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Old 10-13-2016, 01:29 AM
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Sugar and Spice usually get along. They're really closely bonded, and when I take Spice out of the cage, Sugar freaks out and doesn't stop screaming until I return Spice.
But tonight when we were getting ready for bed, they were both heading up to the perch they sleep on and Spice bit Sugar
Spice kind of pushed her and bit the back of her neck (not hard enough to hurt Sugar thankfully). After they settled down they preened each other like usual and fell asleep together on the perch.
This is the first time I've seen them not get along. Is this normal or should I be concerned? I don't want poor one-legged Sugar to be bullied but I also don't want to separate them because they're so bonded. What does everyone think?


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In my albeit limited experience, a certain amount of bickering is normal. BFF's Lilly and Calla would squabble over who got to take a bath first, or who got the swing. (And they would definitely mug each other over millet.) I have also noticed more bickering when one or both of a pair of bonded birds is stressed.
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In my albeit limited experience, a certain amount of bickering is normal. BFF's Lilly and Calla would squabble over who got to take a bath first, or who got the swing. (And they would definitely mug each other over millet.) I have also noticed more bickering when one or both of a pair of bonded birds is stressed.


I've never had a pair of birds housed together before, so I guess I learn something new every day!
It just breaks my heart seeing Sugar picked on


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Even with my bonded pair, they occasionally squabble, although usually it's just the verbals.
Once you get your new cage and they have some more perching options it might ease any tension they may have.
Just keep an eye on them as you are doing. It could just be that they are a little stressed. They haven't been with you long at all and have been through big changes in a short amount of time.
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The previous posters are correct. Even among closely bonded birds you will see a bit of "bickering".

Continue to monitor them.
As Therm said, it sounds as though everything will be fine one they have their new cage and perches.
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Thanks everyone.
The cage arrived today but its so heavy I can't move it on my own! I'll set it up tonight and hopefully they'll be much happier


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I bet they will be happier in a larger cage and lots of perches and Varity with those types of perches. I have three types of wood perches and a wood ladder and 2 JD company sanded perches to help keep the nails in good condition.. I find they change position throughout the day and then I let them out later and they are happy although it can be harder to get them back in the cage in the evening.

I would not separate them and I have found all budgie squabble a little and then get over it. Try giving them honey sticks, lettuce and millet along with a varied seed and pellet diet and they will be happier.
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Morgan, I agree. They are stressed and in a smaller cage than usual right now, so I think after a few more weeks with you and in their new cage, they will be just fine

They are precious little birds, be sure to update us when they're in their new cage!
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Thank you I'm setting up the cage today.
Should I consider adding sticks from my apple trees as perches?


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Have you owned the apple trees your whole life so you are aware they were never sprayed with pesticides? They are safe to use as long as they have never been sprayed

Be sure to scrub the branches with vinegar and bake them in the oven for a little bit, there's some more information on that in the DIY forum section

I can't wait to see the cage all set up!
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