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Old 09-05-2016, 01:27 PM
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Default Is this normal? (mollygog On-going Thread)

hi, is it normal to have one dominating moody budgie and a placid one. My sunny is the baby and he is very temperamental. he does not let bobo do anything or have anything unless hes in good mood. if i put my hand in the cage to let them out he has a hissy fit if hes not first . bobo is so intelligent , he can talk he loves me he pecks me in a friendly gentle manner, i could train bobo to be the perfect budgie if only mr mardy pants would let me. i cannot take bobo out the cage and leave sunny in by himself because its like world war 3. They are bonded, they love each other they preen each other and feed each other and i know sunny loves bobo because he gets anxious if he cant see him. Do budgies get more moody if they are moulting? he does seem to be a little bit worse than usual. if sunny was human he would a handful.

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Yes, a moulting budgie can be more moody. As for the different behaviours from both of your budgies, the differences in temperament and dominance, this will depend on the individual budgie's personalty.
You mention that Sunny doesn't let Bobo do anything unless he is in a good mood. In cases of consistent bullying where the dominant bird doesn't let the mate to lead their life normally (to play and eat when he/she pleases, to stand on a preferred perch, etc), then in order to avoid the issue from escalating and to preserve the mental and physical health of the abused budgie, it's best to separate the budgies and house them on different cages.
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Old 09-08-2016, 01:28 PM
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hi, as i am new to having these amazing birds in my life there are a few little things i am unsure about and when i google i get conflicting advice. Obviously i want what is best for both my babes so my first question is are cuttlebone and a mineral block both needed or will a mineral block alone be ok? i have both of these in the cage but both my birds do not touch the cuttlebone, they both love the mineral block. will it be ok to take the cuttlebone out and replace with another mineral block. Next question is grit... Do i give my birds grit or not,some say yes its good for digestion some say no its bad for them. ive had it in and out of there food i just don't know what to do for the best.
Packet eggfood, i have a separate dish for this do i need to change this everyday or does it keep. the instructions on the packet are very basic.
is it ok to give a small amount of broccoli or dandilion leaves everyday as these are there favourite things. thank you in advance
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Leave the cuttlebone in the cage. It's essential for birds and they won't use it until they need it.
They don't need grit as budgies hull the shell of their seeds. Grit can be very damaging to them. You can give them a little oyster shell now and then if you wish too.
You mix the egg food with water and it'll dry out if you leave it all day so don't leave it out all day and into the next.
Fresh veg is good for budgies, you need to make sure you are only offering them safe foods though.

Please spend some time going through diet and nutriyion section which will answer a lot of your questions.

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Please take the time to read the information in both the stickies and the budgie articles on this forum. We spend a great deal of time trying to ensure we promote only the best practices for budgies here so you will find what is recommended by experts and Avian Vets if you do your research throughout the forum.

Therm is correct, you should have both a cuttlebone and a mineral block in the budgies' cage and ensure all vegetables you offer are on the "Safe Foods List".

https://talkbudgies.com/housing-budgi...reat-cage.html

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-diet...bout-grit.html

If you are using the egg food dry and they are eating it that way, then you don't have to change it out daily. However, if you are mixing it with water then you should only being providing a bit at a time and change it daily.

Broccoli and Dandelion Leaves are fine for your budgies to have daily.
Try to also introduce them to a variety of other herbs and vegetables as well. Rosemary, Oregano, Basil, Kale, Celery Leaves, Red Pepper, Zuchinni are all things you can try.

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-diet...ur-budgie.html
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You should at least have a mineral block or a cuttle bone in the cage but it's best and most recommended to keep both the mineral block and cuttlebone in the cage.
The mineral block contains nutrients and minerals that the cuttlebone may not have and contain (like iodine) and it helps strengthen the bones and egg production. The cuttlebone helps maintains the bird's beak and strengthen feet, bones, beak, feathers and much more.
Both give minerals the other doesn't contain and it helps fill that gap.
The birds will eat the mineral block and cuttlebone when they need it. They'll eat it when their body demands it~

Grit shouldn't be presented to budgies. Many things could go wrong and can maks your bird sick or at risk. It's not necessary to give it to your birds as they already have their seeds, pellets, veggies and fruits and mineral/cuttlebone blocks.

The egg advice is already said by the others ^

Brocolli and dandelion leaves are great for your birds. You could also feed them things like apple (no seeds), carrots, kale, banana (sometimes), maybe parsley and much more. Just cut them up to biteable pieces for your birds. You could introduce these things by sprinkling a bit of millet on top of it and/or their seeds. They'll eventually love it.

Good luck and have fun with your new birds! They will really change your life as mine have. <3

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Hi , I've got Suki in the ferplast 6 and the boys in 5. Suki is clambering the walls of the cage frantic. The boys are next to her so it's not like she's alone . Will this eventually stop because I feel like just putting them all back together even though the boys are happy.. also, is it best to let them settle like this for a few days before I let them out together ,I'm concerned when they are all out they will all fly back into the 6. These probably seem like daft things but I'm finding it quite sad watching her . I am slightly dramatic i have to say. I think and feel too much.

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HI.
I kinda know what you are going through, when I first got Berty, I had to separate him and Fido after the first week or so, as Fido was very bossy with him.
Fido was like your Suki is now, desperately trying to get back in the same cage with Berty, but you have to let them settle after this change, Fido got "over" this in a couple of days.
That they wound up as best friends after a while is just lucky for me I guess, but you have to be prepared to keep them separated if not

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All 3 of your budgies need stability and the time to actually adjust to the back and forth changes in the housing arrangements you have been making.
Placing Suki back with the boys will only perpetuate the issues you had with them regarding the consistent bickerings.
In order to help Suki settle, you can over her cage on 3 sides and have some music for them all at a low volume. It's okay if Suki can't see the boys when the cage is covered, she still knows they are there.

During the adjustment period Suki can have separate out of cage time with just you.
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Thank you I will do that right now. Ideally this is the way I want it to stay for the hormonal situations that can arise and also I just feel that if it's going to work anyway this is the way to do it.. she is playing with a basil leaf at the minute. I think she could be over it already 😊

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