It is important to know how to pet a bird properly. Improper petting can actually make your parrot become hormonal. In the wild, pet birds only become hormonal once or twice a year. We know that certain conditions must be met in order for a bird to become hormonal and be able to reproduce. One of those conditions is touch. Other conditions that induce a hormonal state are an abundance of the right type of food, lighting and sleep conditions, and the availability of a nesting cavity.
Chronic, unsatisfied hormonal states are very stressful for parrots and are a contributing factor to feather plucking.
So, all in all, proper parrot care involves learning how to pet a bird. If you want to show your bird just how much you care, consider social activities such as trick training, eating together, time out on a play stand, and even teaching your bird to fly.
You can turn around hormonal related aggression and feather plucking by insuring that your bird has the following conditions: