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Old 08-06-2016, 10:15 PM
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Hi all! My brother posted awhile back about 3 recently new birds we got.
Original post: https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-behavi...new-birds.html

The Story:
I bought 2 birds in February, one male, one female - Gary and Anivia.
Gary recently passed away. we never knew what went wrong, he was fine in the morning and was flying around/energetic. And then gradually, at night time,he just became sick suddenly. I took him to the vet nearing midnight and unfortunately they couldn't do much since all the Avian Vets were closed. The general vet I talked to said it looked like Gary had respiratory problems. We suspected mites, but there were none and couldn't have been because Anivia was fine (and still is!). He passed away at around 2/3am in the morning.


Next day I decided I would get another parakeet. Surprisingly, one of the workers I talk to a lot said she was giving away 3 parakeets and was finding a home for them. I got the birds the same day.
At this point I didn't know anything about quarantine. So, the birds were next to each other in different cages for a few weeks until my brother posted here.

We followed quarantine:
1. We separated the female, Anivia, from the three new male parakeets on June 15th, 2016.
2. I took Anivia's cage back to where the other cage was and had them sit next to each other on July 13, 2016.
3. The last few days I wold let them out and play or fly around - or let Anivia in the cage, or vice versa.
4. Today, I put Anivia in with the boys and this is their behavior. NOTE: The 3 male parakeets behave much more differently then the very first day I got them and put Anivia in with them. They are much more chill with her around.

My question is: what kind of behavior is this? Is it breeding behavior? It looks like Anivia is kissing Pickle, but then kinda-not pecking him.
Here are links to videos I took awhile ago - this is when I just put them in together (I also changed the setting in the cage to make it "new" to all the birds).

VIDEO LINKS:
1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzqmiE96KDQ
2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7-503ov2ng


**I also took all of them to an actual avian vet a couple of weeks ago and the vet said that all the birds are healthy! With some exceptions:
1. Marshal is a "disabled" parakeet and was born deformed. So, his left wing isn't able to grow back at all. I even asked about artificial wings, but the vet said it might not be possible . Although, i am doing my best to let Marshal have the most comfortable life he can get!
2. Pickle: We took name tags off the new birds I got and the vet tried reading Pickle's. She said that he might have been born in 2008, making him nearly 8 years old! He does have an overgrown beak, and has odd feces.. The vet said he might have liver issues and told me to bring him back.

I appreciate any help!

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Old 08-07-2016, 06:26 AM
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Hi there,

From what I have watched there aren't yet all out signs of real mating behaviour as in heated courtship and mating attempts.
The interactions between Anivia and Pickle show the early stages of courtship where the male will chase the female to win her over.
Anivia is also starting to show curiosity towards that coconut nest.

In order to not encourage your budgies further in this behaviour, it's best that you remove the coconut from the cage. By not providing anything that your budgies could potentially use as a nest (no nests of any kind and no hiding places), you will be greatly reducing the chances of them displaying breeding behaviour leading to unwanted egg laying.

Please be sure to check this link for detailed info: https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...want-eggs.html

Also in case you don't know housing a larger number of males with just one female can also lead to troubles (same thing goes when housing larger number of males when compared to males), you will run the risk of the males fighting each other for the female's affection.
This can happen especially when Anivia goes into breeding condition.

This link may also be of use to you: https://talkbudgies.com/articles-gene...en-flocks.html

It's also not recommended to allow rescue budgies to breed especially when not having an accurate estimate on their age and without knowing their medical history. Budgies with weaker constitutions who get sick regularly or who have chronic illnesses should not be part of a breeding plan for obvious reasons.
If Pickle is suspected to be 8 years old, then it's really not advisable for him to breed. The breeding retirement age is 4 years old.
Good luck on Pickle's follow-up appointment at the avian vet's. I hope you will soon have the answers for his overgrown beak and odd droppings.
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aluz has offered you excellent advice.
Please remove the coconut hut from the cage right away.

I would suggest removing the dowel rod perches from the cage and replacing them with natural wood perches.
Having perches of varying diameters helps to prevent foot sores as well as exercising the foot and leg muscles.





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Hi there and to the forums!

I do indeed remember your brother's introduction

Aluz and FaeryBee have given great advice to help you with Anivia and The Boys

I hope that things work out well with them, I am glad you were able to get them a vet visit, too.

Be sure to read through the links provided and ask any questions you still have afterwards!

Please keep us posted, and good luck!
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