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Raja - 2012-03-24
Hello. I was wondering if anyone can explain my roseicollis behaviour. We do not know what gender it has, but we talk to him like a boy. We called him Pluma, meaning feather. We got him when he was just 6 weeks old, we have been having him for almost 2 months now. We never had a cage for him up until 2 days ago. When we take him out of the cage he runs or walks around freely always trying to knibble on your feet or climb up ur dress or pants. We find it very adorable, but the weird thing to us is when we try to pick him up he runs away. But if i wiggle my feet he runs towards them and bows his head so I can pet his head and back with my feet. Is this behaviour normal??

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-24
    Just playing. Normal.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-24
    If you want to hold and play with a parrot, then purchase one you can handle, hol, cuddle with when you purchase it. Why sould it be different than purchasing a puppy or kitten. A person normally would not purchase a pup they cannothold. So purchase one that youcanhold and cuddle, a hand fed baby from a rekiable breeder. If you wish a friend for your lovebird, try another lovebird.
  • Raja - 2012-03-24
    WHy won't he let me pick him up? We want to get him a little friend. What do you recommend? Get another roseicolli or a Fischer, nigrigenis or just another lovebird of some kind? What age is the best you think?
Loxie Kees - 2012-03-21
We received a pair of peach faced lovebirds several days ago. We were under the impression that they had been hand raised, they were hatched early January this year. Later we we find out that they were handled little and very early in beginning. So now they are very skiddish towards both my husband and myself. We love them very much and find them quite amusing. We are just at a loss as to how to get them to trust us and not be so afraid of us. Any and all help would be appreciated. Also kind of confused as to what to feed them, it's very important to me to make sure that they get a good diet. Thank you in advance. Sincerely Loxie Kees

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-21
    If they were hatrched in January and hand fed they would just have been weaned. They would be tame enough to just pick up and hold and cuddle. They will become more trusting of you the longer they are around you. Love birds breed fairly young and so they pair bond very young. They will pair bond with each other more than they will with you. You might as well just enjoy them as a pair and let them get used to you. Try giving them little treats with your hand and talking to them. There are good seed mixes for love birds and pellets also. I would use a combination of both plus anything nutricious you eat. They love millet.
jenny - 2012-03-04
Hi we have an aviary with twelve peach faced lovebirds. At the moment we have two babies hatched a week ago. I would like to hand feed them but never done this before. I have just read in one of your replies that this can be done from a spoon, how old do they have to be to do it this way? I'm a bit worried about using a syringe and don't have anyone here to show me the right way to do it, also interesting to hear that baby food can be used.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-04
    You purchase a parrot formula (I like Zupreme) at the pet store and follow the directions with the formula. Human baby food is used to add a little treat or to add flavor to the formula as they get fussy as they start to wean - not as the whole diet. You can use a spoon and all you do is just LAY the formula onto the babies tongue and wait for the baby to swallow. You lay just a little formula on at a time - just enough for them to swallow. You feed until the crop feels like a wet cotton ball. You feed again when the crop is empty. There are directions on the back of the formula. With a syringe - some folks just squirt the formula down and sometiomes aspirate the baby. I again will lay the formula in the babies mouth and allow them to swallow. I use feeding as attention and petting time as well as feeding time. How old - love birds are very little - tiny. I would wait until they are 3 weeks old.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-04
    There are several videos of hand feeding baby parrots on U Tube which would be helpful.
    Just go to U Tube and search hand feeding parrots and the videos come up. I'd send a link but there were many. Most use a syringe but if your comfortable with a spoon - use a spoon. Just don't 'Squirt' or force feed - allow them to swallow.
  • jenny - 2012-03-09
    Thankyou very much for your help, i will have a look on you-tube!i think a spoon would be the best way for me, we live in Spain and don't have an avian vet in the town.
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jcmiller - 2011-10-16
I adopted my lovebird from someone that did not want it anymore. I am trying to get it used to us but every time we get close to the cage or put our hand in it runs to the other side of the cage and starts chirping. It won't have anything to do with us. We have had it a week now. Does anyone have ideas so we can bond with this cute scarred little bird.

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  • Pebbles - 2012-01-31
    Give him some time and he'll get used to you. What you can do in the mean time is walk over very slowly to the cage and speak to him or her very softly. Make sure your cage is not in a busy area of the house, try to give him a place where he or she can feel more secure. With time and patience your lovebird will come around.
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Secret Po - 2009-03-15
Hello Nagkaroon ako ng ganitong pet. Binili ko siya for only P250 sa Sailor's petshop. Yung cage mga P100 lang. Kumuha ako ng 10 birds na ganito at nag fit doon sa P100 na cage.

