Posted 16 March 2012 - 11:11 PM
She is a real sweetheart and just likes the watch the world go by but uncertain about things (as to be expected). I have been watching her behavior all week trying to figure out what is normal and what is not.
She is not big on touching (her old home was.. less stellar than it could have been. Lets leave it at that.) But a week after getting here there has been some progress (she steps up consistently and has offered her neck for scritches some times and likes to stay on my shoulder when I let her ). She likes her play-stand in the office but seems afraid of the larger one in the TV room (getting used to it).
My question is - in the last couple of days she has been doing something really odd as evening falls. All week she would make some night calls go to bed, fluff up a bit, stand on one foot etc.. bed time things.
Last couple of days she will be perfect all day relaxed and happy then it'll hit about 7 and she starts spreading her wings and acting like she's going to take off and fly somewhere (she's clipped for now). She seems uncomfortable on every perch, play-stand, even my shoulder (which she would be on all day if given the opportunity). If put in her cage she climbs the door and sides kind of frantically, won't take any food (even at the rescue she got an almond before bed every night and she had been getting them before). She has launched herself into the air a fallen twice - I don't know how worried to be about that.
It's such a drastic change from her behavior earlier in the days as well as differing from her night time behavior earlier in the week. I am starting to get worried. I am new at this did I teach her something wrong somehow?
My parents and friends think I am over reacting and my vet (the only avian vet around) is on vacation for another week.
I would really appreciate some help with this. I am confused a worried and trying to do the right thing.
Thank you for you time.
Posted 17 March 2012 - 12:10 AM
I wonder if she has somewhere she wants to be when it gets dark or maybe somewhere she doesn't want to be! Since she can't fly, maybe you could place her on the floor about an hour before sunset (or whenever this behavior has been happening) and see where she goes. It could be as simple as a shadow being caused by the setting sun is scaring her and she's trying to get away.
Observe her carefully and pay attention to where she is looking when this happens. If you cannot figure it out and she doesn't have a particular location she's trying to get to, you may want to cover one back corner of her cage to provide a cozy spot in the evening.
Posted 17 March 2012 - 01:10 AM
I like your suggestion about putting her down to find where she wants to go. She is a little afraid of the floor at the moment but I will try that tomorrow.
It is strange she does not seem to be looking at one spot in particular, I have been trying to figure it out but I have not been able to target a particular problem, as well as why this started so recently when the environment stayed the same. Maybe she is just starting to look about a bit more.
I did cover her cage when she went to bed tonight so I hope that has helped - at least she is not frantically climbing around (I like when she does it for fun though it's pretty cute). I could hear some of her pleasant happy noises from the cage.
Thank you very much - I think I just needed someone to reasonably work out the problems with. My father says I am acting like a new mum worried about the smallest thing. I have only had Luna a week and she's been through a lot I just wanna make sure things are as perfect for her as I can make'em.
I will try the floor thing tomorrow night (if this behavior continues) and keep you posted.
Once again thank you very very much. I really appreciate any advice,
Posted 18 March 2012 - 12:49 PM
very anticlimactic and I couldn't be happier. Now she can get to bed on time and I can stop worrying.
Posted 18 March 2012 - 02:16 PM
Glad nothing serious was going on.
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