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Is this mating behaviour
« on: December 29, 2015, 03:20:28 PM »

Hi all. Just had two nights away (friends daughter moved in to look after Harli) he was fine whilst we were away and was really pleased to see us especially hubby. Couple of times today when with hubby he has been sat with wings drooping (what I would call mantling) then apparently spat out bits of his almond.
Does this sound like he is falling in love and regurgitating food for his daddy lol
When he did it hubby just moved him to his play gym and gave him a toy to distract him

Is this the best thing to do, thought he would be bit young for this behaviour at just under5 months :-)
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Re: Is this mating behaviour
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2015, 03:30:50 PM »

 Hes way too young to mate . Its a lot of years since we had a young bird so others on here will be able to tell you more then me.
Our hen started at 6yrs old  with hormones but it sounds to like Harli is trying to bond with your husband and is also trying to regurgitate to him . :panic:
Think your husband did right what he did  :cheekywink:
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Re: Is this mating behaviour
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2015, 03:36:55 PM »

Hes way too young to mate . Its a lot of years since we had a young bird so others on here will be able to tell you more then me.
Our hen started at 6yrs old  with hormones but it sounds to like Harli is trying to bond with your husband and is also trying to regurgitate to him . :panic:
Think your husband did right what he did  :cheekywink:

Hi, thanks for quick reply. Thought he would be too young for mating behaviour but read so many articles they are now blending into one. Starting to think he is a she cos definitely prefers men, especially hubby. I don't really mind (sob) but hope he stays friendly with me as well. Trying to make sure I handle him a lot but hubby is retired so at home with him so has an advantage lol
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Re: Is this mating behaviour
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2015, 06:06:30 PM »

Hi :)
At this age he's far too young for mating Behaviour but he is confusing his daddy as his 'mum'

They stay with their parents for at least a year and help raise their siblings
This Behaviour to your hubby may continue for a couple years, he will then maybe realise he needs to move on and find a mate
So he could then change his alliance and show you the same affection (it's said 70% of males chance alliance and less than 20% of females change )
And he could then become aggressive to anyone else other than his 'mate'
So like you say it's not to be encouraged (hubby did good movin him and distracting )
Sorry for the long post , just thought you may like to understand as why :) xx
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Re: Is this mating behaviour
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2015, 07:27:20 PM »

Thanks Mandi, so much to learn which is why I love this forum :-)
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Re: Is this mating behaviour
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2016, 09:52:46 PM »

hi there. This is a video I took this evening. I'm not sure how old this male is he has been with me for three weeks. I have a 6month old female also. Is this mating behaviour because I'm worried about the baby. Thanks in advance.


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Re: Is this mating behaviour
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2016, 10:08:19 PM »


hi there. This is a video I took this evening. I'm not sure how old this male is he has been with me for three weeks. I have a 6month old female also. Is this mating behaviour because I'm worried about the baby. Thanks in advance.


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Hi, what Behavoir led up to this video
It's hard to tell as was very short
But he also could be hot/stressed (wings away from body n panting)
Mating behavoir is usually a baby type squeaking noise and wings dropped but movin
As for worrying for the female
She's too young to breed so won't allow it. X
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Re: Is this mating behaviour
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2016, 10:09:32 PM »

Sorry I had the volume down
I heard the squeaks
A longer video would help
How is he now ?
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« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2016, 10:13:20 PM »

I don't want to breed that is for sure too many like Eric in rescues bless him. But I'm just getting used to his behaviour and just before I was stroking his head when he put it down for me. Eric is just getting used to us too. He will come to me no problem he will lunge at me though as soon as my husband enters the room his behaviour completely changes its bizarre. So I joined this forum to hopefully pick up some more experiences


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Re: Is this mating behaviour
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2016, 10:17:30 PM »

If you don't provide breeding conditions it shouldn't happen
I presume they are caged separate ?
And yes they are known to use you till their chosen one comes home x
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Re: Is this mating behaviour
« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2016, 08:31:19 PM »

These are the usual mating sounds, and stances but maybe also he's just showing affection to the baby? X
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