Posted by nicholanix on Date: Sept 18th, 2011 03:18
my rosa bourkes are in an indoor avairy with a canary and a pair of zebra finches they have been living happily for over 2 years. earlier this year we lost a canary but the other birds seem to cope well with this. about 2 weeks ago i noticed a difference in my male parakeet he started to display some unusual traits making squeaking calls sitting in a particular corner a lot and chasing the female around the avairy. I thought it was his way of encouraging her to breed with him.I had noticed a lot of feathers appearing on the floor but not seeing any problems with the birds thought it was the seasonal shred they normally have in the autumn.I came home early to find the male attacking the female she had lost feathers on the top of her head top of her back but most severly most of her chest. she was shaking violently and i had to put my hand between them to remove her. She is traumatised but eating drinking and fine when not in the same room as the avairy. when ever i put the recovery cage in the front room and the male talks to her she starts to shake again.What could have caused this change in behaviour in the male? I am concerned that they are both traumatised by the experience and concerned for the safety of the birds in the avairy if he had attacked the finches or if i had not come home early i do believe it would have lead to the death of one of the birds.My partner thinks we should try and rehome the male but i would like to try other options first and try to understand the reasons behind his behaviour.
many thanks nikki.
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