- Jul 23, 2019
This has manifested maybe in the last two 1/2 weeks. I make sure my birb (canary wing parakeet, working his way to 5 yrs old) has no shortage of toys (shredders, sola balls, foraging toys, vine balls, loofa, etc.) but as of late he does not really play with them. If I get him to step up on my finger, he will immediately start preening the top of my hand. If I don't stop him, he will "preen" it until welts form and its made me bleed a few times. It's not aggressive biting at all, he is trying to be gentle, but there's not really anything to preen. I will try to redirect his attention to a toy or his perch, but the only thing that will distract him is a favorite treat and even then it is temporary. Usually the distraction only lasts a small while and then he will crawl back to my hand and start again. I've tried putting on gloves, which deters him, but then he'll go looking for other bare skin (ex. the top of my foot). He has even started this same obsession with my boyfriend's hands as well. Does anyone have an idea what is with the sudden obsession? Also when I try to use toys as a distraction (I offer them in his peripheral and am not pushy about it), he gets petulant and will grab it and throw it away as if in a tantrum and then goes back to preening. I've made an appointment with the vet for a checkup, but trying to see if anyone has experience with this in the interim.