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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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Mathew Dooling - 2008-09-05
Can any one help me with my purple masked loved bird. I have hand raised it and kept it in a brooders box. It just got away from me and is no where to be seen. He is 5 weeks old and I would like to know how far they could fly away and how are there homing skills, are they good for there first time. Any suggestions on how to get him to come home. This will be his first night out of the brooders box, too.
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  • Evan - 2010-11-09
    Having two perfectly paired masked Love Birds, I cannot imagine the feeling of losing them in this way. I had nightmares of them getting out of their cage and flying away (as they're wild), so I have them in a room where the door is kept shut. They are very well behaved, because one day, I found the cage door wide open but they were sitting there contentedly preening one another. I pray you find your Love Bird!
  • Plaaten - 2011-02-18
    Hello ,
    I am interested in your parrot please can I see the pictures of the parrot and more information? You can email me at plaat00v5@googlemail.com
    sincerely
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corrina - 2008-11-05
I have a lovebird and have tried to tame it. But it is very agressive. I do let it out often and it just flys and sits on your head, but won't let you come near it to feed it or touch it. I have thought about getting another bird for company but am worried that it will attack the other one. I cannot change food/water or toys without the bird lunging for my fingers with its beak.

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  • Barb Hall - 2010-02-17
    I have a peach faced love bird that sounds just like yours. He is very fun and does hilarious things but wants his own way and wants to rule the whole house. Have you figured out how to tame him down. You can't leave exposed skin to him or he will bite you. I've thought about getting another one to keep him company but am afraid I would have 2 terrors on my hands.
  • Anonymous - 2010-02-21
    Hey, I don't have a lovebird, but I have a budgie that sounds like that. She is very annoying and I can't get her to shut-up. Really, unless she is eating or she is sleeping she is never quiet. So me and my mom got her out to clip her wings so that she can't fly and she almost drew blood from me!
  • Vicki Walters - 2010-02-26
    I have a peach faced love bird that I purchases 2 years ago from a pet store. He was not hand raised or tame. I got him because I loved his spirit. It takes time to earn the trust of a love bird. I have taken the time to spend with him and although I never thought we would be where we are now we are best friends. I have a small bedroom that his cage is in and I close all doors and close all curtains and let him out every night. He appreciates it and now of course expects it. He climbs all over me now. Even though he is still scared of my hands he will sit on my hand. I think within another year he will let me place my hand in front of him and climb on. He is a joy. Sometimes he nibbles and sometimes a little hard but I believe he means it to be loving a lot of the time. He gives me kisses.
    All I can say is to spend time with your bird and do not rush it. I started by eating dinner in the room with him out every night and placing some food that I thought he would like; such as, corn or green beans on the TV tray and he would land on the tray and eat when I was eating.
  • l-girl - 2010-03-20
    Sounds like territorial behavior and yes if you put another bird in his cage she (actually you probably have a female they tend to be more aggressive and territorial) will attack and could even kill it. That she is setting on you at all means she isn't too afraid of you. I never really had this problem with my bird so I can't help you with now to tame it but gloves will protect your hands some.
  • Anonymous - 2010-07-12
    Lovebirds I've always heard should be kept in pairs. Have your vet sex check the bird and get another good luck..
  • Mollie - 2010-08-29
    Have you tried to train it with a stick, I have used chop sticks & and we have one of our birds eating out of our hands. Comunication is very important & also I would never ever have just one bird, they need their own for company. We now have six; 2 peach faced, 2 masked & and 2 pied faced. They are all very different & all have different personalities.
  • \'\'Caitlin\'\' - 2010-08-30
    ''Hello Corrina, I have two Peach faced lovebirds too and I am 11. When I go to pick them up they both flap around in their cage and when I eventually pick them up they fly around my bedroom and you have to corner them to get them.''
  • sue showen - 2010-10-28
    my bird was the same way. I put on a pair of gloves to hold him and as he tried biting me I simply tweeked his beak till he stopped. other times I gently grasped onto his beak with two fingers and gently pulled on a downward stroke like preening. soon I was able to let him sit on my shoulder,he likes crawling inside my shirt pocket. Don't wear expensive jewelry while you're doing this because they have strong beaks and have damaged some of my gold pieces.
  • Daniel Penner - 2011-01-14
    I understand how frustrating it can be to have a lovebird that is flighty and bites. I have a peach-face and he was the same, but I was relentless and it payed off. The first thing you need to do is get a pair of heavy leather gloves, then you need to catch him and hold him for extended lengths of time- petting and talking to him to calm and reassure him. I found that bathing by hand every couple of days also helps. After about a week or so my bird was hand tame, and I can pet him and he is willing to step onto my fingers.
  • ASHWINI.R - 2011-02-14
    They are from wild, be patient, love your bird like a baby for the the fullest! Things will change with time.
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Graham - 2011-02-08
Our lovebird is approaching her 18th year..
At the age of two her partner started to pull out her feathers, she was almost bald when one morning the male was dead.. within 6 months all her plumage was back and she has been happy ever since..
Like humans you need to make sure you have the right partner.

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Kurt van Wyk - 2007-12-19
I am about to start making an aviary for my pair of lutino fischer lovebirds! Their names are Bonny(female)and Clyde(male). They are four months old and I'm going to try and breed them. Kurt van Wyk from South Africa.

