Introducing Conures - Fighting
Hi, First, let me thank you for taking the time to read and answer these questions. It is greatly appreciated. There is a very long story, with many details, and should you like I would love to speak with you about it. This question is regarding introducing birds and fighting.
I am primarily interested in fighting. I understand that with multiple birds (4) there will be fighting, one must be top birds and the others must know that. The problem is, I can't bear to watch them fight, nor do I really know enough to know if someone will get seriously hurt. I separate them as soon as they start and they are punished with either squirts of water or small cage.
I don't get the impression that they'll stop fighting when they start. Their wings are clipped so they can't really fly away from one another. There's not much information on introducing two new birds to two old birds. They're all male. One old bird and one new bird seem to get along great. The other old bird wants to attack both new birds. The other new bird wants to attack both old birds. Are there any specific rules in introducing multiple birds:
1. Should I do it 1 to 1?
2. Should I encourage the old and new that get along? Would this make the other old bird even more jealous?
This is such a dynamic situation and there are so many variables, that we can't seem to come to an understanding of what needs to be done. Your advice would be great. Thank you.