About a year ago my mom found an abandoned male budgie in his cage behind her work. She brought it home. I was not home at this time, I just recently came back from studying abroad. She has knows nothing about taming birds so she decided the male budgie would get lonely so a friend gave her a female one for companionship. It looks like they are both a little over 2 years old. My mom never gave them separate cages, she put the female one in with the male which i've read is a big no no.
For about 6 months the budgies were out in my kitchen (which is noisy), which gave the budgie no quiet time. So about a month ago when I came back, I saw the budgies and decided to do some research. I've moved the cage to a more quiet room so I can start taming them.
Here's what I have accomplished within a month.
- They no longer freak out when I get near.
- I can get the male budgie (blue) to step-up onto the ladder but I still cannot with the female one (white). Still working on perching on my finger.
- I can hand feed millets and honey treats to both of them
I've read that taming two budgies at once is really hard. So I have some thoughts and questions,
- The male budgie seems really happy. He puffs up, chirps, warbles, sings along with my music, sings before naps, eats everything I give him, naps on 1 foot and occasionally he will tuck his head back. He seem's really healthy, his droppings seem fine. He is an exciting and curious young fella. I can't believe someone would just abandon this budgie!
- The female one seems a bit stressed ever since I brought the cage into a more quiet area. She's really aggressive and will sometimes chase the male budgie and peck at him. Before the transfer, both birds were really quiet. She barely eat's, barely drink water, barely plays, and barely warbles. She never puffs up, only when she is preening. Although I did catch her puffing up and singing and standing on one leg before her nap. But that only happened once =\. Her dropping is broccoli green and I read that, that it means she is ill?
- The male budgie feeds her, I see him regurgitate food (ew).
- Most of the time they get along well, I've seen them mutual preen about 3 times total within this month. They sleep together and often the male budgie will put his face against hers and chirp away. And most of the time she will peck at his face .
Now I am not sure if I should buy another cage. They have been together for quite awhile now, and I do not want to grab neither one of them because I don't want to lose their trust and what I have achieved so far. I've thought about clipping their wings but I don't want to do that either. So what should I do from here on? Should I see a vet for the female one? She seems healthy, and her vent area seems clean. Also when I hand feed, she will climb onto my hand and starts nibbling my hand and once and awhile she will bite me. I want to tame her and make her be less aggressive. I see the male one wants to play with her but she has a weird behavior.
Heres a video, all she does is walk back and forth on her perch or any other, bobbing her head back and forth also. She never makes any other sound than that shrill you hear in the video. The male one will often imitate her too and she gets mad? She will chase him and peck him. Another thing I've notice is that when I was training the male to step up on my finger, I've manage to get 1 foot onto it and then she came over and started to peck at his leg and then hop onto my hand and starts nibbling. and she does that every time he manages to get onto my hand. You can see the pacing behavior throughout the video, especially at the end.
Could it be that she misses my mom since she was the one who changed their food and water?
Thank's a lot guys! I never imagine myself coming back to a whole lot of responsibility lol.