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I have a 4 yr old budgie Peanut. He lost his buddy in January this year. I've been spending the time since bonding with him ( he's even picked up a few words which shocked me since I thought he was too old for that!). He started to get really aggressive over a toy. He would try to mate with it and scream at the top of his little lungs. If I came close he would jump off the toy and rush at me and bite if I got in the way. This behaviour is very out of the ordinary for him.
I took that specific toy away from him and he threw a tantrum for a few days but then calmed down. We also got him a new friend, blue (we think she's a girl). It's been 3 weeks and they've been very curious about each other. They've been separated for quarantine but it's a small apartment so they know the other is there. I allowed a few seconds of interaction just now and peanut immediately went in to mate with blue. I separated them and he tried to attack me. Blue is just a baby so I'm worried about her getting attacked so there won't be any together time unsupervised.

But is there anything I can do to calm peanut down? Or will that happen over time? I don't want him to be forcefully mating with blue but don't want them to be apart all the time either as blue was bought to be peanuts companion.
My plan is to do a full cage redesign and slow introductions so that they're each on neutral territory. Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated!


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Old 09-10-2015, 06:16 AM
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Hello Roro,
From your description it really seems you have quite the passionate budgie boy.
Did you notice this change in behaviour only after Peanut's mate passed away or did he already show signs of being overly passionate?
It's very likely he developed this obsessive behaviour as consequence of losing his mate.

I have also dealt with my fair share of overly passionate male budgies and what I did with mine when I knew they were about to mate was to redirect their attention to something else, to give them extra out of cage time for them to play and fly so that their extra energy would be spent differently.
The last budgie who had this issue was my Carioca, by the time he was just shy of being 4 months old and he would obsessively mate with his food dish.
I used the method described above and over time I noticed an improve on his behaviour.
A few months later I got him mate and while he was very happy and excited to have a cage buddy, he behaved like a gentleman and all the unwanted matings were put to a stop.

You did very well in separating Blue from Peanut, and you do have an excellent plan for your budgies!
Your budgie boy is currently very excited at the prospect of a new friend and he is not being able to control his enthusiasm. Once Peanut realizes that Blue is there to stay and is not going anywhere, he will calm down and the more overwhelming advances towards Blue will end. Blue will also learn to fend for herself in order to avoid the more passionate advances.

Once quarantine time ends, you can place both cages close by, so that both budgies see and communicate with one another. Once you notice your boy is more calmed down, you can allow them to have very closely supervised out of cage time together.
If you happen to see more heated singing coming from Peanut, the intense head bobbing towards Blue, you can interrupt and divert Peanut's attention in order to "break the spell" of the courtship ritual and prevent him from trying to mate.

Good luck with everything!
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Old 09-10-2015, 07:32 AM
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To help with Peanut's continual urge to "mate", make sure he has access to lots of flight/climbing exercise.

Ensure he has two or three swings to encourage him to keep moving and tire himself out. Chew toys like Kabobs and other shredding toys are helpful and you’ll want to be sure to provide plenty of wood to chew--especially when he is in condition.

Reduce the number of hours of light he gets as well as the percent of protein in his diet.

You might also want to consider trying a diet supplement called "Releaves" which is supposed to help regulate hormone imbalances.

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Your plan to introduce Peanut and Blue in neutral territory and carefully supervise them to ensure Peanut does not try to forcefully mate with Blue is excellent.

If Peanut continues to have extreme urges after you attempt to change his behavior with some of the suggestions made, you may need to house Peanut and Blue separately and only allow carefully supervised out-of-cage time for the two of them on an on-going basis.
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I would also recommend lots of frequent baths-- I have read that this simulates being in the rainy season, a time when budgies wouldn't be mating.
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Ooh great, thanks everyone! Aluz I will definitely take your advice on distracting him. And although he acts aloof (he's not hand raised) he does seem more well behaved after I give him some 1 on 1 time. I didn't realise head bopping was a precursor to mating so I'll watch out for that too!
Abarriger he is a real water baby so I'll try that, but I guess I shouldnt do it when he's super excited otherwise it would be positive reinforcement for unwanted behaviour.
FaeryBee he gets a lot of flight time but I didn't think of cutting down the light. Now that you mention it I remember someone telling me that reducing the light will make him think it's winter so he's less amorous.

I've learned a lot from all of you, thanks!
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