introducing another Corella

by andrea hudson

Hi, We have just got another Corella to keep the existing Corella company we hope.
Just wanting to know the signs. I have kept them apart in separate cages for the last 5 days and wondering when I should place the Corella (called Karma) in with Kevin our Corella.
I put Karma up close to Kevin's aviary and she snapped at him with her beak. Not sure if this is a sign of affection? (We thought Kevin was male and haven't given him a new name) So Kevin is a girl and Karma is a one legged male.
thank you Andrea

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Oct 11, 2012
introducing another Corella
by: Linda

You will need to keep them apart forever. You cannot breed the one-legged bird, so keep both in separate cages. The psychology here is that when a bird is injured or damaged or sick, another bird will try and hurt it up to and including killing it.

You must never let them out of cage together without being right there to referee any possible arguments or fights.I suggest you keep wings clipped--just the 4-6 long primary feathers at the ends of each wing. Have an Avian Vet do the trimming. Keep cages far enough apart so that they will go down to floor before reaching each others' cages. I cannot stress enough how dangerous this situation could be if you don't follow these guidelines. Yes, they will keep each other company and will like each other so long as you keep him safe from her. My Amazon pair really do love each other, and she just cannot help that she feels compelled to hurt him because he is damaged. This is nature of the highest order, and we cannot argue with nature.

I'm sorry the news is not better for you, and please understand that the male is not breeding stock, and the whole female will try and hurt him forever if given a chance to. They will keep each other company which was what you said you wanted. You got it with some restrictions.

I have a bonded, bred pair of Amazons. Male lost two toes to a dry pumice perch some years' ago. We had to get a cage with a divider in the middle to keep female from hurting him. When we take divider out for cleaning, she goes for him, and I have to be right there to make sure he's not hurt. This is a bonded already bred pair, so you must keep your female away from the damaged bird because she will hurt him.

In the wild, a hurt or sick bird brings predators, and the flock will decide to either drive bird out or will kill it outright to prevent predation on the entire flock. Your birds are also exotic wild birds regardless of where they were born or how they were raised. This includes hand fed babies too. Parrots are not domesticated and never will be. This same kind of behavior is also seen with so called domesticated chickens and turkeys. An injured member of the flock has to be removed or it will be killed.

Thanks for writing,

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