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  • Backyard Birdhouse 75 Ft Extension Cable for Night Owl Cameras
    Backyard Birdhouse 75 Ft Extension Cable for Night Owl Cameras
    Backyard Birdhouse 75 Ft Extension Cable for Night Owl Cameras Our Night Owl camera comes with a 75-foot cord, but if you're like me, your birdhouse is 77' away from the house. You have three options. Move the tree; move the house; or buy our 75' cable extension. Our FREE advice . . . buy the extension.   Backyard Birdhouse 75 Ft Extension Cable for Night Owl Cameras Our Night Owl ca...
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  • Backyard Birdhouse Owl Night Vision HD Camera In White Pine Nestbox
    Backyard Birdhouse Owl Night Vision HD Camera In White Pine Nestbox
    This, one of our best one-size-fits all bird houses, got even better with the addition of our new Hawk Eye HD Nature Cam. The Backyard Birdhouse with its 4" x 4" floor will be a welcome home to a majority of smaller backyard birds, such as titmice, bluebirds, chickadees, and house wrens. Made of durable Eastern white pine. It comes fitted with a slate squirrel guard. A 75' camera AV/power... This, one of our best one-size-fits all bird houses, got even better with the a...
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  • Backyard Birdhouse Owl Night Vision Wireless HD Camera & Cedar Nestbox
    Backyard Birdhouse Owl Night Vision Wireless HD Camera & Cedar Nestbox
    This, one of our best one-size-fits all bird houses, got even better with the addition of our new Wireless HD Hawk Eye Nature Cam. The Backyard Birdhouse with its 4" x 4" floor will be a welcome home to a majority of smaller backyard birds, such as titmice, bluebirds, chickadees, and house wrens. Made of durable Eastern white pine. It comes fitted with a slate squirrel guard. Package includes:... This, one of our best one-size-fits all bird houses, got even better with the ad...
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  • Breeder Bird Cage 3 Divided Units Make 6 Cages by AE LOR4020-3 Black
    Breeder Bird Cage 3 Divided Units Make 6 Cages by AE LOR4020-3 Black
    Breeder Bird Cage 3 Divided Units Make 6 Cages by AE 40x20 Black 40"x20"x68" 6 Unit Breeder Cage with Dividers 40" wide x 20" deep with a total height of 68" 1/2" Bar Spacing Each cage section 20" x 10" x 20" 3 Removable dividers 6 Entry doors 6 Breeder box doors 6 Removable grilles 6 Removable trays 12 Feeder cups 6 Wood perches Heavy duty non toxic powder coat finish Constructed of... Breeder Bird Cage 3 Divided Units Make 6 Cages by AE 40x20 Black 40"x20"x68" 6 ...
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  • Breeder Bird Cage 3 Divided Units Make 6 Cages by AE LOR4020-3 White
    Breeder Bird Cage 3 Divided Units Make 6 Cages by AE LOR4020-3 White
    Breeder Bird Cage 3 Divided Units Make 6 Cages by AE 40x20 White 40"x20"x68" 6 Unit Breeder Cage with Dividers 40" wide x 20" deep with a total height of 68" 1/2" Bar Spacing Each cage section 20" x 10" x 20" 3 Removable dividers 6 Entry doors 6 Breeder box doors 6 Removable grilles 6 Removable trays 12 Feeder cups 6 Wood perches Heavy duty non toxic powder coat finish Constructed of... Breeder Bird Cage 3 Divided Units Make 6 Cages by AE 40x20 White 40"x20"x68" 6 ...
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  • Breeder Bird Cage Double Stack Space Saver by AE 13221-2 Black
    Breeder Bird Cage Double Stack Space Saver by AE 13221-2 Black
    Breeder Bird Cage Double Stack Space Saver by AE 32x21 BLACK 32"x21" Double Stack Flight Cage Too many birds, not enough space? This is your double stacked cage! This cage is one of our best sellers for all the right reasons. First - its versatility. The bars are wire and the frame is wrought iron. Half-a-dozen finches or a few Budgies would not only look good, they'd be happy. The 32 inch width... Breeder Bird Cage Double Stack Space Saver by AE 32x21 BLACK 32"x21" Double Sta...
    Your Price: $500.00
  • Breeder Bird Cage Double Stack Space Saver by AE 13221-2 Platinum
    Breeder Bird Cage Double Stack Space Saver by AE 13221-2 Platinum
    Breeder Bird Cage Double Stack Space Saver by AE 32x21 PLATINUM 32"x21" Double Stack Flight Cage  Too many birds, not enough space? This is your double stacked cage! This cage is one of our best sellers for all the right reasons. First - its versatility. The bars are wire and the frame is wrought iron. Half-a-dozen finches or a few Budgies would not only look good, they'd be happy. The 32 inch... Breeder Bird Cage Double Stack Space Saver by AE 32x21 PLATINUM 32"x21" Double...
