I just wanted to post this as I'm a bit concerned about Jenni being horrible to Simmi at times.
Hopefully I'm just over-worrying about my 'babies' but sometimes Jenni's attitude really gets to me!:-( On the whole, they are a bonded pair who get along OK, but, often Jenni, the hen, will turn on Simmi (a very sweet boy) and peck at him to chase him off / away. Often he is just sitting there, minding his own business, when she does this. It makes me all the more sad as he seems to really like her, and want to be near her.
Often though, things are OK, and they preen each other. Well, she usually has him preening her rather than the other way round! I've made sure there are two food feeders, treat feeders and water dispensers, in case it's a territorial thing with her. She will sometimes sort of chase him along the perch, maybe to get to be on a specific spot she wants? Also, when I'm offering them treats, or making attempts at finger training (!), and even if it's a food she's not keen on, she'll still try and get him out of the way of it. I recently bought JW small feeder cups that hook on for veggies / egg. Both J and S very much enjoy 'clanging' them! I'm wondering if she's become possessive of them? But I have two, each out in opposite sides of the cage.
He can, and does sometimes, stand his ground, but at other times, he is submissive, and lets her be dominant.
I just hope she'll never really hurt him. Is there anything else I should be doing? Or is this just her being a bit of a 'narky hen', and nothing for me to fret over...?...
Thanks for any advice....and / or reassurance...!?
Last edited by Featheredflyers; 09-24-2015 at 06:32 PM.
As much as I hate to say this, some female budgies are simply dominant and like pushing the male(s) around.
(The term hen-pecked comes to mind about now... )
I have the same situation with a pair of bonded lovebirds.
The male loves the mean little female to death while she delights in tormenting him!
I swear, sometimes Poppy is just as mean as a striped spider!
Pedro preens her, feeds her, defends her and she pays him back by chasing him around trying to bite his toes.
If he leans toward her for her to preen him, she simply ignores him and goes off to play.
Oh, dear... hen pecking! I really don't like 'anybirdy' picking on, or pecking at 'anybirdy' else.:-(
With you having said your birds' behaviour is similar, I wil try not to worry too much about it. I hope it doesn't 'upset' Simmi, and that she never physically hurts him - he really is a sweet, sweet boy, even sort of towards me.
Don't worry, I think this is normal. My hen, Miss Whitey, is bonded with Duckie, my sweet boy. She also will chase him off perches and steal his spot at the millet tree. Yet, they still love one another dearly. Duckie seems to take it all in stride.
Thank You FaeryBee!
Last edited by JensBudgies; 09-24-2015 at 08:41 PM.