Our U2 is going through a major hormonal time right now and I just found a great article that goes into detail about what can be done and suggestions to help make things better.
I don't know if it's been posted here before but I thought I'd share. It's been the most informative one I've read so far.
Hormonal Behavior in Pet Birds - Pet Bird Behaviors Unraveled — For The Birds DVM — Avian Vet
Hormonal Behavior in Pet Birds - Therapeutic Remedies — For The Birds DVM — Avian Vet
Hormonal Behavior in Pet Birds - Conclusion — For The Birds DVM — Avian Vet
glad to know I've been doing it right keeping her mind off of going behind the oven and garbage canCavity Seeking
As reproductive drives escalate, many pet birds will begin to roam and explore seeking a cav-ity. The perceived cavity may be a closet, a drawer or a box. Many birds have attempted to set up housekeeping under a chair or a couch. Owners have found chair stuffing excavated and carpets ripped up by companion parrots driven to find a suitable nest site. Many owners have viewed this be-havior with great amusement and often facilitated the quest by allowing the bird to stake a claim to a certain spot. Cavity seeking should rather be viewed as a serious escalation of hormonally driven be-havior. Many Neotropical species will become very territorial and fiercely guard their homestead. Cav-ity seeking is often a sign of imminent ovulation in the female. Researchers at the University of Cali-fornia at Davis have investigated the importance of this hormonal drive in the cascade of physiologic changes that lead to oviposition. Studies there demonstrated testosterone levels crescendo to their peak levels in male Orange-winged Amazons during cavity exploration. This information dovetails per-fectly with the observed importance of cavity availability to many Neotropical species including Ama-zon parrots and macaws. Curtailing this behavior by not allowing the bird to wander is a simple and powerful solution. Without the cavity, the reproductive drive usually abates. In contrast, female birds that are permitted or encouraged to establish ownership of a "cavity" will often begin a long stint of unrelenting egg production. Often these female birds will lay several lifetimes worth of eggs and be-come quite stressed and - eventually - quite ill from the physiologic demands of egg production and incubation.
We have that issue with Emmett and Jellybean. Jellybean climbs under the dresser and laughs his head off and we all think it's cute until he attacks our feet and won't let us get him out.Ooooh excellent articles!!
this is Rocky for the last couple years (the cavity seeking, she never reached the territorial part thank goodness):
glad to know I've been doing it right keeping her mind off of going behind the oven and garbage can
It is hormones, yes. Please start a post about this in the softbill section at the bottom of the forum.hi. need some advice. i don't know what's going on with my male mousebird - his name is Chirpoo. he is beginning to bite and doesn't take "no" very kindly. he can even attack my finger if i raise it to say no. is he going through hormones? he is one years old (human years).