My name is Josie and I am new to this site, I just wanted to see if I could get some advice.
I have a male budgie called Stevie. I have had him for over 8 years now, he is lovely and chilled out. He can be grumpy sometimes but I don't mind as he is normally so sweet and very tame.
On Sunday (4 days ago) I got a new budgie. I called her Squiggle. I am pretty sure it is a girl. The previous owner does not know her exact age but reckons she is about 3 years old. She had not been handled, and apparently used to live with another budgie that died. She became lonely, so the owner decided to sell her.
Well, I have introduced the 2 budgies to each other now and it seems that Squiggle has instantly become obsessed with Stevie. They are in separate cage of course and she was going a bit crazy. Spinning round the perch, hanging upside down and being energetic. I let her out and she would go straight over to Stevies cage. I thought nothing of it, just excitement. But I have noticed that she pines to be with him almost as soon as I separate them. She would sit on top of his cage and stare at him, watching everything he is doing (she is doing this right now but half asleep). She likes to listen to him sing, and it seems like she is madly in love.
I opened his cage to let her meet him. It was okay at first. They would squabble, eat some food, preen themselves then have a sleep next to each other. It was not too vicious and they were both giving as good as they were getting. Today I had to separate them though as she became VERY aggressive with him in my opinion. She grabbed his tail and flung him to the floor, then attacked him with nasty pecks at his neck and he screamed. Immediately I separated them and put them both in individual cages again.
I have checked Stevie and he is okay. He is now happily singing like usual.
Did I introduce them too soon? Maybe I should let her settle in for longer, and concentrate on taming her first? Any advise is appreciated. I am unsure of what her past has been like.
The female has already shown extreme aggressiveness and should now never be housed with Stevie. If you put them in the same cage together again in the future, she will either severely injure or kill him. You are going to need to house the two separately on a permanent basis.
Given that Stevie is over 8 years old, it is certainly not fair to him to subject him to another budgie this late in his life. He has been happy as a solo budgie and will continue to be.
Squiggle is not going to allow that to happen if you subject him to her.
As further information, when you bring a new budgie into your home, it needs to be put in quarantine for 45 days.
Quarantine means housing the new bird in a different cage in a different room than the current bird (as far away from the room the current bird is in as possible) for a period of 35-45 days.
Budgies mask symptoms when they are ill. Symptoms may not show up for over two weeks.
Often you will not even realize your bird is not well. Many budgie illnesses are airborne which is why you need to quarantine your new bird in a completely different room.
It is also a good idea to always take a new budgie in to see an Avian Vet for a "well-birdie" check-up. This allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet and the vet can establish a baseline for your bird in case of any future illnesses or injuries.
Again, I do not recommend you try putting Squiggle with Stevie. If they had been introduced properly, after quarantine the two cages would have been placed side by side for several days and then the birds would have been introduced in neutral territory - meaning not in either of the two cages.
If you are unable to house the two birds separately on a permanent basis, then I would suggest you rehome Squiggle right away.
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Truly, the very BEST advice anyone can offer you is to take the time to read ALL of the stickies throughout the various Talk Budgie forums as well as the Budgie Articles we have posted.
These are great resources for Talk Budgie members and have a wealth of reliable information which will assist you to learn the best practices in caring for your budgies for their optimal health and well-being.
You've been given great advice above by FaeryBee. I completely agree.
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Thanks a lot for the response. They have got a cage each and I have a spare one so I can house them separately. I definitely would not put Stevie in danger. I will have a read around on the website to get as much more information as possible in regards to introducing budgies/taming.
I'm hoping I can start again to introduce them properly. Not to house them together, but so that she can calm down and accept him. If it doesn't work then I suppose I will have to rehome her, but I don't wish to abandon her now if I can help it.