Increasing light cycles can lead to elevated reproductive hormone levels in some pet birds, especially birds receiving unintended stimuli from well-intentioned owners. Reproductive activity in pet birds can be temporary and of little serious consequence; however, in many cases chronic stimulation in female birds often leads to disease of the reproductive tract, which can be severe, and in some cases life-threatening.
Client education is key to prevention. See the following link to view a client educational video that gives a general overview of this topic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZ7FPB4vIcQ
Some birds benefit from GnRH agonists such as leuprolide or deslorelin in addition to behavioral modification. Email us for more information on this important topic.