    Your Price: $500.00
  • Breeder Bird Cage Double Stack Space Saver by AE 13221-2 White
    Breeder Bird Cage Double Stack Space Saver by AE 13221-2 White
    Breeder Bird Cage Double Stack Space Saver by AE 32x21 WHITE 32"x21" Double Stack Flight Cage Too many birds, not enough space? This is your double stacked cage! This cage is one of our best sellers for all the right reasons. First - its versatility. The bars are wire and the frame is wrought iron. Half-a-dozen finches or a few Budgies would not only look good, they'd be happy. The 32 inch width... Breeder Bird Cage Double Stack Space Saver by AE 32x21 WHITE 32"x21" Double St...
    Your Price: $500.00
  • Breeder Cage & Canary Show Cage by Prevue Pet #CSC
    Breeder Cage & Canary Show Cage by Prevue Pet #CSC
    Breeder Cage & Canary Show Cage by Prevue Pet #CSC   Dimensions 10-1/2 Inches L x 7 Inches W x 10-1/2 Inches H  7/16 Inch wire spacing  Attractive light gray finish 2 Solid cage sides Pull out bottom tray 2 wood perches (3/8 inch diameter) PRE CSC  Breeder Cage & Canary Show Cage by Prevue Pet #CSC   Dimensions 10-1/2 Inc...
    Your Price: $69.00
  • Breeder Cage Stackable Divided for Canaries Prevue F060 White 1 pc
    Breeder Cage Stackable Divided for Canaries Prevue F060 White 1 pc
    Breeder Cage Stackable Divided for Canaries Prevue F060 White 1 pc Stackable Divided Double Wide Breeder Cage is perfect for Canaries.    F060 Double Breeder Cage Dimensions: 23-1/4" L X 10-1/4" D X 14" H Interior Dimensions: 23" L X 10" D X 12-1/2" H Bar Spacing 1/2"   Each entry door - 4-5/8" W X 4"H Each feeder door - 1-7/8"W X 2-1/4"H Each Breeder door 4"W X 4"H This package is the... Breeder Cage Stackable Divided for Canaries Prevue F060 White 1 pc Stackable Di...
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  • Breeder Cage Stackable Divided for Canaries Prevue F060 White 4 pc
    Breeder Cage Stackable Divided for Canaries Prevue F060 White 4 pc
    Breeder Cage Stackable Divided for Canaries Prevue F060 White 4 pc 4 Stackable Divided Double Wide Breeder Cages perfect for Canaries.   F060 Double Breeder Cage Dimensions: 23-1/4" L X 10-1/4" D X 14" H Interior Dimensions: 23" L X 10" D X 12-1/2" H Bar Spacing 1/2"  Each entry door - 4-5/8" W X 4"H Each feeder door - 1-7/8"W X 2-1/4"H Each Breeder door 4"W X 4"H This package is the perfect... Breeder Cage Stackable Divided for Canaries Prevue F060 White 4 pc 4 Stackable ...
    Your Price: $300.00
  • Breeder Cage The Hampton Deluxe Divided Breeder/flight Cage No Stand
    Breeder Cage The Hampton Deluxe Divided Breeder/flight Cage No Stand
    Breeder Cage The Hampton Deluxe Divided Breeder/flight Cage No Stand   Talk about a versatile bird cage! By keeping the divider in you have 2 smaller cages but with the divider out you get a flight cage over 3 feet wide. Works as an independent unit or stacks easily with additional single units, or on the Hampton Deluxe Breeder Cage with Stand Each Cage Has: A removable divider 2 - 7... Breeder Cage The Hampton Deluxe Divided Breeder/flight Cage No Stand   Talk...
    Your Price: $250.00
  • Breeder Cage The Hampton Deluxe Divided Breeder/flight Cage W Stand
    Breeder Cage The Hampton Deluxe Divided Breeder/flight Cage W Stand
        Interior Dims Exterior Dims Bar Space 1/2 Cage Section 18 In x 17-1/2 In x 17-1/4 In High 18-1/2 In x 19 In x 20-1/4 In High 1/2 In Each Cage 37 In x 17-1/2 In x 17-1/4 High 37-1/2 In x 18 In x 20-1/2 In High 1/2 In 1 Cage & Stand 37 In x 17-1/2 In x 17-1/4 In High 37-1/2 In x 18 In x 40-1/2 In High 1/2 In 2 Cage & Stand 37 In x 17-1/2 In 17-1/4 In...     Interior Dims Exterior Dims Bar Space 1/2 Cage Section 18 In x...
    Your Price: $325.00
  • Cardboard Carry Box For Small Birds Canaries Parakeets 5x4
    Cardboard Carry Box For Small Birds Canaries Parakeets 5x4
    Cardboard Carry Box For Small Birds Canaries Parakeets 5 x 4   5" x 4" x 4" Ships Flat   Disposable/reuseable small paper cardboard carry box folds into inexpensive bird pet carrier for transport to the vet, home from the breeder or pet shop.   Fits canaries, finches, budgies, mice, hamsters, etc.   Cardboard Carry Box For Small Birds Canaries Parakeets 5 x 4   5" x 4" x 4" Sh...
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  • Coconut Fiber Nest Builder by Prevue for Finches Canaries
    Coconut Fiber Nest Builder by Prevue for Finches Canaries
