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Old 10-12-2016, 02:21 AM
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Question Separating budgies?

Hi everyone! So I decided to try taming my budgies and since keeping them together just wasn't working I separated them. First off I have a male, Sky and a female, Willow, the male is the oldest but we don't know his age. He's definitely older than a year but the younger one is only 4-5 months old. I've started bonding and taming the female and it's going very well. But I'm worried that this separation will depress or hurt the two. When they're kept together they do argue quite a bit, and I can not get close to them, I cannot get close to Sky either way. He's extremely timid, whereas Sky is a little more social. They're both eating, drinking and chirping happily, even though they're in separate rooms... Is doing so a bad idea? I've noticed that taming Willow is definitely going well but I don't think I'll get very far with Sky. Any tips or info someone can give me?
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Old 10-12-2016, 07:16 AM
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Welcome to the forums!

By paying attention to both your budgies' behaviours, you will be able to tell if they are coping well with the separation or not.
From your description, it seems your budgies are doing quite well while separated. They are happy, chirpy and able to lead their normal lives without a care in the world.
If they show no signs of being affected by this change and don't seem stressed or anxious, then you can continue with this separate housing arrangement.
Since you mentioned your budgies argue quite a bit, maybe they are truly better off and happier by being housed on separate cages.
Whenever there is consistent, daily bullying, where the aggressive budgie will chase the mate, keep him/her from eating well, playing with a given toy or standing on a preferred perch, immediate separation is needed. Immediate and permanent separation also applies when there is feather plucking during a fight and when blood is drawn.

Given your male's more shy and reserved personality and the fact that he is an adult budgie, it will take more time for him to open up and be more receptive to you.
Still it's possible for you to form a bond with him and this begins by building the foundations of trust with your budgie, to connect with him by using your voice and make him realize that you are not a threat to him.
This can be achieved by spending daily quality time with Sky by sitting close to his cage and talking to him in a calm, positive, encouraging and reassuring way.
With time he will start to be more receptive to your interactions, he will feel perfectly at ease around you and will even move closer to you while in the cage.
When this happens, you can start to offer him a tasty treat through the cage's bars and later on, you can place your hand inside the cage to give him the treat and encourage him to step onto your hand/finger.

By looking at both your budgies' body language, respecting the safe boundaries set by them and to proceed with the next step in training when your budgies are ready to do so, you will be well on your way to having them tamed and trusting of you.

The level of tameness can vary depending on the type of bond you have with your budgie and the budgie's overall personality.
Some budgies would at the very least only be finger tamed while others can be fully tamed.

For all the detailed information and tips on how to tame your budgies, you can check the sticky threads at the top of Taming and Bonding main page.

Good luck with Sky and Willow!
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aluz has given you the best possible advice.
If you'd like, we can make your thread into a "Training Journal" and you can track your progress with Willow and Sky.
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I think a good set-up to let them enjoy each other's company, while also being able to train them and bond easier, is to have them in separate cages sat by each other! You can train them separately, and then open both their cages and let them visit throughout the day.


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