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Old 09-21-2017, 08:42 PM
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DNA sexing wrong?

My 4 month old Pineapple GCC has been acting strange lately. She grabs my finger with her beak and puts either one or both of her feet on it, and fluffs up a bit and wags her tail. Does this mean she is trying to mate with me? The breeder DNA sex'd her female, but I'm not convinced she isnt a male due to this behaviour. It is also odd that she is doing this at a young age. She also tries to regurgitate to me and my other bird, a budgie.

Please help me! I don't know whats going on.
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Old 09-21-2017, 10:21 PM
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Re: DNA sexing wrong?

Did you get the document or just the statement that your Parrot was DNA tested. If you didn't get the testing lab document, you have no really proof! In addition, it is just as likely that the documentation got switched when the paperwork got connected with the document set for your Parrot. Point being, breeders have more than one Parrot and that mix-up can be far more common than one would hope.

DNA verification only works when there is a clear line between the Parrot, the test and its results.

So is the DNA test correct? If there is a clear paper trail, yup! If not, then it comes to Who Knows!!!

We only work with very specific Adult Amazons. Regardless of what we are told, we always DNA tests ourselves!

If your question was really targeting your Parrot's behavior, I will let another member address that question.
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Old 09-22-2017, 02:37 AM
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Re: DNA sexing wrong?

at 4 months old that won't be sexual behavior. they don't hit sexual maturity until at least 1 year old

Much like what sailboat said, double check everything. Of course saying this DNA testing is 99.9% accurate. Meaning there is a margin for error albeit very small

if you could get a video of it, it would really help everyone here identify the behavior. I know my GCC would do sort of a tail wag and drop down whenever he was dancing/excited
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Re: DNA sexing wrong?

One question I have to ask and that is are you encouraging this behaviour and inadvertently giving your parrot the glad eye?

Inappropriate stroking outside of the neck/head area could be getting this one a little worked up. It certainly sounds a little like it.

Have a real good look at what your behaviour is in the first instance please?
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Old 09-22-2017, 04:23 PM
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Re: DNA sexing wrong?

Males and females will both rub their vent on you, I believe.
It is possible the DNA test was wrong, it happened to me. Bailey was tested as a male, then she laid an egg. It can happen

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Re: DNA sexing wrong?

The dna test itself should be pretty conclusive, but human error is certainly possible. If you want to be safe, and ensure no one mixed up the paperwork, you could always get a dna test done yourself. There's some really good places online you can use that's a lot cheaper than the vet's office. You just send in some fresh feather samples and you're good to go. Avian Biotech, I think, is the website I used.
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Re: DNA sexing wrong?

I don't know, 4 months old seems pretty young for sexual behavior. My male Sun, Winston, does this same maneuver but it is play. He grabs my finger very gently with his beak, then grips with his foot and we play tug a war. If he is really playful he flips on his back and I tickle his belly or zerbert him and he gets the biggest kick out of it. He lets out his version of a Sun conure giggle. Go figure.
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Re: DNA sexing wrong?

Quote: Originally Posted by hbxninja View Post
My 4 month old Pineapple GCC has been acting strange lately. She grabs my finger with her beak and puts either one or both of her feet on it, and fluffs up a bit and wags her tail. Does this mean she is trying to mate with me? The breeder DNA sex'd her female, but I'm not convinced she isnt a male due to this behaviour. It is also odd that she is doing this at a young age. She also tries to regurgitate to me and my other bird, a budgie.

Please help me! I don't know whats going on.
Conures are flock animals. The babies are used to being with their siblings or snuggling with mom and/or dad. Sometimes they mimic mom and dad and try to feed each other.

When they are taken away at a young age, sometimes they go through a loneliness phase and bob wanting to be fed like a baby bird rather than eating solid food long after being weaned. This is what I saw my male sun conure go through 17 years ago after I picked him up from a bird show as a companion for my first sun conure. The female sun conure was instinctively maternal and flew over to the male's cage to cuddle and feed him and caress him like she was his mom. She knew he was a toddler. He treated her more like his parent for almost 17 years. She schooled him in proper human and dog etiquette. If he got too aggressive with me, she would scold him and comfort me while shunning him.

After 17 years, the old girl and her best buddy finally became a romantic pair. They were no longer parent and child. She treats her new baby bird basically the same way she treated him when they first met 17 years ago.

Apart from the flock, you are the new alpha parental figure. Your new conure toddler may just be seeking comfort or play time from mom or siblings much like puppies enjoy playing with each other or a young child.
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