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Old 03-16-2017, 08:12 PM
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Hello! This is my first time posting in the forum so I hope I'm doing it right

I have a flock of three budgies, two males and one female. They've been living peacefully together for more than three years but recently one of the males seems to have been excluded by the others. Whenever he tries to sit next to them, the second male gets annoyed and shoos him away, and the female (who used to be his mate just a year ago!) mostly ignores him. As a result, he seems to become increasingly lonely no matter how much attention I pay him

It hurts to see my little sunshine sad, but I'm not quite sure how to proceed to make him happy. A few days ago I tried separating him from the others but that made him even sadder... should I give it more time? Or should I adopt a new friend for them so that (once quarantine time is over) he won't be the "third wheel"?

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Old 03-16-2017, 10:28 PM
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Hi Kajsa and to the forums!

Unfortunately, this can often happen, especially when the three budgies are of different genders.

Separating him would be the best thing for right now, even though he seems sadder. Once he realizes that he has his own space and you spend lots of time with him, he should perk up. This will take more than a few days; at first he probably will seem very forlorn and depressed. However, include him in as many activities as you can (i.e sit by him to do work, move his cage to where you watch TV, etc.) and he should feel better soon.

If after a few weeks, he still is depressed (i.e not moving, chirping, etc.), then getting him a male buddy would be the best idea so that after quarantine you can introduce them and he can feel included again

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Hi Kajsa to the forums!
I hope you can find a nice budgie-buddy for him, I agree with Star that you should separate them.
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Sounds like this male bird is no longer with the female, that her and her new mate, aka, the other male in the cage are ignoring this bird. Sure, he would feel bad the way he is being treated now, that is normal. If you got a new bird for him. they may or may nor click. However, that would probably be at least a chance for him. Right now, he is miserable with the other 2 birds in his cage. Another good idea, is for you to be more friendly to him now and spend more time with him. You are a human, but also his friend.
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I would recommend separating the "excluded" male into a cage of his own. Spend as much time with him as possible.
I would also suggest you consider getting him a male friend to be his buddy once the quarantine period for the new bird is over as it will make him much happier to have a friend of his own.

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Thanks for asking this question! I have a similar situation....2 males and one female. One male was being aggressive and they're now getting along better but I definitely feel like a 4th will be needed soon, as the more passive male is beginning to get excluded a bit.

I was wondering if it had to be a female companion or if another male would be ok. Glad to see the recommendation that another male buddy would good for him!
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