Female Parakeet Won't Stop Sexual Behaviors
My female parakeet has decided that I (a female human) am her mate. She won't stop trying to mate with me. She grooms me and gives me "kisses" and tries to crawl under my chin or cloths to stimulate her wings. She puts her butt/back in my face and backs up...it's really kind of disturbing and annoying.
What do I do? Right now I just put her in her cage and tell her No when she does it. It doesn't seem to be making any impact on her behavior though. I have started just ignoring her and letting her just sit on my shoulder. I move away when she tries to rub up against me and I make her fly back to her cage if she get's all googly eyed.
I am really careful not to touch her wings at all or to rub them accidentally. At first, I did not know these were mating behaviors and encouraged her cuddly affections until her Avian Vet told me this is why she had an egg laying problem. Her Vet gave her a birth control shot but it only lasts five weeks.
It's week three and she's starting the behaviors again. I don't want her to get sick from trying to lay eggs. I know I could get her a permanent birth control implant but surgery is risky and she's 7 years old!! She never laid eggs until a month ago and then she wouldn't stop. Now she won't stop trying to get me (and anyone else who will let her) to stimulate her happy places (which is apparently her wings...who knew?).
She even tries to crawl into jackets or cloths if they are laying on the couch. I caught her doing the dance with a pillow before I hauled her off to the vet three weeks ago. She's very healthy for her age and her eggs were in really good condition and fairly large (but okay according to the Vet).
I thought about getting her a mate but the Vet says she's really too old to try and mate her. Plus I really don't want to care for another keet. She's awesome but she took a lot of training and I just don't have time to train a new a keet for her right now. She's the third keet I have cared for and the first female to lay eggs and display mating behaviors. I have no idea what to do? Help!