I’m looking after two wee birdies for a friend for the next three weeks. Tiny white finches of some kind with red bills.
As soon as I take the cover off their cage in the morning they start fucking. Plus, the male is pecking the feathers off the back and neck of the female, leaving bald patches.
They also appear to be trying to build a nest.
Does anybody have any experience of keeping birds? It looks like they’re using the plucked feathers to make their nest – would the plucking stop if I put some bits of wool or something in their cage, or would they strangle themselves with it or get poisoned or something?
I don’t want my friend to come home to a corpse.