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Question:

May 19, 2022

Female Conure


Do female Conures mate each other? I have what I think is two females Greencheek and Pineapple consures. I saw them mating yesterday and I think maybe my Pineapple is a male until I get it DNA.


Answer:

Hi Bonita,

Same sex birds in captivity will sometimes bond and behave as a male/female pair. However, as they are not DNA sexed, you very well may have a male and female. If these birds are under 3 years old, it’s best to keep them apart for now. The female really is not ready physically to be laying eggs. And both are too immature as far as behavior to be breeding if they are younger than 3. Of course if you don’t want them to breed, keep them apart regardless of their age. If they bond and breed, they will not remain tame as pets. A Pineapple conure is of course a mutation of the Green Cheek, so it’s OK to let them breed if they are old enough. It is not the same as breeding hybrids, which is letting 2 different species breed.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,

Brenda

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