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Hey all,

I'm wondering if there are pro's and con's to keeping male budgies in one cage and females in another.

Sage and Jay are doing well in there cage together, however, despite their preening and feeding, they don't seem to be exceptionally well bonded. But they get on well and they have no issues.

Sunny doesn't seem to be taken with either of her males. Skye and Jimmy get on well and they can all sit on the same perch together and sometimes they all ignore one another. They are not fighting, they are just three birds living in a cage together and occasionally, Jimmy and Skye will feed one another but there's no a special bond with them.

I was curious about whether males and females in a cage was a good idea or not. I know my boys get on well but two females to one cage, would that be a terrible idea?
I'm considering Sunny being the one to move out right now and leaving Jimmy and Skye in a cage together.

I'm not fretting over this. I'm just thinking about the future. If number 6 comes along, I want to make sure I'm doing the right thing. I've always considered I'd get another male if it happened and buddy him up with Skye, but I'm unsure if a male budgie would bond with a male when there are females in the same room.
So maybe it would be better to get 6 as another hen, to pair everyone up.

I'm just curious to some opinions from more experienced multi-owning budgies.

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Males generally get along very well with other males.

Females often live together with no problems unless one is particularly aggressive.
Jonah (Randy) has two females that are very sweet natured and get along quite well. I have another friend that had two females that did just fine together.
As with all birds, it really depends on the individual birds' personalities.

Lindsey keeps her females and males separated by gender except when splitting them into individual pairs in separate cages for breeding purposes.

I currently have three males that are sharing housing and feel relatively confident they would be receptive to accepting yet another male into their flock.
(Not that I'm planning to get one!)
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Good info from Deb.

From A breeders point of view. It is easier to house separate sexes as it takes a while to break a bond if Birds are to be set up with different partners to keep a healthy gene pool. Budgies can be stubborn and fall in love with the wrong potential mate just like people do.The age of the birds plays a big role. Babies need to be mixed as well as mature adults Who are retired from the breeding program, While vigorous youngsters need guidance. This follows through in how many birds are correct to house together. Breeding birds need more room than young chicks and elder adults who do not appreciate having their feathers pulled on by the younger set. So things can evolve over time and adjustments made to reflect the character and sexual needs as the flock evolves.
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Thank you both for the responses.

I am considering my options still with regards to the flock. They all love their out of cage time together and when they came out today (after a couple of days just in cage to get used to their new cage mates) they all went into the old cage together for a while. Now they are settling a bit to preen and Sage has gone back to her cage and Jay is sat at the door, while the others are perches outside it, preening.
And as they all flew around the room, I noticed that my little threesome, Jimmy, Skye and Sunny, would often all follow one another and sit at the same place as the others. For example, Sunny has been trying to work out how to land on the curtain rail and she finally sussed it out today. Skye is the only other bird who ever goes on it (and he often does like to land on it and perch up there) so once she got up there he and Jimmy almost immediately were up there with her. So it seems they are enjoying their company together and are flocking together very naturally.

With regards to my females, they got on fine when they were quarantined together but they just avoided one another as much as they could. In the bigger cages they would have more space to avoid each other as well. It's always an option to do the males and females on their own if needed.
Jay does seem to like being with Sage, who seems the least social of all the birds- often returning to the cage a long time before the others do, so I don't want to move them if I don't need too.

Thanks Jo Ann for all the information. I can completely understand why it's easier to keep them apart for breeding.
Thankfully, mine flock were all aged near enough that there's no young and old birds mixing, so I don't have to worry about that at least.

Thanks for all the advice.
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