Aggressive linnie

caza66

Regular Member
Hi there, I have a flock of 13 linnies in an outside aviary plus 2 inside for health reasons. One of my outside birds, Ozzy (6 yrs) was found wet, not sure what happened so we brought him(?) in the house to dry out/warm up and check up. After a night inside we put him back outside in the aviary, but one of my others, pumpkin, aged 5 suddenly started chasing ozzy. So much so he ended up losing feathers of the nape of his neck so I brought him in again. I tried again on a couple of other occasions but the same happened. I decided to bring the culprit in the house instead. These 2 birds were bred by me and have been in the same aviary all the time.

ozzy was only out of the aviary less than 12 hours, could this have been the cause? I am not sure if ozzy getting wet was the result of a bullying but I hadn’t heard any bother/chasing.

any ideas how I can resolve this? Thanks for reading
 

dianaT

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Hi, sorry to hear this poor Ozzy. Is Pumpkin also a male?
Let's see what our members can advise.
@Roz @DizzyBlue any one please advice needed.
 

Michael Reynolds

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Its unusual for linnies to fight but they can try to chase off another bird when trying to impress a female or one bird is week . it may pay to have Ozzy checked by an avian vet,
 

DizzyBlue

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Flock dynamics alter every time a new member is added to a flock.
Best of friends due to nobody else they have to be with can change when somebody more preferable arrives. You altered the dynamic so one of the newbies has perhaps been chosen as the new best friend and unfortunately that could mean the "ousted" bird hasn't or doesn't want the dynamics to change which can mean a fight to the death or targeted bullying :(
Your choices are find out who is the new chosen bird and if it's happy to live with the aggressive bird and the aggressive bird isn't aggressive towards it then separate those two off together and then add the bullied one to the mix of newbies providing it's not getting bullied or do it the other way around find a friend for the bullied one who he/she can live separated off with happily. But now that the dynamics have changed they are not likely to alter back you risk the bullied bird always being attacked which isn't fair.
I trust all the newbies were health checked before introduction as stress can bring out hidden / dormant disease.
 

caza66

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Thanks for your replies. I did think that if he had something wrong with him that might be the reason for the attack. But he looks ok. Although I know that doesn’t confirm a healthy bird.
I don’t know the sex of either bird.
I haven’t introduced newbies, last time there were introductions was October 2020 and were quarantined.
this is not good news, I really wanted them to be all together, I just can’t understand why it’s suddenly happened.
 

Roz

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Are they pairing up to breed? Were Ozzy and Pumpkin perhaps vying for a female? I know all of mine are in breeding mode... maybe because of the unusually warm weather?
 

caza66

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I really couldn’t say whether they were after the same female (I do think of them as both male though). Ozzy seems to have paired up with my old female kiri, so it is always possible. I am keeping pumpkin in the house at the minute with Elle and Geegee. And plan to put them back in the aviary when the weather warms up in spring. Just hope the problem has resolved itself. Unless you think this is a bad idea?
 

caza66

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Just thinking about this, kiri, my old female lost her partner a couple of months ago. So she could be seen as available. I’ll have to see what happens in spring.
 
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