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Separating male and female help

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Ok so I have a pair (male & female) that have been living together for about a year now and the male has been very hormonal lately. I've caught him rubbing himself on toys which I've removed from the cage but he is also pulling at the females tail every chance he gets to the point where her tail feathers are now bent. They've gotten along great up until recently and it's making me sad to see him act this way with her. They are in a very large flight cage with more then enough toys and perches as well as 3 food dishes and multiple water dishes. Today I decided to separate them into different cages but they are trying desperately to get to one another on the side of their cages. I have the cages facing each other so they can still see each other and talk but it breaks my heart to keep them apart after having them together for so long. My question is, do I have to keep them apart permanently or can I place them back together in the same cage after a period of time? I don't know what else to do so any advice is welcome. I just want my budgies to be happy and comfy.
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Put the budgies' cages in different rooms for now. Play music in each room so they won't hear one another.
Limit their daylight to no more than 8 hours per day and limit the amount of protein in their diet.
To help with the continual urge to "mate", ensure your male budgie has access to lots of flight/climbing exercise.
Provide two or three swings to encourage him to keep moving and tire himself out.
Chew toys like Kabobs and other shredding toys are helpful and you should provide plenty of wood to chew--especially when he is in condition.
If the urges don’t dissipate, take the budgie to an Avian Vet for a check-up.
Sometimes, the vet will suggest a special diet or hormone injection to balance the natural hormones.

You may be able to house them together in the future, but it is hard to say at this point until you determine how the male reacts.

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Hello there and welcome to the forums!

You’ve been given great advice above by FaeryBee and I agree completely.

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Hope to see you around 👋🏻
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