If you haven't heard, my new conure has been an absolute terror today. I'm starting to wonder if she's in puberty and is just hormonal. At what age do conures typically go through puberty? She's about 1 1/2 years old. Here's a list of things I've noticed about her since I got her, and hopefully you guys can tell me what you think
- She just finished a full molt, still has some pin feathers on her head.
- If you scratch her head/help remove the covers on the pin feathers, one second her eyes are closing with pleasure and the next she'll screech and bite you.
- Her behaviour is really unpredictable. She's adorable and quiet one second, screeching and biting the next.
- She bobs her head and "lies" down on the perch, with her wings quivering, while making low noises. Someone told me this is a mating behaviour- is it?
- If you pat her back, she "lies" down and puts her tail up. Looks like she's trying to mate
- I also read somewhere that female conures will "back into" things when they want to mate/are going through puberty...she has this toy in her cage that she does this to ALL THE TIME. Her previous owner called it "cuddling", but I'm starting to think that maybe it's more sexual than that?
I'm just curious if she's going through adolescence now, because that would both explain her behaviour as well as the reason why her previous owners only decided to rehome her now, and not a year ago when their son first showed no interest in having the bird. Maybe the cute baby cuddliness wore off, and they no longer wanted to deal with a hormonal parrot?