Lucy the Cape parrot 4 years later
by Dana Mueller
(St. Petersburg, florida)
Lucy is doing wonderful. She still hates air planes and helicopters. She is still a 2 person bird and still leery of strangers.
We have lost Chloe her bird friend and now have 2 parrotlets to keep her company. She spends most days hanging out with the little birds on a swing over their cage.
She loves to play and still slings her toys everywhere. She loves to sit on our knee and have her head rubbed. She is more like a cat then a bird at times.
SHe talks like crazy now... No bite- Kiippy Piper- here kitty kitty- bad bird- laughs- coughs- sneezes- barks- meows- squeek dog toy- Kippy, Piper go Potty, okay okay - oh Piper and lots more. She has stopped saying Chloe:-(
She has banana every morning, that is her favorite right now. She gets other fruits as well, but for now banana is at the top of the list. I can't get her to touch apples anymore and she is not thrilled with greens either. She used to love scrambled eggs on the weekend but for the last several months she could care less. She still has her nuts and seeds but I feel with the fruits and veggies she has a pretty balanced diet.
She loves to bathe so she has 2 water bowls, I find it rather Ironic that she bathes much more in the winter then she does in the summer.
We go back and forth with keeping her clipped. I know we should stick with one or the other.
I am sure ithis confuses her.
She pretty much rules above the dog and cat they tend to keep a safe distance from her.
She can still be nippy, she does not like you near her food bowl when eating and she is nippy when I need to put her up week day mornings before going to work. Sometimes she will get nippy if she is playing with her toys.
She has attacked my head on a few occasions, and I believe it is because I looked different to her. Once I had a head band on, once I was wearing different glasses, and another time my hair was up in a towel. But on all of these occasions she went for my eyes and head.
She does not like to be messed with at night.
Two years ago there was a time for several months that she hated me. I have no idea why.
And then one day she was back to normal.
We have not noticed any sexual behavior going on. She does not hump or rub on anything. She does not try to make a nest in her big wicker toy box.