This is a long story cut short . I had 2 budgies Decca and cilla but cilla died at only 3 months old suddenly with a heart attack after she was flying ,they were bonded and both so tame and very manageable to get in and out of there cage,Decca was left by himself and was so sad, so I decided to get him 2 new friends. I thought I was buying 2 males off someone who was rehoming her birds, but it turns out one was female. So I have 2 cocks and a hen. They seem to get along OK , they have the odd argument but mostly it's OK , none of them are bonded with each other Or ever will be I can tell , my new male zuko is quite friendly and will eat millet off my hand but the hen has no interest in being friends with me or anyone else for that matter , she loves her own company,She goes back to the cage herself and basically is no bother whatsoever. The boys are terrible, I cannot get them back home. Decca was always so well behaved before and I could get him back in the cage no bother but now he refuses and zuko is just as bad, Will they go back eventually if I just leave them to it . The problem I'm having is because there is 3 birds by the time one is back in the cage and I'm catching another one the first one is out of the cage again. I'm starting to regret getting 2 new birds,i should of only got 1, but the conditions they were living in before me were awful and I knew I had to rescue them. It's so stressful every time I let them out.. any ideas.
One way to help solve the issue of getting the boys back into the cage would be to house one of your budgies on a separate cage.
If Decca isn't bonded with the pair you have adopted, then you can house him separately, this would also prevent any arguments between your budgies to escalate into vicious fighting once they come into breeding condition.
In case you don't know, it's not advisable to house an odd number of budgies especially when they are mix gendered, because the chances of fights to happen for the affection of the budgie of the opposite gender are much higher.
Your budgies would still be able to have out of cage time together and this way it would be easier make each of them to step up onto your finger or perch, carefully guide the budgie onto the cage, close the door and repeat the procedure with the other budgie.
You can also train your budgies to go back to their cages by using positive reinforcement techniques that reward good behaviour.
You're very welcome.
Even if you were to get another female to even out your flock, there is no guarantee that all four budgies would get along well, since your two males could still fall for the same female.
OK. I will do that.. I think separating Suki would be the best idea if it comes to it as she is not bothered about alone time. I will see how it goes first though. I would hate them to fight. Thank you
That is also a viable option, especially if she shows no signs of being attached to the mate she has been with on her previous home.
You could also work on establishing a good bond with her in order to better satisfy her social needs.
Best of luck with everyting!
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You are missed and never will be forgotten.
She hates him, I can tell, she pecks at him if he goes anywhere near her, infact it looked quite bullying at times but then when I put the 3 together she stopped doing it as much and chilled out more. Thank you
I'm sorry to hear of the problems you have with your budgies. However, Aluz has given the best possible advice and I agree that separating Suki would be best.
I hope that the separation goes well and you're able to establish a better relationship with all three of them!
Meanwhile, be sure to read through the forum's "stickies" (threads "stuck" to the top of each subforum for easy reference) as well as the Budgie Articles as they will serve to keep you posted on the very best of budgie care practices.
If you have any questions afterwards, please be sure to ask as we'd love to help.
Hope to see you around!
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This probably is a stupid question but could I put a small cage with Suki in on Top of the big cage that the boys are in, I just haven't got The room for 2 cages , I live with my mother who has dementia and the birds are in my bedroom which is a bird safe room but it's not A big room.. obviously I'm not going to do any kind of separation unless it's needed which I'm hoping won't happen but if it does I need to be prepared.. they are in a ferlplast 6 at the minute.. thank you.