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Old 10-04-2016, 11:22 PM
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Question Young Budgie too affectionate w/ my Older Budgie

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My older budgie, Nahlao, is a little over 3 years old. He has always been a social bird and he loves to fly around the house and show off. He was widowed about a year ago months ago and in April of this year I decided to get him a male companion, Quinn, who was about 4 months old when I got him. I brought Quinn home in a separate cage and let them get acquainted with one another over time. They both hit it off really well and eventually chose which cage they would be in together. About a month ago I noticed that my older budgie had completely stopped chirping/singing. I was a little concerned but he continued to act normal by playing, eating. and flying all around the apartment. During the day my younger budgie is VERY affectionate and he seems to annoy my older one. He follows him everywhere, he just won't leave him alone. Now at night, they scratch each others heads and get all lovey dovey. As an experiment, I separated them for a whole day to see what would happen. As it turns out Nahlao seemed to find his voice again. He once again became the social budgie I knew. He sang and chirped all day. Now when evening came around, he noticed he was alone and he flew over to the other cage where Quinn is and would not go back into his cage until they both were in the same cage, so I let Quinn back into their cage. I waited a few days and separated them once again to see if I would get the same result and I absolutely did , but once again Nahlao sought Quinn during the evening. There is not bullying going on. They both eat, they both play, and fly around. It seems to me that Nahlao just needs a break every now and then. My gut says to separate them, but it breaks my heart when they go searching for each other. I don't know what to do.

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Old 10-05-2016, 12:01 AM
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Hi Juli,

It really does seem like Nahlao likes to do his own thing during the day but wants the comfort of his friend at night.

Unless you want to have a cage just for "nighttime", though, which might be hard to get them to understand that during the day they have separate living spaces than at night, I believe that you would do well in separating them. Since the excessive attention from Quinn is contributing to Nahlao's more withdrawn behavior, it is very likely is an indicator of his stress. They can stay in the same room, by all means, and if it seems that they're okay with it, even move their cages close together so they can talk to one another, but I would say that they shouldn't live together permanently, at least not right now.

Even though I know they will both be upset that they can't sleep next to each other any more, I think it's important to give Nahlao some sanity time so he can fully regain his flamboyant nature away from Quinn's insistence.

As Quinn matures, he will become less "clingy" and perhaps will begin to lay off on bothering Nahlao.

Also, they can have out of cage time together since they are friends, but I believe they should just have separate cages for now.

I hope that helps!
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