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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-13-2013, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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Could my two male conures be mating

I have two conures. I was told chi chi was a girl because she bonded with my husband. I got another one a couple years later tht I was told was tested to be a boy. chi chi is very aggressive while flat head is submissive, and likes me. I am going to have them tested soon. It has been bothering me that they look like they are doing "69" all the time. could they be doing this at all? Or did they just adapt to it because they were both raised alone then put together. They do not mate normally like a male and female. sorry for graphics but It concerns me and whether I should separate them. I am pretty sure chi chi is a boy since males tend to be dominate. even though I was told by seller it was a girl. so confusing
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Someone will be along soon, who maybe able to help.
I am not up on Conures, so cannot help, except to say either sex can choose a male or female person to bond to. So feel that is not a good indicator.
As for the sexual thing I am not sure what act you are describing?
Hormonal behavior can be misleading.
At least the DNA test will sort this out for you.
Healthgene $12 Avianbiotech $20 and feather testing is simple to do.
You can either download the form and sort very quick or you can order collection kits.
They may ask for more than two feathers, But that is all that is needed.
I know this as that is all I ever send. I think it is because they like to have more , just in case you have contaminated any. Pluck two from chest and place in sealed plastic bag without touching the ends.


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Same sex bonded couples do sometimes "mate", but I think what you're describing is when they preen each others "behind" feathers. My linnies do it all the time too, it's just a hard spot to reach and nice when they have a helping beak.
Bonding with a male human does NOT indicate that the birds is female. It is true that birds might prefer males or female humans, but that in no way related to the sex of the bird. the only way to tell the sex of the bird is through a dna test.
Even if they are the same sex, if they are getting along, why would you separate them? A bird provides another bird with the type of companionship that a human can never replicate, it's good if they are grooming each other. Even if they were mating, if you don't want chicks, you could always do something about the eggs.

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Sounds like they're preening to me I've found that female conures tend to be more moody
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Yes, that is normal preening, my linnies also do it often.
I wouldn't separate them, parrots need a partner of their species. It's very good that you have a couple. I think everything is allright with your parrots.
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Thanks so much I just wont worry about it then and get a dna test I guess if they do the preening to each other they like each other enough to keep them together
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