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Old 11-04-2015, 03:07 PM
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Default Budgie attacking the other, need advice!

So I've owned my 2 budgies for about 4 years now. I own a male and a female and they've generally got on. They had their odd squabbles but that was it. Otherwise they used to sit on the perch together and feed each other etc... But in the last week or so my female budgie has been attacking my male budgie and its all the time! I have had to put her in a separate cage because its that bad. She would knock him to the floor and just generally be nasty to him!

The thing is my male budgie cant defend himself any more as I believe he has lost his eyesight. Last week I have found him at the bottom of the cage and not really moving. After getting him out and interacting with him to see how he was doing, he suddenly seemed alot more active and perky although seemed like he was struggling to see. I decided to put him in a separate cage to keep an eye on him and by the next day he was finding his way onto perches and eating again thankfully! So I'm wondering lately whether my female budgie is to blame and has pecked at his eyes or something. But either way, because his eye sight isn't very good, he cant defend himself any more and is getting scared by her.

I can't really keep 2 cages as a permanent thing because I have nowhere to put the other cage. I don't know whether I should buy a new budgie and sell the female for the safety of my male budgie. I need some advice!


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Old 11-04-2015, 03:21 PM
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You were right to split them up. I would think that you would be able to tell if she had pecked his eyes and I'm certain this would be pretty violent. If you think she has, you should take your boy to an avian vet.
I would also be reluctant to get another male friend for your budgie if he has sight issues, incase another budgie was to pick on him and you would be back in the same situation as you are now.
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Old 11-04-2015, 03:27 PM
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Welcome to the forums!

You did well in separating your budgies and given the fact your male has health issues, it really is best to maintain this arrangement. It would be a good idea to book an appointment at the avian vet to have your male budgie properly checked. When budgies are found on the bottom on the cage and show signs of lethargy this tells us that they are sick. You will also get answers regarding his eyesight.

You should keep your budgies separated on a permanent basis and due to your budgie's health problems and the fact that he is somewhat in a more weakened state, by getting a new budgie, you would be adding further stress and not to mention the new budgie could also start to bully your male.
Budgies act by instinct and can sometimes show aggressiveness when they sense a certain bird is sick/weak and they respond by preying on the weak bird.

If you really can't have two cages in your household, then I hope you will find a good home for your female budgie.

Good luck with everything.
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I agree with the other members. Separating is the best thing you did. But now you have to look after him, to see what happened to him. Take him to the avian vet asap.
I suggest not to bring a new budgie home, until you find out what health issues is having your current budgie, his treatment and well being.
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Thank you for all the replies! It hasn't been this calm for the last few days!

I will book my boy in tomorrow at the avian vets, then update you on what they say.

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Old 11-04-2015, 04:59 PM
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You're very welcome and good luck with the vet appointment!
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Hi and to Talk Budgies!

I'm sorry you found us due to these unfortunate circumstances. Your little male definitely needs the attention of an avian vet.

Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma.
When you rely on unskilled individuals, you delay effective treatment. This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.
The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recover than it would have if you
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The little fellow is going to need you to ensure he is well-cared for if his eyesight is failing.
I agree with the others that you should never house him with the female again.
Additionally, it's best that you do not introduce another budgie into the equation.
It is most important that your current little male be well-cared for and adding another would simply complicate matters.

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Hello and to the forums

I can't add anything else to the great advice above, but I'm glad you separated them and I hope everything works out well.

Please keep us posted and tell us what the vet says concerning your male.

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Hi guys! So i managed to get an appointment today. It turns out he has sinusitis and isn't on deaths door or anything thank god! Got him some medicine so I'm happy to hear this. Thanks again on the advice. After 4 years of having them they never had any issues.

Although I do have a question! I originally thought my female budgie was a male because he has a white cere with pale blue on the edges which I read online was actually a female. After mentioning this to the vet today she is now sure its a boy!

What do you think??
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Well, I can tell you with 100% certainty that your vet is not correct about gender.
The beautiful budgie in the pic is a female for sure. Her cere shows she is currently out of breeding condition.

Male budgies will have rich royal blue coloured ceres. In certain colour mutations, males can retain the immature pink/purplish coloured ceres.

Thanks for updating on your budgie boy, I'm glad it's nothing serious. I'm wishing your boy a steady and full recovery.
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