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Reproductive Behaviour Article
« on: May 03, 2011, 07:58:53 PM »

This one is really worth a read, written by Fern Van Sant, DVM

http://phoenixlanding.org/blog/2011/04/544/

A few interesting points:

- Molting and Reproductive behavior are opposite processes and never happen at the same time
- Warm foods stimulate reproductive behaviour
- Abundance of foods stimulates reproductive behaviour (another pro for a balanced pelleted diet with a small amount of added wet foods, rather than lots of wet foods with a small amount of dry food, especially for birds who are in constant hormonal stress)
- Abundant light stimulates reproductive behaviour
- Copulation is initiated by low back scratching (that is why it's important not to scratch below the shoulders)
- neotropical species (those living around the equator) are not governed by the abundance of foods as such, since the food is always available around the equator
- neotropical species' reproductive behaviour is limited by the lack of nesting sites
- seasonal abundance and droughts are limiting to the reproductive behaviors of non-neotropical birds (african greys are non neotropical)
- African Greys often develop plucking behaviors due to overstroking by the owners.
- Foods such as soy and sweet potatoes contain oestrogens and can provoke or worsen reproductive behaviours.

The following actions can be taken to lessen reproductive behaviours:

- Limit shredding activities (remove paper from the bottom of the cage, no shredding toys, etc.)
- Reduce exposure to cavities (no boxes, spending time under the sofa, etc.)
- Less or no petting or stroking
- Limit food intake, serve food on schedule and introduce periods of fasts (for example in the afternoon)
- Increase exercise opportunities
- Increase the time spent outdoors


Recommended supplements:
- Palm fruit oil (Sunshine Factor is recommended) or Flax Oil (especially for the species who don't eat palm fruit oil naturally)
- A good quality probiotic

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Re: Reproductive Behaviour Article
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2011, 08:16:41 PM »

Thats an interesting read alright, lot of info to take in! Thanks for posting Irina  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2011, 08:53:31 PM »

it's a lot of info so I tried to summarise it a bit under the link (added after I posted the link)  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2011, 08:56:39 PM »

Summary good  :thumbsup:

Is there any difference between males and females in respect to the hormonal behaviour do you think?
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« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2011, 08:59:11 PM »

I would have thought the touch issue is more relevant to females, because it is the male which mounts the lower part of the female, so if you touch a girl on the big she will react stronger, though I can definitely see Digby reacting to my touch if I touch him on the lower part of the back for one or another reason (I assume he is a boy, but never had it tested). But in general I would have thought it's pretty similar, just not so devastating for a male as it can be for a female if she continuously lays eggs.
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« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2011, 09:38:09 PM »

Lots of good info there  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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