Problematic budgies (budgies weigh the same as 2 Reese’s peanut butter cups – btw) Help!

Two budgies sitting on a branch and playing together
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to Kathryn

Question about Male parakeet.

Every time I put my arm in the cage he attacks it, or he flies at me when I look in the cage.

My female looks depressed like she would rather he move out. She use to be so happy. I got her first, then him a couple months after.

She would sing, and play with her toys. Now all she does is sit on the same perch, and doesn’t hardly move. He doesn’t seem to fight with her.

He just likes to attack me. Do you think I should take him to a pet shop to find him a new home? I just had him for 4 months.

I just don’t know what to do. Can female parakeets get along together. Thought I would take him to the pet store, then get another parakeet. Thank you

Hi Katheryn,

Let’s start by not putting your arm in the cage. You are invading the birds territory and he doesn’t appreciate it.

Make a point of every time you walk by the cage drop the treat in his food dish or a separate treat cup so that he begins to associate good things happening when you come by.

How many toys you have in the cage? The treason it’s important especially to new birds is that you have many toys in the cage so that the birds can have privacy areas of their own.

It is also important to have two water dishes into food dishes so one does not flock the other in such dire one of the birds out.

“Swapping” out birds is not to solve your problem because nobody can predict the behavior of the next bird. We don’t like to treat pets as “disposable”

There’s no reason your birds can’t get along other than the way you cages set up needs to be ramped up I would also introduce a millet spray – every day –  <- note daily millet  that they can share without getting too close one another as a form of socialization

this is a great millet holder 

this great communal millet holder can be found here


heres our cage set up for 4 budgies

hope that helps

best mitchr

My budgies are scared of me because I had to pick them to put them in their cage. What should I do to make them not afraid of me?

Budgies can be skittish (as many captive birds can be) until they get to know you. Start by clipping their wings so they don;t fly away when out of the cage.

Don;t try to take them out of the cage, lure them out. One of the best tools to tame budgies is millet.

Once out of the cage make sure they have their own play area where they can enjoy playtime while watching you.

Make all your interaction positive especially when putting them back in the cage.

It’s best to have lighting over the bird cage on a time for 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness to help keep their circadian rhythms synchronized


He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they would visit their monthly birdie brunch in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground. Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care. He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis. He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.