Yesterday evening I noticed my male budgie Pippin performing an odd head bobbing behaviour, shaking his head violently and acting generally lethargic (if anyone could glean what was wrong with him that'd be great. His faeces and feeding behaviour were completely normal at the time). As it was late, the vets was closed but I planned on taking him in today the minute I got up.
However, when I got up this morning my poor blue boy had passed away over night. This has left me with my two females Spyro and Shikari. I've deep cleaned the cage thoroughly today to remove any chances of it being something related to that.
Prior to Pippin's passing, both girls got on fine. However now that he has gone, they're regularly fighting for dominance.
I really need advice on what to do. I want my birds to have the best welfare possible and was hoping that some of you who have maybe had budgies for a long time would be able to assist.
As far as I can see, I have three options:
1. Wait out the storm. Leave them together and see if their relationship improves. I've tried to encourage this with communal millet feeding and play times but no luck as of yet.
2. Buy another cage. I could buy another cage and split the girls up, getting them a prospective male each for company. I'm not worried about the cost of this, I just want my birds to be happy and comfortable.
3. Sell one on. This one truly is a last resort and one that I really don't want to take.
Thank you so much for anyone that can help me.