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Hello everyone so i'm not sure if this is a serious problem. I have two budgies. Both are males. They get along extremely well. Best friends. They fly around my house everywhere together. They explore everything together. They play with toys together. They pretty much do everything together. No fights or issues at all. They also groom each other. But the only issue I have is one of my parakeets turns into a bully (Grif) when they both eat and bullies my 2nd parakeet (sarge). I have 3 food bowls for them. Plenty of food in each one. But grif always has to eat the food sarge is trying to eat. If sarge is eating from bowl 1 and grif is eating from bowl 3 on the other side of the cage he will run over there to bully him away and start eating from that bowl. And if sarge runs to bowl 3 that grif just left from grif will go back and bully him again and start eating from there now. This is the only issue ever that happens everyday. No one is ever hurt. No damage at all. Sarge does make this screech noise every time grif starts to bully him. I don't know what it means. I will try and take a video to show everyone. I have read through every single forum post on this website and can't seem to find any information on why grif turns into a bully ONLY when it comes to eating time. Any tips to teach him to stop?

Here is a little video of Grif doing what he does. This time he wasn't really aggresive but you can get a little understanding of what i'm talking about.

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Hi there and to the forums!

Even with multiple food bowls at the same height in the cage, some budgies always think the grass is greener!

From the video you posted, it doesn't seem like Sarge is too bothered; he just moves and lets Grif eat from that bowl. If this is usually how it happens, and Sarge doesn't seem affected or injured/bullied to the point where he is stressed out, then it's not as big of an issue.

However, it could potentially develop into something more aggressive, so it's important to try and discourage this by either feeding them separately (which may be difficult, given that they're so close otherwise), or trying different locations and types of feeders, which may discourage Grif from going after Sarge. For example, a feeder at a slightly lower or more secluded part of the cage may feel less desirable to Grif.

The screech noise Sarge makes is a frustrated screech, like saying "Stop it!" Surely he does get bothered by never getting to eat in peace! I hope you're able to find a solution that works or lessens his response towards Sarge; perhaps other members will have other ideas as well.

Meanwhile, it's good to hear you've been reading through the forums! If you have any other questions after reading though all the basic links, be sure to ask as we'd love to help!

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Have you heard of spray misting as a punishment? My birds completely hate spray bathes. Someone told me if I spray Grif as soon as he starts harassing Sarge about the food to spray him right away. Of course I would spray him gently with a small bottle. Just enough to get him a little wet and stop bothering Sarge. I didn't read this here but on a facebook post. What do you guys think of this technique?
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That is definitely not something you want to do. It's important to use positive reinforcement with budgies, not punishment. Additionally, it can stress and traumatize a bird if they are sprayed with water against their wishes, and can make them depressed or aggressive.

Here's a link that will explain what positive reinforcement is:
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Okay thank you!
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I moved one of the bowls way down so hopefully this will work. If not I don't know what else to do.
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They have a normal pecking order. Don't worry about them. And don't spray them.
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Hi! to Talk Budgies

Star is correct. You never "punish or discipline" budgies.
You should only ever work with them using positive reinforcement techniques.

You can add more than just two food cups to the cage.
If you have multiples - say three or four, that will give both budgies several options for places to eat.

If the behavior escalates into actual aggressiveness over time however, that will need to be addressed.

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