Same sex bonded conures fighting
I have recently adopted an 8 week old male green cheek conure and a 9 week old male black capped conure. Unbeknownst to me the breeder caged them together for a week before I got them. I was originally expecting to adopt 2 single birds. They seemed pretty bonded by the time I brought them home. Inseparable, cuddling, preening, regurgitating. I gave them both their own cages and began working on bonding with them separately from each other. They went from not being able to be handled to both bonding to me in a week so they’ve made great progress with me. But my problem now is when I’ve tried to let them be out together after the first week, they’re now fighting. The black cap was much more timid and attached to the green cheek when they first arrived. I would describe the black cap as obsessive with the green cheek. The green cheek would explore and the black cap would stick to him like glue, behaving very submissively.
Now when they interact they cuddle and feed each other at first, but then it will break out into a fight. The submissive black cap will nudge up against the green cheek and ask to be fed, they’ll look like they’re feeding each other at first, and then they’ll both lock beaks, start screaming and flapping their wings and roll around. I have intervened and thankfully neither of them have been hurt. But it has been a continued cycle now when I try to let them interact. I break up the fight, they go back to cuddling and preening, and then 10 minutes later they fight again. It seems almost like a toxic relationship, as they are inseparable when together, but I’m afraid of the green cheek injuring the black cap. As I believe the green cheek to be the one initiating the fights. The odd part is they both seem to be much more calm once I separate them and they can no longer see each other. They both go back to wanting to be with me. And they have never once called for each other, not even when I separated them for the first time and neither of them were bonded to me yet. I do not believe the cause of their fighting to be jealousy over me as I’ve been observing this behavior at a distance.
I wish for them to coexist together in the same room one day. I have no intentions of ever caging them together. I just want to be able to have a bond with them both individually, be able to handle them both but have them together in my bird room so that I can care for them both at the same time. As they are currently in 2 separate rooms which makes it difficult for me to make sure they’re both getting the attention they need.