blue and gold macaw nesting behavior?? - plucking
(Havre De Grace , Maryland USA)
I have had my macaw for about 5 yrs, was told when she was giving to me she was between 8 and 12 yrs old? About six months after I got her she started plucking her feathers on her chest. I took her to a avian vet who did several test and put her on diazapam and a anti depresant.. nothing seam to work.
They suggested to give her a lupron shot. which was way out of my price range since she may need it 2 times a year @ $600.00 a shot.
She has contiued to pick all her feathers on her chest and back.
Now she stared with a what seams to me a nesting behavior?
She tears all her paper up on only 1 side of her cage and is spending alot of time on the bottom of the cage.
She also has been perching differently with 1 leg on her food dish and the other on her perch with the tail touching the perch. she will stand upright on the perch at times and start this whinning sound while her head is streached back.
All this is new and she has been doing this for about 1 and 1/2 weeks.
when I get near the cage she wants to go to the bottom to get some attention. I wanted to discourage this so I would walk away. being that she would consider me to be her mate.
worried ...should I be concerned and will she get over this herself