lovebirds legs cracked and bleeding
picture of her today after I put neosporin on her legs
I purchased a pair of blue-masked lovebirds in December, they were about 6-8 months old at the time. We were told by the petstore that they were male and female. The male bird has became very ready to mate (dancing, circling her, feeding her, butt rubbing on the perch, etc.). She will respond to him grooming her and feeding her but other than that she seems disinterested.
Up until now they have played a lot together and played well - very little 'fighting'. They are not fighting now but she has lost her personality. She wants to sleep a lot more, became very quiet, wants to sit alone - away from the male bird.
All of a sudden, I noticed that she was not wanting to use one of her legs so after showering her last night I could see the top of her one leg is very chewed on, cracked looking and not really bleeding but looks like it. The other is beginning to look the same way. So I put some neosporin on both of her legs today and hope that will help. I don't know if she possibly has mites - or if the male bird is hurting her legs or what is happening.
If it is something like mites - it doesn't seem to be attacking the other bird. The male is as lively as ever and very much wanting to mate. I have owned different kinds of birds all of my life and I haven't seen this happen to their legs before. But with the change in the personality, sleeping a lot, playing less, and wanting to be alone and now the leg problem- I am really getting concerned. I still see her eating on the cuddle bone some, drinking water and eating seed. Not excessively but she hasn't stopped being hungry or thirsty as best as I can tell.
We are home in the morning and evening with them - sometimes in and out during the day so they could have problems when no one is watching - not sure what is going on! please help. Thanks so much for taking your time to respond.