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December 3, 2021

Parrotlet Problems


Our two parrotlets are extremely bonded, however, one is aggressive and sometimes harmful to the other. I tried two cages, and the abusee began to pull all his own feathers out. I put them in a divided cage, and the abusee made a hole and rejoined the abuser whom he loves. What to do?


Answer:

Hi Lynn,

A situation like this can be very difficult. Are these two males who are bonded? If so, what may be happening here is the more dominant male wants to breed and gets frustrated with the other male. He may be more likely to attack the other bird when you or someone else gets too close. With a bonded pair, even the same sex, the male or dominant male can get territorial and not want rivals near his “mate”. If he can’t attack his rival, he will attack his mate to drive it back away from the rival. Make sure you have at least 3 food sources in different places in the cage. This can minimize bullying. But if the one bird gets too aggressive and looks like he might injure the other bird, you should separate them, at least temporarily. You can also try having the wings trimmed on the aggressive one and leaving the other bird fully flighted. Also, don’t let them have anything that they can get inside of – no nests, bird huts or tents, boxes, etc. This can trigger hormones and aggression.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,

Brenda

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