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The Birds and the Bees for Adults (Parrots, That Is!)


The days are getting longer, and if you have a sexually mature parrot, there may be some major sexual stuff going on - and you might not even know it!

A lot of people believe sexual behavior in adult parrots means they now need to be put in a breeding situation - not true! While there are a FEW birds who truly are not happy as pets and desperately want a mate and babies, they are very much in the minority. For most birds, it's simply a few months of mother Nature's influence, which then passes, revealing your loving companion once again. While some birds do become aggressive at this time, the majority do not. In a true breeding situation, with a bonded pair and a nest box, you will of course, see aggressive, territorial behavior, but generally not so much in single birds in our homes. Some birdies exhibit "selective aggressiveness," depending on the situation and environment.

Basically, sexual behavior starts when the number of hours of daylight begin to lengthen. It's helpful to follow the natural light cycle at this time, getting them up with the sun, and going to bed when it sets. Lots of birds become super cuddly when hormonal, wanting to snuggle more and literally lay in your lap. Touching gets "touchy", since a lot of your usual petting may now be sexually stimulating. Avoid stroking under the wings, under the tail, over the tail (or tugging on it), hands down their full body, or pressure on the back. All of this can be too stimulating, causing frustration. It's like lots of foreplay, with no culmination to follow! While sexual urges are natural, and fairly common in a lot of adult birds, it is not something to encourage.

By the same token, don't discourage or reprimand - simply ignore it, and try to avoid instigating it! Often, we're not aware of our role in the whole process, and unlike "spring fever" in adolescent birds, mature sexuality is often much more subtle, so that we may not even be aware that our birds experiencing it.

In many birds, they're either a bit more affectionate or a bit more grouchy, but not much else is obvious. Some birds exhibit no changes at all. If you do intend to get a mate and embark on the adventure of breeding parrots, please don't start too early! Many people mistake "spring fever" in immature birds as a sign of readiness for breeding, but like all kids, they're simply playacting. Breeding too young puts tremendous stress on Mom - instead of putting energy into her own body's development, it all goes into laying eggs and raising babies. You also tend to get weaker, smaller babies with less vitality.

Another trigger during this phase is anything that looks inviting for nesting - boxes, drawers, cupboards, bags, etc. - cozy protected little nooks and crannies. Avoid having those things around, and definitely don't offer a nest box! Some people do, as a place for birdies to hide, sleep or hang out, but it will make things worse. With some kids, "Happy Huts" will do the same thing - you may want to remove it for awhile.

Be careful! Watch your bird for over stimulation signals - eye pinning, tail fanning, feather puffing, blushing, posturing. You may need to change your approach in handling at this time. Use "step up/down" commands consistently, and avoid having your bird higher than your head and shoulders. You may want to use a hand held perch for bringing your bird out of his cage or off his playstand. Biting can definitely be a problem now. Make use of a "neutral room" when needed, to regain or maintain your position as flock leader.

Other factors affecting sexual behavior include humidity and temperature, as well as lighting and hours of daylight. Normally, nature pushes birds to reproduce right around the time that plants are flourishing, producing lush foliage, seed, flowers, and fruit. This ensures adequate food being available to feed the new hungry mouths!

You may get lucky, and have a parrot who slides right through "breeding season" without batting an eye. Not everyone acts out when the hormones surge! Just be prepared, keep alert, and use good judgment if problems arise. I don't advise doing major behavioral work in the spring if your bird does react negatively, although this is usually when I get a ton of calls begging for help!! Sadly, it also seems to be the time when many birds are put up for sale, as the owners are either unaware or unwilling to deal with this very natural, normal event.

If you do run into problems now, though, it's still advisable to work on behavior after things return to normal. Improving your techniques and building a stronger bond, based on trust and guidance, may help you and your parrot deal better with potential problems next year! Hang in there meanwhile, and don't entice your birdie with provocative behavior. Instead, buy some new toys, feed him more fresh veggies and healthy stuff, and enjoy the promise of new life that accompanies the beautiful season of spring!

