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Old 10-17-2020, 11:30 PM   #1
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Wondering about the lil birdie "hides" or tents

The breeder where I got Squirtles from said that tents or hides WILL make the bird hormonal, bitey and think he has to nest.

Would this be a true statement?
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Old 10-18-2020, 12:05 AM   #2
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I bought Pip a coconut thing and a grass hut kind of deal and he did not bother with them at all. He sleeps on his swing at night still.

My thought was since Pip was a male it would not bother him and if it did I would just take it away. I know it might make a female want to nest and start laying eggs so I would not have tried one with a female.
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Old 10-18-2020, 01:51 PM   #3
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Yes, the breeder is correct. Any sort of tent or coconut can promote hormonal behavior in a parrotlet, and it has a very high likelihood of doing so with a female.
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Some of the cloth ones are also a health risk due to what they're made of--fibers can get compacted in the bird's crop. Imo they're not worth the risk.
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I agree that tents/ happy huts are culprits on getting birds hormonal and that they could be potentially dangerous for your bird if any material or threads get ingested. Threads could also be pulled out and birds toes could get entangled. Sadly, some birds have strangled themselves from long loose threads. If you are looking for a safer way to keep your bird warm, purchasing a K&H Snuggle Up Bird Warmer is a safer option. It is a small heater that attaches to the inside of your cage. I have one for my bird and she loves snuggling up against it.
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I was worried about potential chewing, and ingestion of the fibers too especially after watching someone's homemade one on YouTube get chewed. AND of course I was thinking it is NOT a great idea for Squirt to get hormonal when I really don't like being bitten :P

Cropoliths are such a danger, that I won't even put coconut fiber or jute etc. in with any my birds because they have also known to cause cropoliths.

The cold is a big issue here, but I have time to prep now ... in winter it will get up to MINUS 10 C ... so I run heating for the birds too - but I love the look of the heater so thank you Anya. That is something I will order! I have heated puppy pads to go under but I like the look of the birds snugglers better!
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Grrreat! The bird warmer should help keep your babies nice and warm. I mentioned on another post that my bird loves it so much that she won't let me remove it from her cage. It is in her cage year round even though it is unplugged half the year.
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