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Christoher - 2011-08-31
what kind of fruits and vegetabes do lovebirdslike to eat? Do lovebirds eat bread

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  • Emi - 2011-12-15
    Can lovebirds actually eat peanut butter because my 6 month old lovebird Kiki just landed her feet on some peanut butter and I'm worried if she eats it she'll get sick and she won't let me clean it off
    :( Another quick question Kiki (my lovebird) is very playful and my family adores her! But she sometimes bites us..like when I have to go somewhere and I try to take her of me she bites really hard! Any suggestions to stop this??? Thanks :)
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Shereen - 2011-12-08
Hi, I have bought a pair of lovebirds, the female is Blue masked and the male is Black masked. they are very scared. whenever I got near the cage they getting worried and mainly the male fly to some of the corner of the cage. Is this normal behavior?
Regarding their diet, I eat only seed, I had offered them apples and Carrot but they didn't touch it. However I have read that they love fruits and vegetables!! why is that??
I was told not to add the wooden box -where they suppose to lay eggs- right away, I should give them time to get used to the cage before doing so, Is this right??
BTW they aged more than a one year.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-08
    They seem to be paired bond and I would set up thenest box as it is better they have the nest box. They if they breed the eggs wil just be laid somewhere in the cage without bedding. But they would be protective of their territory and of course if you put your hand in their safe place they think King Kong As far as fruits and vegatables they need to get used to them. I would try things like cheerios or cooked
    macoroni. Chicken those are things that they take to easier and fruits and veggies many don't like them.
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Rakesh B Amudhappa - 2011-03-15
Hi,
Am a lover of lutino fisher lovebird, am using small pots as breeding homes for them, is small pots enough for breeding of lutino fischer love birds?

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  • taric - 2011-10-07
    hi it's taric from tamil nadu hey brother small pots is not enough for lutino hatching and if you think mostly 75% will hatching 1y you choose big pots because its 1y go inside and come back easy. Male lutino is bigger then female.
  • chetan - 2011-12-03
    Pots should be big enough for the birds and chicks when they grow up. Put some fine pieces of soft hay or dry grass ,or coconut fibers.
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Sigga - 2011-11-29
Hi, I have a Dutch Blue Lovebird one year old. It is very difficult to get him to go into the cage. How can I weaned him from it?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-29
    Join the group. Birds love to be out with their human owners and they would prefer being on their human or close to their human rather than being tucked away. You are just going to have to get creative and I do mean creative. When you are ready for him to go back in the cage - don't let him know under any circumstances. Don't get up and start walking to the cage etc. Instead get the little fella on your hand and pet him etc. Then hold his one foot down with your thumb against your hand and your arm slightly stretched out (to keep him from climbing back on your shoulder) and then take him to the cage and put him in.
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doreen - 2011-08-21
Is there any way of sexing black masked love birds please?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-22
    There is no 100% way to sex these little guys without blodd sexing --- as the males and females look identical for the most part. Now many who have bred them, raised them and had them for awhile will tell you that generally, the femlaes head is rounder on the top with the males head being flatter. It is harder (obviously) to see when feathered in but when naked it is pretty visually. You can usually feel this more so than see it where the male has a definitive slope or angle at the top back portion of his head. The femlaes pelvic bones are usually wider. It is said that the females have a stockier look when mature. Again breeders can do this quite well - almost all of the time. For the causal observor it is difficult and the only true way is blood sexing. There are ads in the back of Bird Talk which you can send for and they you can send a blood feather or clipped toenail (blood) to the lab and they will send you the results. It used to be $25.00 - I don't know how much it is now. I wouldn't think much. Other choice is wait cuz there will be eggs.
  • Thisara Demina Rambukkanage - 2011-11-15
    I am from sri lanka. I have pair of zebra finches and pair of java finches in same large cage.
    I am going to buy a new large cage. I like to buy lovebirds. But I don't know how to sex them. I want to know how.
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Anna Rega of Virginia - 2011-11-15
I was given a peachface about 3 yrs ago. I fell in love with him with in days of having him and I still love him. He is the boss of the house and he knows it.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-17
    A parrot trains their human with such love and kindness that we don't realize we have been trained. Just enjoy your litttle fella - they are wonderful.
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Crystal - 2011-10-24
I have a peached faced lovebird and a blue masked lovebird that are mates and have just had some eggs. I JUST read that your not suppposed to pair these two up. Are their eggs not going to be fertile? Please help I hope I didn't set them up for failure :(

