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I have a pair of finches, brother and sister, less than a year old. I originally housed them together but I noticed suddenly all the feathers on top of, behind, and under the males head were missing. He certainly cannot get the feathers on top of himself. So I separated them for around a week. I put them back in together, they were fine for a few days, but now even more feathers are missing.

I've read that finches are high energy and need to exercise or they might pull feathers. I cannot afford a larger cage than the two that I have for them. My plan was to tame them a bit and hopefully move them in with my budgie who has a rather large cage all to herself. We're making progress with getting tamed, but I'm afraid the feather pulling isn't healthy for the male.

What else can I do so the feathers stop coming off? It seems the female is pulling out the male's but not the other way around. Thanks in advanced.
 
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