An unhealthy bond
Hi there I recently came across your article that triggered me a bit in regard to my situation. I have a mother and a daughter bird that I’ve inherited with a very unhealthy Bond. They think their partners obviously and their bond is so unhealthy that the daughter bird shits watery stool and paces back and forth without the other. Their bond is so unhealthy that when the mother wants to hang out with me – the human in the kitchen the other bird aggressively follows her and gets in her face to the point where the mother has to shoo her away herself…. To add to that the mother’s head is picked because the daughter pulls her feathers out when caressing her.. and to add even more harm the mother recently had a very difficult prolapse that I had to heal for about a month.. we had to take her to a vet and get surgery… After which I had to keep putting the prolapse back in myself for about a week and the mother has gone through tremendous amount of stress I wasn’t sure if she was going to survive this. This point on it is my belief as well as the veterinarian who treated her that the two should be separated due to their unhealthy Bond. So I’ve done so about a couple of months ago and the daughter bird immediately started crapping watery stool all she does is eat and eat and eat and loses her feathers as well. The mother however is fine she’s just very tired and a bit depressed from the change obviously and from what happened to her. It’s so unhealthy that the daughter bird doesn’t even play with toys or forage or chew on anything she just paces back and forth waiting for her mommy eats and drinks water and that’s it. Right now it is a bit better I am keeping them separate but within each other’s sight but still as soon as I let them out – the daughter follows the mother and gets anxious if she’s not in the same room with her. Whoever there was also good news because she is gaining slowly Independence and she’s no longer screaming for her when I take the mother in another room. There were a couple of times where she didn’t even notice and kept to herself so that is a healthy development. I know when you blog you said it it’s cruel to separate the birds but I don’t believe that it applies to everyone. One doesn’t have to be a veterinarian or avian specialist to understand that sometimes the bond is very unhealthy and if I hadn’t separated them the mother bird would have died. Because she is not allowed to keep laying eggs she’s 18 years old. If you have any other suggestions on how to calm the daughter bird down..let me know. I’m looking into holistic stress reduction herbs for her such as chamomile and others.