Why is my Blue Front Amazon, suddenly so antisocial?

by Tara Ong
(Turners Falls, Ma. U.S.)

I have a Blue Front Amazon, she is about 16 years old, my mom has had her since she was a young lil' thing, and about 2 years ago I adopted her, from my mom, because I wanted to keep her in the family.

The concern is recently she started staying (sleeping) on the bottom of her cage, which she has done in the past, but she has now been there for about 2 weeks, only getting up to eat and drink from her dishes placed higher in the cage.

Before she started this I would let her play about the outside of her cage, (she has her own space in the house) and she would be out for hours on end and if she ever got bored she would climb her perch and sleep, now she may come out for a breif petting, but then retreat back to the bottom of her cage.

I also have put cardboard boxes in her cage before, for her to (destroy), I would cut windows and door holes, in which she would eventually expand by ripping the box, I figured since she was spending so much time in her cage I would put a new box in there.. and she has not ripped one peice, instead it has become her new home.

Could my parrot be showing signs of laying an egg? If so, how long will it be before she does? And what should I do with it, once she has layed one? My mother said it could be possible, but I donno, she has been so incredibly antisocial, which is not like her..

Please help I am worried my parrot may be sick. P.s. she has..not.. pucked any of her feathers)Thankyou for your time and concideration toward this matter!

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Dec 31, 2011
update to Kiwi (my blue front amazon)
by: Anonymous

UPDATE! I brought her to vet to find out exactly what she may have been going through, and they were unable to find any problems with her...they said perhaps she is going through a "seasonal change" and her being at the bottom of her cage could just as well be a sign of her being cold, or just wanting to have a comfy place to relax.. since her visit to the vet, she still stays at the bottom of her cage but, she is alot more vocal (just as she used to be, I found when I leave the room she makes it a point to call out for me.. as if she really needs me in sight at every moment, which althogh it may sound like an annoying habbit, I assure you it reassures me that she is getting better, and although it was a pricey visit to the vet...it was worth the reassurance to know she is healthy!

Dec 14, 2011
Amazon spending time on floor of cage
by: Tracie

Your bird is likely sick. Please Find an Avian Vet right away to examine your bird.

Some cardboard boxes have toxic glue and materials. Please only give your bird toys and materials that you are sure of what they are made of.

When a bird lays eggs, it only takes about 2 days to develop and lay the egg, so it is unlikely that it is egg bound or it would have died by now.

Please write back and let us know what your avian vet finds and what the treatment is.

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