My GCC Likes to Sleep in a Covered Area ~ Is This Hormonal Behavior?
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My GCC Likes to Sleep in a Covered Area ~ Is This Hormonal Behavior?

Scroll down for 8/27/20 updated responses

Christopher G. writes:

I have a question about bird behavior, and I thought it might find a home in the birdie brunch.

We have a four-year-old green cheek conure and a three-year-old Hahns macaw.

We keep them in travel/sleeping cages in our bedroom at night, with the doors unlatched so they can come out in the morning whenever they want.

Recently, at night, we have found our green cheek to have left her sleeping cage and nestled into a tight space between the two cages, underneath the towels that cover the cage.


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In Response to “Do You Serve Your Pet Bird Chop?”

Sherry L. comments:

Yes, my birds are fed ‘chop’ (Arlo the grey, calls it ‘bobbity’) This is a new term for what I have done for 28+ years.

Chop is chopped veg, grains, and sometimes, a tiny bit of seed sprinkled on top or a bit of walnut, or something.

I used to cut the vegetables larger because Arlo was pretty accepting of lots of things, and I didn’t have a food processor.

I also (now) feed Arlo a pelleted diet, along with the chop.

She also gets a small amount of fruit, and sometimes about an inch square of chicken breast (baked) or some steamed scallop (yum).


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How Do I Control My Conure’s Hormonal Behavior?

Karin R Writes:

My approximately 20 yr old conure (we think male, though not verified) has been exhibiting hormonal behaviors for weeks.

The worst thing is the frequent regurgitation.

My vet suggested that it is possible that a change in routine due to the pandemic is causing this.

I am certainly home more, but pre-pandemic I was gone for a couple of hours a day and did not have the same schedule every day.

I still leave for an hour or two most days, so it is not a big change.

Previously these behaviors lasted for a week or so, this time it has been going on for 6 weeks or more.


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Why Blame Your Bird for Destroying Furniture or Injuring Itself?

The thread below triggered the idea for this post.

It’s time to revisit the general subject of where to put your bird when it’s out of the cage.

It’s also time to look at some common sense pet bird-keeping ideas.

From Facebook:

“How do I get my bird to stop biting my neck?”

Answer: “Don’t put them on your shoulder until the bird is trained.”


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Can Light Therapy Solve These 3 Birds Hormonal Problems?

Drugs like Lupron, Haldol, and Prozac were designed and tested by the FDA on humans.


Zero long term testing of these drugs have been performed on any bird ~ ever.


The next time a veterinarian tells you “these are safe for your bird.”


Your response should be “please provide the data that backs up your statement.”



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Are Peanuts Making My Blue Crown Conure Itch?

Ward asks

My blue crown conure of at least 25yrs is acting odd. He seems to be scratching and bobbing as well as if he’s just very uncomfortable.


I recently ordered some peanuts in the shell and would give him 3-4 each day as a treat.

I started noticing very small moths in my home that lead back to the bag of peanuts that was teaming with larvae.

Do you think my conure is in danger from eating these peanuts?

Any advice is greatly appreciated.


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Hello, I Have a Very Hormonal Male Sun Conure!

Christina writes

Hello! I have a very hormonal male sun conure around ~10 years old. When he is out of his cage with me, all he wants to do is regurgitate anywhere and everywhere and go in my clothes.

Even in his cage, he regurgitates on things and humps some of his toys. I’m just not sure what kind of setup I can provide for him that will calm him down and let him play and have interests other than mating. 🙁

Do you have tips? Most tips seem to be for female birds, I’ve never had such a hormonal male though!


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What Kind of Bird Should I Get at 60?

Darla S asks:

Can you suggest a few medium-sized parrot species for a 1st-time owner about to turn 60y?

I am interested in moderation (moderate affection, playfulness, independence, friendliness, and noise) ability to talk would be a plus.

I still work full time, and live alone in my own house.


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