"They're just playing, mom," my son assured me. I disagreed. Birds do not play fight. So, I decided to separate my sweet little birds.
I've had parakeets most of my life. There are a few things I know about them. I know that parakeets enjoy making noise. It would be a better description to say that when they are really happy, they like to scream. They like to talk, when they hear us talk, argue when we argue, and eat, when they see us eat. They're just funny that way. Lately, I noticed the screaming and hollering were a bit different. In these past few weeks, I found myself checking on them during the day, especially when they are outside.
As I would often peek out the window to check on them, I began catching them in fight matches, a rolling ball of twisted feathers on the bottom of the cage. That's not good. It was also not a play fight. Before any signs of blood or injury, I decided to separate them. As I was cleaning and setting up new bird cages, I found this tiny little egg sitting on the bottom of the cage.
I've had parakeets in the past that have laid eggs and voilà, we would have an additional pair of birds. This little egg is probably not fertilized. I'm not even sure these two are a couple. Their constant fighting tells me, they're probably not. Some birds lay unfertilized eggs. In addition to that, it's quite possible that Dots and Coconuts are both female. Either way, they needed to practice some "social distancing."
I added a makeshift nesting box in Coconuts' new apartment and she loved it! It took her just a couple minutes before she happily jumped right in. I don't think we will have any new additions to our little bird family, but she seems to be happy "self-quarantined" in her little box.