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Message #7606. This is a followup to #7604.

Name:Bruce Byfield
Date:Sunday April 15, 2012 9:59:26 am MDT
Subject:Re: Does she need a mate?
Message:Dorene wrote:
> Hello, I've had Sidney, my Nanday, for about seven years now. Last
> week my green cheek passed away, and until then they were mates. My
> husband and I are trying to decide if we should get her another mate,
> and if so, what kind. She's been doing fine since he died. In fact,
> she seems happier since my husband and I have been showering her with
> attention, but we want to do what will make her happiest in the coming
> years. Our work schedules make it so most days one of us is home, but
> there are days where she ends up being home alone (except for the
> dogs) for six plus hours. Do any of you have single Nandays? Or do you
> have any recommendations about a good kind of bird to pair her with?
> We're not sure she's female - we've never had her tested. Thanks for
> any advice!

Nandays don't necessarily need a mate. But they do need company, either human or avian. It sounds like Sidney doesn't have a real need for a mate.

However, if you decide to try to pair her up, be aware that she won't necessarily decide to pair up with the bird you get. They be just companions, or even enemies, and there is only so much you can do to influence what happens.

It also sounds like you never saw Sydney and her earlier friend have sex. If that's so, then the chances are they were not actual mates, just friends. When Nandays are truly paired, you will be in no doubt that they are, and which is male and female.

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