Conures breeding pairs

Submitted by Stray66 on Sat, 11/29/2014 - 19:19

I recently brought a green Cheek yellows sided home. I decided to get this bird  buddy. Also a conure the pineapple version.  Took two days  for them to hang out for a while, in seven days they where and still do sleep in the same tent.  They are great together. Is the time it took to be best friends normal?  Do same gender birds bond like this.?  

Is there obvious signs of a breeding pair?     Thanks

 

Conures are very sociable.  They GRAVE companionship.  So getting him (or her?) a mate was the right thing to do (unless a human is available all day long to  be a constant companion), and in the vast majority of cases, they will quickly accept another bird.

 

I take it you do not know at this time whether it is a male or female?  They look identical. There are only  two ways to identify a female:  DNA/Feather Testing; or waiting until she lays an eggs ... Broody females will lay eggs and go through the motions of nesting without a mate even.

 

In nature, conures will automatically find proper opposite-gender mates.  However, in captivity, they will bond with same gender birds, and they will go through the mating process and start nesting as if they were a true pair. 

 

Here in  the US, this is not exactly the breeding season (unless you are in the southern parts and in an area with plenty of light).  So most will start breeding in March.  If you don't know the gender, the following scenarios are possible:

 

1. You will find 8 or more eggs in the nest box (or on the floor of the cage, if no nest box is available), which would indicate that you have TWO females, although I did hear of  one TRUE pair where the female actually laid 8 eggs  (which hatched!) - but that is the exception to the rule.  Generally, if you see as many as 8 eggs or more, you will have two females.

 

2. If your bird are mating and nesting, but no eggs occur during the breeding season, you are likely to have two males.

 

3.  Eggs and young would obviously indicate that you have a true pair.

 

Please note that you may lose some tameness unless you make sure to socialize both birds quite well  (handle them daily).  If that doesn't happen, they will basically revert to untame state ...

 

Anyhow, I wish you best of luck with your new "lovebirds" - and a Merry Holiday Season for you and your family!

 

Sibylle

 

 

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