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Re: Congo Grey Male 25y/o acts sexually while being handled

Posted by GreyLady on 1/22/10
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    On 1/21/10, Robert wrote:
    > My male Grey acts in a sexual manner while being handled?
    > is he wanting to mate? He's reaching his sexual peek? Or
    > he looking for partner bird? Please advise my bird
    > buddies. Robert NC

    Male Greys become sexually mature at about age 6. So, your
    guy has had active hormonal cycles for quite a while now.
    You didn't actually describe the behavior in detail so it's
    impossible to say what he is doing or to even guess what he
    is thinking. But if you are pretty sure it's sexual
    behavior, it's most likely just that he is currently having a
    hormone surge. It could be due to the weather, the
    temperature in your home, the amount of daylight hours he is
    experiencing, the manner in which you handle/pet him or any
    combination of those. While he is in this "mood" be very
    careful where you touch him. The safest thing is to
    visualize a collar around his shoulders. Never pet him
    behind that imaginary line. Never put pressure of any kind
    on his back and don't handle or stroke anywhere under his
    wings. Those only increase his sexual reactions. If he is
    trying to masturbate on perches, toys, your hand, whatever,
    just ignore it. If he is trying to use your hand, don't make
    a big deal of it, just set him over on his cage, play gym or
    anywhere else it's acceptable for him to sit. If you have
    never noticed this behavior in all these years, then it means
    he is just having a particularly strong hormone surge this
    year. Just ignore it and it will pass.