Hi! I'm new to this website and chose to sign up as my last option. It's kind of a long story so I will start from the beginning...
My boyfriends parent's had three birds, one Cockatiel (Obi) and two budgies Citron (Female) and Loki (Male). The three birds were housed together in a HUGE cage but Citron seemed to boss the other budgie and the Cockatiel around. The other budgie, Loki, is handicapped. One of his feet got damaged (we aren't sure how) and he has trouble getting around and landing. One day my boyfriends parents saved a gold finch and brought it into their house and Citron went nuts and started acting even more aggressive than before, she actually bit the baby finch. They tried housing the birds separately but ultimately decided to get rid of Citron. This is how me and my boyfriend ended up with her. My boyfriend has tons of experience with birds...He raised a pigeon, two cockatiel's, a greckel, starlings, and a couple others that I can't think of... I haven't had that much experience, but I love ALL animals and have recently developed a strong bond with birds especially. Citron has always been really feisty ever since we got her... she likes to be on her own for the most part, and chirps and chirps to no avail. We try sitting with her for hours, she is well fed, we have taken her to the vet (she is in perfect shape) has tons of toys and a large cage, she gets lots of attention, praise & millet.
About a week ago we got a call from my boyfriends mom saying that they wanted to get rid of Loki and Obi (the cockatiel & budgie) so we thought we would give it a try. Both Obi and Loki have a huge cage that we put them in separate from Citron. Citron is VERY VERY aggressive. Obi and Loki are the sweetest birds on the planet... all Obi wants is to get kisses and sit on me all day and take naps. They are both very vocal but not loud like Citron. It feels like we have tried EVERYTHING! We have tried having them all out at once and immediately Citron will attack the cockatiel (gets way too close tries landing on Obi's tail) and eventually attacks the handicapped budgie. They are both very frightened of Citron. We have tried giving all the birds millet when they are together to try and encourage good behavior. We try putting Loki in one cage and Obi in the other and leave Citron out and vice versa with all the birds so they get extra special attention. We have tried every combination, Citron with Loki and Obi locked up, Citron locked up and Loki locked up while Obi is out for a while ect. ect. Citron just gets out of control in her own cage and flaps around and rings all her toys constantly. We let the birds out almost all day, even at night time I will leave one of them out... we hate the thought of having them locked up all the time like they used to be. We are at the end of our rope. Like i said, we have two cages... I've gotten mirrors for all the birds, they have THREE separate places to eat & drink, they have PLENTY of toys ( a basketball hoop, a cocoanut hut, 2 hanging beds, tons of bells and chew toys, 2 bridges and FIVE perches...)
Today we had to put Citron in the other room because she has chased Obi around now CONSTANTLY (Obi ran into a wall and bruised his beak). I have to sleep in the living room with them every night to make sure nothing goes wrong and in the past week I have been out of bed 4 times in the middle of the night to calm them down. She strikes at Loki (the handicapped budgie) and bullies him around and we are afraid she will hurt him even worse.
I feel so bad not being able to please all of them and the LAST thing I was to do is to bring Citron to the humane society or give her up. Just today we put her in our bedroom but the birds now all wont stop chirping. Like I said, I'm new to this so sorry if any of this sounds amateur, I just want whats best for our birds! If anyone could give me advice it would be MUCH appreciated! Either respond on here or feel free to email me ( [email protected]
) Thanks so much!