A lot of bird people wonder about how to stop a hormonal bird. After all, hormonal birds can have both physical health problems and they can become aggressive when they get in a chronically hormonal state.
Most of us dread the onset of hormonal bird season. But, keep in mind, your bird is just as distressed as you are.
But, did you know that some of the things that we feed our birds can actually bring on hormonal behavior? That's right! There are several conditions that a bird's body requires in order to turn the hormones on.
You may have noticed that hormonal bird season starts in the spring for most of our birds.
Spring is associated with longer, warmer days and an abundance of new plant growth. More access to light coupled with the availability of protein-rich, fatty foods triggers a hormonal response in our birds.
So, if you don’t want to trigger a hormone response in your bird - or if you want to tone the hormones down fast - take a look at your bird's diet.
Here is a list of 5 food types that can turn your bird's hormones on.
Breads & Grains.
Eating enough fresh produce has been shown to be one of the most effective ways to improve your bird's health. So why does it seem so difficult? Avian experts recommend several types of fresh, uncooked vegetables a day, but with a hectic schedule and little knowledge on how to make healthy meals, most people just serve pellets or a seed diet.
Fortunately, feeding your bird well doesn't have to be challenging. Healthy ingredients should take less than 15 minutes to prepare. Eating more fresh, raw produce will help balance hormones and will result in many other health benefits. By getting started with one dish today new, healthy vegetable today.
So there you have it. If you want to stop hormonal bird behavior, watch the diet.
For more information on hormonal bird behavior check out these blogs
The Ultimate Guide To Hormonal Bird Behavior
8 Foods That Can Help Your Obnoxious Hormonal Bird
How To Pet A Bird And Avoid Chronic Hormonal Behavior
Diane Burroughs, LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist trained in ABA therapy techniques. She specializes in avian anxiety disorders and is certified in Nutrition For Mental Health. Diane has written a number of bird behavior books and she offers behavior consultations. She's developed a range of UnRuffledRx Science-backed Parrot Wellness Supplies.
Diane's products have been featured in the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery and at Exoticscon, a conference for exotic pet veterinarians. Her bird collars & supplements are stocked in avian vet clinics and bird stores throughout the US. With over 30 years in the field of behavior, Diane has created thousands of successful individualized behavior plans that help pets thrive.
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April 22, 2023
I had one lovebird for a few months, and I adopted another female within 3 mos of rehoming Buddy, the male. He NEVER bit me before the female showed up. Since she has come, I think he has experienced some sexual frustration, as he approaches her multiple times and although they are not fighting, she is not accepting his regurgitated food offers and not offering to preen him. He comes to me for head scratches and then after I stop scratching he bites me… HARD. So far not sure what to do about it. He will also fly to me and nuzzle me appreciatively, and then bite me HARD. It definitely seems that he wants attention.