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-24
    You are fine and they are happy so don't worry. Many people feel that birds - or any pet/companion/animal should never be cross bred. It is a belief. They state that in the wild (or under natural circumstances because of geography) it would not happen. Richard Shubot owned ARBC and was a major aviculturist and let birds fly free. They do cross breed. Love birds cross breed but some folks don't like it as they want the breed to remain pure.
    Second paragraph - your lovebirds are new at this as I take it. Many breeders would tell you that the first couple of clutches are for free. In other words, maybe mom and dad will know what to do and maybe they won't. Maybe they will accidently break the eggs, Maybe mom knows how to sit and feed or maybe she gets confused. It is a learning process and sometimes they get it right first time but sometimes not. So enjoy, relax and keep your fingers crossed but if the eggs aren't fertile or don't hatch - don't be discouraged. A suggestion is to place a little perch by the nest box so they have someplace to sit and go in and out of the box so they don't break eggs accidentally.
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Maria - 2011-10-13
I recently aquired a female lovebird as a friend for my little one. Both are peach faced, one is green with blue tail and black tipped wings, the other is yellow. The yellow one (female) is very aggresive, and bites. I've had her for 2 weeks now, showered her with attention etc. but she still bites, and she bites the little green one too. How do I go about to let them become friends, or even to 'bond'?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-13
    It isn't unusual that a female will pick on a fella -- just give them some time and let them be. They will probably work out who is boss and when. If you want them to 'bond' you don't necessarily have to try and bond with the female. Maybe she was hand fed - maybe not and you can just take her to neutral territory and start feeding her with yiour hand and tame her. However, if you want them to bond and have babies - then just keep one oof the babies for a pet instead.
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sikander - 2011-09-24
Hi, I have 8 pairs of love birds but in last two months they are suffering from diarrhea. They are dropping white milky feces. I do my best and gave them medicines but in vain. If you have any advice then please sikandermlk@yahoo.com I will be obliged.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-09-25
    If your lovebirds, Agapornis roseicollis, are not getting any better after 2 months of having diarrhea and treating them for it, you may want to consider taking one of them to the vet. A vet may be able to pinpoint better exactly what is causing the diarrhea. You may consider varying their diet, and reducing the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables they get daily to see if that makes a difference. Another thing to check is to make sure they are getting clean water every day and clean out and disinfect their water dishes daily. Also, if you are not already, you may want to include vitamin supplements to their food and/or water, which can generally be purchased at pet stores. If you wish, you can check out the general Lovebird Care page.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-25
    I was baby sitting two macaws for a friend and he told me they had diarrhea. I had them for two weeks and they did not have diarrhea. He picks them up and asks me and I told him all was fine and he said that they had diarrhea for a good couple of months. I asked him what he was feeding them and he told me and all was well except he was giving them each about 10 - 15 grapes a day as they loved grapes. I told him that a grape to a bird is like a human eating a whole melon. Love birds love fruit but think 1/2 grape to a Lovebird is you eating 1/2 a melon. All the fruit and even sometimes vegetables (depending on the vegetable) will give your guys diarrhea and could get dehydrated. Scrambled eggs is a good thing - leave in the shell for extra protein. Little chicken or tuna is a good thing. Good luck but probably diet.
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Waqas - 2011-09-17
I have a black masked blue love bird ( male ) and a green fisher ( female ). Will the two specie cross breed and what will be the offsprings alike ?

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