    Coconut Fiber Nest Builder by Prevue for Finches Canaries   Box dimensions: 3 Inches wide x 5-1/2 Inches High    Box has a twist tie on the back for mounting on the the cage. Birds can pick though a pre punched hole on the front of the box.  Coco Fibers are 100% dry, sterilized coconut fibers which can be used on their own, or to refill preening toys. Fibers are good for satisfying... Coconut Fiber Nest Builder by Prevue for Finches Canaries   Box dimensions: 3...
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  • Cotton Nesting Pads by Prevue Pet for Finches Canaries 2 pc
    Cotton Nesting Pads by Prevue Pet for Finches Canaries 2 pc
    Prevue Pet Products Nesting Pads measure 5” to fit most nests and are good for canaries, finches and parakeets. 2 pads included per package. Two cotton fiber felt pads Fits all standard size nests Best for canaries, finches, parakeets Pads are slit to snuggly fit into nests 104 Prevue Pet Products Nesting Pads measure 5” to fit most nests and are good fo...
    Your Price: $2.00
  • Cuttlebones A Natural Calcium Source Broken Pieces 1/4 lb (113.4 g)
    Cuttlebones A Natural Calcium Source Broken Pieces 1/4 lb (113.4 g)
    Do your birds break up their cuttlebone right away? This is the way they would look after your bird chews on new ones for a week or two.  Why not save money and get them broken in advance? This is a 1/4 lb (113.4 g)  of BROKEN Cuttlebones  pieces of various sizes Clean Genuine Cuttlebones. Highly palatable and accepted natural form of calcium and minerals. Note: Large parrots may break up a... Do your birds break up their cuttlebone right away? This is the way they would ...
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  • Cuttlebones A Natural Calcium Source for Birds Medium 1 Piece
    Cuttlebones A Natural Calcium Source for Birds Medium 1 Piece
    1 Medium Cuttlebone approximately 5 - 6 Inches long Clean Genuine Cuttlebones. Highly palatable and accepted natural form of calcium and minerals. Budgies LOVE cuttlebone, great for canaries, finches, lovebirds. Note: Large parrots may break up a whole cuttlebone attached to cage. Consider breaking one up into smaller chunks and placing in a separate dish in cage and allow your parrot to pick... 1 Medium Cuttlebone approximately 5 - 6 Inches long Clean Genuine Cuttlebones. ...
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  • Cuttlebones A Natural Calcium Source for Birds Medium 1/4 lb (113.4 g)
    Cuttlebones A Natural Calcium Source for Birds Medium 1/4 lb (113.4 g)
    1/4 lb (113.4 g) Medium Cuttlebones  Approximately 3-6 Inches long, about 3-4 pieces Clean Genuine Cuttlebones. Highly palatable and accepted natural form of calcium and minerals. Budgies LOVE cuttlebone, great for canaries, finches, lovebirds. Note: Large parrots may break up a whole cuttlebone attached to cage. Consider breaking one up into smaller chunks and placing in a separate dish in cage... 1/4 lb (113.4 g) Medium Cuttlebones  Approximately 3-6 Inches long, about 3-4 ...
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  • Cuttlebones A Natural Calcium Source for Birds Medium 5 lb ( 2.27 kg)
    Cuttlebones A Natural Calcium Source for Birds Medium 5 lb ( 2.27 kg)
    5 lb ( 2.27 kg) Medium  Cuttlebones Approximately 4-6 Inches long Clean Genuine Cuttlebones. Highly palatable and accepted natural form of calcium and minerals. Cuttlebones come prepacked in 5 lb box, the box will be packed into a larger box to slow breakage during transportation. There will be some broken pieces. Budgies LOVE cuttlebone, great for canaries, finches, lovebirds. Note: Large... 5 lb ( 2.27 kg) Medium  Cuttlebones Approximately 4-6 Inches long Clean Genuin...
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  • DNA Test To Determine Any Bird's Sex Safely
    DNA Test To Determine Any Bird's Sex Safely
    We will ship you a test kit with everything you need. Once the test kit is received by the lab in Canada you can expect results via emailed message in 7 - 14 days. Included in Test Kit:  Instruction Sheet Customer Information Sheet Blood Collection Card Collection Card Envelope Addressed Envelope (Postage not included to Canada) Completed test will result in an email from lab with results... We will ship you a test kit with everything you need. Once the test kit is rece...
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  • Full Spectrum Day & Night Cage Light by Featherbrite Black
    Full Spectrum Day & Night Cage Light by Featherbrite Black
