In the world of birds, the beginning of spring means that it’s the breeding season! This can be a difficult time of year for bird owners. The most important suggestion I can give you is this: BE PATIENT. This is a hard time for your parrots; they will experience hormone changes in preparation for breeding and it will affect their bodies for sure.
They may be irritable, at this stage. They may bite, they may shout or may become more sensitive than usual, but be patient. It is not their mistake and this doesn’t last forever. It will get back to normal soon. So, let’s look at what can we do to make breeding time easier for our parrots.
Firstly, egg-laying pets are going to need extra calcium to replace what their bodies use throughout egg production. This can be fed in the form of mineral blocks or cuttlebone, but the appropriate and most natural way is to simply offer them hard-boiled egg with the shell.
This can be crushed up and given in a separate bowl for them to feed through. The egg is moist and due to this, powdered supplements will stick to it and can be given as well. Many feed companies make several ranges of vitamins — some for breeding, some for molding, etc. Have a look at this parrot food.
These are the most beneficial and highly convenient, but make sure to read the labels as more strong formulas should not be given daily. It is also a wise idea to consult your avian veterinarian prior to giving vitamin supplements as every bird is different and some may not require the additional vitamins.
Sleep schedules play a vital role during the breeding season as well. Too little or too much sleep can affect your parrot’s mood and health, and, subsequently, their behavior. Ensure that your parrot has a quiet, dark place to sleep at night where he can stay secure.
Make sure that parrot should only get 10-12 hours of daylight; any longer than that and it results in stimulating the natural urge to breed because the days are longer during the breeding season.
In addition, the absorption of calcium is also affected by sunlight, so it is not only enough to give your parrot fancy supplements if they are not spending any time in the open air. (Without the aid of sunlight their bodies may be unable to efficiently utilize the minerals and vitamins contained within the supplements).
Studies have also proved that sunlight can affect mood. Spending time outdoors can help to lift up your mood, and in the same way it might be true for your parrots.
Avoid bathing them too often as the parrot breeding season also means frequent rains. However, do not make the mistake of avoiding bathing on the whole. Parrots that have no access to showers or bathing bowls can accumulate a build-up of dust or oils and dander.
In some cases, the discomfort caused by this can lead to feather plucking as birds will try to purge themselves of the oils and dust. . Though, in less-severe cases, it will just lead to an untidy parrot. If your parrot is molting, bathing can help to speed up the process.
Undoubtedly, bathing is refreshing!
Birds often feel playful and happy after they get a bath, just like dogs. So, to repeat: do not bath your parrot daily as it may stimulate breeding, but make a practice to bath your parrot every week or so. It will help to keep them healthy and happy.
All discussed here should be included in the regular care of parrots. Unfortunately, we humans often get engaged in our own lives and, as expected, sometimes ignore the basics of parrot care. Try to go back to the basics this breeding season.
Don’t ignore the simple things such as vitamins and sunlight. Make sure your parrots are getting enough sleep – cover up their cages if your household has light for over 12 hours a day. These tiny things can make a big difference in your bird’s lifestyle and will also help you in the long run because your bird will be more contented, more even-tempered, and healthier, making them less likely to engage in bad behaviors. Also, don’t forget to read an interesting article on signs of parrot mating behavior and effect in their body language.