Last Updated on by Catherine Tobsing
This is a concern to help reduce feather plucking, screaming, and prolific egg-laying.
Here are some techniques to help reduce hormonal behavior and feather plucking in pet birds:
Provide a healthy diet: A balanced diet that includes a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, and grains can help maintain a bird’s overall health and reduce feather plucking.
- Offer plenty of mental stimulation: Birds need plenty of mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy. Offer toys, perches, and other interactive items to keep your bird entertained.
- Create a stress-free environment: Avoid stressful situations, such as loud noises or sudden environmental changes, which can trigger hormonal behavior.
- Provide a suitable living space: Ensure your bird has a spacious cage or aviary, with plenty of room to fly and play.
- Address any medical issues: Certain conditions, such as skin infections or mites, can trigger feather plucking and hormonal behavior. Take your bird to a veterinarian for a check-up if you suspect any health issues.
- Maintain a consistent routine: Birds thrive on routine, so try to maintain a consistent schedule for feeding, playtime, and sleep.
- Consider giving your bird a companion: Some birds do better with a companion, as they can provide social interaction and reduce stress.
These tips may not work for every bird, and the best approach may vary depending on the individual bird and the cause of the feather plucking and hormonal behavior. Consult a veterinarian or an avian behaviorist for a more tailored and effective plan.
We have found the most important component of controlling hormones is light.
The quality of light doesn’t matter, it’s the length of light cycles that’s important.
The majority of pet birds are indigenous to areas close to the equator where sunlight is typically available for 12 hours followed by 12 hours of darkness.
We achieve this with Windy City Parrot’s economical Full Spectrum Light with a timer.
This simple solution will not only help your bird’s health but will make them look better in the birdcage.
Written by Mitch Rezman
Approved by Catherine Tobsing.