P means pesos

Yung 1 bird 5 dollars
Yung cage 2 dollars
(US dollars)

It lasted for 12 years

From the Philippines

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chetan - 2011-03-17
My lutino love bird (male) is sleeping all day, and has become very inactive, keeps his eyes closed mostly ....what to do?

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  • tamara - 2012-02-19
    My Lutino does the same, but he has red eyes so I was wondering if the bright light hurts his eyes ? And he is very unsocial.
  • katrna gonzales - 2012-03-07
    Maybe your bird needs more attention...
    you must give him some time to play with you...
    I have a pair of birds, teddy and bunny bird.
    They are so playful..
    and all the things that mentioned above is their characteristics..
    I love them.
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debbie - 2012-03-06
What makes the black masked lovebird bite? I have one and all he does is bite when you go near him. I cant put my hand in his cage. Also he rips his paper on the bottom of his cage and puts in his water

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-06
    Ripping up the paper and putting it in the water bowl is normal. Ripping up paper is a great activity and lots of fun for a parrot. Many parrots - especially the little guys don't like it when you put your hand in THEIR cage. It is scary. I have said before picture King Kong putting his hand over the top of you while you are in bed. Scary - so they bite. It is their safe place and they will frequently attack anything that comes into their safe place. Best thing to do is let him come out of the cage on his own - or bribe him out of the cage on his own and allow him sometime to realize he is not going to be hurt. Talk softly, give treats with your hand and then pick him up and hold close to your chest. You can hold the beak closed and he can't bite. Just hold him close and pet the top of his head.
Editor's Note - 2012-01-25
What will happen if the black masked lovebird has no partner ? Will it die?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-25
    No it is not going to die. We die from being old or getting sick - not from not having a partner. Lovebirds are very social creatures and they do fine with lots - really lots - of human attention and hold and pet. They do extremely well with another lovebird - which relieves some of the socialization and affection needs from the human. You can pair your fella up with another lovebird or give it lots of attnetion.
  • susan - 2012-02-10
    No! In fact he may become very attached to you. He will start to bond with you more and more. I just had one he was the most wonderful friend and family I could have ever wished for!! He trained me to get him glasses of water and loved dinner time he was always curious and wanted to sample almost everything he loved cherries and grapes only I had to hold them for him while he sipped them up slowly!
    I think you will be pleasently surprised by having one bird you will really see his personality like you would never have before.
  • marie smith - 2012-03-05
    Hi, don't stress my partner saved a black masked lovebird (our Harry) about 6 months ago. We took him to the vet as the other birds who attacked him made quite a mess of him. We estimated his age at about 8 weeks old at that stage. He is now the social butterfly. He interacts with all our friends but he has become very dominant and protective of me! He is very happy and well adjusted (that took several weeks). I don't think he would appreciate us bringing in another bird as he would probably view it as competition as he soaks up all the attention and loves it. Just be patient and you will find you have a new best friend.
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Teejay - 2012-02-16
Hey I have just got two new love birds. One is blue and other is violet and they freak out when ever I walk near the cage. I've been trying to calm them by talking to them lots and puting my hand in the cage ... What else can I do? =)

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  • hann - 2012-02-16
    Hi, what you already are doing I did with mine. So my suggestion is to keep on with that and you'll soon see some diffrence. But another thing I did was to open the cage and let them out A LOT like all the time and let them see what you're up to. And let them listening to U tube clips with other lovebirds, that usally triggers them. Hope this helps a little bit!
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michael r - 2011-08-27
I adopted a Dutch Blue LoveBird when he was four weeks old and from hand feeding we built a strong bond, and then he built a strong bond with my Sun Conure too. My lovebird was amazing and so happy all the time, all he wanted to do was play and whenever I would sit in my recliner and watch tv he would sit on my stomach and just talk to me four hours. It's like he thought we talked the same language, which we kinda did to a point. I started understanding him alot more as tme went on. That lovebird was amazing and ever since he died its like a open hole or wound always there, he was so playful and fun its lonely without him and my sunconure is lonely at night now. I have a cockatial who gets along with the conure but she loves sleeping alone. The lovebird and sunconure cuddled everynight together. Anyways I never had my lovebird pluck any of its feathers like I see some of you people are mentioning. He was really happy and amazing and I would recomend a Lovebird to anyone who wants a little bird with big personality and that will love you.

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  • cocotte - 2011-10-03
    I am so agree with you, my old lovebird (15 yo) loves me so much, now I am writing and he is inside my pyjama lol
  • BOB - 2012-02-07
    Hi Michael,
    I feel your pain, my Dutch Blue died last week after our 17 year friendship. We are all devastated as are my other birds who seem to be in mourning. My African Gray would always call out for our little Bing when she wasn't in sight but hasn't uttered her name since she passed over the rainbow. I haven't removed the cage from the bird room yet for fear of the reaction of the others, including me. I loved that bird dearly and miss her terribly, what a personality!

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