Dear everybody, I had a question related to the two budgies that I have: Robbie and Jaska, both males. They seem to get along pretty well, but Jaska's behavior is a bit confusing which is why I wanted to consult you.
Some background: I think Jaska is 3-4 months and Robbie 7-8. Robbie is physically also quite bigger than Jaska. Robbie was the first budgie which we took, and 1,5 month later we introduced Jaska to him as we felt he was too alone. Judging by his behavior with a companion, I think he definitely was!
Their dynamics are however a bit confusing: You'd expect Robbie to be a bit more territorial and defensive of what was "his", and that Jaska behaves a bit "under the radar". But fact of the matter is: Robbie is very kind and calm with Jaska, while Jaska seems to be very dominant (for his age?): I have two food cups, but whenever Robbie decides to eat, Jaska also has
to eat. Not only that, although there are two food cups, Jaska needs
to eat from the cup Robbie is eating from. Often even chasing him away. It's not however, that he does not let Robbie eat at all. He just needs to eat from the cup Robbie was eating from. If Robbie in turn uses the other cup, it's fine, or often they end up eating together. The same with the cuddle stone. If Robbie eats from it, Jaska has
to come to intrude himself. He takes a couple if nibs, and then it's already no problem anymore for Robbie to touch it. Also, recently I have noticed Jaska taking a few bites towards Robbies feet in moments of "increased agitation". Also, I noticed a couple of "rough-ups". So I'd say that these are signs of aggressive behavior.
However, Robbie seems whenever needed to give some boundaries back to Jaska. Also, 99% of their time they really spend together. For instance, if I open the cage, Jaska might fly out. But if Robbie doesn't come, he comes back to the cage to convince Robbie to come with him. They sleep next to each other on the perch. They both attack leaves together. They clean each other, touch beaks. I just now see Jaska cleaning Robbies cere area. They always sit in proximity to each other, if not next to each other. They share the same grooming time. They explore together, they vocalize together. It's just that Jaska can be very bossy I think, and I feel insecure regarding what are the boundaries of what is considered normal or reasonable behavior.
Is there anybody who can shed light on this situation? Do budgies go through periods of "swings" in their mood/behavior? We have Jaska now for 2,5 months, and he still has his bars on his head, so I guess he might be approaching puberty? Might that influence on him? I hung in the cage a toilet roll (without glue) that is extremely interesting to Jaska: Might he get overexcited from it? (It looks a bit like that, his "dark side" became more pronounced with the possibility to rip and tear the roll apart!) He takes the whole day biting it to smithereens. But again, if Robbie takes his turn, Jaska has to come over, take in Robbies place, and start with ti himself. Robbie is allowed to join immediately after, there is no problem in Robbie playing with it too. But Jaska definitely has a heightened sense of self importance...
The bottom line is, we took Jaska as a mate for Robbie to enjoy life together. But I would feel bad if we actually made life less good for him, he's such a good soul...
Thanks for any help!