Panting 8 yr old U2
Posted 24 March 2011 - 09:27 PM
I'm concerned about the panting, she doesn't do it all the time but previous owner says she has done that for years and it just means she's happy or excited. I heard it could be a sexual thing called Cockatoo ecstasy. She's 8 yrs old shouldnt that have passed already? She also will go straight to the corner of the couch and bury her head in the corner and start panting. Any thoughts on what all this could be?
Posted 24 March 2011 - 09:43 PM
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Posted 25 March 2011 - 12:01 AM
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Posted 26 May 2012 - 10:25 PM
You need to not encourage the bird's hormonal state. No petting under the wings or on it's back. No prolonged petting anywhere, and no cuddling of any kind. Quick head scritches, and only head scritches, are okay.
Cuddling a 2 is something that should be avoided from the very beginning. They don't tell you that when you buy one or adopt one. Cockatoos are known for being "love sponges" or velcro birds. People who get baby cockatoos are wont to cuddle their birds because they are so cute and cuddly and the 2s themselves love to be cuddled. The problem with this is that the bird, as it starts sexually maturing, starts thinking of its owner as its mate. The bird gets sexually frustrated because it is of mating age, quite hormonal, and there is no bird for it to mate with. Behavioral and medical problems can result. It is common for sexually frustrated female 2's to start pulling their leg feathers out. They can then later start straining as they defecate and then can eventually start prolapsing. Prolapsing is a very serious and very expensive medical issue. The poster at the top of this thread had an 8 yr old female. My female 2 named Katie didn't start prolapsing until she was 9 yrs old. The prolapsing kept getting worse and she had to have surgery at the age of 11 to correct the problem. She is 13 now and we haven't had any prolapsing since the surgery (thank you, Dr. Speer!) and we pray that we don't ever have the problem again. We do our part to try to prevent a reoccurance of the prolapsing problem by being very "hands off" with Katie, keeping her mind focused on other things like foraging for food, playing with toys, etc. If she is out of her cage and watching TV with us or keeping us company in our office, she is on a stand or perch, she is not on us.
In my opinion, bird sellers or people adopting out birds need to be better about teaching the new bird owner how to properly care for their bird and what the new owner should or shouldn't do with regard to handling their bird, and a new owner's instructions should be species specific. Some types of parrots don't overly bond with their owners, they are more independent and they'd rather play on their own with their toys than be cuddled by their owner. 2s are the opposite -- they'd like to be attached to their owners 24/7 -- they don't call 2s "love sponges" and "velcro birds" for nothing!
Posted 27 May 2012 - 01:44 AM
Just to be safe though, a Avian wellness visit is a good idea. She could have a slight infection that is made worse with excitement.
Becky.....Where Fur and Feather Meet.
Posted 27 May 2012 - 03:32 AM
How susceptible are other parrot species to prolapsing? My GW is 17 months old. Can I continue cuddling with her until she's 6, then switch to only scritching her head? Do I have to switch now while she's so young?
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Mardy a Greenwing Macaw (comes without being asked)
Posted 27 May 2012 - 11:56 PM
You'll be fine for quite some time. Just learn the signs, and when you see them, be careful where and how often you pet.
Becky.....Where Fur and Feather Meet.
Posted 05 June 2012 - 08:56 PM
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