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james - 2010-06-27
Hi
I just bought a pair of lovebirds. They keep screaming...how to handle them...?

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  • Anonymous - 2010-08-22
    When they "scream" they want something or they are singing or learning to TALK yes talk.
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Claire - 2010-08-17
Our male bird died and we don't know what to do about the female. Will she be OK alone or does she need a new partner? Will she accept a new partner? Please help soon! We don't know how old they are but we had them 4 yrs. + they had three clutches.

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emily loss - 2010-08-12
I love our love bird baby it is soooooooooo cute.

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marissa - 2010-08-11
My lovebird snickers can somewhat be noisy and he does take some time to be tamed cause he isn't well tamed now but soon he will.

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jennifer s. - 2010-06-18
I have a friend who has a black masked lovebird. She purchased him 7 yrs ago from a pet store, not certain of his exact age. She is very concerned, because his little head is not upright. This last week, he has difficulty holding his head up. She took him to vet. They did blood work and xrays, but is not certain what is going on. They told her they think he may have suffered a stroke. Is this possible? She says he has a good appetite. Can you assist?

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  • CoCoYoYo - 2010-06-18
    It's quite possible that the lovie had a stroke or perhaps injured himself... Did your friend take her lovie to an avian vet? If you are in the US, you can find a board-certified avian specialist by using the search function at abvp.com. You can search for veterinarians who will treat parrots at aav.org, too.
  • Warren - 2010-08-09
    I am not a lovebird expert but can tell you my story. I rescued a masked lovebird from a pet shop in Dec. '06, not knowing how old the bird was. She had not been socialized and seemed quite afraid of hands, so I assume someone may have swatted at her when she was young. So I simply was very patient and gentle with her, and she has become a cheerful and devoted companion.

    A year or so after I brought her home, she started perching with her head hung low. She seemed exhausted and often fell asleep and nearly fell off her perch before starting awake. The vet said there was nothing he could do. About that time I found a simple nest box in a pet store-- a coconut shell with a hole in the side-- and I brought it home thinking at least it would give her a safe comfortable place to sleep. She took to it immediately... then within a week she started spending all her time in there, so I was sure she was really sick. Even so, she seemed to be eating well and drank lots of water. Then one day I reached inside her coconut-- and found, to my astonishment, five eggs in there! I removed the eggs (which did not seem to bother my bird) and she resumed being her playful, energetic old self. That was three years ago. Since then, she has produced eggs on two other occasions, and she remains a sturdy, healthy, extremely happy bird.

    I think it has been helpful that I've always kept a cuttle bone in the cage for extra calcium in her diet, and I always put a pinch of bird diet grit in with her food to keep her digestive tract healthy.
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Donna Hilyard - 2010-06-13
I have a peachface lovebird who loves to eat dirt. I have a pot in my kitchen with potting soil. We let our guy fly around the house in the morning and evening, and is a sweetie. We are not certain of his age, as I found him outside my office building, but we have had him for a least 12 years. We take care with his feed, and feed him roudy bush and nutra berries at the rec. of our vets. What is your opinion? Thanks so much, and thank you for your website.

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  • tina - 2010-06-22
    The dirt (gravel n grit) is good for their digestion....it helps. So it's not a bad thing.
  • Kate - 2010-07-23
    Actually, hookbills do NOT need grit. Grit is ingested by softbills who require it to help them digest seeds that are eaten entire (hull and all). Hookbills remove the seed husk prior to eating it and therefore have no need for grit, especially in the OP's case where the birds are eating pellets. NO bird on pellets should be offered grit. It can actually cause impaction and digestion problems.

    I'd suggest preventing your lovebird from ingesting dirt. You don't know what chemicals go into the potting soil (fertilizer, etc.) and I can't imagine that it's at all beneficial to him.
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ammu - 2010-07-14
I like this african bird very much.....how 2 train these birds....

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BK Jayaraman - 2010-07-13
I don't know what type of love birds I am having. But I have four birds in which two are plain white and yellow and the other two (blue and green) have some strips of different color (white and yellow) on their wings and head. Could you please help me to find it?

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Deanna - 2010-07-12
Is there a free site for training your lovebird? Mine is new to me and 4 months old. I would love to train him for a long and happy friendship/

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A human - 2006-03-25
I have a female Blue Masked Lovebird named Black Bean that I got from a breeder. Besides her, I also have two female Dutch Blue Lovebirds, Candy and Callie; and three female Masked Lovebirds, Shanta, Raccoona, and Miss CuddleMee. Of all the birds I have, Black Bean is the only one that is social and wants to be with me. In fact, she dislikes my other lovebirds and would rather spend the whole day cuddled under my chin cooing.
Black Bean is a very playful bird, but she favors her ladder and her dangly toy bell. She adores watching cartoons with me, and she knows how to say:
I love you
Please?
Black Bean
I'm a good bird
well, she got that right! I love her so much and deeply recommend a lovebird for any person that is willing to love these beauties.

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  • captnamericus - 2010-05-29
    I really liked what you have said about these beautiful birds especially the part that yours talks. I have read both that these little guys do and do not talk. I would like to know how clearly are their words(like those of a parrot?) and how long of a period did it take to learn each word and how long of a period for this big of a vocabulary. AMAZING. emailme anytime,T.Y!
  • logan - 2010-07-12
    Hi
    My name is logan I am going to get a love bird but I need to no which is the
    most quiet type of love bird? Is black bean quiet?

    Thank you.
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