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    Understanding Parrot Breeding Hormones

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    Parrot behaviour can change dramatically as a result of parrot hormones. At a certain stage in a bird’s life, the parrot temperament will be affected by his biological need to breed. This is not a choice, but rather an inevitable time. A hormonal bird will become protective and aggressive in preparation for when they have to raise young. See the following information on parrot hormones and how the bird is affected. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

    •    When the seasons change, so does your parrot. The bird will go through both parrot hormone changes, as well as physical ones. The testes or ovary become enlarged. Parrot behaviour becomes much more instinctive, rather than rational. As soon as the daylight hours increase, parrot hormones will come more into play.

    •    With more availability of food in the spring and summer, the bird feels more comfortable about feeding more of her babies. Fattening food in particular is a trigger for changes in parrot temperament.

    •    In the wild, as soon as parrot hormones are in full swing, parrots will find their mates and stay with them away from their flocks.

    •    The couple will then find a nesting spot and will not move around as much as they did before. Their parrot behaviour will become much more aggressive and protective, in an effort to keep predators or competition away from their young.

    •    Once they are settled, parrot behaviour will become much more affectionate as they begin mating and their family grows.

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