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How to stop budgie from nipping at other budgie
I got Bud on November 1, Sam on November 8, and Lemon on December 1. They've gotten along very well for the most part.
The thing is: Bud and Sam have gone from sweet and playful budgies to biting snakes.
It's more of nipping than biting, but it could escalate sooner or later.
Bud has been:
chasing Lemon across the cage
nipping at him for no apparent reason
chasing him away from the food
keeping him off of the swing
knocking Sam off of the perch
He chased him from the food bowl, up the ladder, and onto the top perch until I went over and separated them. Lemon can be sitting on the perch preening himself and Bud will make that chattering noise and bite at him for no reason. He nipped at him until he flew off of the perch. Today, I was finger knitting with some yarn I got today and I just heard that chatter noise (whatever it's called) and looked up just in time to see Bud push Sam off of the perch.
Sam is also part of the problem, surprisingly. If she's on the food bowl and Lemon comes over, she'll do the same noise thing and nip at him. I saw her start to chase him yesterday but just scared him off. If they're on the wall of the cage like today, she'll go over to him and nip at him. Today, he was sitting there preening himself and Bud was playing with the mirror. Sam went over to Lemon and just nipped for no reason.
I've NEVER caught Lemon doing anything to them but one time. I had all three of them on the desk and Bud was doing something and Lemon nipped at him, and I used the "bad bird" method and he actually hasn't done anything since then. All he ever does from what I see is sit there minding his own business, preen himself, sleep, eat (or try to) and just be a budgie. He's really sweet, quiet, and curious. When they do this, he runs off. He never does anything to defend himself.
I'm honestly a little afraid that it'll get to the point of full blown attacking and biting and Lemon or Sam will be hurt. I'm worried about Lemon because he just doesn't do anything at all. He's just one of those budgies.
Is there a method I could use to stop this? I've been using the "bad bird" method but it doesn't really work and taking Lemon out is just a temporary separation. I can't afford another cage, so that's not possible.
Last edited by Rezi; 12-15-2016 at 08:27 PM.
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