Stress Can Be Unhealthy For Pet Birds

Frequent exposure to stressors in the environment can weaken the immune system of birds, making them more prone to illness. Noise, overcrowding, fluctuating environmental conditions (temperature, humidity, etc.) are just some of the stressors in their immediate environment that can have an important impact on their health and wellbeing. Stress in birds can by psychological or physical. Perceived threats and ongoing stress are just some important triggers of physical stress. In some cases, stress does have an advantage because it keeps the bird on its toes, making them more alert to emergency situations. When stressed, the body responds by producing large amounts of epinephrine or adrenaline. In layman’s term, this is called the ‘fight or flight’ hormone. Continued exposure to stress overworks the adrenal glands as it continues to produce and release adrenaline. Over time, this can have fatal consequence to the bird. 

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