What should I do?

by marion

We brought 2 budgies about 3 months ago. They were very young birds when we got and we believe that they were male and female (although we cant be sure) They had their wings clipped and went straight into the same cage (they were in same cage at pet shop. The two of them got along really well. It was like they were in love. Always grooming and feeding each other. They were inseperable. They indoor birds. They only have a small cage but the top is off it and they could wander in and out as they pleased. They always explored the house together and were usually only in the cage to eat drink and at night.

Both birds were in good shape and seemed healthy. The female (?) was smaller and the male (?) would often puff himself up and kind of lord over her.He would also peck at her when she was trying to feed. The female hurt her foot a few weeks ago and kind of limped about for about a week. She was eating , drinking and behaving normally other than not being able to climb. She regained full use of her foot and was perfectly like normal again.

Both birds like i said seemed happy and healthy ( other than the foot thing) and they ate seed as well as millet spray and fresh veg.one afternoon about 5 days ago my partner heard them fighting apparently they were really going for it. He came in to see what was going on and found the female dead at the bottom of the cage. Could the male have killed her during their fight?

Now the male bird is acting strange. He is still eating and drinking and making plenty of noise. But, he cries for her the way he did when they got seperated before she died. He also hasn't left his cage that much since she died. He is semi tame and wants our attention more than he did before? Do we get him a new friend?

Thanks for reading and sorry I wrote so much.

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Nov 14, 2010
What should I do?
by: Linda

Hi and thanks for writing. First off, you have to get a much larger cage for your birds. To put two birds or more into a cage you call small is not a good idea. The manufacturer's always give the very minimum cage size for ONE bird, and people have to add 3 to 4 times and up on that size for ONE bird. When you add another bird or more, you are changing the dynamics of both birds' behavior, and fights to the death can and do occur on a regular basis.

When you bring new birds home, the first thing that needs to be done is to take them to an Avian Vet to be checked for infections or other physical problems. Infections are highly contageous, most birds have them in the pet store if not at the breeder's before going to the pet store. Find an Avian Vet and have your bird checked out before even thinking of getting another bird. Yes, he is grieving, and he may also be sick with something that will kill him and the new bird so err on the side of caution here.

Also make sure you get a cage for the new bird and a larger one for the bird you already have. Never put birds together until they get to know one another because broken necks do not result in any blood, but the other bird would have killed his cage-mate none the less.I've seen this many times with Lovebirds as well as Budgies, so it does happen frequently when birds are put into too small quarters, are already sick, or other problems are present. All birds need to have their own feed and water cups, and in this case, a cage all their own as well.

As Tracie said, your birds need to be changed over to a high quality organic pelleted diet, and Harrisons is the best and Avian Vet endorsed as well. Here is a link about how to go about the change which takes time. Also, make NO changes in diet until birds have been examined, diagnosed and treated by an Avian Vet:

Switching Birds to Pellets article

So, get another cage for new bird and a larger one for the one you still have. Take your bird to Avian Vet to see if he has any infection, and take new bird to Avian vet BEFORE bringing home if at all possible or shortly thereafter as infections are highly contageous. Keep both birds separate and be right there when they are out of cage to prevent fights and injuries.

How to tell sex of Budgies when young is the males have a light purple or lavender cere(area where nostrils are), and females have blue ceres. Once sexual maturity is reached, the males' ceres turn blue, and the females a light tan and then brown when she is ready for breeding. Do not breed birds you found together at pet stores because these may very well be brother and sister which produces physically and mentally weak birds and is called inbreeding.


Nov 12, 2010
Get him a new friend
by: Anonymous

Sorry to hear that.. I think you should get him a new friend. The only way i could tell if there was huge fight between my budgies(kept in avairy) there was blood!! If there was no blood, there wouldnt have a big enough fight for one to be killed, i believe the bird had a heart attack or something else.

Nov 09, 2010
Bird died
by: Tracie

I doubt the other bird killed it's cage mate. It is possible, but I think it is more likely that the bird that died had a seizure or something and the other bird freaked out.

The only way to know what caused the bird's death is to take the bird that died to an avian vet for a necropsy.

Birds die early of many diseases and ailments if they are not on an 80% healthy pellet diet like Harrison's organic. Seeds cause fatty liver disease and other problems because of their high fat content.

It is also dangerous for you to allow your birds to fly free in your house. If you want them to fly free, you need to have them in a closed off bird room that only has safe items for birds. If your bird takes interest in a toxic metal item and licks it, it could die. There are so many things that could hurt your birds all over your house.

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