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Old 07-31-2016, 12:03 AM
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Hey guys so I'm stumped here. My Caboose and Tucker are fighting over the food even though there is two bowls. Both with the same food and amount. They get along perfectly fine anytime else. If one is eating out of the bowl the other has to have the food from that bowl. So when one moves to a different bowl another one follows. Is there anything I can do to stop this? Or should I not worry about it?

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I've recently been having the same problem with Jersey and Manny! Personally, I put Jersey's food dish (the one on the left) in first, so she doesn't bother Manny while he's eating. If she tries to move over and harass him I click (she knows that means "no" or "stop") and move my hand between the two of them - not to scare them or anything, but to show her that she doesn't belong on his side of the cage.
You could always feed them separately? Maybe move the more aggressive bird out of /away from the cage while the submissive one is eating and then feed the aggressive one?
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Caboose and Tucker are a couple or same sex? My budgies are doing the same thing, but they don't get too aggressive about it. When I am near their cage and I see this, I try to distract one of them with some food and then they no longer fight for the food dish. You can observe them and if there is aggression and big fights- and injuries-, the last solution is separating them to separate cages.
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At the beginning of the month, you were advised in this thread:

https://talkbudgies.com/general-budgi...ve-budgie.html

to house your budgies in separate cages since one was being aggressive with the other.

Why are you keeping them in the same cage at this time?

If you house the two birds separately and give them supervised out-of-cage time together then the food issue is not going to be a problem.
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Old 07-31-2016, 02:53 PM
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This is an entirely different issue from before. Before one wanted nothing to do with the other. So I did separate them. Finally on neutral territory they began playing together and grooming each other. So I moved them to my big cage. They still groom and play together. They fly together and are best friends. They do not cause any harm at all towards each other. They sleep right next to each other. They are actually preening each other as we speak. They just have a tiny squabble over the food bowls then they both finally start eating. I just want to know why they do this. And that forum post doesn't say why they are best friends all day and night until they eat at night even though there is two bowls one for each. During the day they eat at different times.

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I'm glad to hear your budgies are doing well together now, that's great news.

You can try adding yet another food bowl to the cage but they may continue to follow each other and bicker a bit.
As long as neither is being overly aggressive toward the other, you don't need to worry about it.
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I'm glad that Tucker and Caboose are getting on better now! I do agree that another food bowl may help to end their dinnertime bickering
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