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milad zurub - 2012-01-27
I have a luton couple the female is laying eggs and they disappear and I have other couple green I am not sure about the male and the female is laying 5 eggs so I decided to put the lution male with the green female they r fighting do u think that is a right choice ?? Will they keep on fighting ?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-27
    Not real sure I understand but why did you not leave the pair together? The female on eggs will do everything to protect the nest from an intruder.
  • milad zurub - 2012-01-27
    I did not leave the pairs coz the green female is very good and its male I am not sure if he is filtering the female n the yellow male I sow him filtering the female and it layed one egg and did not hatched there is something wrong with her so I put the good male with the good female will the tame to each other or will they keep on fighting ? Or should I put the paris as they were ?
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Anita - 2012-01-22
I just brought home a peached faced lutino today. I think so anyway. That's what the mom was and this bird is a bright yellow with rosy cheeks and little red on top of her head. Not all its feathers are in, but the longest wing feathers are lighter yellow and the tail has hints of, almost striped green blue and red. Just a hint though. What do you think?

Should I get another one? If so, it would be a Dutch blue with greenish blue body and a grayish head. If they end up being a pair, would all their babies be mutations of peached faced lovebirds or would I just increase the likelihood of getting babies with that mutation?

My concerns about bird number 2 is that they'll bond and never tame up to me. The baby I have now is quite tame and already moves her neck for me to scratch and falls asleep cuddled to me in no time. I know they'll be considerably louder with both, and that's fine. I have a huge cage in a sunroom that can be closed off and the birds can still see the family and activity in the house.

My concern wit having just one is that it would be lonely and depressed.

Help. I have to let the breeder know tomorrow.

My

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-01-22
    It sounds like a great little lovebird! Regarding getting a second bird or not, usually I would suggest yes. But it is really the answer to one major question, are you willing to be a constant companion to this bird. Their socialization need is such that they need attention, preening, petting, and interacting most of the time. That's why they really do best with another lovebird.

    I have known a lady who had just one, and they had a wonderful relationship. But she did everything (and I mean everything!) with it... hung out with it on her shoulder, hand, couch...took naps together, ate together, read together, everything. Her bird did not get depressed, but that's the type of interaction they need, and they live for quite a few years.
  • Anita - 2012-01-23
    Very insightful. Seems like I have lots of thinking to do. I'm delighted that I can still hand feed some!!! I sure wish I could send you some pics of her. She has quite a bit of blue red then green in her tail and her eyes aren't red.
  • Anita - 2012-01-23
    But will I be able to tame them if there are two of them? They were not handfed but aren't fully feathered and the one I have was definitely exposed to human contact.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-23
    If they aren't even completely feathered in yet, I would hand feed them. You can hand feed them with a spoon and baby food slightly warmed from a jar. Yep, the regular old kind you buy in the grocery store. You don't have to and you do not want to stuff them as they are eating on their own but just a little extra will help them bond to you and you to them. Apricots and applesauce were the two favorites mine always liked the best. I would put a little on my finger from the spoon and then let them eat from the spoon. Remember the spoon is a big shiny object to be afraid of so just go slow. Once they taste the 'good stuff' they usually very quickly overcome objections. Yes, you can have two tame lovebirds. You can have two lovebirds that you just watch and enjoy or you can have two that you can watch and enjoy when they are nesting and play with the other part of the year. They all get hormonal in the spring anyway. My daughter has 4 and they have babies and she can play, hug, hold all 4 of them. She does hand feed the babies. She even used to take them to work with her. If you provide the love and attention - you are just part of their flock especially if you are well trained by them. Now you can also just have 1 lovebird but they are very social beings and they want preening and attention. Loud - doesn't bother me and they aren't really loud. Mutation - that's genetics. You take brown eyed human and breed with a blue eyed - you will probably brown eyes as dominant. However, you can get blue eyes or a combination. Same thing with birds. What is the dominant gene and do they both have it or does just one have it. Guess you will just have to wait and see on that one. You'll have to wait and see on several cluches too.
  • Anita - 2012-01-25
    I'm going to pick up a little friend for Daisy this afternoon! I figured that her happiness was more important than my having a little friend all to myself. I'm just praying that she'll remain tame. I had a parakeet at one time and when my sister got one and put it at the other end of the house, they heard each other and it was never really the same.

    I wish I could send you some photos of Daisy. She looks lutino, there is a lot of blue and green on her back and even some red. Her eyes aren't red either. I'm not interested in having a bird conform to any standards as she's just a pet, but I am curious and interested in genetics.
  • Anita - 2012-01-25
    Here are some pictures of Daisy: www.photobucket.com/daisyandmuffin
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milad zurub - 2011-12-21
I have 2 peach faced I don't know if they are a female and a male. I saw them both putting nesting materials in there back but one of the carries more and it built a nest and today it layed an egg. I did not see the having it but they feed each other in the mouth and the other act more like a male might it layed an infertile egg ??or are they a couple??

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-21
    The only way to know for 100% the sex is through DNA sexing. However, visually is usually about 90% accurate. The males head is flatter than the females. The females head is a smoothe curve from the eye area up across the head to the neck. The males head is flatter and a slight ridge as you go toward the neck. Both sexes help build a nest and both sexes will incubate. Usually the male feeds the female. The female will not fully start sitting (incubating the eggs) 100% untill the last egg is laid. Whether the eggs are fertile or not - you can try candling in about 10 days. However, usually the first clutch is a freebie - in other words not fertile. Takes the birds a couple of clutches to actually know what they are doing. If the eggs hatch - you know you have a couple. If they don't, however, you may still have a couple - just inexperienced. Good luck and enjoy.
  • milad zurub - 2012-01-09
    I think they r a female n a male coz I saw on of them hoping on the back of the other n having sex it layed 5 eggs today I found two on the bottom of the cage and I put them back and it sit on them I did the right thing or what I think they fell of the nesting box or did she put them out n y ??
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Shereen - 2011-12-17
How can I provide my birds Calcium?? Shall I feed them with well-Boiled egg shells??

-They are a couple one is Blue masked and the other is Black masked

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-17
    You can feed them scrambled eggs and just leave the shell in. They usually love that. You can also buy a cuttlebone and just put it in the cage or they have flavored calcium blocks.
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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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