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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-11-2004, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question Are birds like dogs????

i know this is icky but i must find out
i sexed 4 baby budgies for a friend recently and there were 2 male and 2 female
(yes there is a way at that age despite what some people think!!!!)
the oldest baby is just over 5 weeks and its the first on the perches
now the father budgie keeps humping the male baby!!!!!!!
is this out of dominance like most species???????????????
is this normal????????
all i know is that the minutes he eats on his own i'm removing him from that cage so he's not raped!!!!!!!!!!!
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-11-2004, 08:13 PM
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I'm certainly not a bird expert, but it does sound like a dominance issue.


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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-11-2004, 10:32 PM
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A lot of parrots will act out sexually (how can I say this in a nice way? omg)... self pleasure? There I think that will work to explain what I mean - when they reach sexual maturity and cycle through the breeding season. Or- they do it because they discover it and it becomes rather habitual. Most of the time they don't do it to each other. I have never heard of them doing it as a display of dominance... I could be wrong though!
With birds (as far as I know) it's a sexual display. Most of the time they "hump" their perch. You'll see them crouched down on the perch, ummm ... doing it. It's more common in females than males.
Is he really trying to "hump" the baby? Or is he just breast butting him, pushing him off the perch? Does the father have a perch higher up in the cage than the rest? The dominant bird will always perch on the highest branch. It may just be the father asserting himself and trying to get the younger bird to perch lower than he is.

Now - I could be dead wrong here~ that's just my opinion from what I know!

I'd probably go ahead and remove the one that's getting pushed around as soon as you feel he's ready... sometimes the rest tend to follow suit and one bird will end up getting really picked on. I hope that's not the case with your brood

Hope I didn't confuse you! Good Luck

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-12-2004, 12:24 AM
 
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Well I'm no help. I've had a bird for 5 yrs thinking it was a male because of its blue cere. Well SHE laid eggs a couple of months ago. I would think that its a dominance issue and I would keep an eye on the two to make sure there is no bullying by the older bird. Either that or double check to make sure its a boy
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Hmmm......I don't know anything about this either but I would assume it's a sexual display since birds don't do the dominence thing as much as other species do.

Btw, just out of curiousity...how are you sexing the budgies?? by color??

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My parents Cockatiel humps his perch too...at least they think He is a He...


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