Hormone Triggers

Does your bird struggle with their hormones?

Does it seem like you're always dealing with hormonal behaviour?

Use this list to help reduce the overall hormone load for your bird!

Hormones In Pet Parrots

Each and every parrot who is mature has hormones in their body. We only start to notice them when there are problem behaviours occurring!

The fact that your bird HAS hormones is different than the fact that you are currently experiencing problems. If your bird seems to have to much in their system, use these tips to help lower the overall stress load of those hormones on their system (and yours!)

Lower all of the triggers

It is not about bringing each of these triggers to zero, but more about "turning down the volume" on each of the triggers. Can we look at the birds' environment, set up, routine, and diet and make the triggers as low-impact as possible?

Top 5 hormone triggers

Top 5 hormone Triggers for pet parrots

Perceived Nest

Does your bird go under the covers? Down your shirt? Behind the bookshelf? Under the sofa? On top of the cupboards? These (and more) could be potential perceived nests for your bird.

Perceived Mate

If your bird is mounting, posturing, or regurgitating to a particular person or thing, they may perceive it as their pair-bonded mate. Their bond needs to come back to a friendship level, instead of a perceived mate!

Lengthening Days

Each minute of longer daylight can signal that spring is here! Keep bedtime the same to help your bird stabilize their routine. Aim for 12 hours of sleep a night.

Rich Diet

All the fats, proteins and food you could need for raising a family! An abundance of rich foods is another signal that it's a great time to raise a family.


In areas that have large changes in weather, the increased humidity could signal spring! Keeping tabs on misting and showers could be beneficial.

Keep each triggers low

Each trigger has it's own intensity level. Your goal is to evaluate where your bird is at right now, and see if it can be lowered to a dull roar.

Beware Labels and Fog

It is likely that reducing these triggers will not solve all of your behaviour problems. That's beacause "hormones" are blames for many issues that are far more complex than a simple checmical imbalance! There is a common fog of understanding around hormones, and it seems to obscure most things. From biting, to screaming, to flying, to bonding, to failure to step up, to going into/out of a cage, or failure to go in/out of a cage, everything is somehow blamed on "hormones".

You should still work to reduce the 5 triggers to a lower level. Then, look at taking a course or booking some coaching to help resolve your behavior problems. Using skills such as Target, Station, Recall, or Foraging, might be what your bird needs to help them succeed!

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