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Old 05-22-2015, 07:37 AM
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I had to make a very difficult decision this morning

I came downstairs to a horror scene - blood all over the walls and cage. Lister had both his wings covered in blood. Scotty had his entire head covered in blood and feathers missing.The culprits were the two females.

I called the vet up to make a emergency appointment and as I was treating scotty and listers wounds the females then attacked rambow (the remaining male budgie). It was clear that the females had to be separated from the males immediately. When I caught them to put into travel boxes they savaged my hands too.

I called my sister who works at the local aviary and she came within the hour and took the females to her work. They will be in the quarantine room now and once that time has passed will be put into the big walk in flight aviary (its over 30ft long).I had to make this quick decision. I had no room for a second cage for the females and had three injured males that needed attending to.

I know I am going to get a lot of negative comments about this but please understand I love all my budgies like my children. This was such a hard choice for me to make. I can still visit them as much as I like. They have a fantastic new home. The females were always very grumpy but all the budgies got along quite well together.

My three boys have been cleaned and treated and are now resting. They will be under supervision for the next 24 hours.

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Old 05-22-2015, 07:55 AM
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Sounds to me like you made a very sensible (though surely hard) decision there. I'm sure you did exactly what is best for the birds, and can't imagine anyone giving you "negative comments" on that! The situation very clearly wasn't safe for the boys anymore, and you took the measures you could to make them safe again.

I'm hoping your three boys haven't taken any lasting damage from the sudden attack!
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Old 05-22-2015, 08:06 AM
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Rambows wounds were very minimal. He hyperventilated for a long time afterwards and took the longest to calm

Lister is missing a lot of feathers on his right wing.no breakages thankfully. He was covered in blood so looked a lot worse then he was when I found him.I really thought he had broken something

Scotty had a piece above his cere ripped off and feathers pulled from the front of his face. He is also missing a few feathers on his wings but its not noticeable like Listers is.

They have all eaten , drank and had a nap. Dropping are all normal.

I have cancelled all my plans and appointments today so I can watch them
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Old 05-22-2015, 08:16 AM
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I'm very sorry you had to witness such a terrible thing, it seems both your girls momentarily lost their tempers, to be attacking so savagely and so out of the blue. This is also why I never put more than 2 birds per cage and never have 2 females sharing a cage.
Unfortunately, as non-rational animals, budgies can also have moments when something triggers in their brains and they full out go on attack mode.

I'm wishing your three boys a fast a full recovery.
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Old 05-22-2015, 08:26 AM
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Thank you both. rather shook me up to see that much blood. Had to clean all the walls and floor because it was just everywhere.

Thankfully because I had a first aid kit I could give emergency treatment whilst waiting for the vet. its a lifesaver to have those things on hand in situations like this.
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Oh My, poor little guys and you...that would have been so scary for all of you...I feel you have made the correct decision...hope your two girls have a happy life and your three boys recover well, from the altercation.
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Old 05-22-2015, 11:44 AM
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Poor you and poor boys. At least you were able to act swiftly. I hope your boys will make a good recovery and settle back together well.
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Lucky you have the resources to rehome the mean girls without delay.
Thinking on your feet!

I don't think anybody can find fault in your actions. Sometimes the not so nice thing has to be done.

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You absolutely did the right thing. I know how upsetting it is to rehome birds, not to mention seeing some of your community put up with physical torment. I have always believed that the health and harmony of the cage is the highest priority, and like humans, sometimes no matter what you do you cannot change aggressive birds' behaviour. Of course you will feel guilty (I know I have) but you had no option. At least going to an aviary the hens will be cared for, and likely as not will have no option but to settle and adapt to a new pecking order where I'm sure there will be tougher birds than them. In a large aviary that is more like the natural way of things.

I wish your boys a speedy recovery.
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Shammy,I hope your boys feel better soon!
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