Help ASAP with female parrot!
New to this forum. Monday night DH noticed our 17-yr old female Gray was on the floor of the cage (where she had been working on a pile of yarn she had torn from a toy), I had seen her chewing on it occasionally, but I figured just b/c she liked the big ball of it she had shoved in the corner after detaching it from the hanging toy.
He was in the room (our main entry, which is also our laundry room) for quite a while, first playing with her and then ironing. He didn't say if she started panting while he was petting her, but she was definitely "agitated" after he put her back, started chewing on the yarn, then backed up to it, put her tail down, held her wings out and started whimpering. He called me in and we agreed that it looked like she was trying to lay an egg. I gave her more yarn from another old toy to see if she would make the nest larger (I was also afraid an egg would break on the grate).
Nothing yesterday, she had dropped the new yarn through the grate, I did some laundry and she was playing normally while I was in there, this room is right off the kitchen and I was baking all day, didn't hear her panting/whimpering from the other room.
This morning I removed the old yarn since she had pooped on it, checked her cloaca and tried to feel for an egg - don't see/feel anything unusual. She tolerated this though I rarely inspect that area. I then started petting her a bit on the back as usual and she started the whimpering, wing-extension, tail-down behavior again, even when I put her back quickly on her perch. This only lasted a few minutes, I left the room and now I can hear her whistling and talking as usual.
I know that egg-binding is an emergency, but she doesn't seem to be in distress most of the time, and the poops I see on the paper seem normal (she didn't poop in front of me just now). She is very affectionate with both of us, and tries to regurgitate every time I hold her, has for her entire life.
This new behavior - is it showing that she is sexually mature (which I assume she has been for years) and eager to mate? I thought females put their tails *up* when they were cycling. I would be worried about egg binding if I heard her panting from the other room and walked in to find her on the floor in that posture. While it looks like she's been preparing a nest, the tail-down, wings-out, whimpering thing has only been these 2 times during/after petting.
Please help ASAP - with the holiday tomorrow, I don't know if I need to get her to a vet *today*! Thanks