Introducing new Red Rump when mate has died

by Lisa
(Canada)

I had a pair of Red Rump parakeets, the male died and I would like to introduce a new male to my girl. All of these birds are "older" (age unknown but at least 5-7+ years old), and my original pair never displayed any "affection" (feeding, preening) towards each other. I brought home the new male and instantly they sang & danced to each other. How long should I wait to introduce them, I am not quarantining them (don't yell at me). Neither are tame, and both are rescues. Is their sideways shuffle dance "affectionate" or "defensive"?

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Nov 21, 2011
Introducing new Red Rump when mate has died
by: Linda

First of all and most importantly, both birds have to be examined by an Avian Vet for infections or other physical issues. Since you just had a bird die, this should have been done with the female already. If you did not, then both birds have to be examined. Also females' cage has to be thoroughly cleaned with a bird safe cleaner like Focus found here. Do not use bleach as this damages cage and can leave a highly toxic residue which will poison birds. Bleach is also toxic for humans in that it can damage throat and lung tissue. Use a bird safe cleaner all over your home as it will clean as good as bleach and kills as many microbes as bleach does too.

Once birds have been examined by Avian Vet, keep them in separate cages for a while until they get to know each other. It's very dangerous to put strange birds together in a cage because if one decides to become aggressive, there is NO place to go to get away from the abuse.

Linda

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