New and odd behavior

Tom Sloan

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We have a female Alexandrine parakeet that came from the SPCA about 15 years ago and was around 5 or 6 years old then. She has a large cage and we let her out loose for about 6-8 hours a day. She does not talk, but whistles, mumbles, chirps, other funny sounds, but mostly squawks. Her hobby is chewing paper and cardboard, and if we aren't careful, our clothes, pencils, furniture, and computer keyboards. In 15 years she has never set foot on bottom of the cage, ever...until the last month. Now she's down there half the time, shredding, digging, and crawling under the newspaper. She does not seem sick in any way. Is she trying to make a nest? I called a local bird breeder and he doesn't know.
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Hello,
Consult with a CAV - I don't think it's a physical problem though.
There's a good chance this is nesting behavior, caused by hormones. Remove all nesting material, keep her busy with toys, reduce the light she gets during the day, and be patient.
Someone else will have better advice, I'm sure.
 

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