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    Dad bit his chick :S

    Hi all

    I had my babies out for socialisation today. Mum and Dad sat on my shoulders and watched. Then Muffin (Dad) started nibbling the chicks. They didn't seem hurt but then I noticed that one of them was bleeding a little.

    The last clutch died mysteriously, they had cuts on them but I wasn't sure if they were from Mum and Dad trying to feed the babies after they had died.

    Should I remove Muffin?

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    Re: Dad bit his chick :S

    Not necessarily. If dad accidentally preened a new feather a bit too much, the keritan sheath may have been slightly damaged but that's not really a good reason to remove dad. He's an integral part of raising the babies and I usually give both parents the benefit of the doubt unless I see good reason not to do so.
    ~Valerie~

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    Re: Dad bit his chick :S

    Thanks for your advice, I left him in but this evening when I got the babies out the oldest two had obviously been attacked. They were bloody and had lots of feathers plucked. I have removed Dad and put him in a cage next to them.

    I will watch them for the next couple of days to make sure that it isn't Mum too!

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    Re: Dad bit his chick :S

    I think it was a very good decision to remove the Dad. I have read that sometimes the mum or dad can get aggressive with the babies. I don't know that it is on purpose, perhaps they just get carried away picking on them. And of course as you probably know, the parents work diligently to get those babies out of the nest as fast as they can so they can begin the mating process all over again. I hope the babies will be o.k.!!!

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