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Posted by Jane on 9/13/06
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    A DNA test certainly can tell, but if Sweetie is a female, she
    should lay an egg sooner or later..... and there's no arguing with
    that! My Loki lays an egg maybe every 9 months?


    On 9/12/06, Andie wrote:
    > I can tell you for a fact that females masturbate too. My
    > lovebird has a mate, but still chooses to masturbate on a toy,
    > addition to mating with him. Standing with wings spread and
    > up is female behavior, but both sexes can get possessive of the
    > nest box. However the female is the one that stays in it most
    > the time, at least until the eggs hatch.
    > The point is that you can go on and on with generalizations, but
    > the only way to tell for 100&37; sure is to get your bird DNA
    > with a blood sample. Some males exhibit female behaviors and
    > some females exhibit male behaviors. Even if she lays eggs
    > you'll only know for sure that one is a girl unless they're
    > fertile. If you want to try it females are GENERALLY the only
    > ones that tuck nesting material. Give her plenty of material
    > a few weeks and see what happens. It might take her a while to
    > get used to something new in her cage before she'll tuck with it.
    > Good Luck,
    > Andie
    > On 9/10/06, nick wrote:
    >> thanx alot jane 4 telling me what i should do>............
    >> but i still have some questions........every day i try 2
    >> figuer out if my sweety is a male or a female,im still not sure
    >> of what sex sweety is.i never saw sweety tuck any nesting
    >> material in her back,but she does spread her wings and lift
    >> her tail as if sweety wants 2 mate,but i was told this is the
    >> females position to mate.she also is realy protective of the
    >> nest box,and often stays in it throughout the day and sleeps
    >> in it at night.sweety also masterbates on her toys as well but
    >> i was also told that only males do this sertain behavior.
    >> pleaz tell me what u think.