Why does the other bird do this?
Hello, how are you going? I live in Australia and one of the pigeons who comes to our backyard every day only has one leg. And even that one leg that he has has half the toes on it missing. But he sure is happy! He has his main headquarters up on the window sill outside and he sunbakes all day. Twice a day I feed all the pigeons who visit our backyard every day and he flies down and eats out of my hand. I bought him a special low bowl so he can drink his water out of that, while the other birds have a bigger bowl right next to his. He knows that is hos bowl and he loves it. He flies very well and strongly, and every evening he flies off home with all the other birds.
I first met him when he had string wrapped around his legs and cutting into them and his leg was black and almost fallen off and then his leg fell off, poor thing. I saw him in the yard and I tried to get him to help him but he wouldnt let me he kept flying away. I couldn't even catch him to take him to an avian vet. But after a while I think that even he could see that I had to help him, and so then he let me. I very carefully unwrapped the string that was left on his legs, and every day I made a gentle mix of pure lavender oil as it is antiseptic, and warm water and I bathed both his legs in it. Pretty soon, his legs were healed and now is is healthy and cheeky and he even runs around the yard all day on his little stumpy thing. He is so cute!
He knows he is special and none of the other birds pick on him because if they do they get a small smack on the bum and then they stop it. So that was about 5 years ago that I put that antiseptic on his legs and he has been here and healthy ever since and he loves his food and his water and he loves playing and pecking around and having a bath just like the other birds. In fact you cant even tell that he is disabled unless you saw that he only has one leg.
So, my probelm is that my lovely bird has just found a new boyfriend (or a girlfriend, as I don't know what sex mine is, I just call him he but I really don't know) The other bird has one toe missing so they must have struck up a converstion over that! Anyway, they sit together in the windowsill together all day now sunbaking together very happily and I see them cuddling up and preening each other. The probelm is that sometimes I see the other bird chasing my one legged bird and biting it. He does it a few times a week and it really upstes me. My bird will try to run off on his stumpy stump and he limps off and the other bird chases him and bites him hard. I alway smack the other bird and get my bird and put him on my lap to eat out of my hand. But then the next day I will see them both in the window sill together, cuddling up. I am so confused.
What is going on do you think, and what should I do? I felt sorry for the other bird because he looked at me sadly when I smacked him. I only smacked him lightly to let him know it was wrong but he looked sad and then I said sorry to him.
Thanks heaps for your time, I do appreciate it a lot :-)
Kind Regards from Christina :-)