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BRIAN BUTLER - 2011-03-11
Can lovebirds change their sex?

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  • Christopher - 2011-08-08
    Dear Brian, No lovebirds can't change sex.
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Christopher - 2011-08-08
I have 4 lovebirds in a cage. They are 2 lutino and 2 peach face lovebirds
They're all mature to have chicks, but they're not breeding at all. One of the females is getting along with the males, but they're not mating.
And they fight with the other male..........
So what do i do
I think my birds have breeding problems
please do respond back
My email address is cpcpatteril@gmail.com

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-09
    I don't know about this community breeding of lovebirds. I was told you could set up a community aviary with white belly caiques and I did - about 12 feet wide and 10 feet long for 5 pairs. They all went into the aviary at a young age and the same time but somehow one of the males was killed. Just an experience but based on people who told me I could do a community breeding situation. I wouldn't do it again. I was also told that birds mate for life. I have come to the conclusion they might mate for life but they cheat like crazy. So two females or a male fighting over a male is normal - to me. So, my advice is to take the two pairs and split them up so they each have their own mate. None of this group stuff and that stops the fighting. I think when you get them separated, all will take care of itself. Write back and let me know if problems fom there.
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Kasey - 2009-12-15
I have had a peach faced lovebird for one year, starting the christmas of 2009. He is the sweetest pet I have ever had. He has learned to do several tricks such as give kisses, play dead, and poop on command.

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  • Amy - 2010-05-25
    How did you train him? We just got a female lovebird for my son, he is very nice, but tends to nibble once in a while, and bite when you try to take her out of the cage sometimes too. Any advice would be appreciated.
  • hannah - 2010-06-29
    Really? I want a peach faced love bird and are gonna get one in October this year but I'm scared about how to train it can you maybe give me some tips?
  • sharon - 2010-12-21
    When my son got his lovebird (single bird) from a pet store, the bird was very afraid of fingers. We suspect that this was because of people sticking their fingers into the cage. My son wore socks on his hands whenever he would try to handle the bird. It took a couple of weeks to coax the bird out of the cage, but millet helped. After a couple more weeks, he took off the socks and always handled him with fingers held together. Then, once the bird got used to the hand with closed fingers, eventually, he let him handle him with open fingers.
  • annie - 2011-07-29
    To get them out I open the cage door pretend to leave and let them climb out its easier and they will be happier. They won't want to come out if they are forced. Their last cage experience might be their last and next time they come out they will enjoy it more no need to thank me lol
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Rhonda - 2011-07-25
Hi, I was in my garage and noticed the prettiest yellow and red bird perched on a lil garbage can. I took some pics and took them to the pet store and they told me its a lutino love bird. We got a cage and food, not sure what to do next or what to expect any ideas?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-25
    Shall I assume you now have the lovebird in the cage? Look at it this way - the little feathered guy doesn't know what to do either. Talk to him, let him become familiar with the sounds and scents in the home. If you can pick him up just hold him close to your chest so he can hear your heart beat. I have no idea why but it seems to soothe them. If you can't pick him up yet, or are nervous too, start feeding him special treats - hulled sunflower seeds, pieces of grape (peeled), a piece of apple with your hand. Get him used to your hand and then let him out of the cage and still feed him with your hand. He will eventually come to you and you've got it made from there. He will train you.
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christina - 2011-07-17
My boys babysitter has 2 peach faced lovebirds that have had 6 babies hatch. She has offered me one but I'm not sure if getting one is a good idea. Would it be a good idea to get a pair that are related? What if they mated?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-18
    You can have 1 lovebird and give it lots of attention and many do that. I think it is more fun to have two and then I don't worry if they are getting enough attention cuz theyhave eachother also. Unless they have been closely bred, should breeding occur, it would be fine.
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christina - 2011-07-17
My boys babysitter has 2 peach faced lovebirds that have had 6 babies hatch. She has offered me one but I'm not sure if getting one is a good idea. Would it be a good idea to get a pair that are related? What if they mated?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-18
    You can have 1 lovebird and give it lots of attention. They are usually paired but I have seenmany with just one and all is well. Should you decide to get two - which I think is more fun - I wouldn't worry if they are related. Unless they have been very closely bred, if a mating occurs, it would be fine. Not the usual thing to do but it happens.
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danny - 2011-07-14
Hi I hav 8 pairs of lovebirds in a 10X10 ft room of different species (peached face,fishers) all are in pair and preparing to breed. Will there be any problem in raising their young ones?please suggest...

