Has anybody else noticed a connection between a full spectrum light and crazy hormonal behavior? It's been rainy and gloomy here so I turned their "sun" on the last couple of days and tonight Clyde was trying to turn into Clydezilla on me. I got them put to bed before he turned completely, but I am not turning that light on tomorrow. I haven't been using it for a while now, because I've been able to open the curtains and let real sunshine in, and Clyde has behaved -- for him -- pretty well. Two days of full spectrum light and he goes wonky on me.
Full Spectrum Light
Posted 16 May 2014 - 07:15 AM
Interesting. I've never used artificial light as Mr P's cage is in the brightest room of the house and he spends time outside almost daily on the porch (enclosed).
What I have found, however, is almost the opposite, as far as light is concerned. When it's gloomy and rainy for a few days, Mr P becomes SO GRUMPY I can barely handle him without getting chomped.
I wonder if the full spectrum light puts their breeding hormones into overdrive?
I was actually told by someone in the parrot rescue when the clocks changed this past spring and the days were longer to limit Mr P's daylight hours to 8 to reduce his hormonal behavior. Not sure if that worked or the hormones just went back to normal but it did seem like putting him to bed earlier calmed him down a bit.
Posted 19 May 2014 - 10:19 PM
I have noticed this, too. I put Happy's cage in my back (screen) door so she can get sun. THe vitamin D is apparently important to make changes in the oil on their feathers (which they then ingest while preening.) This is when she gets her most hormonal, so to compensate, I put her to bed early and give her a fresh warm bath every morning. It doesn't get rid of all the hormonal behaviours, but it does keep them down to 'reasonable' levels.