Within the last week, Lulu (who is actually a Louie - thanks DNA test!) has begun picking at his left leg, right where his fluffy little leg feathers end. He stands with his leg extended, leans over it and rapidly scrapes this one spot with his lower beak, over and over and over. It's pitiful. The feathers have a little dried blood stain on them from where he has scratched himself raw, or has scraped himself on something. Either way he can’t seem to leave it alone. When I attempt to distract him from doing this to himself he displays and has even lunged at me and banged his beak on his cage. He also does it while he’s perched in my lap or on my leg.
He has a few oddball behaviors like toe licking and even toy licking when he’s tired, but this is disturbing me. He will let me touch his legs and feet, so I’ve cleaned the spot and applied a dab of Neosporin.
Last night he seemed on edge, and he’s been aggressive toward the little dogs and my spouse moreso than usual. I had to intervene when Louie dove off his play spot on the couch and tried to go after the hubs, who was sitting on the other side of the room holding one of our pups. He’s very full of himself lately and refuses to let anyone touch him besides me. Won’t step up for anyone else. Is this a hormonal thing or what? I know that this time of the year is rough for these parrots.
Has been getting his 11 - 12 hours of darkness and sleep, no changes to the environment or diet. I ruled out possible skin irritants from household cleaners - I don’t use them anywhere near the birds, and their covers are washed with an irritant free laundry detergent.