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Issues With My Two Budgies

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Hi there, this is my first post but I've been reading for weeks!

 

I've got two male budgies, Edward & Buddy who I got at the same time from the same place. Both birds do the step up command and are not afraid of me or my hand in any way. The issue lies with Buddy not tolerating Edward! Edward attempts to preen, kiss and feed little Buddy however he is always met with a peck in return. It hasn't turned nasty (yet) but Buddy simply wants nothing to do with Edward.

 

My two questions are:

 

1. What can I do to help them bond to one another?

2. Should I introduce a third budgie for poor Edward who is desperate for a mate? I have a 80cm flight cage that is for nighttime use. They also have twice daily cage free time (though Edward always comes out, Buddy stays in). They both also love getting into their outside cage that sits on my balcony on nice days for fresh air! When Buddy is away from Edward, he will sing and play with his toys, but never when Edward is around. Edward plays ALL day.

 

Any help appreciated! I am feeling very sorry for Edward.

:P

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Post pictures when you can. Buddy sounds like its a female.

 

 

If you want tame budgies you wont have them tame for long as you have more than one. Any more than one is a flock and they will prefer each others company rather than yours. Adding yet another will make it ten times worse if you want tame budgies.

 

 

PS any cage outside must always be under your supervision. Never a cage outside alone. Too many tragedies occur when budgies are outside in cages alone.

Edited by KAZ

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Thanks for the quick response. I'll upload photos shortly. It would be just my luck if Buddy was female! Funny that I was told they were both 100% male! I should have mentioned that their outside time is on my balcony that is fully enclosed and I am usually with them at the same time so all good in that regard. Photos coming soon.Okay, here they are:

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Hope these are clear enough. Edward is the one who is attempting to preen, kiss and snuggle with Buddy. Buddy is avoiding Edward and nipping at him.

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Hi Tooty

 

Edward is male :D

 

 

 

Buddy is FEMALE :D

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Ohhh no! Poor Edward! No wonder Buddy isn't interested. It's funny how Buddy (need to re-name!!) enjoys being with me but wont tolerate him. She has never bitten me and always flies to me when I am in the room.

 

I'm unsure what to do now since Edward is keen for a fellow budgie friend. Will introducing a third bird (male) throw the dynamics off in any way?

 

I feel so sorry for Edward now!

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Do not introduce a 3rd bird - it never works out with uneven numbers.

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You dont need a third bird right now. Another female will be double the trouble for Edward, and another male means they may fight over the female. Leave it as it is.

Females are notorious for wanting ALL THE PERCH SPACE and ALL THE FOOD and ALL THE EVERYTHING IN A CAGE :D

 

Just make sure the cage is large and lots of places to fly in there and be and perch and eat and drink. Sharing is not what female budgies like to do.

Make sure the cage is huge and lots of eating and drinking places and lots of good perching spots.

 

 

In case you were wondering why Buddy is female when the cere has blue ? Any blue with white is female. Buddys cere has white on it, so female.

 

 

PS they are only babies too :D

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Thanks so much for your responses! I wont get another budgie and will happily leave things as they are.

 

They have a big cage, though Edward follows her around the whole time while she tries to escape him. I'll put another food and water dish inside just in case they need it.

 

I'll be popping back into the pet shop next week as well. The lady who sold me the budgies was adamant they were male so perhaps she needs to freshen up her budgie sexing skills! I never ever buy from pet shops, but these two were in a clean cage looking perky and healthy and I couldn't resist. :D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You dont need a third bird right now. Another female will be double the trouble for Edward, and another male means they may fight over the female. Leave it as it is.

Females are notorious for wanting ALL THE PERCH SPACE and ALL THE FOOD and ALL THE EVERYTHING IN A CAGE :D

 

Just make sure the cage is large and lots of places to fly in there and be and perch and eat and drink. Sharing is not what female budgies like to do.

Make sure the cage is huge and lots of eating and drinking places and lots of good perching spots.

 

 

In case you were wondering why Buddy is female when the cere has blue ? Any blue with white is female. Buddys cere has white on it, so female.

 

 

PS they are only babies too :D

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Pet shop staff notoriously get sexing wrong. Most people assume any blue on a budgies cere means male BUT if the blue is with white its female.

 

 

These are females :D

 

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AFTER

 

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