Locking beaks

I have a green cheek conure and a 7 month sun conure. I have recently let them play on the play gym together. After a bit they are locking beaks and then preening each other, then they go about playing. Should I be worried about this, are they mating??

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Sep 08, 2011
Conures locking beaks
by: Tracie

No, they are not mating, they are either arguing or playing. They may be trying to decide who will be dominate. Please watch carefully, because if the do start fighting you will need to be ready to pull one of them off and endure a bite yourself.

Please have them DNA sexed if you have not done this yet. You do NOT want them to mate and produce hybrid babies. Besides messing up the gene pool, if you are not an experienced breeder you stand a chance of losing the hen and the babies due to lack of experience.

Many female conures lay eggs, even though there is no mate. Please make sure you are feeding either Harrison's or Roudybush pellets so you don't have to worry about egg binding, where the egg gets stuck and the hen dies if you don't get to an avian vet quick enough.

Here is an article written by an avian vet on Switching Birds To Pellets if you need to switch your birds to a pellet diet.

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