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Kate - 2010-06-06
My female lovebird, ( A prolific breeder) has just laid another egg in the last 2 days. Tonight she is holding onto the bars of the cage as if she cannot walk unaided. Is there a chance she's egg-bound, and, how do I tell?

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  • Gillian - 2010-06-19
    One of my lovebirds is doing the same, her feathers are all fluffed up as well. I've only had one egg before and that was 8 months ago, and she completely ignored it. Have you had any replies if so what did they suggest I don't know what to do to help her.
  • gina - 2011-05-15
    Have her sit in luke-warm water. If that doesn't help, take her to the vet ASAP or she may die.
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Michelle Baxter - 2010-12-11
I was wondering now that my Peach faced love birds are breeding... do you clean their nests? I couldn't YouTube this and now it has me curious. If I am supposed to, what are the steps? Where do I place the eggs? Do they go on the cage floor? Help! Oh and the female orange one is named Naruto and the red faced male is named Sakura. Naruto was supposed to be a boy originally. I can't help but name them after my fave anime. From,

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Please and thank you. Happy Hollidays and God Bless.

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  • gina - 2011-05-14
    NEVER touch the eggs! Your birds may lose interest in them. Do not clean the nest until the babies have hatched and left the nest. Hope that helps!
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gina - 2011-05-14
I have a 9 month old lovebird. I don't know if it's male or female. I want to get another as a companion. Does it matter what sex I buy? Can you have 2 males or 2 females without causing fights? Thanks!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-15
    It doesn't make a difference. They are social creatures and enjoy friends and mates.
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Suzanne - 2010-12-01
I need some help, I have a 3 yr old male peach face who is pulling feathers from the base of his body & tail, I have tried spray for mites, this doesn't seem to be the problem. He makes a dreadful noise when doing this. I just don't know what to do, can anyone help? Thanks.

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  • Amy Kay - 2011-03-20
    My Peach-faced Lovebird is 2 & 1/2 and he does the exactly the same thing as yours. I had to bring him to the vet over and over and finally we had to put a clear hard plastic bubble collar on him. He lives with it but I have to take it off every couple weeks and let him preen the feathers that have been under the collar and then pay the vet to put the collar back on. I can't do it myself cause it takes two people and they have to make sure his neck is fully extended to put it on. I don't know how to do that. I do know that I can't afford it every two weeks, but have to do it. So, that is my current problem because every time we leave his collar off, he picks at this one spot on his back and makes it bleed and screeches because it hurts when he picks at it. He also pulls feathers out from his chest, tail, and wings, but just a little bit. The vet says lovebirds are known for feather destruction and skin mutilation because they don't have thier mate to help preen so they over do it, I guess. here is a website that has a picture of the collar we use for our bird: http://www.aviancollar.com/
    We tried the cone collar, the one that looks like the collar they put on dogs, but he kept tripping over the front of it and almost falling off my shoulder. Not good. and he could still reach his wound if they cut the cone collar any shorter so he wouldn't trip or fall. So, I'd suggest not using that kind. My bird wears the bubble collar like it's part of him. Sorry for the really long response. I just wish my bird didn't pick at himself and want to help him and yours if possible.
  • karen - 2011-03-26
    You need to give them more attention, try talking to them all the time, play music when you are not at home. Get them a bath tub with mirror in it, spray them with luke warm water. Treat them like a new baby. Love them.
  • gina - 2011-05-14
    Many lovebirds do perfectly well with only the companionship of humans, but others do not. If you do not want your bird to pluck his feathers, the only other solution is to adopt another lovebird as a companion. This helped my baby..hope it helps you too!
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mueez butt - 2011-05-12
My name is Mueez Butt and I have a blue masked love birds. Can you tell me how to breed?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-12
    Hi, click on the article regarding the blue masked lovebirds and that will provide you with some information. In the article there is another link for breeding lovebirds and that will give you more information. Sexual maturity ocurs at about a year old so you can't expect too much before then. You need 2 nest boxes - one for her to lay the eggs and one for them to sleep in. They won't sit the eggs until all the eggs are laid. You need to place nesting materials inside the cage so they can build their nest. Spring is usally breeding season so when spring comes give them lots of different kinds of food, seed, vegatables, scrambled eggs, calcium block etc. It might take one or two clutches before they getting the sitting and feeding down so don't get dissapointed. They will get it. Read the information in the two articles and if you have additional questions, write me back. OK?
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Destiny - 2011-05-05
My peach faced lovebird just died yesterday, and i took AMAZING care of her. She was a single bird. I never got her a mate. But I had her for almost 2 years. When she died, I noticed something under her, it was bloody and white. It was an egg, I dont understand how she got pregnant or what was going on. Someone please help. I have to bury her tommorow. What happened?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-06
    Females have eggs. All females produce eggs. Just because there was no mate, it doesn't mean that your little one didn't or couldn't have eggs. It sounds like she developed an egg but for whatever reason became egg bound and could not lay the egg. You didn't do anything to cause this. There is nothing you could have done to prevent it. It is hard, I know but this is not something you had any control over. I am sorry for your little friend.
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Jahanzaib Bhatti - 2011-04-12
Dear Concern

