Budgies are easygoing species of parrots however budgies do not bond due to some reasons. It is important to determine whether your budgie pair like each other or not. If you are also wondering how would you know if your budgies like each other then read on.
There are some specific signs to look for to determine if your budgies like each other or not. We are going to elaborate on aggressive and friendly budgies signs in this blog so that you can easily analyze the bonding of your budgies.
How Do I Know If My Budgies Like Each Other?
Let us elaborate in detail what are the signs of aggressive budgies in comparison to friendly budgies so you can determine easily if your birds are happy together or not.
|Aggressive Budgie Signs||Friendly Budgie Signs|
Aggressive Budgies hit the feet of another budgie which is the first sign of aggression.
Preening is a maintenance behavior of budgies that they do to maintain their feathers. They start preening their cage mates as well.
Aggressive Budgies start chasing another budgie if it comes near to them.
|Beak Touching |
Beak touching is similar to kissing in parrots. When they are bonded together they like to touch their beaks.
This is a sound of threatening the other bird and it shows they are not happy in their presence.
|Sitting Together |
They share the perch with the other budgie and sit close to each other.
Raising wings is similar to making a fist bump. This sign shows that they are not liking the other bird and can start fighting if they come near to them.
Regurgitating is a process of storing food in the crop and then share with their cage mate.
When budgies are not bonded with the other budgie then they do not share food with them therefore they start guarding their feed bowls and start fighting if other budgies come near to the food.
|Bobbing and Singing |
Budgie likes to bob their head in happiness and make happy noises. This is similar to dancing and singing to show that they are happy with their cage mate.
|Defending a Perch|
Aggressive budgie does not let the other budgie sit with them on the same perch.
|Light Pecking or Bumping |
Budgies like to peck or bump with their cage mate if they are happy with them. This is similar to the poking that we do on social media.
|Screaming and Loud Squawking|
If you notice the budgie is making different loud noises then beware that they are not feeling happy about their cage mates.
|Sharing Food |
Budgies share food If they are bonded together.
Why are My Budgies not Bonding?
We have discussed above the signs of their aggression so that bird owners will learn to differentiate between happy birds and angry birds. Let us discuss why your budgie is showing signs of aggression and not bonding with other birds.
Due to gender, If you have housed one male and two female budgies together in one cage then birds will not bond with each other instead both female budgies will fight and might end up injuring each other.
Pair should be matched in number:
If you housed budgies together then make sure that equal pair will be housed together in a big cage.
If the birds have a big age difference such as you have housed one mature budgie with a young budgie then they will not bond with each other.
Why my Budgies are not Mating?
This is a big concern for bird owners if their budgies are not mating and growing their families. If your budgies are not mating then you need to look for the important factors mentioned below,
- You have not provided them with the breeding box
- The perch size is not feasible for mating
- Your budgie is not mature enough to mate
- If the cage is overcrowded
- If you have added one more budgie with a bonded pair
You have not provided them with the breeding box
The breeding box is immensely important for budgies to mate as they look for the space where they will lay eggs.
The perch size is not feasible for mating
Budgies mate on the Perch or in the breeding box. To mate on Perch female budgie will hold the Perch hard enough to balance the male budgie who is trying to mate with her. If Perch is not strong enough or the female budgie is not able to maintain balance on the perch then the pair will not mate.
Your budgie is not mature enough to mate
If budgies pair are not mature then they will not mate. Male budgie gets mature after 6 months. Female budgies may take longer than 6 months.
If the cage is overcrowded
If you have housed more budgies in the same cage and the cage is not big then budgies will not mate as they like privacy for mating.
If you have added one more budgie with a bonded pair
If your budgie pair has bonded with each other and are ready to mate but you added other birds in the cage during that period then budgies will not mate.
How to Encourage Budgies to Breed?
Encouraging budgies to breed is not that difficult but it is important to understand the main factors in encouraging budgies to breed.
Budgies require a place to lay eggs as they will not lay eggs in a cage and leave them open and unsecured therefore they need a breeding box to lay eggs. The breeding box assures the budgie that its eggs will be safe and secure hence they start the breeding process.
Diet has a direct impact on hormones if your budgie is weak due to several deficiencies then they are not likely to mate and breed therefore your need to make sure that your budgie’s diet is good. Some of the companies manufacture good supplements for parrots.
Budgies mate in privacy. Bird owners have to provide privacy to their budgies by giving them space.
Bird owners have to provide a good environment for budgies so they can start the breeding process. Ventilation and natural sunlight near the cage can contribute to a good environment..
In this blog post, we have explained the differences between friendly and aggressive budgies. You can look for the signs mentioned above to determine if your budgies like eachother or not. You can also encourage your budgies to breed by following the methods above.
If you need more help in regard to budgies bonding then you can comment below and let us know.