Hormones and mood swings.
Posted 09 March 2011 - 06:36 PM
So how do I go about inspecting Ellas body without getting her all hot and bothered? She's been doing good about not barbering but I still want to make sure she's not plucking or rubbing herself raw on places I cant see. I was very careful with lifting her wings and looking through her feathers on her body, but within moments she would start panting, so I just gave up.
She's also been moody, but in the weirdest way ( maybe not for you experienced 'too owners....) but she wants to get off her cage and adventure all over my desk, which is fine once i put my dogs urn away, but eventually she gets bored and wants to rip the keyboard keys out. So I had her on my arm for a bit and was giving her treats, scratches, and playing "Baba Yetu" over and over again for her so she could dance back and forth between my arm and her spot on the desk. I know its a no-no but for a few moments I let her sit on my shoulder so that I could quickly move some papers around, and then I would get her back to my arm or her spot on the desk....the first couple of times she was fine she just wanted to snuggle up to me.... while she's on my shoulder I try to not give her more than a quick pat..... but this last time out of no where she just went for my ear. The bites were not hard or painful but they were very fast and nippy. She did the same thing to my dog the other night when they were both on the bed.... she inspected Gabby and then started to quickly nip Gabby's leg... but I know it didnt hurt her because Gabby barely reacted.
She's a little all over the place today. She'll be super sweet wanting love, then she gets super excited and wants to explore, then she's nippy, then she wants her seeds (i give her her hemp seeds in a bowl on the desk so that she has something to focus on),then she's throwing food and screaming ( in which case she goes back in her cage and I leave the room) then she falls asleep for a bit and its back to wanting love.
I guess basically I'm just wondering what everyone else gets out of this? Is there anything I could be doing better? what are some positive ways to handle her without confusing her? Or any advice you want to give or your impression of this post..... what are some good activities for her to do where she can sit on the desk and be close like she wants?
ALL ideas, suggestions, and feedback are welcomed.
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Posted 09 March 2011 - 07:00 PM
About the shoulder and dog ear thing. You're asking (again IMO) for something to get hurt. Not even purposefully, but an overexcited hormonal parrot can bite quickly, then be back to their snuggly self in a moment. My macaw was 'loving' on my foot. I moved my other foot, and WHAM, he nailed my ankle.
Faces and hormonal birds should never be near each other. Your dog also may end up with a damaging bite, if an ear gets flicked at the wrong moment. Some dogs also may react by biting back. Even the sweetest dog may bite when hurt.
I've ended up being the owner of perches. Lovely, portable perches. It keeps my birds close, yet not too close. I can move them close enough for my bird to preen my hair, but then slide them away if needed. They are a life saver to me. Teach Ella she has her 'own spot', and that's being on it is a great thing. You being her 'spot' is not really a good idea for a healthy long life. My sweet little Too (who never really bites) has actually flown and attacked my hands a time or two. She's not being mean. She's just gets so excited it comes out that way. My little Goffin can hurt, I can only imagine if Ella gets a little out of control. Being on your shoulder just isn't safe. Someday when you know her inside out, shoulder time may be allowed. For now, I'd stop it.
I think you may be giving her too much 'one on one' right now. Is there anyway for her to be out with you, but without her being on you? That's why I advised a perch. She needs to learn to be your friend, not your mate.
Becky.....Where Fur and Feather Meet.
Posted 09 March 2011 - 11:20 PM
Sorry I'm not much help!
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Posted 10 March 2011 - 01:12 AM
IMO it is more beneficial for the bird (and you in the long run) if you can rig up an area for her to keep busy by herself. At the fear of sounding like a broken record because I always suggest this: branches, branches, branches. Get her off the computer desk and onto something she can climb and chew up. Mine will peel bark off the bigger diameter branches and snip the tender branches in half with their beaks. This can keep them busy a loooonnnnngggg time.
I cut large branches then stand them upright in a big container, weighting them down with stuff in the container so they look like a tree. Then I place other branches horizontally across the bigger, upright branch. Hope that makes sense. I use bags of water softener salt in the container because they are pliable and can be molded around the base of the branch, then cover the bags with a couple inch layer of pebbles so the birds can't see the bags. Water softener salt is cheap which is why I use it. It comes in blue plastic bags.
I've seen people attach a base and wheels to their branches, making a mobile tree, but the size branches I like to use are too big for that. Once you have the basic tree set up, you are good for a long time, as long as you keep bringing in smaller branches for her to work on daily. It's messy but so worth it. I know toos are big on climbing around so this should definitely work for her. I don't hang toys from the "tree" because the tree gets destroyed and they toys fall, but I do tie foraging rolls, etc on branches.
Edited by sodakat, 10 March 2011 - 01:17 AM.
Posted 10 March 2011 - 06:31 AM
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Posted 18 March 2011 - 09:54 AM
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