I had 12 budgies... all living in large flight cage which is hanging form a tree in my garden.
I have had them for over 7 years and they are very much loved pets and tame enough to eat from my hand.
A few weeks ago I went to feed them and saw one dead on the cage floor with its wings and head missing. I was so upset. I could not think how that happened.
I put it down to a one off thing....
No more problems... until last week I went out for a few hours in the afternoon.. came home with some steamed corn for my budgies and when I went to feed them their treat I saw 2 were dead on the cage floor.. again no wings. Their tails were missing and they had half eaten heads.
So now I took the cage and fixed it up high under the roof overhang of my house. Smooth walls so nothing could climb or jump up to the cage. I thought that would stop any cat or other animal getting to the birds.
No more problems... until this morning... another dead bird with one wing missing and chewed up head and body. 2 more budgies have missing tails.
I can only think that its an owl getting them at night. Could that be right? Do owls eat small birds at night? We have a few small owls around.. often see them flying about the garden and perching on the trees and fences.
I now have the remaining budgies in a small cage inside my chicken coop... but I feel so sorry for them as they are used to a huge cage. I wanted to make them an aviary.. but if the predator can get them now... they will surely be able to get them in the aviary.
I am so upset and feel I can't look after my birds.. I hate to see them in the small cage... but he big flight cage will not fit through the coop door.