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Re: macaw submission question...Thanks Boo

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

    Thanks for the info. We have started giving them less and less
    play time together as we feel you are right. They were being kept
    together until we realized that we may have a male and female.
    Haven't DNA'd them, but are pretty sure of this.
    I do have a question. Is it best just to keep them apart totally ?
    As they no longer bunk up (sleep) together and don't seem to mind
    being apart. Thanks again.

    On 7/23/07, boo wrote:
    > 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
    > 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.