Avian hormones are rampaging this week.
Birds are not domesticated pets, but rather are very much creatures of their wild instincts. One of those instincts happens to be finding a mate and making eggs.
We’ve been having a constant reminder of just how wild all birds truly are. My sweet little Ptak has been transformed from an angelic little bird to a dark-dwelling monster who wears the face of my parrotlet.
Just kidding. (Kind of.)
Four things come typically hand-in-hand with this season: excessive nippiness and mood swings, a particularly enormous appetite, and nesting.
Everything dark or enclosed… behind pillows, under the couch, under my arms, the pocket of my jumper, bumps in the blankets, shadowy corners… everything is suddenly a potential nest. So not only am I spending a large chunk of my time herding the birds away from perceived nesting sites (all of which require ‘improvement’ by means of a good chew, by the way), but they’re all highly offended by this, and bite me for my troubles.
Male birds nest as much as females do. In parrotlets, the male is also the one to investigate a nest site first, then invite his mate inside. Ptak has definitely been keeping his eye out. He’s shredded his newspaper cage liner and is looking for every excuse to hide under the bedroom blankets. Mishka’s probably been the most normal. She just sits and sings to Pip all day, who is as oblivious as ever.
Mavi has been acting the most odd this week. He actually wants to sit with O. all the time – mainly, I think, because O. is the main source of hemp. I’ve been trying to make up for this by keeping a stash of the beloved treat on me at all times, but to be honest, the boyfriend is definitely the one in favour. I’m actually glad; it’s good to see the lads getting on.
Eesh, anyway, here’s hoping hormones calm down again ASAP. It wasn’t too bad last year, so maybe I’ll get lucky again…
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