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Old 10-25-2015, 02:58 PM
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Question Female keeps bothering and biting male's feet.. Should I get another male?

So my female budgies, Pichi, has always bothered my male budgie, Pollito, since the beginning. She bites his feet and pecks him 70% of the time... She has even made him bleed a couple of times. I have them separated but they can still see each other and they are fine apart but the problem is once we put them together again. We talked to someone at the pet store about it and he recommended something.

He recommended we get another male budgie because the male budgies will not fight (as much) and they can also defend themselves (in a non-aggressive way) if the female tries to hurt one or the other.

Should I do this??? There is enough space for another budgie but I just want to make sure I would be doing the right thing. Would it be okay to do this? Please, help. I want both my budgies to be happy...

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Old 10-25-2015, 03:02 PM
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Stephanie,

I would not recommend getting another male and trying to house the three in the same cage.
That is a recipe for disaster!
The two males may end up competing for the female OR she may harass them both.
She sounds like an extremely aggressive bird. (I have a lovie like that. )

The pet store employee probably means well but most knowledgeable people experienced with budgies would not recommend trying to house two males and one female together.

Keeping your male in one cage and your female in another as you are currently doing is your best option.

I would not recommend adding any more budgies into the mix. Just enjoy the two you already have.
If they can see and hear each other, they are fine. They don't need to be living in the same space.
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I completely agree with Deborah's advice. Your hen may be territorial no matter what kind of flock mix you put her in. Spending some time together in a neutral area, and remaining caged seperately, sounds like your best course of action...
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I fully agree, due to your Pichi's bad temperament the best thing to do is to keep her caged separately from your male budgie and this should be on a permanent basis. If the chasing and vicious fighting continue while they are having out of cage time together, then you should also take your time with each bird and not let them interact more closely when out of the cage.
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I couldn't agree more, they can still be friends during supervised out-of-cage time but it sounds like Pichi is a little bit of a tough roommate
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She is EXTREMELY hard to deal with. What I have done is separated their cage in half with bars (big cage) so they can still kiss and feed each other but somehow she always woes the male towards her and ends up biting his feet and now even tongue... I dont even know what to do with her anymore... Is there anything I can give her to calm her down (like catnip works on cats)? (i know, might be a dumb question). It's just... she's hurt my male budgie SO MUCH and he is so sweet and loving and i dont know why she is like this :'( :'(
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I think that this has shown you that now it's time to cage them separately forever. As mentioned, supervised out of cage time in the future isn't out of the question, but they should be in separate cages so she can't get at him. Yes, they will be in distress and calling to one another even though she is so mean to him--they are a bonded pair, after all, and the separation will be hard. But you must do this because if not, she could seriously hurt or cripple him for life.

They should settle down faster if they can't see or hear each other.
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You really need to separate your Pichi into a different cage and to make sure both cages aren't close enough for them to have contact through the cages' bars where Pichi can again harm Pollito.
It's imperative you do this for Pollito's overall physical and mental health.
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Stephanie,

As you have now seen, separating the cage obviously is not the answer to solving the problem.

Your female is an aggressive and territorial bird. As that is her personality, you aren't going to be able to change her behavior toward the male.

For the health, safety and well-being of your male you must separate the two budgies into different cages.
Anything less than total separation in the two budgies' housing situation is going to lead to continued harassment of the poor male bird and this ongoing saga will end in tragedy.

If you truly care about your budgies, then please take the advice the knowledgeable, caring and experienced members have offered.
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