So. I''m sure you guys are kind of tired of me saying this but i'm just really busy. I'm updating my website and working on other stuff.
I want to keep it short. Kiwi's feathers are all growing in. After two days of a thread I made, her pin feathers started showing up. They're mostly out.
Edward is now in the cage with the others. He's doing well. EATING A LOT. LIKE... A LOT. He eats everything. He even eats dandelion flowers. Who knew he would love fresh veggies and fruits to this extent. He also LOVES playing with his toys. Snowy is the only one taking her time getting to know him. Limon is the most comfortable with him but today he was "kissing" with kiwi. I don't want to really make assumptions on how the flock dynamic will change. Time will tell.
Edward gets picked on by Kiwi but it now has gotten better. I think Kiwi gets a bit intimidated by his size. They never fight for food. They share but I also make sure everyone has their own bowl. I would enter the room and I never knew why Edward would be at the bottom of the cage. He has done it multiple times. He would just stay there. He wasn't sick. I had a gut feeling that it might be Kiwi. I just knew. Everyone probably knows their bird and their personality. I just knew... I put Edward back in the middle section of the cage. Kiwi was on a perch above him. Kiwi looked at me and nothing. She just gave me a innocent look. I sat in the room for 30 minutes and observed their behaviour too see if I can see anything. Nothing. So I decided to sneak behind them. They are close to the door side so I sneaked and watched. Just after 10 seconds of leaving the room, Kiwi goes from the top perch and pulls his tail feather. She doesn't attack him but she bites his tail. Most of the time gets scared and jumps to the bottom of the cage and sits there. I almost cried to be honest. I felt just so bad. I think that was the first time I regretted having them downstairs. I would've been able to catch this WAY sooner if they were upstairs...
After figuring this out I spend more time with them. Kiwi does not do it anymore. Occasionally she gets frustrated with him but now he is fine. She doesn't push him down the cage. Only sometimes she pulls his tail and that's because they don't like sharing millet. I avoid that now by putting two sticks of millet in their cage. I think everyone trains their bird differently but whenever she was acting up I would just say "No Kiwi. Thats not nice" I guess she understood. Kiwi doesn't mind Edward playing with toys and eating food. She never got aggressive toward toys and food. This is why I think she just might be trying to protect her area and maybe displaying her dominance. But luckily i've not seen any signs of it for the past two weeks. I also make sure I spend more time with Kiwi. I kept playing with Edward and kissing him and stuff. Kiwi I think felt left out. She is very tame compared to Limon and Snowy. She loves spending time with me and going upstairs.
I take both Edward and Kiwi upstairs and allow them to bond. I also play with Kiwi alone for an hour or two upstairs so she doesn't feel left out. I also like doing this because it makes her get some of her energy out. I'm keeping a close eye on them just to make sure I don't see any signs of bullying and luckily things got better. Edward does seem to be a bit lonely though... I sometimes feel that he gets left out. It kinda makes me sad to be honest... I hope he fits in well. He has the kindest soul. He is so willing to play with them. He follows them and stuff. Edward was clipped. He wasn't clipped badly. They clipped him properly but he has a bit of a hard time flying. because he has a larger body. He is going through his juvenile molt. I've seen his clipped feathers fall when doing cage cleanings. Hopefully new ones come in. This will allow him to be more confident in flying with my other three.
Kiwi also grew her feathers on her cere. I would say 90% of her feather is grown. We still have two tiny random spots that need to grow in a bit.
Kinda long but thats all for this month. I would love to hear how you guys deal with a alpha female being slightly dominant.