This is the last part of the Speaking of Hormones Series. One of the more serious issues of hormones has nothing to do with the companion parrot and their actions but with the human in the room. Depriving foods and favored materials in response to seasonal issues creates a whole new set of problems. Stress, discomfort and uncertainty compound the state of affairs. So let's talk Hormones, but not deprivation.
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In the grand scheme of "hormone issues" it's important to understand the things we can not change as much those things we can. The Interdependent Systems of a companion parrot's biology and physiology affect hormones. The driving force to that system is flight.
Companion parrots are not that dissimilar to us in needs. For a healthy mind and body their requirements mirror ours. Healthy hobbies, exercise, good food, good friends and balanced lifestyle choices. Hormone issues are simply a signal that the balance for them is missing. So let's re-stack the deck in their favor.
Parrot hormone issues aren't the issue. Our parrot's hormones are fine, if they are healthy. The real issue is our ability to offer our parrots a way to interpret, respond, and act inside the rules of the human dynamic. Here's where we start with that process.
There's no getting around seasonal influences on our companion parrot's mindset and behaviors. It's as part of a parrot's personality as a dog's bark. Our awareness and our own reaction of calm acceptance can go a long way in helping them and the flock.
With a lifespan as long as a human's parrots change their minds, tastes and choices with the same frequency. Just because your bird favors you today, does not mean that favor will be bestowed a year from now. Growing with your parrot requires empathy and understanding to their changing preferences and tastes.