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Re: macaw submission question

Posted by boo on 7/23/07
(7) Comments

    The beak grabbing feeding is usually just that, they're feeding
    each other, or mimicking it. I just worry that they may have
    strongly bonded already, and your chance as keeping them as pets
    is getting smaller. Oh, and yes, 2 males can bond, preen,
    feed.....From what you are describing by the way they lunge at you
    when you go by, me thinks you're losing them to each other.

    On 7/23/07, Rick wrote:
    > We have had 1 for approx. 6 months and the other is a newbie.
    > We also have noticed that the 1 we thought was a male was
    > preening excessively on the other, and to the others delight
    > was enjoying it too much, even in the vent area.
    > Now we think we have a male and a female. They were becoming
    > more and more bonded with their feeding and preenings. When
    > they are together they will lash out at us, so we have limited
    > their time to play time together so we can keep them as pets.
    > This is the reason now we wonder if they are becoming a bonded
    > pair as they truly enjoy each others company.
    > Any other info would be greatly appreciated also. Thanks in
    > advance.
    > On 7/23/07, Susan wrote:
    >> We have three male cockatiels that do the same thing. I
    >> think it is to establish a "pecking" order, so to speak.
    >> How long have you had both macaws? Do they share a cage?
    >> On 7/20/07, Rick wrote:
    >>> I have a question maybe someone with long term Macaw
    >>> experience can help with. I have 2 B&G Macaws which I
    >>> thought (was told) were males, but have been noticing that
    >>> 1 of them is very submissive to the other. They were not
    >>> raised together, but recently introduced to each other for
    >>> companionship. They do lock beaks and mimic the feeding
    >>> ritual. They are DNA'd, but this would be my next step to
    >>> actually determining their sex.
    >>> I am just wanting to know of this behaviour, or is it
    >>> normal as a ritual in establishing heiarchy (dominance).
    >>> Any info would truly be appreciated. Thanks in advance.