    Full Spectrum Day & Night Cage Light by Featherbrite Black This light is great for those pet birds that experience "night fright". The low-dose blue violet UV bulb provides a calming atmosphere. The new mounting design is stainless steel, lighter and makes the light much easier to attach to almost every style cage including cages with flat, dome, Victorian and play tops. Just attach the legs... Full Spectrum Day & Night Cage Light by Featherbrite Black This light is gr...
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  • Full Spectrum Day & Night Cage Light by Featherbrite Sandstone
    Full Spectrum Day & Night Cage Light by Featherbrite Sandstone
    Full Spectrum Day & Night Cage Light by Featherbrite Sandstone This light is great for those pet birds that experience "night fright". The low-dose blue violet UV bulb provides a calming atmosphere. The new mounting design is stainless steel, lighter and makes the light much easier to attach to almost every style cage including cages with flat, dome, Victorian and play tops. Just attach the... Full Spectrum Day & Night Cage Light by Featherbrite Sandstone This light i...
    Your Price: $175.00
  • Full Spectrum Day & Night Cage Light by Featherbrite Silver
    Full Spectrum Day & Night Cage Light by Featherbrite Silver
    Full Spectrum Day & Night Cage Light by Featherbrite Silver This light is great for those pet birds that experience "night fright". The low-dose blue violet UV bulb provides a calming atmosphere. The new mounting design is stainless steel, lighter and makes the light much easier to attach to almost every style cage including cages with flat, dome, Victorian and play tops. Just attach the legs... Full Spectrum Day & Night Cage Light by Featherbrite Silver This light is g...
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  • Full Spectrum Economy Daylight Bulb 100 Watt (uses 23W)
    Full Spectrum Economy Daylight Bulb 100 Watt (uses 23W)
    Many of us take the change of seasons for granted. It's important to remember that most of the birds in our care come from regions near the equator. That means your feathered companion or little flock, expects 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness. Lighting doesn't need to be fancy. Just a lamp with a timer next to a cage. (please remember, keep electrical cords out-of-sight and... Many of us take the change of seasons for granted. It's important to remember t...
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  • Full Spectrum LED Bulb Conversion Kit by Featherbrite
    Full Spectrum LED Bulb Conversion Kit by Featherbrite
    Full Spectrum LED Bulb Conversion Kit by Featherbrite   This listing is for the Capitol Universal Light lamp and the Capitol Swag Light lamp that has only one socket. The conversion kit changes the light to two sockets so that you can use their new Featherbrite full spectrum LED 6 watt, 5500k daylight bulb and LED 1.5 watt UV blue bulb set. The kit includes a "Y" connector that will fit the... Full Spectrum LED Bulb Conversion Kit by Featherbrite   This listing is ...
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  • Full Spectrum Swag Light by Featherbrite Black
    Full Spectrum Swag Light by Featherbrite Black
    Featherbrite Capital Shade Swag Lamp in Black A hanging lamp that is great for large or tall cages. Featherbrite lights are designed with your pet bird’s health and safety in mind.  Durable, safe non-toxic powder coat is used Built in light diffuser that spreads the light evenly. Super easy to clean and change the bulb. 12 foot chain with hanging kit included Off/on switch on 15 foot... Featherbrite Capital Shade Swag Lamp in Black A hanging lamp that is great for l...
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  • Full Spectrum Swag Light by Featherbrite Sandstone
    Full Spectrum Swag Light by Featherbrite Sandstone
    Featherbrite Capital Shade Swag Lamp in Sandstone A hanging lamp that is great for large or tall cages. Featherbrite lights are designed with your pet bird’s health and safety in mind.  Durable, safe non-toxic powder coat is used Built in light diffuser that spreads the light evenly. Super easy to clean and change the bulb. 12 foot chain with hanging kit included Off/on switch on 15... Featherbrite Capital Shade Swag Lamp in Sandstone A hanging lamp that is great f...
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  • Full Spectrum Swag Light by Featherbrite Silver
    Full Spectrum Swag Light by Featherbrite Silver
