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Rudd - 2011-05-21
I got 1 pair of Lutino lovebird. How can I know I really got the male or female? Tq

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-21
    Breeders can be really good at telling the males from the females because of a lot of experience and they have so many birds. However, the only true way to know the sex of most parrots is through DNA sexing. In the back of Bird Talk Magazine, there are always ads for DNA sexing. You need a little blood via clipping a toenail just a little to short or pulling out a feather. You send it in and they send you back the results. Sounds terrible but it is pretty easy. Usual cost about $25.00. You can also take your birds to the vet. They do the same thing, it is just more expensive.
    Now, as far as breeders determining the sex, you can try. Turn your little guys upside down in your hand. Place your little finger in the pelvic area of the bird. The pelvic bone feels like your putting you little finger in a canoe and it is between the legs below the cloaca. The females pelvis is wider than the males. Females heads are usually smooth and rounded to the shoulders. Males heads are flatter. Frequently, this is something you can feel rather than see because of the feathers. Females legs usually sit farther apart and their body looks slightly heavier. Good luck - of course you will definitely know if the eggs are fertile. Remember the first clutch or two is for practice as they need to learn.
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Judy Crane - 2011-05-20
My Lovebird takes the seed with water, and pacts it on top of a soft small fuzzy tent that he hides in sometimes. He lost his mate a few months ago. She was a parakeet and she had 3 eggs. After she laid them she just died. I have never seen my bird do the this before. I don't think it is grief because he acts just like he always did. Except for packing that nasty seed all over his fuzzy. Any ideas?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-21
    One thing that does make a little sense to me is your lovebird is (in his mind) thinking he is feeding the parakeet. So it isn't grief but replacement. The tent is a soft fuzzy thing and the two birds probably sat together so he is feeding the soft fuzzy thing. Sometimes birds do nutty things for no apparent reason but this sorta makes some sense to me. Lovebirds like to be in pairs - many birds do so maybe some extra attention or another lovebird?
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Kristi - 2010-03-17
Our bird's beak is growing out of control, its almost touching his chest. Can I clip it or sand it down, is there a "Quick" like a fingernail, how do i know how far it can be trimmed and what is the best way to do it. He has a cuttle bone in his cage but it is obviously not enough.

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  • gina - 2011-05-15
    Take her to a bird groomer. Also, sometimes a flavored cuttle bone is more attractive to lovebirds..mine will ONLY use the banana flavored ones.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-16
    You can take her to the vet or bird groomer. The concrete/sandy sorta perches for birds that rim their nails, they can also use to trim their beaks. Place the concrete/sandy perch as the top most perch in the cage. Birds usually sleep on the top most perch and that will keep their nails trimmed and they will normally file their own beaks by chewing on it. If your little guys beak is almost to his chest, I think it will need to be filed. It is fast. Doesn't hurt them but they don't like it. Sorta like clipping an infant babies toe nails. They can holler.
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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,

Naruto Fan

You can e-mail me the answer at DemonasCollectibles@yahoo.com

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.

Regards

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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