I decided to get a second bird as I cannot always be with mine. She is about 3 or 4. I had read some things online about how a female might not ever become friends with another, especially when there are territorial issues. I decided to go and rescue a bin budgie. He is small and looks like a baby. His nose is blue, so I am not sure how old he is.
I kept them separate for a while so that I could work on training the new one alone. He has been so incredibly resistant. I assume it is hard to break that bin environment that he has lived in his whole life, compared to my first bird who I got when she was less than a year old.
Now I have them in separate cages, but in the same room. I let her out, and she will go inspect him and his cage. Usually she is fine, but sometimes she gets nasty if I leave them alone for a long time and I try to approach later.
If I approach the new bird slowly, he will climb on my finger. As soon as he is out of his cage, he will make a break for the other bird. It looks like he is constantly trying to get out, he clings to the sides of the cage and bites at them.
The endgame I want is a good bond with both of them. I'm not too worried about losing the one with the older bird, I've had her since she was hatched practically. She is usually really sweet with me still, but like I said above, If I let them spend the day together, she will be a bit mean if I get near the cage they are in together.
What I probably have to do is separate them again, have his wings clipped so I have an easier time training him. Does anyone have some advice for me? If more info is needed on the two of them, let me know. Thanks!
There is no reason for you to have his wings clipped.
You can tame and bond with a budgie that is fully flighted.
I would separate the cages into different rooms and work with each of the birds individually.
Realize that not all budgies get along. Since you've had the female for several years, she may well enjoy being a "solo" bird and may never accept the new male fully. If that is the case, you need to be prepared to house them separately on a permanent basis.
Aggressive behavior on the part of the female and/or bullying of the male will be unacceptable.
Taming and Bonding is all about helping your budgie learn to trust you and it takes a great deal of time and patience on your part.
You should never grab your budgie or force him to be touched.
To bond with your budgie, you need to build his trust in you.
He will have to learn over time that you will not hurt him, grab him and try to force him to allow you to hold him.
If and when the time comes when you want to try to introduce them, do so in neutral territory and only under your direct supervision.
It may take several such meetings for you to gauge how they may get along.
You can then leave both cages open and see if they have any interest in going into one of them together. I would recommend rearranging everything inside both cages before making this step.
Giving them a little in-cage time together only under supervision and putting them in separate cages when you are not around will then be the best course of action for awhile until you are certain of how the female will behave toward the male.