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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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delane battles - 2012-06-28
I have peachfaced lovebirds and they are a joy to watch

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mosad sayed amer - 2012-06-28
Hello for ever body ...... can we mix lutino peach faced with green lovebird?..thanks.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-28
    Yes, you can.  They will cross breed.  Have fun and enjoy
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sanju - 2012-06-24
What is the variety of foods given for the parent lutino birds so that it can feed chicks and the chicks are to be healthy

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-25
    Their basic food and then add some scrambled eggs with the shell in, diced cooked sweet potatoe, tuna, millet and anything nutricious that you eat.  You can also add a vitamin supplement to the mashed food.
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sonia - 2012-06-09
I want to know how to distinguish the sex of peach faced love bird (green color) as I bought one peach faced love bird and one luttino (yellow colour) ,, thinking luttino is female ....

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-09
    Color doesn't have anything to do with the sex of the love bird.  Looking at the birds head from the side, the females head is a smooth round curve from the eyes over the top of the head o the neck.  The males head has a flatter appearance.  That works most of the time, however, there is no 100% way to determine the sex of a lovebird without DNA esting.  You can purchase the kits in the back of the Bird Talk Magazine. 
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JohnK - 2012-06-05
My love bird is 16 years old. He seems to be in relatively good health. He has had trouble flying, but still tries to fly a short distance from his cage to my shoulder when I am watching TV on the recliner in the livingroom. I very rarely have to leave him with anyone although I have left him with neighbors in the past. This time I have to take a trip at the end of June and will be gone for 5 days and I can't find anyone to watch him while I am gone. So I thought about buying those self-feeding containers for food and water and placing them in his cage while I am gone. Can he survive buy eating and drinking from those containers for 5 days? I really don't want to cancel my trip, but I also don't want to pay $300 to have a bird sitter watch him for 5 days either.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-05
    Isn't there a teen in the neighborhood and you can take your little guy to their home and pay the teen $10.00 a day. Someone who does baby sitting? The containers would most likely work and people have done it but what happens if he hurts himself somehow?
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Tina - 2012-05-31
I have a peach faced lovebird that is 17 years old. He has always flown but is now having trouble flying and winds up on the floor. He then calls to me and I come and take him to one of his many perches. So, how do you know when a bird has come to the end of his life? Do people put birds to sleep like I did with my dog with cancer? I don't want him to die and fall off his perch. I am home 24/7 as I telecommute, but in July I am leaving for 2 weeks. My husband is here until early afternoon but I have no one for the evening.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-31
    The life expectancy for a lovebird is between 15 - 20 years so yes, your little peach face is getting older. However, because he is older and possibly having problems flying - he is still perky as he is still trying to fly. He knows to call you and you will come get him. Think of an older human with arthritis - they can't jump rope anymore but they can laugh and play and watch TV. Your little one can play and be with you and pretend he is younger. When you are out, I would keep his cage door closed but I sure wouldn't worry about putting him to sleep. Maybe his eyesight isn't as good as it used to be and he isn't sure where he is flying. Could be any number of reasons but he just older.
  • Tina - 2012-06-01
    Thank you so much for the quick reply. Maui is a wonderful bird and I will value my time with him. I will follow your recommendation and tell my husband to close the door to his house (we never call it a cage!) when he leaves for work. The last time I left him, I was gone for a month and he 'snubbed' me for two days so I would know how upset he was.
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Shankar - 2012-05-29
Do these birds speak ??? Are they talkative ???

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-29
    I don't believe the love birds speak or if they do, their vocabulary is quite limited. They are expressive in body language, however. They are also very sweet.
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GLORIA - 2012-05-26
I have got 2 love birds but 1 seems to peck the other 1 on head and it's looking bald. What do i do?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-26
    There isn't anything I know of that you can do. The male will often OVERPREEN the female in courtship. Possibly once she is interested, the overpreening will stop.
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