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Death, The Biatch Mother And Self Culling

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What a cruel few weeks it has been.

 

Losing Thor was tough, losing Norm was a killer, and having Kim get bitten and losing a toe was not good. One thing I did not mention however was who bit off Kim's toe - her mother Sebby. Seems that Sebby is real Biatch.

 

If you remember I dropped off some birds at Deb's, and there I saw what I thought was a great idea. PVC piping, drilled holes, tied to the side of the aviary, capped, water in the bottom, grevilleas inserted. Grevilleas kept fresh whilst the birds ate them over a few days. Everything seemed fine.

 

Went out to the avairy yesterday when i got home and saw that Sebby had blood on her. I thought she must have been in a fight. I looked around and could see no other birds with blood. She was going to be fine and I thought she must have been the loser of the fight.

 

Then this morning, when i was looking in the avary again for a bloodied winner/loser of Sebby's fight, I saw something terrible. There was a PVC pipe, with a tail sticking up. I went in and removed the pipe, and all the other ones.

 

I looked around the aviary and worked out who i thought it was, dead in the pipe. I saw where the blood was from, Sebby had bitten him. It was Romeo Jr, her own son who was squashed in the pipe.

 

I went over to a bin and removed him. Not pretty. Then I saw something even worse, he had followed someone else in. There was another dead bird in there. Princess, a sky blue cinammon wing was in there. Hi sister.

 

All I can think is that she had been looking for somewhere to nest. She had removed all the branches in the piping, and had crawled in there. Then her partner had followed her in, where hey both had got stuck and died.

 

The blood on Sebby had occurred after they had died, in my opinion.

 

My birds seem to be culling themsleves, or maybe Sebby is culling them. It is quite sad.

 

The only birds who could fit in these pipes were the pet type birds. I have since removed all the pipes. I still think they are a good idea, however to stop the birds getting in I am actually going to put some wire over the top. The branches can go into thru the wire, and the birds will not be able to. That is the plan.

 

So I have lost Romeo Jr and Princess, Sebby has proven herself to be an utter little biatch, and unfortunately I have learnt a tough lesson. Hopefully others can learn from this as well.

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That's sad Dave :)

 

Wire is a good idea, I fill all mine with gravel or sand and keep the water level below the level of the gravel. That way if one doesn't get in they won't drown.

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i am so sorry to hear of your losses,Dave. My budgies do not go near the pipes so i did not think that they could drown in them.

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I am so sorry you are having such a bad time of things Dave :) It seems to go in patches like this at times. I know the feeling of finding a bird like that and it is gut wrenching...your heart just sinks into your boots and you cannot swallow. Hard to see anything good for a few days or more.

Biggest hugs........Kaz

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Oh Dave. I'm so very sorry for your losses. Biggest hugs to you mate. I know the feeling and am sending you all my happy thoughts and best wishes. I hope things improve for you.

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Things are not going good for some of the breeders of the forum at the moment are they... Everyone seems to be having some really bad things happening in there aviaries.... hope the bad runs have come to an end... These threads are really making me consider whether or not I will be able to stomach the heart ache of breeding... i know it can't be easy posting about your misfortune dave but thanks, it reminds us newer ones to the world of budgies that not everything starts to turn around...

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That's horrible Dave. I'm sorry to hear about it, Things can only get better. I think that Sebby needs separating.

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Sorry to hear that Dave, never a dull moment something always happening. This is not always a good time of year at the best of time, with winter coming on, the cold weather often causes some fatalities, especially after all that rain we had, I’ve lost a few. I hope things pick up for you.

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What a horrible week for you dave!!!!

I hope things look up for you soon :lol:

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Dave, I am so sorry :lol: hugs is all I can say.

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l'm so sorry to hear of this :(

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Sorry to hear of your losses Dave. Its never easy losing birds :(

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:sad: Sorry to hear of your losses Dave, may things get better for you soon. :(

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Dave mate, I am sorry to hear about your losses ..... I have noticed one thing with my bird they young ones are the ones that follow and they look for those little gaps where they both get stuck, i have been lucky and have saved my 2 twice ....

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Well, i was wrong. It was not Mel who died, but her identical sister Kim, who had recently survived the toe biting incident. The other sad news was that the other bird was my beautiful little sky blue cinnamon winged Princess.

 

Kim (top) with her father

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Princess

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Both of them after a swim

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