liz wrote:Welcome to the forum.
The little guy cannot help it. Give him his bell and look the other way. He is hormonal and it can take a couple months to go through it and be the parrot that you used to have. He has no control over his hormones.
You have many birds but he is your only parrot. How you care for them is a lot different than a finch. Most of the parrots like head scratches. In a flock in the wild he would always have a buddy to preen his head. Any time he comes to you, scratch his head. They really like it and it will change the mood. DON'T TOUCH ANY OTHER PLACE. It is hard to refrain from cuddles but that only aggravates the situation. He needs you. Do not ignore him. Just keep scratching his head.
Read up on diet and lighting. I don't know if it will help this time but could reduce next years hormonal pains. Quick info: increase fruit and vegetable and reduce proteins such as nuts and sunflower seeds. Follow the sun for lighting. My birds have a window to see dawn and dusk. I have a parrot light for when the sun is out. It is a supplement when the birds can't actually get sunshine. I turn the light on at 9 am when I feed them fruit, veggies and softened grain. (When the grain is softened always rinse in cold water to remove harmful parts.) There is much more to it so read up as soon as you get a chance. I don't remember why but iron in their diets are a no no.
I have been in this forum since 2011 and still learn something new every day. To me this forum feels like a neighborhood. We do everything possible for our babies. We also watch out for yours too. No question is stupid. We even talk about poop.
One thing that caught me in your post is that he does not fly. Flying burns off energy and increases muscles and general body needs. Myrtle like all the others was a rescue. Her wings were clipped and she was never allowed out of her cage. The first thing I did was set up a big cage for her with toys and food. She was so scared of being closed in again that she went hungry until I took the door off the cage. She was a mess so I just let her learn how to be a parrot. Rainbow helped a lot. She watched Rainbow to see what foods were good. You need to be a Rainbow and eat with your bird. In the wild they learn from each other. She now wants a taste of what ever someone is eating.
When Myrtles wings grew back her personality blossomed. She is no longer the bird I brought home. Flight is very important.
Well I let my post get awful big and have told you very little. I always try to respond to the morning posts to let new arrivals know that someone is here. Others with much more knowledge will come on soon with more info.
What else can you tell us about you and your parrot?
Pajarita wrote:GCCs tend to be a species of bird that 'gives trouble' with hormones but, in every single case, it's because of light schedule and diet. Now, I don't know what you are feeding it or what is his light schedule but I will tell you what it should be and you can compare it to your husbandry.
GCCs are, mainly, fruit eaters in the wild so that means that free-feeding any sort of protein food (seeds, pellets, nutriberries, avicakes, nuts) will bring them into breeding condition (it will also destroy their liver eventually). They are from subtropical areas so you need to be very careful about their light schedule, too: they need to be kept at a strict solar schedule with full exposure to twilight or they will produce sexual hormones all year round (which NEVER happens in nature as all birds have a breeding and a resting season). If you combine a human light schedule (artificial lights on before dawn and after dusk) with a free-fed protein diet, you end up with a bird that is overly hormonal and sexually frustrated - this, usually, equals a bird that is constantly masturbating and regurgitating as well as a bird that screams and bites.
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