    Featherbrite Capital Shade Swag Lamp in Silver A hanging lamp that is great for large or tall cages. Featherbrite lights are designed with your pet bird’s health and safety in mind.  Durable, safe non-toxic powder coat is used Built in light diffuser that spreads the light evenly. Super easy to clean and change the bulb. 12 foot chain with hanging kit included Off/on switch on 15 foot... Featherbrite Capital Shade Swag Lamp in Silver A hanging lamp that is great for ...
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  • Full Spectrum Swag Light by Featherbrite White
    Full Spectrum Swag Light by Featherbrite White
    Featherbrite Capital Shade Swag Lamp in Black A hanging lamp that is great for large or tall cages. Featherbrite lights are designed with your pet bird’s health and safety in mind.  Durable, safe non-toxic powder coat is used Built in light diffuser that spreads the light evenly. Super easy to clean and change the bulb. 12 foot chain with hanging kit included Off/on switch on 15 foot... Featherbrite Capital Shade Swag Lamp in Black A hanging lamp that is great for l...
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  • Full Spectrum Universal Cage Light by Featherbrite Black
    Full Spectrum Universal Cage Light by Featherbrite Black
    Featherbrite Capital Shade Cage Top Lamp in Sandstone The new mounting design is stainless steel, lighter and makes the light much easier to attach to almost every style cage including cages with flat, dome, Victorian and play tops. Just attach the legs to the light, front to back or left to right, depending on your cage. Push the large loop through the cage bars as shown and that's it! Bird... Featherbrite Capital Shade Cage Top Lamp in Sandstone The new mounting design is...
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  • Full Spectrum Universal Cage Light by Featherbrite Sandstone
    Full Spectrum Universal Cage Light by Featherbrite Sandstone
    Featherbrite Capital Shade Cage Top Lamp in Sandstone The new mounting design is stainless steel, lighter and makes the light much easier to attach to almost every style cage including cages with flat, dome, Victorian and play tops. Just attach the legs to the light, front to back or left to right, depending on your cage. Push the large loop through the cage bars as shown and that's it! Bird... Featherbrite Capital Shade Cage Top Lamp in Sandstone The new mounting design is...
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  • Full Spectrum Universal Cage Light by Featherbrite Silver
    Full Spectrum Universal Cage Light by Featherbrite Silver
    Featherbrite Capital Shade Cage Top Lamp in Silver The new mounting design is stainless steel, lighter and makes the light much easier to attach to almost every style cage including cages with flat, dome, Victorian and play tops. Just attach the legs to the light, front to back or left to right, depending on your cage. Push the large loop through the cage bars as shown and that's it! Bird cage... Featherbrite Capital Shade Cage Top Lamp in Silver The new mounting design is st...
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  • Full Spectrum Universal Cage Light by Featherbrite White
    Full Spectrum Universal Cage Light by Featherbrite White
    Featherbrite Capital Shade Cage Top Lamp in White The new mounting design is stainless steel, lighter and makes the light much easier to attach to almost every style cage including cages with flat, dome, Victorian and play tops. Just attach the legs to the light, front to back or left to right, depending on your cage. Push the large loop through the cage bars as shown and that's it! Bird cage... Featherbrite Capital Shade Cage Top Lamp in White The new mounting design is sta...
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  • Hand Feeding Baby Birds With Pipettes 12 Each
    Hand Feeding Baby Birds With Pipettes 12 Each
    12 pc Plastic Pipettes   For hand feeding baby birds, parrots, small animals.   Just clip the tip to size, use once and discard. No messy syringes to wash over and over.    Be sure to have enough on hand to last you through the weaning.   3ml Fluid transfer Vol - 7ml Total capacity- 1/2ml   Graduation marks   -  155mm (6 inches) long 12 pc Plastic Pipettes   For hand feeding baby birds, parrots, small animals. ...
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It’s spring, which means some of you may have noticed your bird’s behavior has begun to change a bit which may mean, your bird’s hormonal cycle has begun to change. You can expect many changes but above all expect the unexpected.
 
