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Birds fighting... #389374 11/16/09 05:35 AM
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Well, I hate to say that my worst fear is coming true, the birds not getting along! I separated Harper and Tennessee so that Harper would get stronger. Although Harper is getting stronger, Tennessee is almost completely normal. She is gripping with her legs, she climbs to the top of the cage, she even sits on her mirror now. I think it's awesome that she is better, but Harper will never catch up with one leg. I put Harper in the cage with Tennessee tonight and Tennessee puffed up, did the head bobbing dance while squawking. Then she was pecking at Harper's head and beak. And then she started to climb on top of Harper! I don't think that is going so well. I took Tennessee out. My boyfriend maybe thinks that they need to get used to each other again, but I don't want to do that at Harper's expense. Does anyone know whether I should separate them permanently or will Harper be ok? Do you think Tennessee could end up permanently hurting Harper? Thanks!

Re: Birds fighting... [Re: alicyn] #389381 11/16/09 06:11 AM
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Perhaps you should try to put them together in neutral territory first. Birds can be very territorial about their cages.

Good luck.

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Re: Birds fighting... [Re: alicyn] #389382 11/16/09 06:18 AM
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OK dont take this wrong please..but lets really look at this..whose comfort are we talking about..yours..or your birds..ie: are u being sentimental an thinking they need to be in same cage to be happy. I know i would and quite a few others would also im sure lol..however, when situations change each need to be considered. If it were u..how would u feel if you were HARPER and you had this lil overly attentive friend extending the limits of your patience? If it were me which it isnt and i realize this, i think we all need to sometimes not overthink things with our hearts and not our common sense. They can still socialize verbally and visually also without maybe Tennessee stressing out Harper and maybe even making whats not a ideal situation worse. If given time everyone will adjust nicely i believe. But, keep this going its going to make some very interesting reading and points to ponder in future so keep the thread going and give us all updates. Thanks

Re: Birds fighting... [Re: alicyn] #389387 11/16/09 02:14 PM
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I don't know your birds' history, however your statement,

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I put Harper in the cage with Tennessee tonight and Tennessee puffed up, did the head bobbing dance while squawking. Then she was pecking at Harper's head and beak. And then she started to climb on top of Harper!


makes me think perhaps this is their way of bonding/mating? Budgies head bob when they are excited and they get on top of each other when they want to mate. They sometimes dance to attract a mate, and squawk for multiple reasons. They peck at heads and beaks to preen, feed each other, and bond. Unless they are pulling out each other's feathers or fighting more than little squabbles here and there, they are probably doing what birds do and behaving normally.

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very good point ...just as u said watch for any feather pulling. Maybe they liiiiiike each other giggle

Re: Birds fighting... [Re: illusive Fantasy] #389427 11/17/09 02:49 AM
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You have a crippled bird, there is no nice way to say that. Birds are not politically correct. If a flock member is hurt or sick the rest of the flock will pick at it and hurt or kill it.

Right now Lisa is having to keep Pinto separated from keets he has been with for years because he is sick, they sence it and started picking on him.

The truth of the matter is that you will probably have to keep them separated especially since Tennessee is a girl.

They can enjoy each other from afar. Possibly try some suppervised play time on nutral territory to see how it is going.

Re: Birds fighting... [Re: BLR] #389428 11/17/09 03:31 AM
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I think you need to go with your instincts. If you try them in neutral places, and you feel they aren't getting along, and aren't improving towards each other, then you could leave them in separate cages. However, birds have to get to know new owners and new environments, and in a small flock, they have to get used to the new keet.

My keets eat at each other and squawk at each other pretty often, however, that's how they bond and play with each other. They also clean each others face. Which out of the corner of my eye looks like they're trying to each the other guys eyes. So really, your instincts are gonna be your best bet.

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I think it is very important to keep in mind that Harper is crippled.

Re: Birds fighting... [Re: BLR] #389464 11/17/09 11:58 PM
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Thank you so much for the discussion. It has given me a lot to think about and try. My main concern is that Harper had a deep wound on her beak that was from another bird most likely and I think that led up to her being so weak. That is why I'm kind of leary just letting them duke it out until they are comfortable with each other. I will try on neutral territory and go from there. Thanks again!


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