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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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Jodi - 2011-04-12
Hi, I think I have a Lutino Lovebird. She's a real pale yellow, born January 2011. So about four months old. I'm wondering when or if she'll change color? She's super scared of us but starting to warm up. I've only let her out of the cage twice in the 12 days we've had her because I have definbocia plants she tries to eat. I noticed today her beak right at the top where in connects to her skin? is a bright red color. I'm hoping its just her colors coming in and not a problem with her beak. I really like her but I'm tempted to give her back to my friend who breeds them because she is really scared of us it seems. Its just me and my two small kids but I'm the only one who ever touches her. Thank you!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-13
    Birds don't change their color out of their baby colors until after their first molt. That is usually around August/September. That is when they will "shed" all their baby feathers and their adult feathers will come in. The beak will gradually change colors as well. The lovebirds, by nature, are very sweet and affectionate. My concern is that you have only had her out twice in 12 days - which I can understand - but that isn't close to being enough to provide her with the attention she will need. That is possibly why she seems afraid. Birds need/want a lot of attention. They are very much flock creatures and especially lovebirds need to pair. It sounds like you might have your hands full with two small children. Being the lovebird is still frightened, which can be because of the normal hoopla kids produce (I know hoopla), not being out ot the cage and your time constraints it would be better if your lovebird had her own lovebird to love, cherish, honor and all that stuff. Possibly your friend who breeds them is a better choice for now.
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Colin - 2005-08-03
Never put two males together because they will kill each other

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  • Pam - 2011-02-24
    Sorry but I disagree. I have had 2 males together for 2 years - one peach face and one black masked. The black masked is the calmer of the 2. But they get along fine.
  • Anonymous - 2011-04-11
    You must be an expert breeder there to give such informative advice. Males birds if kept togeter will kill each other, Wow what ignorance.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-11
    You can have two males together. There might be some exceptions but I can't think of any off hand. One will possibly dominate but I have never heard of one killing the other.
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Deedee - 2011-03-30
My bird sat on the eggs for a couple of days. Now she has been playing around and ignoring the eggs. When I tried to pick up the eggs, she was protective. Does that mean she is not abandoning them and just taking a break? Help please!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-03-31
    I don't know if there is a pat answer to your question. I have had birds (caiques) that will lay 2 eggs and sit those two eggs but just for a couple of days and then stop and play. Then they go back and lay the additional eggs and finally settle down and sit all the eggs. Are they taking a sitting break? All the eggs hatched out and babies were fine. I have also had a pair of Panama Amazons and she would lay an egg and not bother to sit it at all till she laid the second egg and then she would sit both. I have also had pairs that decided to play volley ball with both eggs or totally ignore the fact they were there. In life, as with birds, there doesn't seem to be any hard fast rules. I hope she decides to do the mom thing for you. Is this her first clutch?
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Gayu - 2011-03-28
Hi.. I'm having lutino pairs for 2yrs. They are active and respond me with sound when I call them. But if I let them out they flew away some where so I'm afraid to keep them out of cage. As I saw many videos where these birds were let free at home I cannot make them as like that. Please give me some tips to make it friendly to stand on my hands and shoulders and to be with me forever... and both are biting my fingers too hard when I try to touch them so pls anyone tell me how to make them free with me forever I love them and I don't want them to be in cage always...

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  • Clarice Brough - 2011-03-29
    It's very typical for lovebirds, to bond with another of their own species rather than a person if they can. Because they are a pair, they can become quite fond of you over time with patience. But even as they become comfortable with you and interact with you, they will most likely always prefer the other bird as their best friend

    They can still be wonderful pets, their beauty and antics can bring you great delight. It's actually a very good thing for them that you have a pair. A single lovebird doesn't do well alone.

    For a bird to be your close companion, it's best to start with a young bird, and keep just one. Lovebirds are not the best choice for that, because they have a very high socialization need. The constant companionship of another bird provides them the constant attention they need much easier than a person can. Parakeets or cockatiels are better choices as a close companion for people.
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Rakesh B Amudhappa - 2011-03-16
How can we know that a fischer love bird is ready to lay eggs?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2011-03-24
    Minimum breeding age is about 10 months but it is better to wait until they are 12 or 13 months. The maximum age is 5-6 years old (the age at which they should be retired from breeding).
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Rakesh B Amudhappa - 2011-03-16
Are small clay pots enough for breeding homes of fischer love birds?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2011-03-24
    The pots need to be sized with the birds size in mind. If they can fit in it comfortably. The standard sizes of lovebird nesting boxes is 8x8x8 inches or 10x10x6 inches. If you have more than one nesting box, they should all be the same size. You can find more information about this at Lovebird Breeding. Good Luck!
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Kristal - 2009-05-16
I have a 4 month old blue masked lovie. He is the sweetest thing and then all of a sudden he bites. He loves giving and getting kisses. He also says "kiss me" very clearly. He's always eager to come out of the cage. I'll take him out, and then sit down on the couch and let him walk around. He's fine for about 5 minutes or so and then when my hand/finger approaches him, he gets into defensive mode. This happens even when there's no possible way he can feel 'cornered'. Whenever I try and distract him it doesn't work. He puffs his head up and will then lunge for my finger. When I try and correct nibbling of something he gets mad. I've never hit him or given him any reason to fear my hand. The funny part is, is he loves the face. He will not nibble anymore or anything. Just goes for the lips to give/get kisses. I've been working with him constantly for a month now, and I'm really at the point of no return. I hope someone can help me!
-Kris

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  • kelvin - 2010-08-14
    In the birds world the social status is determined on the vertical level you are on. If you are eye to eye with him he is kind and gentle because you are on the same level. if he is lower(on the couch or coffee table) and you walk up standing over him he will go into defense mode. This same logic is why he is in love with your face, it sounds like you have a very affectionate friend that wants to be on your level. So Tip #1 lower yourself to his level and show affection before you try and pick him up
  • Jessica - 2011-03-02
    Excuse me, someone is selling me a blue mask lovebird for 25 dollars? Is it a good price? Like how much do they cost? Thank you.
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