Sweet Pea is doing well. She loves having company over and meeting new people! This week (after all of our quarantine stuff was finally over!) my mother, grandmother and sister came over for our son's birthday. She was the life of the party, and insisted on hanging out on my mother's arm for a while! She also met a family of puppy adopters, and one of the PAFP fosters, Elizabeth (she sat on her arm too!). I am delighted that she takes so well to new people. Birds have a reputation for being very loyal to just one person (my lovebird certainly is that way)... but all birds are different, and Sweet Pea's proving to be a social butterfly- this should help her when she needs to transition to an adopter's home. Party Animal, Sweet Pea! She didn't go to the vet for her injection this past week because Dr. Mary Jane was at a conference all week. We plan to take her to Shively tomorrow. During the visit I hope to ask, 'what's next?'
Sweet Pea continues to interact more with her enrichment items and toys. Her 1st week or so here she wouldn't even sit on the other perches we had bought her, and would only use the 2 that came with her cage. She didn't interact with her bird toys, or sit on her rope swing. She wasn't used to having items in her cage, and this 'stuff to do.' Sweet Pea stepping out! This is likely one reason she began plucking at some point- a bird will 'go to its body' to have something to do, with which to interact, to feel they have a job/purpose, when they don't have a lot of enrichment options. -This is what we've learned from bird behaviorist videos and writings. T he idea is for Sweet Pea to start interacting with, and enjoying, her environment more, and ideally: plucking less to not at all. Sweet Pea hanging out on her rope swing So it's a huge deal that she's playing with her toys... grabbing them, biting them, moving them, d