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Old 02-17-2017, 12:18 AM
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Hi everybudgie!
Cosmo has these feathers sticking out from above her beak. The feathers are sort of dark brown colored at the roots, and I'm not at all sure what it is. Here is a link to the pics: https://pix.sfly.com/hZ117m
Can someone tell me what it is?

I've noticed lately Cosmo and Lulu have started fighting a little. (they are both females) Lulu will nip Cosmo, and then Cosmo bites back. It only lasts a short time though, and they don't do it too often. I see them preening each other more often than I see them fighting. Do I need to separate them? I'm sure they will be upset if I do, but... Please help! What should I do?

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Old 02-17-2017, 02:13 AM
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Hi there,

Can you tell us the context in which the "fights" happen?
Does it happen mostly when they are eating or when they are getting ready to sleep for the night?
From your description, it seems at this point what they are having is light bickerings. This can be reduced by having twos of everything in the cage (two food bowls, two same type toys, etc). It's important that you continue to keep a close eye on your girls and pay attention to their behaviour and interactions. Once they go into breeding condition, you will have to double up your watch on them and be able to decipher their body language and behaviours so that you are better prepared to act in case they really need to be separated.

Only if you start to notice and escalation on the bickering (turning into a real fighting situation) and there is more consistent chasing and heavier pecking between them (the pecks will usually revolve around the head/neck/face areas), then you will have to house your girls in separate cages.
If there is feather plucking during a fight or if they happen to lock their bodies into fight while at the bottom of the cage, they will have to be immediately separated.

Those are pin feathers that are in the process of opening up.
From the photos it appears that the new feathers are already coming out of the pinnies and once they are fully out they will not longer be sticking out in that manner. This is all very normal and part of the moulting process.
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It usually happens when they are about to go to sleep, it never happens while they are eating.
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Then that is likely the typical night time bickering where they will both go for the same preferred sleeping spot to spend the night in.
Depending on the cage arrangements, you can try to minimize or put a full stop to this bickering by placing an extra swing (if they are fighting for one) or by rearranging the perches/sleeping area in a way which will keep both of your budgies happy.
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Hi everybudgie!
How should I entertain my budgies? They aren't interested in any toys except their shredder toy, and they aren't quite tame yet so I don't know how to exactly play with them. They are very quiet and they don't move around a lot, except to peck at their shredder toy. What can I give them to keep them busy?

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You can help your budgies to relax more by having some background sound for them, turning the TV or radio on would do the trick and can encourage your budgies to sing and even to entertain themselves by playing with their toys.
Given the relatively short amount of time you have had your budgies, it's really good that they are already having fun with the shredding toys.
Bell toys and swings are usually a good hit with budgies, so you can try those out too.
You can also continue to spend daily quality time with your budgies with the goal of strengthening the bond you have with them.
You will find all the detailed information on this subject by checking the stickies at the top of the Taming and Bonding section.

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Old 02-23-2017, 01:24 PM
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Hi everybudgie!
Lulu has recently started preening (or plucking) relatively big feathers off. Usually when they preen it's really tiny feathers that come off. Is it normal for budgies to preen off big feathers, or is she plucking out of boredom?

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Most likely it's just a moult.
Though make sure she has plenty of toys to entertain her and you keep her occupied.
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It's perfectly normal for a longer feather on the wing or tail area to get loose while preening, especially when a budgie is in the process of moulting or just starting to moult.

Feather plucking is more of a violent act and if a budgie happens to actually pull a longer feather, it would be easier to identify, detect the pulling and the strength required for the budgie to pluck the feather, which is totally different when compared when a feather naturally falls of during preening.
Watching the budgie's behaviour and the whole context is extremely important.
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She just went through a moult about 2-3 months ago. I thought moults only happen occasionally.
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