Post by lutinosunshine on Jul 4, 2022 16:25:45 GMT -5
Is this normal? She has always done this. She stands on her left foot. She uses the right foot to hold food when she's eating. She walks on it with no evidence of limping. But when she goes to a resting place, she picks that right foot up and tucks it close to her body and disappears in her feathers that she stands just on that one left foot. I'm worried about it but she will not let me get close enough to her to really examine I don't want to destroy the relationship I'm building with her here. It does not appear to be causing her any pain but I read that parrots will hide an injury so predators won't know their wee weak and to her I'm a predator. So is this normal or is she hiding an injury? What should I do?
It's probably normal. Parrots usually hold up one foot or the other when they're resting or simply not active for a while.
It's interesting that Sunshine holds food with her right foot. Most parrots are left-footed, though they can use either foot to grip things and to assist with climbing. Some, like Sunshine, favor their right foot for holding food and toys. When resting, a parrot often rests their dominant foot first then may switch to the other.
Yes, it is perfectly normal, they like to stand on one leg. Casey is also right handed but in his case he learned to eat with that foot since it was broken when he was younger and his left leg is stronger to stand on.
Post by lutinosunshine on Jul 5, 2022 11:22:30 GMT -5
Thank you. I noticed that she does it a while ago but since she showed no signs of being in pain I just figured I would keep watching it. I'm glad that it's normal. I'm still waiting for my parrot book to arrive via email mail and in the mean time you are very very helpful I appreciate this forum so much.