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Posted by Kelsey on 6/30/06

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    Hello everyone...I'm in need of advice...please read! Sorry
    it's so long, but I'm guessing the more info you have the
    better.

    My senegal (about 1 1/2ish years old) has been acting very,
    very strange yesterday and today. She is getting to where
    she needs to have her wings clipped, and just about a week
    or two ago I noticed that she was gliding just a little bit
    farther than she should be...but then all of a sudden, in
    the last 3 days, she's been taking flight rather easily, so
    my plan was to take her to get her wings clipped tomorrow
    (I'm not comfy doing it myself, so I'd rather be safe than
    sorry). Well, she's been trying to fly quite a bit since
    she's realized that she can, and I've been keeping her in
    her cage for that reason, I've had one bird fly away, I
    don't want history to repeat itself.

    Last night, she got spooked for no reason that I saw, and
    flew off of the door of her cage and into the closet door on
    the other side of the room, I went and picked her up and
    didn't think much of it. She didnt look hurt, so I put her
    in her night cage and covered it up like I do every night.

    This morning, instead of her being cozy'd up and sleeping on
    her perch, she was almost frantic to get out of her cage,
    and was already hanging on the cage door trying to get out.
    I picked her up, and put her in her big cage (where she
    stays during the day) and as soon as she saw it, she JUMPED
    off of my hand and into her cage, then got as far away from
    me as quickly as possible, like she's absolutly terrified of
    me. now, normally, I have to put her in her cage while she
    tries to run up my arm to stay out of her cage and on me.
    When I later reached in her cage to get her water and food
    bowls, she freaked out, started flapping like crazy and
    sqwaking a little bit and again, got as far away from me as
    possible. At first I was thinking maybe she was mad at me
    for whatever reason (she's got quite the attitude at times
    lol) but she's not acting mad, she's acting scared.

    All afternoon, she would step up just fine on me after I
    calmed her down in her cage, then as soon as I got her out,
    she would try to fly away. She is such an affectionate bird,
    I can't imagine her trying to get away from a head scratch.
    Now, she's panting on my shoulder, hasn't tried to fly away,
    but is wide eyed and breathing kind of hard. she hasn't been
    any where near as vocal as she is even on a quiet day, and
    when she does make noise, it almost sounds like she's got
    laryngitis. She will sit on my shoulder fine, even let me
    get REALLY close with my head or face, and she shows no
    aggression, but as soon as I try to rub her head or touch
    her in any way other than her perching on me, she spazzes
    out and jumps off of me.

    I'm afraid that she hurt herself last night when she flew
    into the closet...any other suggestions would be greatly
    appreciated. I'm trying to locate an emergency avian vet
    (I'm in Ft Myers, FL if any of you know of one) so I can get
    her looked at this weekend.

    Let me know what you think, or if you've ever heard of this
    behavior before and I'm just over reacting. thank you...

    ~Kelsey & the Silly Lillie



Posts on this thread, including this one
  • I think I need some assistance..., 6/30/06, by Kelsey.
  • Re: I think I need some assistance..., 7/01/06, by Jessica.
  • Re: I think I need some assistance..., 7/04/06, by Val.
  • Re: I think I need some assistance..., 7/05/06, by mark.
  • Re: I think I need some assistance..., 7/06/06, by Kelsey.