I have just bought a blue mask love bird on last sunday. Since they have been moved to their new cage, I think they haven't eaten anything so far and they want stay inside the pot most of the time. They are of mature age and I think they are shy from other birds I have. They are in a cage which is in partition having one side with budgies. I am quite tense about it why they are not having feed? Are they shy from us or other birds. What will be best feed from them? Your kind guidance in this regard will be appreciated highly.

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Jahanzaib Bhatti

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-12
    My birds would go off food a few days prior to breeding. I would get so nervous and worried but they wouldn't eat and I'd think the worst. Then there would be eggs. It took me a few times to catch on and over a year before I wasn't worried anymore. This could be what is happening. Also, new cage and new scents and sounds could change their behaviors for a little while. Did you quarantine the birds? Parakeets can carry diseases that other birds are not immune to. Just is a fact - not that yours do or you don't take care of them, just that they are immune to certain things that other birds are not. I hope your love birds have just decidd to do the lovely thing and all is well. Millet, crunched up hard boiled egg, spinach, scrambled eggs are usually favorites.
  • Jahanzaib Bhatti - 2011-04-27
    Thanks for the reply dear. As you said, they have laid eggs and since then the female is hatching them. I don't know exactly the numbers of eggs but they are still pretty much shy. They don't come out of the pot when I stand in front of the cage. I have made the setup on the terrace of my house and there are so many other birds like cocktails, budgies and finches in different cages over there. I am scared that due to their shyness, they wont get the chicks from their eggs as I have heard that they won't lay eggs in this season. Your kind expertise in this regard is required.

    Thanks You

    Jahanzaib
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marwa - 2011-04-14
I have two lovebirds. They are called yellow and green. They had eggs and the eggs hatched but they did not give food to the chicks and I dont know why. Do you know why? (the birds where 9 months old and the chicks died)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-14
    The birds called yellow and green are young, novice parents and they might not have known to feed the babies. We think all this comes naturally but it doesn't. Maybe in the wild when they see other parents feeding their chicks but in a breeding situation with young breeders, nothing is just KNOWN. Pairs frequently don't sit the eggs and the eggs don't hatch. Yours did, however, the parents did not feed their young. They probably just didn't know to. You have to let them try. Some parents will never sit their eggs o r feed their young. That is why many breeders incubate and hand feed. Hopefully, your parents will learn to sit the eggs and feed the chicks. It is difficult. If you see the parents are not feeding the chicks and you hand feed, the parents w3ill never learn. However, the parents might not ever learn. I sure would give them a couple more tries. Hand feeding lovebirds from day 1 is not easy.
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Ted - 2011-02-16
My pair of lovebirds hatched a single offspring. I have read that lovebirds do not do well alone, but the youngster is mature enough that friction seems to be developing between them. Should they be separated and what can be done with the only child?

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  • Sally Mansfield - 2011-02-20
    Before I start to tell you anything about my little babies. May I ask where you are as in which part of the country?
  • Z - 2011-04-13
    That Lovebirds don't do well alone is a complete myth - there's no reason why you shouldn't separate the youngster and his/her parents. What is true is that already bonded pairs should NOT be separated, and that if you have no time to spend with your Lovebird, you should probably get him/her a companion because they could otherwise get bored or lonely. However, these apply to any other type of parrot too, not just Lovebirds.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-14
    You can have 1 love bird in a cage. They aren't alone as they have a human for company. They make wonderful loving pets and do very well with a human companion.
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a.nony.mouse - 2011-03-12
Are female lovebirds mean?

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  • Willow Leigh Isis Healey - 2011-04-10
    It's said to be true, but in my case all my females are the friendliest and the male has had the biggest bite. One of my females came from an aviary and was never handled, but she is the calmest of of my lovies and I can pick her up without her biting. depends on the birds personality really and the trust between you and the bird, personally I don't think this is a fact.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-12
    Birds are as variable as humans. All different types and personalities and sometimes "it just is what it is".
  • Z - 2011-04-13
    Hi there! Parrots are just like humans - girls aren't all mean, but there's plenty of girls who are, same thing with boys. If you're keen to avoid a "mean" Lovie, I recommend that you go to a specialized bird rescue. Unlike when you buy babies, you'll be able to tell an adults personality already. I adopted my own Lovebirds from Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue (www.mickaboo.org).
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