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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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fahad shah - 2012-04-26
I have one pair of lutino lovebirds. In first clutch they had 5 chicks but in 2nd and 3rd clutch they will fail. What is the problem. In 2nd and 3rd clutch after completion of incubation period when I broke the eggs some chicks are died in the eggs........

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-26
    This happens. The chicks might not have been strong enough to break through the sheel. What they call draw down - where the white part is absorbed may have occured to fast because of lack of humidity and suffocated the chicks. Place a bowl of water so the mom can bathe and she will keep a higher humidity in the nest box because somehow they seem to know to bathe in the water and then sit the eggs. You can lightly spray in the next box (just the substrate) to raise humidity. If the chicks were fully developed but sorta looked stuck - then it was probably the humidity.
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Rajcoomar - 2012-04-21
Can we pair a male Bluemask with a female Lutino/Pearl or Blackmask?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-21
    Yes, you can. They will be cross bred and many people get really up tight about that. Many others have developed gorgeous crosses. Good luck and enjoy.
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milad zurub - 2012-04-17
My peached faced has been laying eggs but they dissapear. She layed 2 egges one of them is smaler then the other but she is sitting on them.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-17
    Well it is good that she is sitting on them - Is there a male? Regardless, let her sit the eggs for 25 days or so. You can check to see if they are fertile but let her sit them regardless for 25 days or so. We don't want her continuously laying eggs and possibly running a calcium dificiency. It is OK that the eggs are different sizes, unusual and probably one isn't fertile or a double yolk.
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