorrow day time once they wake up. The green one Charlie looks male to me has light bluish cere and charlie is little old, the purple one not sure but it's younger than charlie. Sorry for the picture it came out like that when i attached it.
Young Charlie January picture, this is the cage in which they both are living.
Your blue budgie is a young girl and by looking at Charlie's cere she also looks very much like a female. I'm seeing a light bluish mingled with white cere and some white around the nostrils.
Since your Charlie is now well over 6 months old, if she were a male she'd have by now a very richly coloured royal blue cere.
I agree with Cathy, it's very likely the change in behaviours is due to the fact your budgies are growing up and the temperaments flare as they start to come into breeding condition for the first time.
If this undesirable behaviour is constant, for your budgies well-being it's best to separate them. You can still keep both cages close by so that they can see and communicate with each other. You can also take advantage of this new arrangement to form a better bond with Charlie and begin taming your blue girl.
Good luck with everything! :)
Aluz has given you excellent advice, she beat me to posting a reply LOL. They are lovely looking girls by the way. :budgie:
Thank you for the replies and liking the birds. Charlie is a girl all the time I was thinking he's boy. Now the new name would be Charlotte ?. Now I understand why the Charlotte was not taming well, I read somewhere that hens does not tame well because of the chicks protection etc...I live in apartment building when i keep them separate they make too much noise calling each other. I have a small cage in which I put the blue budgie and kept for 10 days when I bought her to quarantine. I am scared that my neighbors will get upset because of noise. So there is no other way to keep them in one cage right? Will Charlotte get depressed if I give away blue one even though they fight? I bought Charlotte because she was quiet but active and healthy, quiet is good for me because of apartment. I hope she doesn't get depressed. One more thing, Charlotte does a lot of head bobbing to blue one, blue one also does the head bobbing not often as other. They both regurgitate too. Are these not the signs of male?
You can try getting a new, bigger cage and placing them both in together. They will call out to each other as they are away from each other.
There is no guarantee that this will work though I am afraid.
If you choose to rehome one then you will have to spend as much time as possible with your budgie to help her get over the loss of her budgie friend.
You could try getting another male budgie perhaps I hope it all works out for you.
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The first advice I would offer you is to get as big a cage as you can afford and have room for. Whether you have one budgie or two -- the bigger the cage the better. :)
The very minimum recommended size for two budgies is 30"x18"x18" such as this one:
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Amazon.com: Large Wrought Iron Flight Canary Parakeet Cockatiel Lovebird Finch Cage With Removable Stand #15 Black Bird Cage, 32-Inc: Pet SuppliesThis would give the two room to get away from one another and still be in the same cage. :)
Secondly, I would suggest you provide natural branch perches, toys to keep the birds active and stimulated and separate food and water dishes for each of them. They should have a cuttle bone and mineral block as well. Swings are a favorite with all of my birds! Take a look at this link for excellent suggestions:
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The behavior of head bobbing and regurgitating to one another is common in both genders of budgies. It isn't indicative of only males. ;)
Another option is to have two cages right next to one another with natural perches and toys. In that way the two could interact through the safety of the bars and keep one another company. I doubt they would make any more noise than if they were housed together if the cages are in close proximety.
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Hi and Welcome To TB. Please take a moment to check out the Stickies at the top of Behavior section Here on TB. Part of your problem is Simply maturation
at a very rapid pace for your budgies. This can be very frustrating for a budgies human family. Above suggestions are great to give your budgies time to grow. Provide supervised joint out of cage time then later reintroduce them with the less aggressive one going into the new home cage first. This will shake up the pecking order. Be sure to have 2 of everything:food dish,swing, toys etc. Best wishes as you watch your babies grow up.
:p Jo Ann
I agree with JoAnn, give them 2 of everything... It calms down the female aggression. And I'll go a step further.. provide 3 food dishes... It seems dumb, but for some reason an extra food dish cuts down on fights quite dramatically.
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