We have two budgies.. the male, Bloo, and the female, Cheese. We had Bloo first and he was clearly lonely, calling out all day to the birds he could hear outside. When we introduced Cheese, he was thrilled but couldn't stop trying to be near her. He followed her around the cage and would even squawk loudly if she found a spot to perch that he couldn't reach (a small swing).
At first she didn't seem to be bothered but he has continued to follow/stalk her for so long that she is now giving him some "warning" pecks and squawks when he gets too close for too long.
They are in a flight cage so there is plenty of space. They share the food and water dishes without any arguing. They mostly get along but the bickering is happening frequently and I don't want Cheese to feel smothered.
My question is this: At what point should I intervene and put one of the birds in the smaller cage that we have? Can they work this out? Is this possibly related to mating behavior?
I first bought my two budgies from 2 different shops so they clearly did not seem to know each other. First few days they were best of friends staying close to each other but then they started fighting over bowls and perches. All i did was make a loud sudden noise like shake a can half filled with coins to distract them. At first it seemed that i would have to separate them however slowly, as i kept on distracting them, their bickering grew less and less. They still haven't bonded but they at least don't fight anymore.
So you can distract them and see if there bickering stops, if not, separating them might be your only option.
Also the female might just be in the process of settling down so she may just be scared. She would calm down once she has settled in, i think.
Cheese is simply putting Bloo in his place.
I'd allow them to continue as they are for awhile unless you see one of them becoming overly aggressive with the other.
Some bickering is normal.
Are either one of them in breeding condition at this time?
Please be sure you take the necessary steps to prevent "accidental" breeding.
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