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Cockatiel And Budgie Housing

Can a male cockatiel and a female budgie live in the same cage?

Q: Can a male cockatiel and a female budgie live in the same cage?

Linda RubinLinda S. Rubin explains:

That depends upon several factors, such as their individual personalities, how you introduce them but most especially, diet. I recommend keeping each bird in its own separate cage at first. Then allow the birds to explore each other’s cage of their own accord, say, while out for exercise.

Or, you can introduce the birds in neutral territory, such as on an open playpen or activity center, in a large flight, or cage, where they can escape if one bird should become aggressive or territorial.

Only allow birds to share one cage if you know they truly desire to be together. Never place birds together in a cage without closely monitoring their behavior — for at least several days — or force birds to live together where one, or both, become aggressive over feed cups, water cups, perches, mates (even a mirror image), or other perceived territory.

Since your birds are different species, a problem does exist in your situation. Cockatiels eat a different diet than budgies. Although a cockatiel mix contains the same seeds as budgies, it also contains some safflower, sunflower and other high-fat seeds. Safflower contains some lipids, and a lipid by any other name is still fat and not appropriate for a budgie.

While budgies and cockatiels can be trained to eat pelleted or extruded diets, and both enjoy the same fresh, leafy greens, fruits and vegetables, it is considered risky to place a cockatiel on an all-pellet diet. Some studies suggest that, unlike other members of the parrot family, cockatiels fed a 100-percent pellet diet can possibly develop kidney damage. However, this can easily be avoided by simply adding seeds and vegetables to their menu of pellets.

If you simply must house your budgie and cockatiel together, you could offer both budgie-size pellets (which are made smaller than cockatiel size) and cockatiel-size pellets, along with a standard budgie mix and fresh produce. It is possible that your cockatiel might steal the budgie size pellets, so be sure your budgie is eating them.  (Although, keep in mind that it is usually the smaller budgie that intimidates the more gentle cockatiel and behaves more territorially over food!)

If you choose to follow this menu, you could offer your cockatiel its larger seeds separately each day, in very limited amounts due to their high-fat content. Never allow your budgie access to sunflower or safflower seeds, which are not part of its diet. Both varieties are highly fattening, and budgies are prone to developing fatty tumors and liver disease.

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I have had a cockatiel and 5 parakeets in a large cage for years and everyone is just dandy. I buy cockatiel feed and have 3 feed bowls so everyone can pick what they want.
Kelly, Duffield, VA
Posted: 9/7/2014 12:12:08 PM
I built an aviary with housing for the birds, then a dealer brought up 4 cockatiels (all males) and two pairs of budgies and they were released in the aviary. I have had no problems whatsoever with these birds they share treats/roosts/perches and if one is grumpy then there is plenty of room for it to be on its own for a while. I love my "wild/free" bird house and so do my birds. they are not tame and are not pets as such and I love looking after them.
sam, International
Posted: 12/4/2013 12:37:59 AM
yes u can put together one adult or young male budgie with a young Cockatiel female .. remember young female Cockatiel. i had these which living together sucessfully .. only one problem .. Cockatiel need more food verities to grow healthy ,and some of these foods seem to be unhealthy for budgies health, u need to separate them while feeding two times a day ...
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