Hi everyone! I am new on this site and this will be my first topic. To start off, my name is Serdar, I am 18 years old and I am turkish,I live in the Netherlands and I love animals. As you can guess I have 2 budgies at the moment, which I have questions about:
So I got my first budgie ever in January this year, Rocky, a recessive pied young male budgie. Rocky is 6 and a half months now and he had become very tame. We moved him into a much larger cage so we decided to buy another budgie. That is what I did 2 weeks ago, I bought a young budgie of 8 weeks old, which I guess is a female, I named her Luna. I put them next to each other after a few days and I noticed that Rocky had a hard time with having to share everything. He got used to this after a while but he still doesnít like it when Luna comes too close. Whenever she does, he makes a warning sound. I noticed that Luna is the dominant when, because whenever they cannot share something, Rocky is the first one to back off, after first making a warning sound.
Well the thing is, I donít understand if they can get along. Sometimes Luna follows Rocky everywhere in the cage and wants to eat out of the same feeder Rocky eats of. This makes Rocky back off and starting to eat out of the other feeder. Though, sometimes it is Rocky who keeps following Luna. He starts singing and bobbing his head, keeps following her and he clicks his beak with hersm turns around click his beak again. At this moment it looks like they like each other, but sometimes it looks like they canít stand each other. What do you guys think? Will they get along? They havenít been preening eacht other at all, but keep in mind that they have just been together for 2 weeks. Thanks in advance.
Also, since you say you have a male and a female (we can confirm that if you submit a clear pic in natural lighting), youíll need to take precautions so that they donít breed. This link goes over some ways to discourage your birds from wanting to start a family. https://www.talkbudgies.com/budgie-b...want-eggs.html
Itís perfectly normal when budgies meet each other to establish a ďpecking orderĒ or hierarchy. It does sound like they get along and will be fine together.
We have great resources here for learning about budgies. We (staff) ask all new members to become familiar with the forum and basic information by reading over the various Stickies posts and the articles in our Articles section. https://www.talkbudgies.com/general-...-stickies.html By reading over the material, youíll find answers to many common questions. If you canít find the answer, then weíre here to help.
Hi, thanks for your answer.
I actually knew that new birds should be placed apart from the other bird(s), but when I posted pictures of Luna in a group, all of the breeders told me that there is no reason to put them apart and that I had to put them next to each other right away. *sorry that was a pretty long sentence* I doubted that so I ended up having a little argument with them about why I should. It seemed to me that there wouldnít be a problem since it are experienced breeders that told me to do it, so I did it.
Yes, I knew about the hierarchy among them. They need to find out who the dominant bird is, which I guess is the so much younger bird xD
Having them breeding is actuallu not a big deal for me. I know the odds of breeding, so I honestly donít want them to be pointed out again please. Itís not a must, but if it happens I wonít stop them.
Anyway, so you think based on my story that they will do fine with each other? Like I said I havenít seen them preening each other, so I guess they donít really have a bond. How long does it usually take them to create a bond with each other?
You've been given great advice by Julie. It sounds like they are settling in well together. Quarantine is always necessary because it allows the new bird to get used to the environment before being exposed to the stress of meeting a new bird, in addition to preventing the spread of illnesses. Sometimes, the combined stress of being introduced into a new environment and trying to establish a relationship with a new bird can lead to aggression. However, since they are already together, there is nothing you can do but wait. Hopefully they continue by getting along even better!
Also, breeding is always a "big deal". Budgies are not guppies and it is dangerous to their health to have the attitude of "if it happens, it's fine". You MUST prevent breeding because you do not have the experience necessary to breed budgies right now. It requires years worth of research to ensure you're ready to bring new life into the world and can go terribly wrong if you don't.
Julie has provided the links necessary to help you learn everything you need to know about preventing breeding!
Meanwhile, you've come to the best possible place to learn more about budgies. Be sure to read through all the budgie stickies and articles we have on here to stay updated on the very best of budgie care practices! If you have any questions after reading through everything, please be sure to ask as we'd love to help!
We hope to see you and your little ones around the forums!
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These are my birds The first two pictures are Rocky, and the third one is Luna in her cocohut xD
Btw thanks for your answers and help ! Now that I know that they get along with each other thanks to you, I feel much better.
Thank you for the advice. I got a question tho: I am trying to tame Luna and when she is coming onto my hand she bites it very hard. I know they used to examine your hand by using their beak, but she bites REALLY hard, like I canít take it at some point and when she bites, she keeps biting without stopping. What is the reason she is doing this?
My budgie used to bite when very young. The method I used to cure that was to move my hand a little to make him unbalanced. He was a quick learner. Hopefully this technique can work for you. Try youtube for further, detailed instructions.
Itís been a while since my last post but here I am with the same question actually. Itís been about 2 months since my 2 budgies are together. I have 1 male and 1 female. The female is about 4 and a half months younger than the male, but she is the dominant bird in the cage xD She owns everything in the cage and the male always gets out of her way. Theyíve had a lot of moments when they were making this Ďwarning soundí to each other. Especially the male is doing this a lot, but I gotta say that this happens far less frequent than before.
Sometimes when Iím looking at them, I think that they hate each other while sometimes I think they donít. They have their moments when the male is bobbing with his head and then they get their beaks together (which I think is feeding her). Sometimes she accepts him and while theyíre busy, all of a sudden the female pecks at hem and he flies away. But he tries again hahaha. They havenít been preening eacht other at all which I really want to see. It really seems like none of them wants to get touched by each other and they have been together for 2 months. Do you still think that they will het along?
As long as the female isn't bullying the male by constantly pecking at him, chasing him away from food, etc, they will be fine in the same cage. My two behave similarly to yours, sometimes they take a while to warm up to one another