African Grey started resting on feet

African Grey started resting on feet, squatted down, as if laying on body.
My grey is close to 30, but in amazing health. The avian vet guessed her age to be closer to 10 yrs. based on eye color and overall health and blood work. She is acting completely normal. She is eating, singing and talking. She is active and appears fine, but she has started resting on her body on her perches. This is NOT normal for her. Her feet are fine. What could this be? She did spend 10 days at my neighbors while I was away. She had her own cage and her normal food, accept whatever other food my neighbor may have given her. There are 6-7 other birds in the house, but mine was not caged with them. She has never really been that close to any other birds, which I thought it would be good for her to meet some new friends. This new behavior has started just after she returned home and I am seriously concerned. We are going to the vet in 2 days, but I thought someone here might be able to help me.
Thank you.

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Dec 12, 2014
B&G needs avian vet
by: Tracie

Sometimes a tumor causes hormonal problems, sometimes there are nutritional issues, sometimes it is just natural. Bottom line, anytime your bird has a behavioral change that alarms you, take the bird to an avian vet for a check up.

Please use this Find an Avian Vet link to find an avian vet for your bird so it can be examined to determine what is wrong and what the potential treatment might be.

Dec 12, 2014
problem with my blue n gold McCaw
by: cimorelli4

My McCaw is behaving strange. She's 11 years old. I purchased her when she was 5 months. for the last few years I've lined the tray and wire under her feet with newspaper. No problem. Early this year she began shtedding the newspaper but nothing like this week. She's been shredding all the newspaper that her food etc is on, sticks her beak between the small bars and continues to shred what's underneath. The last couple of days she's been backing her body up to the cage with her tale straight up resting it on the cage. Two weeks ago I moved in with my daughter., thought the move might have stressed her but she use to live with my daughter.
She acts as if she's "nesting. When she squats and has her tail straight up I check to seen if there's an unfertilized egg.
She eats well and drinks her water. She loves carrots every so often and loves apples and bananas.
Any ideas what's going on? Sue

Feb 14, 2014
African Grey started resting on feet
by: linda

Your bird has caught something from her 10-day stay with the other birds. While birds get used to some bacteria in their own home, they have no resistance to other people's birds' bacteria or other variables in someone else's home which is why we discourage play dates with birds. She needs the services of your avian vet right away. In future, you may want to consider boarding her with your Avian Vet because they will keep her separate from other birds for just this reason.

Thanks for writing,

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