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well we have a budgie with a love bird at home we have had them for 2 years and 3 months now and just recently the budgie has started plucking all the loves birds feathers around the eyes and the neck it looks horrible i also have a budgie in a blue cage(a lot smaller) should we let a bird go or rearrange the cages the budgie plucking the love bird is a male

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Amanda, I'm a little worried by your turn of phrase "let a bird go". Not physically I hope!!! Birds bred in captivity should never just be released into the wild. That's a death sentence!!:(

 

Why not put the two budgies in the bigger cage and the love bird in the smaller??? Should solve the problem of the mix up but just moniter the feather plucker for signs of it doing it to the other budgie.

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thanks hezz but we tried that this morning and the budgie strted attacking the other budgie so we have just left the budgie and love bird together there is nothing we can do about it :(

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You can buy a spray called "Stop Pluck" (or something similar) if you're unable to separate the birds - that may help stop the budgie plucking. You can get it at pet shops, City Farmers, and other bird places :)

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or get another cage

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Lovebird's shouldn't be kept with budgies.

I know somebody whose lovebird got into the budgie cage and killed one of them.

Get another cage.

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Years ago we added a pair of lovebirds into an aviary of budgies (not knowing) and the lovebirds went for the feet and legs of the budgies. We separated them and built an aviary for the lovebirds. I sure wouldn't put lovebirds and budgies together again.

 

Maybe some new and challenging chewy type toys might interest that budgie enough to forget about chewing the other budgie when you take the lovebird out? Or some special treat like millet spray or grass seed head. Something to do with his beak other than attacking others!? He might be bored?

 

I like to change and also rearrange the cage toys regularly. The budgies seem to go on a mission to re explore everything, and find out what they can destroy or chew on the new things. I love watching them discover a thing about a toy and how they deal with it :)

 

It's like when my kids were little, i'd put some toys away for a week or two, then when they came out again they were 'newish' and had new inventions and imaginations applied to them.

 

good luck.

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I definitely cant get another cage but your idea moglet is good a few weeks ago we had like 5 toilet rolls in the cage and the budgie chewed them up in like 2 days hes a heavy chewer and there is nothing to stop him. Amy i have never heard of stop pluck but i will make my parents look around for it from the day we got the bird he was a heavy chewer i could never tame him he would just keep on chewing on my fingers. (the budgie does not have a name so i have nick named him chewy or chewer or something like that in general

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Do you know if it is a girl or a boy? Boys have blue ceres above their beaks, girls brown. I know my girls like to chew everything up much more than the boys, even when they are not breeding. Sounds like it needs to have a busy beak, so maybe lots of destroyable things. Cuttlefish, calcium bells, the toilet rolls are good too. Something to keep it's beak busy.

 

Females get really chewy when they are going into season...

 

I have a chewy dog too, so to keep her away from our undies (gross but true) I give her lots of interesting chew toys and switch them around from week to week.

 

Just had another thought... what about putting in stuff like carrots, apples and celery.My birds adore fresh food, shuts them up like nothing else! I have a metal skewer thing I got from the pet store that is designed to clip onto the cage bar, it has a screw-on safety end, and I load it up like a kebab in the morning with chunks of fresh stuff and they just love it. They spend a lot of time chomping on it and it adds a lot of extra vitamins to their diet.

 

It really sounds like a bored budgie that needs something to do with its beak other than chew on its cage mates.

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the chewer is male he has a full blue cere no purple pink or brown so its definitely male

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It's not true that budgies can't be paired with lovebirds, but I do agree it is risky and shouldn't be done. I have an aviary with 5 cockatiels, 3 lovebirds and 6 budgies. One of my lovebirds is actually so bonded to a female budgie, they try to mate. In your case, the budgie shouldn't be with the lovebird.

 

I'm not sure how helpful my post was, but I just thought i'd point out that it's possible. Oh, if anyone was wondering, 3 years; 3 years together.

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