Now Ziva has an ISSUE! Flight feathers cut
by Michelle Liggett
(Mineral Wells, TX)
Now I have an issue that seems to have started yesterday - first, some backstory - I wanted Ziva 'fully-flighted', and, unfortunately, the breeder clipped her. She started to molt her flight feathers, as she was able to fly a short distance from the perch to me, etc - when she started to change out her feathers, she started crashing - smart bird, she doesn't try to fly as much, but, sometimes, as yesterday afternoon, she did and went to the ground.
I ask her to step up, and she does, she's never hurt, but, I think something happened this last time that she was upset and then correlated it to me! This morning she had her usual talk/mumbling session, and then I asked her if she wanted to come out of the cage, thinking she would step up as usual, then up on the top of the cage to play. Not today! She was upset! No stepping up - totally acted like she was afraid of my hand - not biting me, but did lunge her head at me, and pushing my hand with the front of her beak - if she did take a hold, it was not to bite, she did beak me a few times, but not hard.
Just acted strangely...I did insist that she step up, and was patient with her. Took her out, but did not let her up on the cage, as she definitely wanted back inside. I'm not very happy that she is unhappy - she has been grinding her beak and acting upset most of the afternoon! Staying as far away from me as she can...!
Anyway, I'm feeling this will pass with some patient work over the next few days, as she has bonded with me, and, up to now, we haven't had any issues.
I'm wondering how long it will be before she has fully molted her wing feathers, and will be flighted enough again to be able to fly without dropping like a rock! I hate to see her become cage-bound, but I'm afraid of her getting herself hurt, or, becoming afraid to fly at all...I think she has associated her last crash with me directly, and this has shaken her confidence in me...
Any suggestions, and, how long on the molt? It seems her primary flight feathers are definitely coming in, but very slow to get any length to them - they look normal, not chewed or broken, just still short...