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arun - 2012-09-01
Is it friendlly lovebird or not , is it possible to train this bird

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-01
    Lovebirds are most of the time extremely cuddly, lovable and affectionate.  They love their humans and wish to be around them and by them.  You say 'train'   Love birds are not the normal parrot for training.  Yes, they step up and they pet but if you are thinking roll over, lay on their backs, fetch, riding a scooter, or playing parrot game sthat you teach - no they are not those kinds of birds that one would TRAIN for a bird show.  Step up an dpossibly coming to your hand waving when called - yes.
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wizgem - 2011-12-21
I got 2 dutch blue lovebirds last summer, one with orange head and acting like male, the other with slightly grey chest and just a little hit of peach color on its head and receiving regurgitation from the male one since they arrived.

Lately, I've seen the male one trying to mate with his mate, but the little one just would not let him.

Does anyone have same experience and knows whether they are a couple or not?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-22
    Animal World article on lovebirds Lovebirds and scroll down to the breeding/sexing information. The only way to be 100% sure is through DNA sexing. Read the information and look at the photo. For me the easiest visual cue isa the females head is a smooth arch from the eyes to the top of the head and over to the neck. The males head is flatter. This works much of the time. If you have two males it is not unusual for the alpha male to assume the male role and the second male to assume the role of a female. Obviously, this will not result in breeding just certain behaviors. Additionally, if the female isn't ready - it is her call and she will put the male off untill she is ready. Try and determine the sex if you can. If one lays an egg it is a female. Enjoy and have fun.
  • wizgem - 2012-08-25
    Appreciate the input. I'm sure that both of my lovebirds are boys now, so I'm wondering if it's a good idea to get another two girls at same age to join them at this point? If so, where should I look for them? Since I got my two boys from friends in 2010 when they were already 1 year old, so I guess they will need female companion around 3 yo. Anyone has good suggestion?
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Linda - 2012-08-19
I have a 4 month old peach-faced named Frasier. I've been noticing at times that he'll start scratching his head & then starts gagging (or hacking). Looks like he wants to bring up a fur ball like cats do. What is this? He'll do this several times in a row before he stops.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-19
    He is regugitating and it is normal.  When they want to show they love you or are smitten they will regurgitate their food in an attempt to feed you.  I mean they can't give you a diamond so they give you the oinly thing they can - their food.  It is just an affectionate gesture.  If he is on your head or shoulder just grab the beak and say 'not hungry but love you'   It is how mom feeds her babies also - and yours is pretty young -
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Amy - 2012-08-15
We have a beautiful little Peach-faced Lovebird named Sherbert who is a bit of a brute and brat. She likes to bite when she isn't getting her way. She loves to run amok in the house and then when we try to catch her she'll bite hard. We've resorted to wearing oven mitts every time we try to grab her when out of the cage. She is in love with my husband and purrs and snuggles, but I'm afraid to even go near her. She'll get on your shoulder and bite when you try to get her off. I already have a human toddler, what do I do with a bird toddler? I hate to leave her in the cage all the time.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-16
    WOW - OK  She wants what she wants and she doesn't wish to go back in her cage.  That is it.  If most of the time she gets picked up to go back in her cage - and she doesn't want to - she is going to make you undertand any way she can that she wants to be with her 'FLOCK' and that is her human 'FLOCK'.  She does not wish to be alone.  How far away from family activities is her cage?  Can she see you?  Things like  do not eat in front of a 3 year old child as it will have a temper tantrum is true for a parrot also.  If she can hear you but not see you - she is not happy.  She will fly to where you are.  She will sit peacefully on your shoulder until she thinks you are going to 'PUT HER AWAY'  So best to have her safe place where she is part of the flock.  Biting - it isn't the top beak that bites - the strength is in the bottom beak.  The top beak is for climbing or holding.  When you think she is going to bite you can 1.  leave her alone   2.  yell 'NO' and clap  3.  grab her up by placing your thumb literally under her beak which will prevent her from biting and yell 'NO'    A kitchen mit is KING KONG or a COBRA snake coming at her and she is going to do whatever she thinks she has to to survive.  She can not bite you if you are holding her mouth closed.  If you grab her and hold her tightly against your chest with your thumb under her beak - she can not bite.  This will sound nuts but I had a bird that would bite - only one - and I finally called a trainor.  The trainor told me that when the bird looked like it was going to bite or attempted to bite to grab it yell 'JAIL' and put it in the bathtub, lights out (so in the dark) and count to 60.  First time no reaction but when I opened the bathroom door, there she was sitting in the center of the tub with this 'good as gold look on her face'  Second time she just looked at me and decided to bite anyway so back in the tub yelling 'JAIL' and she was as meek as a newborn lamb on the way out - in just 60 seconds.   Third time I yelled 'JAIL' and she shook like a dog after a bath and did not bite.  So think about where her cage is.  Think about the pecking order in the flock and is she not being included.  Hold her so she can't bite.  Then there is JAIL.  Hope this works.  Easier solution is to just let her love your husband.  If she has pair bonded with him - she is jealous of the other woman in his life and that is OK too.  They pick a mate and frequently become very protective of that mate - even when it is a human.
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Ananya Roy - 2012-07-29
I have a pair of lutino lovebirds (aged around 14 months) and a pair of blue masked lovebirds (about 10 months old). They share the same 60'x48'x36' cage and they never quarelled for once. Infact the female lutino (Lady) adores the blue masked ones. Today I noticed an egg on the floor and set up 3 nestboxes immediately as mentioned in the article and placed the egg in one of those. The lutinos readily accepted the box with the egg and are content but the male blue masked (Sid) started to peek into that box and disturbed them. I placed the blue masked pair in another cage to stop this. As soon as I shifted them, Lady came dashing out of the box and started to screech and fly around the cage continuously. It even started fighting with the male lutino (Lord). I shifted Sid and Mili (the female blue masked) back in their original cage, and lady calmed down immediately and returned to her nest. But again mischievous Sid has started to peep in their nest and disturb Lord and Lady.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-29
    Birds don't necessarily breed with their own 'mate' or species or whatever you would like them to do.  Birds also may have a mate but they do cheat.  Sounds like Lady might have bred with Sid.  Right now - the only thing I can think of to do is just let the 4 stay together.  Sounds like they picked their mates and Lady picked Sid.  Many times a parrot will breed with the strongest member of the flock rather than her mate and the mate will accept the progeny without any problems.  I would be afraid to separate them into the Lord Lady pair and the Sid Milli pair because I don't think that is how they see it.  You will have to wait and watch and when you are sure what the pairs are, separate accordingly or let them be together. 
  • Ananya Roy - 2012-08-04
    Yesterday is the saddest day in my life. I woke up in the morning and found lady dead lying on the floor. I have discovered Sid is female. Lord is searching for Lady. It is beating Sid and Mili. It is a perfect chaos. Currently,i have 1 male lutino lovebird and 2 female blue masked lovebird. I have managed to separate Mili and put it with a fischer's lovebird but Sid's mating spree is on peak and I don't know what to do. Should I get 1 adult female lutino lovebird and 1 male blue masked lovebird? please help me. I need your opinion.it is very urgent.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-05
    I wouldn't get any more birds until you ge the ones you have orgnized/paired/in order or whatever you wish to call it - but in a poeaceful situation.  Many say a person can 'flock breed' certain parrots.  I am way not for it.  For some reason - there is always a death or problems - If the safe house (cage) is essentially at least 20X 20 and the birds are small and there are trees, freee flowing water, shubbery and plenty of nesting areas - I have seen it work but only with softbills.  I would purchase 'pairs' or best guess pairs and only put two in a cage and give each cage privacy one from another or put up a divider between the cages so they have privacy around the nesting area.  I am sorry one died and probably will  not know why but i would only put two in a cage and gives privacy around the cages.  I would not purchase additional pairs until all is well with the ones you have.  Good luck - hope all goes well
  • Ananya Roy - 2012-08-15
    Surprisingly, it wasn't Lady who died, it was Lord.a day before I noticed an egg in their cage and today I witnessed Lady laying another egg. Then Lady played football with it for a while,and then totally abandoned the eggs. I have confirmed that Sid is female. Lady and Sid have formed a sort of mother-daughter relationship,and they are inseparable now. Sid wants to sit under Lady's wings,and Lady does so to comfort Sid. Lady thinks Sid to be her own offspring.!!I have shifted Mili with ,my 2 male 10 years old fischer's lovebirds and she has settled with them ,also the fischer's lovebirds have accepted her warmly and now it is very peaceful in my birds' family. So I have decided not to bring any other lovebird and disturb their peace I want them to be happy. Thanks for your advice, it worked brilliantly. I waited and watched them, my birds have figured a way out of their problems themselves.Intelligent birds they are,I must say! thanks again for your help.
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melani matthews - 2012-08-08
My peachfaced love bird flew into our house and he took to me right away but I think he was abused cause he won't land on my finger. He gets very scared but he will fly on my shoulder im trying for him to get used to my hand please help me.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-10
    Soulder is biggger to land on.   He will earn to trust you and step up on your finger, just give him some time.  Hold him close to your chest so he can hear your heart beat and just pet the top of his head.  He will start to get used to your fingers.
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irene - 2012-07-26
How can I know my love bird age...I have i peach head and a blue mask...

