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SkySnow 05-27-2016 05:01 PM

Adding a 5 year old female to a cage with 2- 3 month old males?
Hi, I just sort of inherited a 5 year old female budgie that rarely left the cage. We have her quarantined right now. We also have a flight cage with 2 little male budgies about 4 months old. Is it a bad idea to add her to the cage after the quarantine?

I need some of your expert opinions please!

Stranding 05-27-2016 05:07 PM

Hi Skysnow

A big welcome to this forum and to your three budgies!

I am not an expert but those who are will be along very soon and give you some advice on your question. Good luck with the quarantining period.

aluz 05-27-2016 05:14 PM

Welcome to the forums and congratulations on your latest arrival! :)

Do you have any background information on this female budgie? Was she a solo budgie on her previous home?

In order to avoid a drastic change in flock dynamics which would be potentially disruptive, not to mention the fact that with 3 budgies sharing the cage, one of them would necessarily be left out of the equation and the chances for bullying/fightings to happen would also increase, it's best to keep the arrangement you have now for your budgies.
You can keep the two males housed together and the female housed on a different cage. After quarantine time is over, you can allow them all to have closely supervised out of cage time and depending on how they go, you can keep it up or not.
For practical reasons and in order to also avoid any mating attempts from happening (given the fact this is an older female), it really is best to house her separately from the boys.

The additonal info on this link may be of use to you:

FaeryBee 05-27-2016 05:17 PM

Hi! :welcome: to Talk Budgies

I would not recommend putting the 5 year old female in with the two young males. I would keep her in a separate cage after quarantine for the health and well-being of all three budgies.

The female has been alone all her life and will probably not take kindly to to younger (and most probably more active) budgies.
Additionally, it is never a good idea to house one budgie of a specific gender with two budgies of the opposite gender as it can cause aggression, competitiveness and fighting.

If, after quarantine, you decide to give all the budgies supervised out-of-cage time, you can try allowing the female out at the same time as the young males to see how they get along.
If that works out well, then you can continue to allow them supervised play time to get acquainted, spend time together while keeping them housed separately.

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Jonah 05-27-2016 07:19 PM

Welcome to talk budgies. Aluz, and Deborah have given you great advice, and link's to some really good info thread's. We would love
to see pic's of your little feathered friend's sometime...:)

StarlingWings 05-27-2016 10:39 PM

Hi there and :welcome: to the forums!

You've been given great advice by Deborah and aluz and I agree completely :D

Be sure to read through the links provided as they will ensure you're up to date on the best budgie care and practices! Feel free to ask any questions you may have after reading through everything.

I'm glad you've taken in the older female and I'm sure she'll be much happier with you :)

I hope everything goes well and we'd love to meet your little flock when you get the chance! :photo:

Hope to see you around and it's great to have you with us :thumbsup:

Cheers! :wave:

SkySnow 05-30-2016 12:19 PM

Thanks everyone for the advice. I spoke to the previous owner and she said that the little birdie really never had any out of cage time. :( So my family has been trying a couple times a day to get her used to us and she seems to be coming around a bit. At least she's not screaming bloody murder or trying to bite me everytime I put my hand in the cage to change the food/water. I don't know if she'll ever want to join those 2 baby boys of mine.

shanebudgie 05-30-2016 06:06 PM

:) greetings skysnow and welcome gotten some wonderful and helpful advice from wonderful friends.I agree with everyone as well.
I was thinking that as well.since she's never had any contact with budgies a long time.she just might to want to continue to live alone.but hopefully she'll want to atleast have some time with them.if she
Decides to come out and interact with them.

I wish you and your flock many happy years together.blessings and keep us posted.

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