My ringnecks have me very confused

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My ringnecks have me very confused

Post by Loretta » Sun Jan 16, 2005 7:43 pm

Can anyone who has been breeding ringnecks for awhile give me their opinion on something? I bought 2 blue ringnecks which I was told at the store that they were bonded and were male and female. So I put them together in their own cage and a seperate cage was bought for their buddy also bought from there, a male lutino. Now I know he is a male because he has the dark red ring.

Anyway, as I was cleaning the cages, I put the blue ones in the cage with the lutino and what happened really throwed me. One of the blue ones that I thought was the male, went up to the lutino and started to get close to him. A little while after it appeared that they were kissing or something but were not in any way fighting. They are even eating together The other blue one went on her way and sat up in the swing the entire time. The one blue one with the lutino began to preen him and the two seem to becoming very close. Is it possible for 2 males to act this way toward the other? I sent the feathers off for sex verification but haven't gotten them back yet . I am not sure which is which anymore and if I am going to breed them I certainly need to know

Someone please help.
Loretta

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Post by ringneck » Mon Jan 17, 2005 5:34 am

Hello Loretta,

Ahh, don’t stress. You have to take into consideration that Ringnecks are not like most parrots. They truly are in their own category. Ringnecks do not form strong bonds like most parrots. They can quickly and easily accept a new mate and quickly change their minds.

My breeding pair, which I have had for almost two years have nothing to do with each other until breeding. The male stays leery of the female and usually stays clear of her. I don’t understand how the owner told you they were already bonded. Ringnecks do not bond unless you have a unique scenario, which I believe is highly unlikely. When I use the term “bond,” I strictly mean Ringneck to Ringneck. And it’s not impossible, just highly unlikely.

It could be that your males are just hanging around together until the female starts to show signs of breeding.

Also, if a parrot is handfed they usually have problems when it comes to courting and mating correctly. You might want to do research into your Ringnecks past. Handfed Ringnecks can take a couple of seasons to “get it right.” I have a handfed lovebird that continually mates with his perch. Will he ever figure out to mate with his mate? Only time will tell.

Just enjoy your Ringnecks for who they are and before you know it, you’ll have babies. Also they are still new. Plus we don’t know their natural behavior of Ringnecks in the wild. Do males hang around each other until breeding season? After all, Ringnecks are not monogamous.

So I guess what I am getting at, don’t over analyze your parrots behavior. Some male Ringnecks have been known to mate with females, then totally leave the female to fend and care for the nest herself.

Hope this helps & Best Wishes :wink:

I.C.

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Post by Loretta » Mon Jan 24, 2005 6:46 am

I sent the feathers away to be tested and I finally had the man call me back after I had called and left a message on his machine at the birdsrusintampa

Well, he said my 2 blues are male and female but what really shocked me is that he said the feather test for my husband's lutino came back as a female and this one has a red ring around the neck. :?:

Isn't it always the male that has the ring?

If this is the case and we want to mate the male with both females would I have to take the male out of the cage he lives in now with the blue female? I have noticed before that this lutino and the blue male were playing with each other which looked to be liked they were kissing with their beaks , is this a sign of possible mating?

These ringnecks are truly in a class of their own.



So lost again,
Loretta

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