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Old 06-14-2016, 07:54 AM
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I got two budgies a little over a year ago. I thought I did the right things and read up about them before purchasing them. I also owned one as a child. I planned to get two from the start to keep them from being lonely. I knew telling the gender on young budgies can be a bit challenging so I made my best educated guess and asked the sales associate for help. The sales associate informed me one of my budgies was a girl and the other was a boy. So I took them home.

Unfortunately the sales associate and I were wrong and both are female. The first 11 months were great they have their own room and 24-7 access to leave their cage. About three months ago they started fighting. I gave it about 2 weeks figuring one would assert dominance over the other and it would all be okay. That did not happen. Eventually the fighting got so bad for their safety they had to be separated.

I've tried just about everything at this point. I've put them in separate rooms, cages next to each other and cages across the room from each other. When their cages aren't side by side they contact call to each other all day. When their cages are next to each other they try to fight through the bars. They're so loud that I've now gotten 2 noise complaints lodged against me from my neighbors above me (obviously I can't stay home 24-7 to keep them calm). If I get one more complaint I will be evicted.

I've asked my family members in the area if they could keep them for a year till I move. No luck on that. I'm scared of taking them to a shelter because I'm pretty sure they'll be killed. I need them to go to a good happy home. I need some recommendations. I live in the eastern panhandle of WV about 10 minutes from Maryland.

My budgies have also been acting very strange since they started fighting. Both use to sit on my finger or perch on my shoulder/head when I walked around my apartment. They've since stopped letting me touch them. I'm so stressed out and confused by all of this.

Sorry for the long post.

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It sounds as though one (or both) of your females have come into breeding condition.
Have you considered re-homing just one of them instead of both?

With regard to the animal shelters in your area, I would suggest you call and ask what their policy is with regard to caring for animals they take in until they are adopted. Until you ask, you are operating purely on assumption.

The shelters where I'm located (in Fairfax County, VA) keep any birds that come in until they are adopted out.
If you are unable to find a safe and loving forever home for them, you could always bring them to the Fairfax County Animal Shelter for rehoming. It would be a bit of a drive but I've driven the route from your location many times and it would be worth it for your peace of mind.

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