When Mom ordered the Wisdom Panel DNA Test Kits, she also ordered (2) Avian DNA Sexing Kits from HealthGene.com.
Cheney, is a cockatiel and cockatiels are sexually dimorphic – males and females are visually different. We know for a fact that Cheney is a boy. See his bright yellow head and bright orange cheeks? Both signs of a boy!
The reason we needed the (2) tests is that Paco & Conrad – our resident Green-Cheek Conures – are a type of parrot that show no visual difference between males and females (aka monomorphic). Most parrots are monomorphic.
Because we didn’t know for sure that they were boys it was driving Mom crazy. Mom was conflicted because, generally, parrots are more “friendly” towards the opposite sex AND if Paco and Conrad were females, they should be laying eggs by now. Even though we have only had them for a year, the person who had them before us had them for 2 & 5 years respectively.
Well, the test results came back and….it’s a shocker!
THEY’RE BOTH GIRLS!
Luckily, Mom mostly calls Paco, Pocky to begin with because she certainly can’t be Paco anymore. Conrad is going to have to become Connie. BOL!
Wait a second…this means more sisters! OH NO!!!!