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Hey guys
I know this is a heavily discussed topic, but I couldn't find anything that matched the situation I have..
I have a Red rumped parakeet called Charlie (female), who is 13 now. When she was about 3 years old, my sister had a female budgie that she used to play with all the time, and they used to preen each other and chirp together.
I've recently got a baby male budgie in the hope that she will finally have a friend to play with again...and she hates him!
He's really friendly. but Charlie clucks and tries to bite at him when he comes near her. In the last few days he's started landing on top of her, much to her shock (she lets out the biggest squeak of horror)

Can anyone offer any advice? I know she's old-ish, and used to being an only bird, but I'm sure once she accepted another bird she'd be happier

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Welcome to the forums!
Generally speaking, mixing two species of birds together really isn't advisable because more often than not the outcome you are now experiencing is to be expected. And given the fact Charlie has been a solo bird for so long, she's clearly not taking well the little newcomer.
For your budgie boy's safety, it's best to not let them share the same space together. They should also be caged separately.
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Charlie is an old bird. It isn't reasonable to expect that she is going to react to a new bird the way she acted with a different bird ten long years ago.

I think Charlie has reached an age where she should be allowed to enjoy her peace and quiet. I'm sure having an energetic little budgie annoying her and even trying to land on top of her is very stressful for her at this stage in her life.

I would suggest you cage the two birds separately.
You may allow them out-of-cage time together but only if you closely supervise them. If the new male gets overly rambunctious with Charlie or she is trying to avoid him during the out-of-cage time, from then on I would give them their out-of-cage time separately.

Remember that a red-rump parakeet has a strong bite and can severely injure a budgie.

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Thanks for the help
They both have their own cages, although Reggie sits as close as he can to Charlies cage! I might get another budgie to keep him company, although if they dont get on then thats three cages!! I spend a lot of time with them both at the moment as I'm a student studying from home most of the time but when I get a job I'm worried they'll be lonely.
Charlie is a typical old woman she has her quirks and is very particular hehe
Reggie is a little nutter I think he's a teenager at the moment, he keeps flying laps round the room squawking as loud as he can. If I whistle too he seems to sing in a more "gentle" way which is probably nicer for the neighbours haha
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If you get another male budgie to keep Reggie company, the two budgies will probably get along just fine -- especially if they are around the same age.

Please don't forget you need to quarantine the new bird for 4-6 weeks before introducing the two in neutral territory.

By the way, I have four large flight cages (Prevue Hendryx F040s) in my 9x12 bedroom so I do understand what you're saying about additional cages.
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Welcome to talk budgies. I'm sure the old girl will still enjoy the budgies company in a cage next to her's, and vice versa so it really is up to whether you want another budgie or not...
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Welcome to the forums!

I agree completely with Deb I hope to meet Reggie and old lady Charlie () soon!

Keep us posted and feel free to ask about anything else you're unsure of as we'd love to help.

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Charlie being musical and Reggie after a particularly enthusiastic bath!!!!

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Charlie and Reggie are gorgeous! I love that pic of Reggie soaking wet, thanks for sharing!

I have merged two of your posts into one. For future reference, when you forget to add something like it was this case with the extra pic, you can use the "Edit" button on your post to add the info you've forgotten or the pics.
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Thank you! They're definitely the cutest and most interesting pets. So totally lovable. I don't understand why more people don't keep birds
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