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Old 02-01-2018, 09:59 AM
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male Kakariki attacks the female while she is sitting on eggs!

Dear Friends, Despite my attempts to discourage breeding behavior, my Kakariki laid her first egg in the beginning of January.

They are not hand- tamed, so it was very difficult to monitor the nest box, especially since it was on top of the aviary near the shed, which made it almost impossible to open the nest box lid. The only possible way to check the nest box was to take occaisional pictures from inside the cage (using flash) which indeed made them quite stressed. That's why I decided not to disturb them that much.

3 days ago, after 3 chicks were born, I took a picture of the nest box and noticed that one of the chicks was dead. We decided to take it out. We took the chance to move the nest box to a lower position too. The female refused to go back to the nest box for about 15 mins, then she was back inside and didn't come out for a whole day. The male was feeding her and the chicks in the nest.
The day after , she was out of the nest as usual to eat and drink. So everything was nornal for 1 day. However, since yersterday, whenever that she is trying to come out of the nest box, the male is attacking her, making her go back to the nest! It is happening over and over again! I don't know what to do! I wanted to separate the male, but he is the one feeding the chicks!
I kept the cage door ope so that the male would go out, then I closed the door again to see if the female comes out to eat, but she didn't! I repeated it several times, each time about 15-20 mins and she never came out.
On the other hand, it seems that in the nest box everything is fine. They stay together there without any problem. Since I have moved the nest box, the male even sleeps inside at night with his family! Could it be that he is just feeling unsecure after moving the nest?
When he is in, I hear him feeding ( he makes a special noise when feeding) but I don't know whether he is feeding only the chicks or their mom too!
I am really woried about my female kak. Don't know if she is being fed or not. She might also be dehydrated.
I really don't know what to do! plz help me!

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