Hormonal Parrots: Part 5 Clinical Presentation at the Vet
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The physical consequences of constant hormonal surges include painful and debilitating chronic egg-laying, egg binding, cloacal prolapse and self-mutilation. A female bird will experience low calcium levels without supplements making her prone to bone fractures and nervous behavior.
Have you wondered what your vet looks for to rule of if a bird has chronic hormonal issues that are affecting its health or behavior?
- Feather picking
- Nesting behavior
- Territorial defense and aggression
- Elevated mucus production in proventriculus, which can cause continuous regurgitation
- Degenerative conditions such as: osteoporosis; fractures; calcium and vitamin D3 deficiencies.
Simply put, a parrot’s biology is not designed to be in constantly hormonal. And, while you may think that you’re simply pampering your pet with lots of cuddles and petting, allowing it to nest and feeding it lots of carbs and fats, these hormone inducing practices cause degenerative health conditions from pelvic strain, chronic egg-laying to feather loss, skin problems and self-mutilation to relieve the stress of chronic hormonal surges. Constant hormonal surges degenerate the body and wreak havoc on your bird’s disposition.
Jamie McLeod of The Menagerie in Summerland, California tells us, “Parrots are what we make of them.” You can create an environment that makes your bird so hormonal that it wears its body out and makes it
- Diane Burroughs, LCSW