It’s nearing springtime here, and that may mean hormone season is right around the corner. Here are some tips to help recognize hormonal body language and how to deal.
- don’t pick up/handle your parrot if his eyes are pinning, he’s displaying, he’s hunched over staring at you with his feet in a wide stance, or if his tail is fanning.
- keep the same schedules, especially at night. Don’t decrease sleep time, this signals their breeding instincts.
- Don’t feed soft, warm foods.
- Don’t begin to allow bathing more since it’s warmer. This signals the coming of rain and an abundance of food; ideal time to pick a mate and defend your territory.
- Watch his body language. If he’s acting off, use a stick to pick him up or leave him in his cage.
- Remove any nesting areas and replace any eggs with fake ones.
- Use common sense, and you won’t get bitten!
Your bird won’t stay this way forever. But they are wild animals and we have to respect their instincts. Here’s to a safe transition to spring!