My 2 new babies seemed to get along really well and be obsessed with each other. Over the last few days I have noticed that Jeff jumps in the food bowl when ever Pepper tries to get something to eat. I have 2 foods bowls in the cage but which ever Pepper goes to, Jeff jumps in and pushes her out of the way. He does also push her out of the way when I try to give Pepper millet.
Jeff is a very confident little baby and will jump all over me to get to the millet. I have tried moving him and keeping him occupied with millet in one hand while feeding Pepper at the same time with my other hand. As soon as he see's that Pepper is getting millet he decides he then wants hers and not his.
Pepper is quite a timid little baby but will take millet out of my hand when offered to her. She does eat, but Jeff won't be far behind to go sit in the food bowl.
Does anyone have any advice? Would getting another male or female help as I would hate to separate them. Apart from food, they do seem to get on really well and preen each other a lot. If Jeff is out of sight, Pepper will call him and seems unsettled until she can see him again.
They do sound very much like they are bonding. Perhaps putting some clean paper on the bottom of the cage grating and sprinkling food on the bottom for both of them to forage will slow his antics down some. Hopefully some of our other members can advise you on this as I have never had this kind of problem. I think I would keep them in seperate cages but right next to each other before I would introduce another bird into the situation...
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I agree with Randy and would try allowing them to forage to see if that helps.
I don't know how large their cage is (the bigger the better).
Can you also add a couple more food dishes to the cage?
If so, try those two things first and if there are still issues, then separate them into adjoining cages until Pepper gets a little older and more inclined to stand up for herself.
If the cages are side by side where they can see one another they will still be able to interact but Pepper can eat in peace. You can give them supervised playtimes together as well.
Adding another budgie (or two) when you are having behavior problems with a budgie usually not a good idea. You end up creating more challenges than you solve.
Thank you. I will try putting more food bowls in and see if that helps. Ill put one where she normally perches too. Jeff looks to be showing off alot spinning around perches and hanging upside down from toys. Pepper sits still most of the time and only moves to try and eat really. Is this normal behaviour for a hen and cock together? Its seems like he is trying to impress her until food is involved when he will move her out of the way