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sexual maturity
« on: September 02, 2010, 09:38:14 PM »

I was asking why most parrots ended up at the sanctuary when I was there the other day. they explained, owner death, divorce, noise abatement orders but generally the younger birds arrive as there behaviour changes at maturity and many people aren't prepared for that and they don't try and work it through.

I also read about a study of DNAed Greys who were all over 3 yrs old and the study looked at their bonding patterns at 1 -2 yrs old and the results were that 63% of the male congos changed their preference to another caregiver other than the one who raised him mainly as a youngster, whereas only 16% of the females Congos changed their allegience. The researcher suggested that in the wild the males would leave the flock at this time to gain a mate and this could be why. None of the Timnehs, males or females changed allegience. Her suggestion was that in the wild the Timnehs would leave the flock much earlier than the Congos, which would coincide with the age that a baby goes to his new home.

What do you lot think to those theories and have you noticed similar things as your babies grew up?
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« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2010, 09:51:37 PM »

Fortuntely that is a problem I wont encouter, as both my birds are adults, but the people who have young birds are in for a shock, the terrible two's.
Thats one of the benefits of having rehomes. :haha: :haha: :haha:
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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2010, 09:52:16 PM »

Interesting reading. Lets hope it's true coz Nico is female and don't want her to change from me to hubby
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« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2010, 10:04:27 PM »

They did make it clear it was an informal study but they had made sure there was a fixed standard that each bird lived in a household with more than two people within it.

Oh dear I am truly showing my geeky side getting all tied up with research and experiments at this time of night  :rofl:
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