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    Grumpy Bird?

    Hi everybody!

    Emily was not happy to see me when I came home today...for the first time!!! I went to get her out, like I have everyday and she scolded me, after some bribing she stepped up...and we went up to my office. But once on my shoulder she was pecking my face, not in a happy to see you way either.

    The only thing I remember doing differently was getting her out of her cage while I got her food ready before I had to leave for work. She's eating & drinking, playing with toys. She was scolding me even when I was just changing the papers in her cage and taking out this morning's grapes. Perhaps she's not getting enough sleep? She lives downstairs in the family room, but with a teenager someones usually prowling around late and DH is up at 5:00am. Should I move her to a quieter spot or is today just an off day?

    Any thoughts?

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    Re: Grumpy Bird?

    is she in breeding mode?
    females can become very moody at this point?

    her cere will start to be turning a tan to crusty brown color
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    Re: Grumpy Bird?

    her cere is the same color...a translucent blue/lavender. She's 8 weeks old...is that too young for hormone issues???

    Kathy - who's bird is still scolding anyone who approaches her cage!

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    Re: Grumpy Bird?

    When my Ciara scolds, I take that as a good sign. I am not sure if Emily would have hormone issues yet, though nothing would surprise me. I am thinking that maybe she is feeling more and more comfortable with you, so she is not being shy! Budgies love to scold, especially the females! LOL

    What I do know is that if my budgies don't get at least 10 hours of uninterrupted sleep, it affects their mood, especially my little girl. Milo is like a wind up toy - you get him up and he starts going! It is important for the birds to get the 10 - 12 hours of uninterrupted sleep.

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    Re: Grumpy Bird?

    I would say she may just be having an off day, and a bit tired. My three girls def. let me know when they haven't gotten enough sleep - what a racket!

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    Re: Grumpy Bird?

    might just be you, but a major change in attitude can also be illness related. keep your eye out for other signs and keep us updated.
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    Re: Grumpy Bird?

    I'm hoping that it is just a combination of being tired and getting comfortable enough to yell at us. Can't keep your company manners on forever...

    I think tomorrow I will move her sleeping upstairs to the walk-in closet in my office. There's not a lot in it except Christmas decorations...plenty of room for her cage on a table and its heated. It is the one place in the house where she can be totally undisturbed. Tonight I was at class, DH put her back in her cage at 8:00pm (she was climbing on the outside of it), he said she was very grumpy. But that's not surprising, at night she has always wanted some downtime...but never during the day!

    Thanks to all...I will keep a sharp eye on her and keep you updated!

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    Re: Grumpy Bird?

    I know with me twitter when you try & make her do something she doesn't want to do ( like get her on your finger ) she will get very LOUD & give you a good bite!
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