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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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Larry Wheelock - 2011-03-29
We just bought 2 Dutch Blue Lovebirds last Friday, 3/25/11 and overnight one of them died, the shop is giving us another but how am I assured that they will take to each other. These last 2 were cuddling on a perch when we covered them for the night and the remaining bird has been playful and very active since, we are showing him/her lots of attention but are still worried that the new one might not get along with the 1st bird. The shop owner told us he is giving us a bird from the same group, both of our birds were still babies when we got them, thanks Larry and Toni

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  • Editor's Note - 2011-03-29
    There is no guarantee that two love birds will love. However, it would be doubtful that they wouldn't learn to like each other, play together and grow to love each other. My concern here would be why the original love bird died. Could there have been agression? Is it possible that one of the two lovebirds were ill?
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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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Peggy - 2009-01-02
Hi, I have a black masked parrot, how can I tell if it's a male or female, I want to get another black face as a companion, can I have 2 of the same sex as companions in the same cage?

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  • Pam - 2011-02-24
    Yes you can have 2 of the same sex together. I have a black masked and light blue litino peach face. They doe fine together. Just give them time to get to know each other outside of the cage before confining them to it.
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joan wallace - 2010-01-07
I had 4 black mask love birds and one of them died, and I just wanted to know if I could put all 3 of them in the same cage.

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  • saeed from pakistan - 2010-03-08
    Please try to bought another birds, I heard if a bird in pair is died second is also died
  • CoCoYoYo - 2010-06-18
    There is a chance that the pair will gang up on the singleton, injuring or possibly killing it. You'll want to introduce them slowly and carefully in neutral territory before you allow them to be in the same cage together. It might be safer to get another lovie to live with the singleton, introducing them slowly, of course.

    Do you know why the one lovie died?
  • Roger - 2011-02-07
    Absolutely, but I would suggest , if you got a big cage get another pair or two, and if you know the sex of the bird that's unpaired get him/her a partner too, unlikely that they won't bond in a minute...
    I got loads at home..when my yellow lutino(male died) I got home a masked blue and a male lutino for the yellow one, but in a day I found out that the new male is confined to a different nest and the masked blue is visiting both yellow lutino(female) and his fiance....I guess he's kinda alpha male, having 2 females ....well both the lutino and the masked gave birth to wonderful babies, as I am writing this, my masked 's baby has fallen from its nest and is severely hurt, plz pray for him/her..I tried to handfeed him, no avail, so I returned it to its mom's nest.
  • Pam - 2011-02-24
    I raised love birds a while back and was told by my mentor that if you put 2 males in with a female. The female would likely kill the one she didn't like. In fact when I had mine paired up the first time I had 2 females together and 2 males together. One of the females kept beating up one of the males, because she wanted the other male. We put them together and they had babies right away. I hope this helps.
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Wendy - 2011-02-22
I just got a love bird from where I work cause they were going to put her down because she was pulling her feathers out of her chest and has pulled her feathers out of one of her wings and has a sore on it now. She seems healthy. Is eating and is very active in her cage. Could you tell me what to do to get her feathers to grow back and have her stop pulling them out?

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Sal - 2009-04-20
Please help.. I've bought two love birds, they scream as soon as anyone in the kitchen speaks. If I walk past the cage or put my hand in there they go bonkers!! I'm at my wits end an my hubby ain't to happy either.... please help...

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  • Bec - 2011-02-19
    There is a book called The Lovebird Handbook you should check out. It even has a case study on screaming lovebirds. From memory two things the book said is that because lovebirds are flock animals that they will call out when they hear you and they just need you to reply, I'm here, or something like that because that's what would happen in the wild. The case study, however, said that it was giving the screams attention that kept the lovebirds screaming and that the guy whose lovebirds kept screaming just had to ignore it for a couple a months and make sure to never give them attention when they screamed and eventually the bird stopped screaming. Good luck, sorry I know that's two completely different answers : )
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