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Introducing Lola & Pepe

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Hello all. My name is Erika and I'm the proud parent of Lola & Pepe. My partner and I adopted Lola & Pepe about 2.5 months ago from a colleague who was moving and needed to give her budgies a new home. I am joining this community because I'd like to learn more about budgie behavior, how to care for them properly, and most importantly how to keep them happy and entertained. This is our 2nd pair of budgies and they are wayyyyyy different than our first pair.

We adopted our first pair of budgies back in 2013 from a neighbor who had advanced alzheimer's and was no longer able to care for them. Wilhelm & Dende were a nervous pair, we are certain they were both males, and they never allowed us to get near them. They never flew out of their cage no matter how often we tried. Wilhelm passed away in the Summer of 2021 and Dende passed a few weeks later, as expected. We have no idea how old they were but they lived with us for approximately 8 years.

Lola & Pepe are extremely active compared to our Wilhem & Dende. According to their former owner, Pepe is about 2 years old and Lola is a little over 1 year old. They love flying out of their cage and exploring parts of our home.

Pepe does not mind perching on my finger as long as I let him out of the cage. He sometimes lets me rub his belly. He only perches on my finger when he is in the cage or if he gets lost somewhere in my apartment and wants help finding the cage.

Lola is very curious. She is always flying out of the cage, exploring different areas of the room where the cage is, and every day she finds a new nook to explore. But she does not want to go near my hand.

Hoping for some advice on training, gaining their trust, and hopefully getting these 2 to mate so I can have grand-babies :love:

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Are you sure Pepe is a male, in your picture we cannot see his face to determine the gender. Please don't even think about breeding now, breeding is a serious undertaking and there is much to learn and consider, many times people do not realize what they are getting involved in and things end up going wrong and they have no idea what to do nor the funds to accomplish it, please take a look at this Before You Ever Consider Breeding Your Budgies
Oh wow! Thank you for the information. I will take a look at this. As for Pepe, I'm pretty sure based on what I've read about beak color. I hope this is a clearer picture of Pepe (Blue). [picture of them exploring outside their cage]
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Please remove the nest box from the cage immediately.
You need to do everything necessary to discourage breeding.
Rearranging their cage frequently will help tremendously.
Please be sure you never put a nest box or anything that could be used as a nesting site in their cage.
When they come into condition, you need to limit the light they get to 8 hours a day and limit the amount of protein in their diet.

When you have mixed genders, it is very important to do everything necessary to prevent breeding.
Budgies are much healthier and happier when they are never bred.

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It is not recommended to have mirrors in your birds' cage as interacting with the mirror can contribute to your budgies becoming aggressive and/or territorial.
Additionally, some budgies will begin regurgitating to the mirror to the point where they actually become malnourished.
You would be better off to give them shredding toys instead.

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I recommend you remove the wooden dowel perches in the cage and replace them with natural wooden perches of varying diameters to help prevent pressure sores.
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Yes Pepe is a male, please remove that nest box immediately, you have a lot to learn before even considering breeding. It is best to concentrate on bonding and training them now, take a look at the articles here about training Taming and Bonding

thank you for the advice!
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