and thanks for your thoughts. I have had Ole as my companion for approx. 7,5 years and I’ve been so blessed to have had the opportunity to follow his development and life from a young bird and into young adulthood. Hormonal challenges have occurred over a longer period and especially during a period of 6 months a year due to the natural breeding season. As a introverted, nerdy social scientist, I have always sought after information and recourses if there is anything I do not fully understand when it comes to Ole, and that is also my intention with my question regarding Suprelorin and I intend to continue researching this implant. We regularly visit an avian specialist for check-ups.
Ole’s personality changes due to hormones every year from the beginning of April till October, but this year it has been extra bad.
Physiological challenges in Ole: Problems passing excrements as it is obvious that the semen gland has increased in size and is pressing against his colon, making it hard for him to press out the poop and leaving him in discomfort under this constant pressure. He has lost a lot of weight and has a decrease in appetite as while being inside the cage he is too busy with over-preening and being hyper and has started expressing stereotypical behaviour by hanging on the cage wall and moving his head and neck in a S-shape while being hyped up. Outside the cage he is constantly searching for nesting places, making it hard for him to relax. It seems he gets exhausted by this drive he has, which he does not seem to be able to control himself.
Problems regarding our relationship: As I do not want him perching on my lap in the evenings, I have placed the vacuum cleaner next to me on the couch. This is the only thing that can keep him away from me. If I remove him with my hand, he will bite. I only pet him on the head and only when he once in a while calms down. He has pointed out areas in my apartment where I cannot go if he is out of his cage, as he will attack. He does not bite hard but goes for my face to protect his nesting areas. If I bend over to remove poop, he attacks. I can’t study or do anything for longer periods of time at home, because there is no peace at home and he needs to be watched continuously. Often I don’t have the energy to stay home, I just can’t bare it. We end up in this negative spiral where I am constantly exhausted and ignore Ole, leading him to become even more intense. To sum it up: his personality completely changes during 6 months of the year, for then going back to being my lovable companion for the remaining months.
As you see, these 6 months have both a physical and social aspect. We have for a long time been training behaviour using positive reinforcement (have attended one of Barbara Heidenreich’s seminars and I use her training videos) for flight training, shaping screaming behaviour (He sais Hello when he wants attention) and other behaviours too, to distract him from hormonal behaviour. As a friend of mine said after sitting him for 3 days (she has experience from her own parrot and is a biologist): ”When trying to distract him, he just continues nesting behaviour elsewhere.” He has a healthy balanced diet, has a UV-bird lamp on for 12 hours a day, sleeps under a dark cover for 10 hours a day. He has also been visiting another friend whom actively free flights 3 macaws on a daily basis. He spent 5 days with her flock and got the opportunity for a lot of flying, but she too was shocked about his level of hormonal behaviour.
Ole’s avian vet has known the two of us for many years and she suggested Suprelorin. She is out of principle not a fan of this method, but she recognises the challenges both physiologically and socially. For 5 months of the year, Ole is much calmer, has a normal weight and normal faeces.
Some recent pics:https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0_S9uttQQHbUUFQRmNkY0FNQzQ/edit?usp=sharinghttps://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0_S9uttQQHbZExhZVQ4azllTm8/edit?usp=sharing