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Hi! I'm very new here and recently added a second parakeet to our tiny flock! Our newbie (Lilo) is about 10-11 weeks old and was recently introduced to our 1.5 year old male budgie Bailey. They live in separate cages and get along pretty well when they're out, but Bailey is a little overbearing and in Lilo's face at times out of excitement. Bailey also started stepping on Lilo's tail/back soon after we introduced them. I know this is a mating behavior, which I do not want to encourage (hence the separate cages). So I have some questions/concerns as a new multi-budgie owner!

First off, do you think this mating behavior will continue, or could it just be spring time? I know Lilo can't breed yet as a baby, but Bailey doesn't seem to care and Lilo doesn't kick him off.

I'm nervous to let them be out together without supervision, but at the same time Bailey is used to being out of his cage a LOT when we're home and I don't want to upset him or stress him out. He flies to the top of Lilo's cage fairly frequently when he's out.

I know there's probably nothing I can do to stop the behavior, but will I ever be able to let them hang out together without constant supervision if I don't want babies? I feel so bad for Bailey spending so much time in his cage, and he seems down too. Am I being overprotective?

I'd love some opinions here - thank you in advance for any advice, insight, or encouragement you may have! :)
 

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Hi! :welcome: to Talk Budgies

First, may I ask if you quarantined Lily for the appropriate amount of time before moving her cage next to Bailey's?
Quarantine means housing your new bird in a different cage in a different room as far away as possible from the room where your current bird(s) are housed for a period of 30-45 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.

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Once introduced, your budgies should not be left unsupervised during out of cage time.
It is very important that you do not let your Bailey become overly aggressive with Lily nor should you allow him to mate with her.
Keeping her in her cage while he is out and/or putting her cage in a different room may be something worth considering.

I would also suggest you take a look at this thread:

When We Don't Want Eggs

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Hi! Yes, we did quarantine her for 31 days and took her for a birdy wellness check up. I have no plans to let them go unsupervised in the near future, but am just wondering if others who have experience with this find that the mating behavior persists all the time or just seasonally. Thanks!
 
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It really depends on the individual birds.
If your male is normally one that likes mating with toys, etc. then it may continue.
Is he currently in condition? You can tell if his cere is a deeper intense blue then usual.
 
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