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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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Joseph Freitas - 2012-05-24
My Girlfriend and I found a rose-faced lovebird and as no one has come to claim the poor thing, we are planning on keeping him/her , but we know little about them. I see most of the information here, however I haven't seen anything about sleeping habits such as when to cover the cage, whether or not we SHOULD cover the cage, etc. Also, it appears as though his/her wings are clipped. Should this be something to be concerned about?

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Katrina Hahn - 2012-05-08
I have two peach face love birds who to say the least have been having fun! I am not sure if they are a pair but today she laid an egg in the nest! I sure hope I get some chicks. But what do I feed them I give them seed with egg shell in it also when I eat eggs I give them that too. But what other kind of food do I give them and how do I keep the nest moist for the young in Texas HELP PLEASE!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-08
    You can place a bowl of water in the bottom of the cage. The mom will bathe in it (as needed) to add moisture to the nest. You can feed them anything you eat that is considered nutricious, meatloaf, chicken, tuna, apple, sweet potatoe etc.
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BVS Varma - 2012-05-03
I have a pair of love birds, they laid eggs for 3 times, but all the 3 times the eggs are not hatched. When I break the eggs there was nothing inside(dried). What should I do?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-03
    You are sure you do not have two females? I would think not because normally you would then have double the eggs. My guess is that the male and female are just not getting the cloacas lined up and balanced or the male in his fun, is throwing the female off balance or even off the perch. Take a second perch and put it above the first about an inch and about an inch away from the first. That will allow the female to perch on the lower one but hang on the the higher one with her beak. She will be more stable and hopefully when he does his thing, they will line up and the female will be balanced and it will take.
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Holly - 2012-04-28
I have had my lovebird since a baby, and he will be 13 this October.
For the past month or so, when sitting on me, he has started to chew holes in
my cotton t-shirts. It almost looks like he's eating the fabric, and shreds the necklines.
Why this new, strange behaviour?
Holly

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-28
    It is pretty normal. I thought all bird people had bird t-shirts - that is t-shirts with the little holes in them that the bird chewed out. I have no idea why he waited 13 years before starting this. He just likes you.........
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