Lisa K writes:
I have a very hormonal lovebird.
To the extent that he is wearing the feathers away from his body from rubbing against his perch and his tail is all scraggly from grabbing it with his foot to balance himself.
At first, I was taking him to the “best avian vet in the state” who wanted to give him monthly shots at $45 a pop.
She didn’t mention light therapy at all.
The last one did absolutely nothing to curb his activities.
He also regurgitates frequently on his leg, then hops down to the floor of his cage and eats it.
Then I ran across your website and read voraciously.
I purchased a light with a timer and did the 3 days, which had zero effect.
The piece I read didn’t mention minimal food and contact.
Do you have a comprehensive set of instructions?
Find them in this post entitled How Pet Bird Keepers Get The Lighting Thing Wrong
Also, since I started the 168 hours, it seems like he is not getting enough sleep, even though I cover his cage.
I’ve been changing his toys out frequently and try to engage him in other activities to no avail.
I’m afraid he’s doing damage to his digestive tract.
Can you help us?
I’m sorry for the problems you are having with your lovebird.
Firstly do we know if it’s a boy or girl?
If you’re not sure here’s an easy way to check your lovebird’s sex.
Have you looked at the output closely to determine if it’s vomiting or regurgitation?
These are two different actions reflecting two separate triggers that must be examined.
We talk about the differences between regurgitation and projectile vomiting here.
The “rubbing against his perch ” is masturbation I would advocate producing at least a single soft rope perch and a couple of small whiffle balls to reduce the abrasive friction.
RE: his tail is all scraggly from grabbing it with his foot to balance himself.
A bird will balance itself by gripping with 2 feet, not one.
Is it possible the bird is sleeping on a coarse hard perch causing damage to his feet?
Regurgitation is a normal behavioral reaction within your bird to show affection to mates, partners, and young ones (and the owner).
However, chronic regurgitation may result in symptoms including:
Persistent regurgitation can result from weight loss due to dehydration.
How often do you weigh your bird to determine weight loss?
An electrolyte disturbance can result in calcium and phosphorus imbalances.
Unnatural regurgitation or vomiting can be caused by infections, organ diseases, improper nutrition, poison, and possible drug reactions.
I hope this information helps you to drill down to determine the trigger(s) of this unfortunate behavior.