Hi, some of you might have seen my introduction here:http://www.mytoos.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=261430#Post261430
Now as the title states, Lily and I are having a tough time at the moment due to her hormones. When I adopted her, the previous owner told me that Lily would often lift her wings up and beg to be stroked under there and that as cute as it is I should never do this. I already knew only keep scratches to the head and neck however I’m now thinking his advice was actually a warning and the damage had already been done (she would have only been 2 at the time though?). Lily has just had her 5th birthday so she’s probably at the worst stage for her hormone years. I have only ever scratched her head but I have seen other family members stroking her back and no matter how many times I explain it’s a no touch zone it just doesn’t seem to sink in, they don’t do it deliberately but it still happens every so often. Infuriates me.
I am very much lily’s ‘person’ however she shares the house with 6 of us humans and she had a good relationship with all.
Now here’s the main problem, almost every time I go to try and get lily to step up she will turn her back to me, wings down, tail up and start panting. I simply can’t get her to step up at the moment she is that obsessed with mating. I am not daft and realise that there must be something that I am doing to encourage this behaviour but I just can not figure out what it may be. I am not the most experienced having only had lily for three years so everything is still fairly new to me which is why I’ve finally joined this forum. Lily gets 12 hours of complete darkness a night, I mention this because I have been doing a lot of research and that seems to be a common theme. Lily has always been hormonal and I always ignore it, I simply walk away and try again in 5 minutes. However she has never been anywhere near as bad as she is at the moment and it is really affecting her happiness I feel (and mine, I want my bird back).
I understand there will probably be a lot of questions that require my answers before you can even get close to having any advice for me or if anyone has any stories to share that would help massively?
Thanks in advance.