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-14
    You should be fine. I would put up12 nest boxes - sometimes the oparents want to sleep in an alternate place before they sit the egg. They will do this occasionallyuntill all the eggs are laid. The first few clutches might be free in that mom and dad don't necessarily know what they are doing. An egg might get laid off a perch and break or they might break an egg in the nest box, or just toss them out. They may not feed. They will all catch on and the fact that you have more than one pair is great. When the one pair figures it out, they will all know. Cuttlebone or calcium blocks would be a great idea to attach. A perch right outside each nest box is a great idea as they won't just fly in. They can sit on the perch and just slowly go in to the box and not break the eggs. Just one of those screw on preches would work but one of those concrete perches would be great. The concrete perch wold keep their nails filed and again eggs would be less likely to break. When they lay the eggs, start feeding them soft foods, especially when the babies hatch. Scrambled eggs - with the shell- beans and rice, cicken and tuna anything that is fast and quick to eat and nutricious as they are going to be feeding young. Do you have a feeding area per pair by the nest box?
    That works well as they get a little territorial when breeding and you want them all to have food. There are clip on bowels. You might get some cross breeding - I wouldn't worry about it. Some get concerned or upset if cross bred. I am Norwegian, German, Scottish and I fogot. I am cross bred doesn't bother me a bit. They will love who they love.
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Rhea KImmons - 2011-07-12
Our friend just found a blue masked lovebird in his backyard. Stays and comes to eat food he puts out. If it was a paired bird, what are the chances of finding where it came from. He has asked all the neighbors. Can they fly from quite a distance?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-12
    They usually stick around home but they can go miles and miles. Another problem is it could have flown out of a car or an RV. Also,it may not have had a mate. The chances of finding a birds owner is pretty rare.... unless it is less common bird and identified in some way. If you put it in the paper, you can have 100 calls all saying the bird belongs to them.
    Not fair but it happens. You can try though. It is difficult. Can you catch it? - pick it up and bring it on home.
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idontknow - 2011-07-10
My peach faced love bird is not in a pair. Its mate passed away a few months ago. i got it from a relative so I dont know if it was that interactive with humans before. But when I put my hand in its cage to hold it it starts freaking out. Any advice on how to let it trust me to pet it more? Should i get it a mate?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-11
    Your right, the little bird was probably not handled - sounds like at all. They are very little and also very easy to tame. Talk tohim, feed him with your hand, coax him out of the cage. In a few days you should just be able to pick him up. Then bring him to your chest and just slowly pet the top of his head. You do this a few time and you willprobably have a friend. Love birds are usually in pairs. They are extremely social and they love their mate. It is also fun to watch them with their mate and hear them. You can have two as pets or you can just let the two of them be together, that is whatever your preference is. Personally, I would get it a mate - that is just me personally.
  • idontknow - 2011-07-11
    Thank you so much for your help I really appreciate it :)
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johny - 2011-05-27
well............ i got lovebirds too, if you have qestions .............................
just ask me......
www.madman.johny@yahoo.com contact me!!!!!!!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-27
    Many have questions about love birds so just stick around. Thank you.
  • Trina Casey - 2011-06-23
    Hi I just got my lutino female lovebird last Nov. and she is great. But lately she doesn't like to "step up" on command. She no longer stays close to us (on our shoulder) and only flies around landing when we wiggle our toes. Also she ruffles her feathers alot and preens constantly. We feed her every day and change her water all the time. Also she bobs her head a lot and makes a "panting" sound when she does. I'm just wondering if I should be worried about any of this or if it will pass with more work.
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