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Old 04-08-2017, 11:32 AM   #1
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When do hormones kick in?

Hello...newbie here again with a basic question: At what age to Parrotlets start to go through the hormonal stage? I have read a lot about the topic, but I don't know when it starts. I won't be bringing my first Parrotlet baby home until early May, at around 8 weeks, but I wondered how long I have until I have to deal with the challenge of hormones. Thanks! (Oh, and the baby is a male, if that makes any difference.)
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Old 04-08-2017, 12:37 PM   #2
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Somewhere between 4 and 6 months they seem to hit puberty. Some birds sail through it without problem, and some turn into evil monsters that cause their humans to despair. And then they snap out of it and go back to themselves. They also seem to go through a rough patch at about 2 years old. In human terms, 4-6 months would be like being 13 years old, and 2 years old is like being 19 years old. Some teenage humans are lovely, and some are just jerks, and the same it true of parrotlets. Spring makes things worse, fyi, and many birds are getting hormonal right now.
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Old 04-08-2017, 12:59 PM   #3
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Thank you...So, not too long after I get him! Yikes...I thought I had longer! Lol...
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What Dana shared pretty much sums it up. Hopefully, though, you'll have a honeymoon period with your sweetie. I got mine when she was eight weeks, and we had about two and a half months of bonding before the zoom zoom time. That helped. Good luck with your new little one!
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When hormones kick in, you will see an attitude change.
You have to show who is in charge, and "gentle beak" comes to play. It is important to let your bird know in a nice way that you are head of the flock. When Ollie gets bitey, I say "gentle beak" and he knows to ease up on his aggressive attitude, or he goes back to his cage for a time out.
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Have to say the gentle beak works wonders and food always helps to distract the beak. I have a girl and I always keep a nutriberri on hand incase she gets fisety.
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Old 10-30-2020, 12:51 PM   #7
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I had a little chuckle when I read your question----not laughing at you, but because you will have absolutely no doubt in your mind when the hormonal stage kicks in and their "terrible twos" begin! No doubt at all! Keep some nutriberries on-hand (or whatever your bird's favorite treat is) and prepare to be bit....don't get angry and use a LOT of patience. Time outs (for both of you!) will also go a long way to healing hurt feelings on both sides. And it's ok to vent here----we've all gone thru this stage and we know how it is.
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I am DREADING the terrible two's with Squirt. I'm almost convinced he's gifted and has already started at 12 weeks LOL
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I am DREADING the terrible two's with Squirt. I'm almost convinced he's gifted and has already started at 12 weeks LOL
LOL! They are spunky little dudes, that's for sure! The bird on my knee right now reminded me that he is a BIG BIRD, thank you very much!
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Old 11-01-2020, 06:28 PM   #10
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I am DREADING the terrible two's with Squirt. I'm almost convinced he's gifted and has already started at 12 weeks LOL
My advice for when the terrible two's hit? Have plenty of Band-Aids available and the Bactine handy. Maybe he will surprise you and it won't be that bad.
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