Hi there,
I have a decent size aviary with about 70 birds in it. A fair few budgies and cockateils, a pair of turks, a pair of princess parrots, 2 kakarikis, some quail, finches and a ringneck.
Everyone has always gotten on well, but the other day I found a quail with its legs broken and bloodied. I couldnt work out what it was and assumed that maybe it had been stepped on or something. A week later, my favourite kakariki had his legs amputated!
I removed everything that a rat could be hiding in, and dont see how they could get in (concrete floor - even mouseproffed) Today I saw that a finch was missing a leg.
This has all started happening after introducing the ringneck, princess

parrots and the kakrikis.
The ringneck seems to keep to himself and be a very relaxed bird. He just wanders around and plays with his toys - never seen him be agressive.
The princess male is pretty noisy, but have never seen him attack anything.
The kakarikis DID attack my amputated feet kakraiki when he was in the aviary today. The amputated foot kaka was in the cage BEFORE these 2 new ones were introduced (he had his feet then) They never interacted at all.
How am I going to sort this out before I lose anymore feet! I dont want to put the 3 species in different cages, as I am sure it is only one that is attacking. How do I work out which one?
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The simples solution is to put the camera and observe the birds. They will not attack when you're around.
Simple web-cam will do, just put it somewhere so that whole aviary is visible.
Hi there, I have a decent size aviary with about 70 birds in it. A fair few budgies and cockateils, ... different cages, as I am sure it is only one that is attacking. How do I work out which one?

Sounds like your main sus0pect is the kakarikis. I would move him to an adjacent cage immediately. Also, do what the other poster suggested and hook up a camera and watcht hem closely.
So what happened to the poor quail and finch? The kakariki now has no feet, but is still alive and in the aviary???
Dave
Hi there, I have a decent size aviary with about 70 birds in it. A fair few budgies and cockateils, ... how they could get in (concrete floor - even mouseproffed) Today I saw that a finch was missing a leg.

This is definitely not a rat attack. You'll find that one or more of your parrots are attacking the finches and quail. Parrots, with few exceptions, (and I am sure everyone here will have a lovely little heartwarming, oh-shucks story to tell about there adorable little parrots getting along famously with every warm blooded being on this planet)do NOT belong in the same aviary as finches and quail.

Separate them as soon as possible, or be prepared to pick up the finch and quail pieces every day until you have one or more parrots triumphant in having asserted their territorial rights but getting rid of all competitors.
This is all basic stuff. Commonsense and a modicum of research would have told you this and alleviated your birds' suffering.

With kind regards
Chu
This also happened to some Kakariki`s of mine,finally caught two hawks working in tandem,one would scare the birds to the side of the cage,the other would rip their feet off.Also,a rat or mouse can get through half-inch wire easily;usually there is a gap around the door that gives them easy access.
Hi again,
Thanks for the info.
A couple of qustions:
How do you know it is not a rat attack? (It seems very unlikely to me due to the quality of the avairy and it never happening in many years before)
The attacks have only happened about once a week - so how am I supposed to use the camera?
I check the birds in the morning and night. I think I have noticed the birds in the mornings.
We have had parrots and finches and quail in this aviary for many years without a problem - it is obviously one of the new parrots.

I amputated the feet of the kakariki, and he is alive and well. He is in his own cage for now, as I dont think he would go well in the aviary.
I check the birds in the morning and night. I think I have noticed the birds in the mornings.

Where did the birds who have been attacked sleep?
I dont really know where they sleep...
Never really paid much attention.
I know a lot of them sleep on the perches way about the ground.

Not a box cutter, and its not a joke. I used a sharp chefs knife and then soaked her legs in pure alcohol. I certainly did not expect her to live through the night! I couldnt bring myself to euthansie her, and she didnt seem to be in any pain (shock I expect). She seems really quite happy now. Very strange I know!
I dont really know where they sleep... Never really paid much attention. I know a lot of them sleep on ... didnt seem to be in any pain (shock I expect). She seems really quite happy now. Very strange I know!

*If* what you say is true, what are you going to do about the prospect of the raw, bloody stumps getting infected? Considering that the bird is now unable to perch and is more than likely to spend the rest of its days wallowing it it's own filth on the bottom of its cage, it's a very real possibility.
Anyway - I smell bullshit. You don't seem to be able to keep the sex of your bird consistent from post to post. Must try harder.
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