How to Pet a Bird

How to pet a bird

Your Bird May Be Plucking Due to Improper Petting

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.

  • Touching or petting your bird anywhere other than it's head or feet can cause a chronic hormonal condition that your birds body is not able to sustain.  Moreover, a hormonal parrot feels a sense of anxiety and urgency.  This is shown in problem behaviors such as biting, lunging, and other forms of aggression.  

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:

  • 10-11 hours of sleep per night
  • 8-10 hours of full spectrum lighting per day
  • Proper petting
  • A Proper diet
  • The elimination of a nesting cavity
  • Parrot appropriate touch



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