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Scaredy Bird

weather: full on cloudless sun
outside: 23°C
mood: worried
music: Kreisler - Schon Rosmarin (Perlman)
userinfoSkippy is 3 months old now... gosh, how time flies =} She's doing very well. She's still very tiny, but her weight is holding steady at 73g. She gobbles up most of the corn and pea niblets I give her almost every day and is definitely eating out of her food cup.

But lately, I've noticed that she's been very easily spooked by a lot of things, some of them very minor (though, I suppose if you're only 5" big and don't understand anything, everything can look huge and scary to you).

She goes jittery when she hears crows outside. She also does that when she hears other birds outside singing/chirping as well. I guess this is normal because her instincts are telling her that might be a predator. Or she could be on my hand or shoulder, I'll pull a tissue out of the box and she'll be startled. She's seen me do this a zillion times and she still startles.

It just seems like every little thing is scaring her recently. I don't know if this is normal. Maybe it's something they go through after their fearless, unknowing baby phase...

The biggest worry is that she gets spooked while she's in her cage. We've already had to take her to the Vet ER that morning from the thrashing incident. Every time she gets scared, we'll take her out. We talk softly to her and cuddle her — well, not really cuddle cuddle, but just hold her close to our bodies, but let her go wherever she wants to be... shoulder, by my neck under my hair, or stay on my chest just under my chin, etc.

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mayna
Jun. 19th, 2004 06:25 pm (UTC)
Maybe Skippy needs a padded cage? :-D

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