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I have a budgie I've had for about 3 months. I'm guessing the budgie is 8 months old approx?

I recently introduced into the cage (which is a big enough cage for 2 budgies) a young new budgie, a very sweet/playful female.

85% of the time they get along fine. The other 15% is due to the younger (A) female trying to just hang out with the older (B)male. Let's use the letters to identify which bird for this illustration:

B is perched on a twig, and A will chirp around and hop/fly to the same twig and just hang out there "talking". If A(young new female) get's too close or tries to preen B (original bird) then B will take one quick/little peck at A. He seems to rarely land the peck, although its enough to pause the movement of A. It's kind of a body language from B to A that "hey I don't want you preening me". And so budgie A will kind of just sit there slightly tilted away from B, and they just sit. Sometimes A will try again after a minute to preen or "snuggle"? A, and it results in another "peck" and then A leaves the perch and resumes playing. Like nothing happened. B does not follow, but just stays on the perch.

I have 3 food trays, 2 water feeders, etc etc. I've read all the stuff of setting up the cage.

My big question is if this behavior is normal? They seem to get along fairly well, at least civil to each other and sometimes playing together with the same toy. (they don't preen each other but even sometimes eat out of the same food dish without a problem).

I suppose at times they will have to communicate through a slight peck? I just feel bad for the young sweet playful bird getting "shoo'd" away but my older slightly cranky bird? PS- the original bird I had, the male, has never been very playful...even before the new bird. Kind of just sits and hangs out and eats. I've always assumed it's just his personality.

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Hi.

it doesn't sound like your birds are having a lot of problems just your first bird would rather have it's own space and the newer bird is a bit more social. As they aren't having any major issues, with time, they will likely learn more toleration of the other. It seems like neither is very pushy.

If you didn't observe quarantine before introducing your new bid, you should have done that first, to safe guard any transmission of illness from your new bird to your old bird.
Quarantine? Is it really THAT important?

Also, if you just bought your new budgie home and put her straight in the cage with the male, this can also cause trouble. The budgies should be introduced in neutral territory (outside of the cage, if possible) and the cage where the male lived should have been rearranged before introducing the new female. This helps the older budgie from feeling too protective over what he considers 'his' space.

Depending on how long they've been together, you should consider removing the female for quarantine still.
Try to offer several perches and swings at the same height so that your male doesn't feel too pushed out, though to me it seems like the younger budgie is just looking for companionship from the older budgie and he doesn't always want it, but as long as he just hops away and that's it, there's nothing to be concerned about.
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Thanks, great advice.

I'm figuring out that things tend to get chippy toward budgie bedtime. Last night I put them in separate cages for sleeping, moving bird "B"'s favorite swing perch into the other cage along with him. 12 hours of sleeping for the little guys and no bickering or chirping. I think they were tired out.

They seem MUCH happier this AM and bird B flew right to bird A cage in the AM and hopped right in.

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Sounds like a good solution to the problem.

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