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  • Nelson - 2010-03-26
    How to identify male and female in Australian cinnamon lutinos please with pictures and differences.
  • kelvin - 2011-02-04
    Plz tell me about that what is the exact information whether male or female, I'm from pakistan.
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Meastro - 2010-04-05
Hi, I have two masked lovebirds Pixie and Ernie, I got them already 'married' I've had them for a month already, but they are too scared of anyone, and they are kept in the living room, so there is always someone there for them to get used to us. Even when I change their food, they get sooooo frightened. Besides I bought them a lot of toys, and rarely play, apart from swinging on the swing most of them time. Is there something wrong?

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  • cathy-harrell - 2010-12-20
    I have a little tent, you can purchase them at the pet store. They are fleece fabric and the birds sleep together in it. Birds take time to become comfortable in a new situation, sometimes several months. They are wonderful. They like the tops of broccoli and cut up grapes with their seed and mullet. Give them a large dish to play and wash themselves, hanging one.
  • Cathy Harrell - 2011-01-22
    I have mine in my fla. room. I also have other birds. They like to sleep in a little fleece tent, sold at pet stores. Just keep talking to them in a soft voice, they will eventually calm down. They also love to bathe in warm water. Give them the liquid vitamins in the food and veggies (blended broccoli, apples, grapes, spinach, sweet potato, carrots, etc) You can use one or more of these. I started with the tops of raw broccoli. The pet store also sells something to put in the water or food that will help calm them. If it keeps up, try it.
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Lisa - 2010-08-12
I got my lutino lovebird almost a year ago, it was a baby when I got her. She became very friendly and house trained. And then one day I had her out on my shoulder and I was giving her kisses and she all of a sudden latched onto my lip. Boy did that hurt! I put her back into her cage and I tried later to get her out of her cage and she just charges at me. Biting me. The very next day she started laying eggs, I'm assuming that she is biting me because of her laying the eggs which are not fertile. She laid 3 eggs and destroyed them after a month or so. I tried again to handle her and once again she charges at me. Once again she laid 5 more eggs. Will I ever be able to handle her again? Should I get her a male? Any advice would be helpful, I just LOVE her so much and want to be able to handle her. Is this possible?

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  • Heather - 2010-08-27
    Try theparrotforum.com. It is full of useful tips! :)
  • j - 2010-10-07
    The hen's can be quite territorial, I have a young hen that has just started very similar behavior, can be amusing as she'll back away from the door of the cage a few steps, bow her head, chatter a bit then charge any finger's or hand's that come into range, I've found that she can be removed from the cage easily if I cover my hand with a shirt sleeve or something similar to avoid losing chunks of skin, once she is out of "her" cage she calms down and is quite happy to sit on anyone's shoulder or arms without attacking, maybe try to remove her from her territory that way and see if she is still able to be handled without attacking.
  • Donald Cave / Bermuda - 2011-01-21
    Love birds are one person birds, maybe you are not the chosen one, someone else in your family could be. My bird is over devoted to me and need lots of affection.
    You can try holding the bird and scratching the neck area, they need lots of cuddles.
    Sunny my (yellow peach front Lutino ) puts his head under his wing and falls asleep in my hand, the trust is beyond words.
    Love birds are Super intelligent, do not underestimate them just because they are little. Call their name out often, don't give up.
    You need to pair bond and sit by her cage and talk to her, regardless of whatever always be loving and kind. Show unconditional love at the same time portray that you are the head bird.
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shelley - 2011-01-10
Back again. Baby number 2 is out of nest, unfortunately it has a crooked leg, hence its new name "Pegleg". he seems to not be able to perch and has spent the day latched to side of cage claws and beak. I have taken him out into a little cage. Was this the right thing to do?

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shelley - 2011-01-08
Hi, I have a pair named Rosie and Claude who have had two chicks, one is out the other just starting. From my observations it is Claude who is continually building and rebuilding the nest. He also predominantly tends to the chicks too.
I have just read that the female usually does all this, but my girl goes out of her way to pull all the twigs out of his back feathers. I have to say he gets really mad. Has anyone got a similar story?

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andrew - 2010-06-21
Can peach faced lovebirds talk? And how do I train it to talk if so.

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  • Michelle - 2010-12-13
    It is very rare when you do find one that talks. My suggestion is to read a book, listen to music or, watch t. V. Still like i said. . . It is rare. If you do have one that really talks instead of whistles, i would like to hear about it! I have two peach faced love birds and are sweeties. I was eating a hamburger and the male said to the female, "don't you know that she's hungry! ? " i was howling with laughter. He whistled it but, it was easy to find out what he said.
  • Kyle - 2010-12-22
    It is possible to get lovebirds to speak, although their vocabulary will be quite small. It is nearly impossible to teach a lovebird any words if it is paired up or in a small flock, so if you are able to provide the intense amount of attention a single lovebird requires, then you would be more likely to get it to speak. Training a bird to speak is not much different than training a toddler. It involves clarity, repetition, and consistency. Pick a word or two-word phrase, ideally beginning or ending with "hard" letters like D, T, K, or P. Use that word every time you do something, like replace food or put the bird back in the cage. With loads of patience, you will hear your lovebird pronouncing words in their own trills; unless you pay close attention, it sounds like regular chirping. Their speech will never be as clear or broad as that of a large parrot.
  • Jessika - 2011-01-04
    They sorta can. I taught my peach face love bird Peachie to say her name she doesn't speak it but chirps the syllables.
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