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In Isolating Times, Can Robo-Pets Provide Comfort?  The New York Times

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Pets linked to maintaining better mental health and reducing loneliness during lockdown, new research shows  Science Daily

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Gallery: Pets of the week: Meet Jordan  nwitimes.com

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Clean carpets possess a deeper meaning than just an inviting home  The Daily Nonpareil

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SPCA continues no lost pets campaign by microchipping animals  WABI

Erie County offers free rabies vaccinations for pets - WGRZ.com
Erie County offers free rabies vaccinations for pets  WGRZ.com

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Children with animal allergies can live comfortably with pets  Wahoo Newspaper

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Pets of the Week  The Bethel Citizen

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Annual pet blessing held as a drive-thru event due to ongoing pandemic  WLOS

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30 adoptable pets get ‘courtside’ seats at NBA playoff game  Today.com

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SMVHS Pet of the Week: Duke  Lompoc Record

Cabot animal shelter using facial recognition to help find lost pets - THV11.com KTHV
Cabot animal shelter using facial recognition to help find lost pets  THV11.com KTHV

PUPS Act introduced to keep pets, owners together after travel - The Franklin Sun
PUPS Act introduced to keep pets, owners together after travel  The Franklin Sun

PET TALK: Chickens can be pets, but they also have other benefits - Chron.com
PET TALK: Chickens can be pets, but they also have other benefits  Chron.com

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Ammon reptile owners talk about surrendered pets - Local News 8  LocalNews8.com

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Galveston County Animal Resource Center pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

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Check out these solutions for your pets!  yurview.com

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Pets and People: Putting two feet first | Pets And Animals  Frederick News Post

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Pet owners felt less lonely and stressed during COVID-19 lockdown  Earth.com

Pets with Potential: Meet Duchess - WCAX
Pets with Potential: Meet Duchess  WCAX

Pandemic Pets - The Herald
Pandemic Pets  The Herald

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Galveston Island Humane Society pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

Photos: Hoosiers fall in love with new pets this autumn at free adoption event - The Indianapolis Star
Photos: Hoosiers fall in love with new pets this autumn at free adoption event  The Indianapolis Star

Stanton Foundation grant to help pets, families - University of Georgia
Stanton Foundation grant to help pets, families  University of Georgia

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Pet owners cancel plans to spend time with dogs, cats instead, Pet Census finds  Fox News

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Majority of Pet Owners Admit to Canceling Plans to Hang with Dog Instead, Survey Finds  PEOPLE

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Blue green algae poses danger to swimmers and pets  1430wcmy.com

NYC woman sues pet shop for not letting her take pricey poodle home - New York Post
NYC woman sues pet shop for not letting her take pricey poodle home  New York Post

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Local sisters make ‘furrtastic’ accessories for pets  myfox8.com

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Peony and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week  The Arizona Republic

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Shelter Pets | Valley Life | avpress.com  Antelope Valley Press

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Is your pet's food making you sick? Study finds many don't know the risk  Agri News

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What do pet owners think about CBD? Study says...  Jill Lopez

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Pet Talk | Features | mtexpress.com  Idaho Mountain Express and Guide

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Pets of the week: Darling London has a friendly personality, loves to play fetch  Victoria Advocate

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Lost Dog, Husky/Pitbull Mix in Robbins | Pets | thepilot.com  Southern Pines Pilot

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Pet probiotics: Are they really necessary?  Mic

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Sponsor spotlight: Pet safety during a home remodel  My Edmonds News

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Sick 9/11 Hero's Dog Among Pets Up For Adoption on Long Island  Long Island Press

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Three rabies cases confirmed in Roanoke City and County; experts remind pet owners to vaccinate their pets  WFXRtv.com

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Cuddle with a new friend this fall — adopt a pet: Sept. 26-27  SILive.com

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El Paso Animal Services helps feed needy pets with a food bank  KVIA El Paso

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Real Pet Food Company of Phoenix, AZ Voluntarily Recalls One Lot of Billy+Margot Wild Kangaroo and Superfoods Recipe Dog Food in 4 lb Bags Because of a Possible Salmonella Health Risk (USA)  FDA.gov

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Hit the Paws Button: Vote for your favorite pet!  Waterbury Republican American

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Keeping pets at a healthy weight  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

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Tampa Bay area pets looking for forever homes  Tampa Bay Times

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Letter from the Editor: Introduce us to your pets!  Chicago Daily Herald

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Pets of the Week: September 24, 2020  WSIL TV

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How to get a pet in Among Us: Step by step guide  Sportskeeda

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Is Your Pet Spoiled? Just A Little Bit!  newstalkkit.com

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Nominate Your Pet For Clark-Garwoods Pet Of The Week  Clark, NJ Patch

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Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of Sept. 20, 2020  Summit Daily News

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Adorable Adoptable Pets Of The Week From Humane Rescue Alliance  Patch.com

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Jobs, jobs, jobs at Pet Supplies Plus in West Bend  washingtoncountyinsider.com

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Dead, Malnourished Pets Found In Camden County; Charges Pending  Lake Expo