One of the harshest realities to deal with is the aggression that you might not have seen before which is normal and probably won’t last a long time. Unlike other pets like cats and dogs, you really can’t discipline your bird for this. Hormonal behavior will happen when a parrot hits sexual maturity causing hormones to modify his or her behavior.
 
Eclectus and African Greys have the ability to breed year round, many times and never show changes in their behavior. They both reach sexual maturity around the age of three and eventually mature and grow out of it. Conversely, Amazon parrots reach sexual maturity between the ages of five and twelve. You can expect a great deal of aggression for one to two years during this period. The good news is Amazon aggression will settle down once they are no longer hormonal.
 
Although they pose less of a problem, Budgies and other smaller breeds can hit sexual maturity as early as six months. Larger breeds of parrots can wait as many as 16 years to reach sexual maturity. Generally as males come into puberty they will become more vocal and may do something as benign as displaying affection to the person they have chosen as their mate - you. Cockatiels may show off their plumage like the heart-shaped wings of a cockatiel male or spread their wings in a particular way.
 
Males may also strut whereas females typically don’t. There will be, at the very least subtle signals that will help make you aware of the hormonal changes going on in your bird’s body.
 
 
 
Catherine responded to a recent Facebook question we posted
regarding bird owners hormonal issues with the following comment:
 
"Oh one more thing, now this is gonna sadden some folk, but also stop "beaking", meaning the rubbing the birds beak between your fingers, yeah it feels good. But it is a sexual/sensual thing to a bird. Overall physical touch should be limited during these hormonal peaks because they can stimulate hormones, which is the last thing you want.
 
Even though it is hard, please don't forget, these are NOT children, they are wild animals, even if tamed to live with humans. And birds that have not been socialized with other birds when they are young or in their formative years, WILL think you are their are possible mates. They become confused, and may be unable to relate to other birds later on. Supervised birdie "play dates" are a good way to allow birds to realize they are BIRDS." Even a just ride in a car.
 
It’s important to avoid handling your bird especially in the tail area and around its vent and certainly don’t pull on the tail. More importantly if you have not exercised your bird this would be the time to start, if you are already exercising your bird this would be the time to step it 
 
 
If your bird is making sexual advances towards you or other family members try to redirect their attention by flicking lights on-off, break out their favorite toy or introduce a favorite food or treat.
 
This would also be a good time to embark on the training program that’s been on your to-do list. New tricks or working with a clicker will pose a positive distraction. For years we've recommend re-arranging everything in your bird’s cage at least once a month to distract your bird. If you haven’t done it before, this would be a great time to start. If you’ve ever considered moving the cage to a different location this would be a the time to do it, again because of the distraction to the bird.
 
