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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......
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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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Teri Lowe - 2011-04-11
I came upon my Lutino lovebird in a slightly different way. I was sitting in my living room during a very windy day (65 to 70 miles per hour gusts) and my black lab was going crazy at the back door. I kept hearing a screech sound and finally got up and looked and saw a little yellow bird at my back door. Having never had a bird all I had to put her (him?) in was a cat carrier. After checking with the neighbors, she (he?) is now mine:0))) I went to the pet store today and got all the things I think I need to keep her (I have determined it's a her) and have named her P.P. after a dear friend of mine. I talk to her constantly to try to make friends, and she is starting to chirp back at me when I talk with her. If anyone can help me out, thanks. What else can I do to get her more friendly with me? I have only had her for about four to five days so it is going slowly.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-12
    Just continue to go slowly. I like to wrap them in something (not over their head) but a t-shirt of something and just pick them up and hold them close to my heart so I can pet them. They seem to relax and then look forward to it. Of course I wind up with some bird jumping on my chest forever but that's ok. Just feed with your had. You can feed with a spoon (if it doesn't frighten her) baby food (applesauce they love). Millet, those food on sticks etc. The idea is for her to come out and be by you. Do whatever you can to encourage that. Toys, food, hand feed, hold, pet etc.
  • Z - 2011-04-13
    I'm glad to hear you're helping a Lovie in need! I really recommend that you read Birds for Dummies (just ignore the title); it has some really good information that can help you care for and bond with your Lovie.
  • akmal - 2011-05-31
    I HAVE A PAIR OF LUTINO. I HAVE NO IDEA TO TAKE CARE OF MY BIRD. PLEASE GUIDE ME
  • anujgarg - 2011-06-22
    yaaaaa......... so cool
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JEQ - 2011-06-21
I recently bought my lovebird a playpen so it can play outside the cage. The problem is that he's afraid of it. Every time I place him on the playpen it flies to his cage or on my shoulder in order to get away from it. I placed the playpen beside the cage so he can get use to it but no success. Can anyone help?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-21
    Love birds can be a little shy of new things and a play pen is a big new thing. What your doing is good though in setting it next to the cage and lettting him get used to it. Put his favorite (or a favorite) toy in the perch and also put a treat that he loves (millet usually works for lovebirds) and just be patient. Love birds when they are out are going to naturally fly to their human. It is going to take a little while for this fella to realize a more independent nature and a willingness to play on something new and unfamilar. Just be patient - he will get it.
  • minerva guerrero - 2011-06-22
    Put music that not to loud on. My love bird love music. I ALSO LOST ONE BIRD LAST YEAR IN KILLEEN TEXAS I CRY SO MUCH. MY HUSBAND FORGOT TO LOCK THE CAGE DOOR. THESE BIRD ARE SO CUTE AND FUNNY. JUST GAVE IT LOTS OF LOVE AND LOTS OF TOYS. THEY LIKE TO EAT PELLETS THEY SELL IT AT ALL PETS STORES. ENOYED YOUR BABY
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amy - 2011-06-21
I just had a tree trimmer cut my palm and he gave me 2 peached faced lovebirds from a nest. They could not fly but had adult feathers. My 7 year old adopted them. I feed them fomula from the pet store but they eat the bird food and are strong and very sweet. One is flying now. Where do I go from here?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-21
    It seems as if you have added two feathered creatures to your home. They make excellent pets and are good family birds. They love their humans and are easy to take care of. Animal World Article is included which goes into care/feeding/housing etc. They love pet and attention and are quite content to play with toys and be around their humans. If they are eating food and flying then you can then just start to gradually reduce the evening feeding. You would only need to feed them right before their bedtime at this stage. I am bad but I sorta feed the evening feeding till the birds don't really want it anymore. To me it was always making sure the children weren't hungry before they went to bed. However, when they start to fly, they are real close to being weaned so another couple weeks just to make sure they are getting enough to eat on their own. If you have other questions just write again but sounds like all you need to do is get a cage and some toys and some wooden perches (not dowell rods).
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Robin Hirsch - 2011-06-21
I have a blue masked lovebird who just lost his mate of 3 years. He is healthy - can he be "remated" safely? He is 3 yrs old. I have their babies (5) distributed in 3 other cages so he's not alone - just looks lonely.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-21
    Yes, he will accept and cherish another mate. Easiest way to introduce a new mate is to put the new mate in a cage next to your existing blue masked. Allow them a couple of weeks to get to know each other and play with each other on neutral territory. Then when you see they get along, just put them together.
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