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Pet of the Week: Ginger  KATC Lafayette News

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Pet of the Week - Sept. 26  Columbus Telegram

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Pets of the week: Barney is the perfect family dog. Zelda is just plain adorable  MLive.com

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Friendswood Animal Control pet of the week | Lifestyle | The Daily News  Galveston County Daily News

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You All Need To Pet The Dog In Hades More  Kotaku

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Pet of the week: A senior Lab looking for a good rope toy, and a petite, quiet tabby  Duluth News Tribune

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Here are some of the companies that could benefit from COVID's ‘pet boom’  MarketWatch

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CAPA Pet of the Week: Canelo  Santa Maria Times

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Grab Rover and drive over to church for a pet blessing  Sun Sentinel

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Best of Orange County 2020: Best pet clinic/veterinary hospital  OCRegister

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Young-Williams Animal Center Pet of the Week: Dr. Yap  WATE 6 On Your Side

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Pet of the Week: Oliver  County 17

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Las Vegas animal shelters offering free pet adoptions this weekend  FOX5 Las Vegas

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World's largest pet walk to take place Sept. 26  Ponte Vedra Recorder

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All About Pets: Emergency preparations for your pets  Prescott Daily Courier

Empty the Shelters event lowers pet adoption fees in early October - PotomacLocal.com
Empty the Shelters event lowers pet adoption fees in early October  PotomacLocal.com

Real Pet Food Company recalls dog food due to possible salmonella contamination - WDIV ClickOnDetroit
Real Pet Food Company recalls dog food due to possible salmonella contamination  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

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These household items can be poisonous to your pets  KSAT San Antonio

Austin Humane Society distributes thousands of pounds of pet food - FOX 7 Austin
Austin Humane Society distributes thousands of pounds of pet food  FOX 7 Austin

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PET OF THE WEEK  Sky Hi News

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Pet Health: Smoky air especially harmful to pets  KOIN.com

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How Pets May Improve Our Immunity  Psychology Today

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Pet of the Week: Oreo  Daily Bulldog

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Pet Project: Milli Vanilli,  WJXT News4JAX

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Hidden Paws Network hosting Brown County pet food drive  WeAreGreenBay.com

Longmont Humane Society pet of the week for Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 - Longmont Times-Call
Longmont Humane Society pet of the week for Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020  Longmont Times-Call

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Pet therapy coordinator learns valuable lessons from her four-legged companions  Charleston Post Courier

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6 Things to Know About Insuring Your Pets  MSN Money

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Three kittens available starting Monday  The Daily Nonpareil

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Calamity Jane(CJ) is the ‘Pet of the Week’ at the Midland Humane Coalition  KMID - Local 2 News

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Pets on the Plaza: Meet Roxy - 47abc  WMDT

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28 top-rated Amazon products your pets will love  CNN

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Union family gets to keep pet pigs | Local News  La Grande Observer

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Get cozy with one of these 20 adoptable pets: Sept. 19-20  SILive.com

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Pets of Detroit: The Official Power Rankings  prideofdetroit.com

Salem animal hospital offers free treatment for pets hurt in area wildfires - KPTV.com
Salem animal hospital offers free treatment for pets hurt in area wildfires  KPTV.com

Hints From Heloise: Pet photos | Connect | athensmessenger.com - Athens Messenger
Hints From Heloise: Pet photos | Connect | athensmessenger.com  Athens Messenger

Batch of Billy + Margot pet food recalled due to Salmonella concerns - NorthcentralPa.com
Batch of Billy + Margot pet food recalled due to Salmonella concerns  NorthcentralPa.com

Free pet adoptions this weekend at animal shelters - KLAS - 8 News Now
Free pet adoptions this weekend at animal shelters  KLAS - 8 News Now

Local shelter reduces adoption fees during BISSELL Pet Foundation's Empty the Shelters event - WILX
Local shelter reduces adoption fees during BISSELL Pet Foundation's Empty the Shelters event  WILX

Siouxland Humane Society hosts 18th annual 'Pets on Parade' - KTIV
Siouxland Humane Society hosts 18th annual 'Pets on Parade'  KTIV

Pet stores at Arizona malls accused of selling 'puppy mill' dogs - The Arizona Republic
Pet stores at Arizona malls accused of selling 'puppy mill' dogs  The Arizona Republic

The global pandemic's newest luxury traveler? Your pet - CNBC
The global pandemic's newest luxury traveler? Your pet  CNBC

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Help Pets in Need Find a Forever Family During PetSmart Charities® National Adoption Days  PRNewswire

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