On the bright side if you have a very good relationship with your parrot from the beginning when they’re young, sexual maturity may not become a big problem. Conversely parrots that over bond in other words where one person is dominant in their lives can exhibit serious problems as they mature sexually.
 
Over bonded parrots may bite their primary companion when someone else comes into the room because the parrot perceives him or herself as their companions sexual partner. The parrots may exhibit unusual behavior by rubbing their vent on their owners hands or legs which is their way of trying to initiate copulation. Your best course of action at that point is to return the bird to a stand or its cage without making an issue. The behavior should be ignored and neither promoted nor discouraged.
 
 
Sometimes a bird owner will find their bird aggressive not towards them but towards another family member. This is natural behavior much like a wild bird leaving mom and dad and choosing its own mate. If this happens, make sure the family member that the bird has chosen, limits their action with your bird and make sure you spend more time with the bird when that person is around so that you can be sure that you’re the only one to provide all the goodies and all
 
Other signs that your bird may exhibit while going through hormonal changes:
  • Your bird may regurgitate frequently.
  • You may find it panting or crouching down with the wings dropped.
  • You may see increased shredding (especially paper toys) and the desire to chew more.
  • Nest building awareness in general, hiding in dark areas or searching for potential nesting sites - keep your bird away from these areas.
  • As well as you know your bird, they will defend this area and perceive you as a threat
  • Keep your hen off the floor because she’s probably seeking an area where she could build a good nest.
  • Becoming very protective of a particular chosen nesting site.
  • Females may be very interested in sources of calcium or other foods rich in protein like eggs and meat.
  • Your bird may be rubbing its vent against different objects which is a sign of masturbation.
 
You can give them something to masturbate with which can be you or a favorite toy, but a two or three inch diameter ball depending upon the size of the bird works well.
 
There are some medications available to help overcome these trying times which you can discuss with your vet. A drug named Lupron may reduce certain hormones and has been used for birds who have a chronic egg laying problem as well as feather plucking issues.
 
One the simplest things you can do to help reduce this hormone behavior is to ensure that your bird gets roughly 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness which is what they get in equatorial regions of the world.
 
A nest can be store bought, or they can be as simple as a cardboard box and unfortunately they may find areas in and around furniture and even shoes. If that’s the case it’s really best to discourage the furniture behavior andclothing behavior. You can introduce a cardboard box or even a small blanket.
 
This would also be a time that you will commend yourself or having the forethought to have stick trained your bird. Sometimes you just can’t get through the lunging or aggression, but you do have to be able to take the bird out of the cage and put it back - without being bitten. A dowel rod or wood perch that your bird can step up on, will come in handy for this. It needs to be something they do not fear. The same color as their perch is helpful.
 
We can never talk enough about filling your birds cage with toys and items they can shred and chew. The more shreddable materials, the better off your bird will be. Take a look at our free bird toy category for ideas that won’t break the bank.
 
 
This the time you want to cut back on any high-protein foods like beans, cheese and meat. If your bird is eating a high potency pelleted diet with a lot of protein you want to cut back on some of that by offering more fresh vegetables and a small amount of fruit as excessive sugar is not good at this time. Soft, warm foods can signal to the bird that it’s time to start making and feeding baby birds so cooked foods should not be served. It’s very important to limit both starch and sugar. Presumably starch will increase a birds hormones dramatically.
 
If you have a hen that has laid eggs it’s best not to take them away whether or not she’s sitting on them and believe me birds can count.
If you take away the eggs she will move to replace what you took so just leave them. It usually takes about a month from the time the first egg is laid in by leaving the eggs there (your bird can count her biological month) which will then tell her when the laying cycle can stop. You can consider boiling the eggs individually letting them cool one by one and give them back to her so they won’t break and stink up the cage. For small species we offer fake eggs for this purpose
 
If you see your bird at the bottom of the cage and you notice that she’s straining, panting and it looks as though she can’t move her legs she may be egg bound and you want to get her to the vet as soon as possible
 
Ladies if you ever told a guy to go take a cold shower the same would hold true with your bird except it’s best that you use warm water, this will also help calm them down.
 
And sadly much like men will blame hormonal changes in women for their moods, this may not always be an accurate assessment and a trip to the vet may be in order.
 
written by catherine tobsing
approved by mitch rezman
 

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