Bonded pair fighting after 6 years
This is gonna be long, sorry. I’ve been running into some issues with my two budgies. They’ve been housed together for over 6 years now, and I’ve never had issues with serious fighting until very recently. The cage they were in when this started is smaller than the proper size for two birds, so that might have been part of the problem, but they also had kind of adjusted to it at that point, because they’d been in there for a couple months. (That was not the original plan, but it just happened… I feel guilty but there’s not much I can do now) The other day they got in quite a serious fight, ie tussling on the floor. I seperated them, and no one was seriously hurt, but I’m now in a tough spot. I have one in the small cage, and one in a large flight cage next to each other, but most of the time they try to get to each other and just sit next to the wall by each other. I attempted reintroduction, but the smaller, less dominant budgie started picking a fight and then they went at each other so I had to seperate them again. I really cannot figure this out, and I have very limited time to do so, as I’m leaving them in the care of a family member for an extended period of time soon.
Some things that possibly contributed to the fighting originally could have been cage size, limited freedom for a couple days, and the fact that it’s very hot.
Some things possibly contributing now could be the stress of moving them between cages, and they’re in a room with more people and a dog walking around.
At this point what do I do? Should I let them adjust to the new room and attempt reintroduction in a few days? Should I once again juggle them between cages and move them to a quieter room? I feel like that’s just more stress. It would require removing one budgie from the flight cage into a smaller cage, then dismantling the flight cage, moving all three cages and the birds and reassembling and putting one back in the flight cage.