I don't think they understand per se. They know that one of the flock is missing, but I don't think they know why. If they are a close bonded pair then the one that is left will certainly miss the other one. This is shown by the lone one calling for the partner. This is a different situation whereby Whiskers saw me remove the body of Bobby, he just knew it was one of the flock, take her away never to be seen again. Now Whiskers was friends with Bobby and would feed and play with her, but he also does this with Mildred. Mildred has just fit right in and has now claimed the three males as hers. I have seen all three Whiskers, Kiwi and Oscar feeding Mildred. She has only chased them away when she was fed up with their advances. Mildred is fine. Whiskers seems to be fine. He doesn't seem to have any animosity towards me. In fact the flock are just carrying on as normal. I am the one that is missing Bobby.
I agree in that they know when someone's missing. I've witnessed the pacing up and down, and the calling. It's heartbreaking. But I don't know if they understand death. I think, like you say, they just know when someone is missing.
Jan 13, 2014 19:11:00 GMTsuesbird
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OP so so sorry you lost Bobby, I haven’t been on here today and am only just catching up. Fly high little one. Big hugs you! X
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Thank you rose and everyone else that posted. I think Whiskers has had to come to terms because the new boys won't have it any other way. They have stopped him and Mildred from brooding, although Whiskers has been spending a bit more time with/on me. He does integrate with all the others in the flock as well.