Agressive bird and breeding problems!
Hello, I currently own 2 birds, one male and one female, both 3 years old. I have 2 questions;
1. They recently started mating about 6 months ago and layed their first clutch of eggs at that time but none of the eggs had hatched. I removed the eggs about 2 weeks after their estimated hatch date and cracked them to check, one of the eggs had a dead baby bird inside that was not fully formed, so this means that the eggs were fertile. They have been constantly mating since then and are currently on their third clutch of eggs this year with not a single egg hatching, the female sits on some eggs but not others and often comes out of the nesting box for long periods of time. So, what can I do to help the eggs hatch? and why are they breeding so often?
2. My male bird has recently become EXTREMELY aggressive towards both me and his mate. He has been like this since the second clutch of eggs have been layed and I understand that he can be protective, hence the aggression towards myself. But I am very concerned about my female bird. At random times my male bird will run up to her and start physically attacking her, biting her head, slamming his beak on her, to the point where we either have to remove her from the cage and lock him in or vice versa to keep him from attacking her. He has done this both while she has been on the eggs and when she is on top of the cage. Whenever I get close he starts to hiss at me and runs out of the cage, climbing to get as close to me as possible just to bite me. I try to talk calmly to him to calm him down but nothing works, he had never been an extremely tame bird but he has never been this bad. When he finally begins to calm, I try to stick my finger out for him to come to me, but instead of jumping on, he violently starts biting me to the point of excruciating pain, and he won’t let go either. I know that being violent to your bird is bad for them but I have to physically smack him off of my hand just to get him to stop, he does not seem to realise that attacking me is the wrong thing as whenever I show discipline he just attacks more, his bites have even made me bleed. So, why could he be this aggressive towards me and his mate? and what can I do to do to improve it?
Thank you for your time.