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-26
    You really can't tell the age except possibly when they are very old.
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margie schlenoff - 2012-07-26
We just lost our darling lovebird, who lived to be 20 years old...we got Wellesley when my daughter was 16 and she just turned 36. I cannot imagine a more loving and lovable pet.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-26
    They are so sweet and love their humans.  I am sorry.
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Abner Linezo - 2012-07-07
I am new in taking care of this pets and I love them a lot. My first question is I have a Lutino and peached face love bird can they be macthed?The second question is how long they need to spend to be partners. I put them in a separate cage for a week now and it seems that the lutino bird always bully the peached face bird. Thanks in advance guys

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-07
    Yes, they can be mated and they do cross breed.  What you call being a bully is probably just the two of them deciding who is in charge.  The male will usually 'bully' the female to be in the back of the cage to protect her and possibly he wants to mate and she isn't ready.  The female will usually be the 'bully' when she is ready to breed.  It is normal behavior and just let hem work it out.  They are sexually mature around 12 monhs of age.
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Martin - 2012-07-03
How can i sex my love birds? without getting them DNA tested, I took em to a petshop and i was told I had 3 females and one male, how can i check myself? They told me that the females have a wider pelvic bone than the males

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-04
    You can't - not with 100% accuracy.  Yes, females in general have a wider pelvic bone - but it is a best guess as to who has the wider pelvic bone and some males may be larger than others.  You can say that females have a rounder head (which is true) but sure easier to see before they feather in.  You can say males seem to have a flatter head with a ridge sloping toward the back of the neck but it is a ridge that sometimes you can see and or feel.  It takes a lot of experience and breeding for a breeder to be able to differentiate the male from the female and they aren't always accurate -  can't be.  No way to know without DNA sexing.
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