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amanda - 2013-05-28
I have a dutch blue male and a green original female and i have had 9 young from them since early last year and all are doing fine. I have pick up a new peach face that i think is female. She has an orange head and yellow body starting at the neck and progressing to lime green down the body. The wings have grey edging and she also has a deep red beck and red just above the beck. What i am trying to find out is if can i put her into the aviary with the dutch blue male and the green female. She also has a white ring around the eyes. Will this cause problems with the other birds as there is 3 nesting boxes and the green peach face has another egg in one of them and the 4 babies are now out and about feeding themselves and playing. Could someone let me know what i have got and are they compatible together, as i love my birds and don't want them fighting. thanks. . . .? ? ?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-31
    It sounds like you have obtained a member of the 'eye-ring group' of African Lovebirds. This group is made up of four separate and distinct species: the Masked Lovebirds (Agapornis personata), the Fischer's Lovebirds (Agapornis fischeri), the Black-cheeked Lovebirds (Agapornis nigrigenis) and the Nyasa Lovebirds (Agapornis lilianae).

    The 'eye-ring group' has distinct characteristics that make them similar in appearance to each other, but distinct from the others such as your Peach-faced Lovebird (Agapornis roseicollis). These characteristics are an eye-ring, a red beak, and a green body. I would suggest you look at the Fishcher's lovebird for identification of you new friend, as it doesn't sound like yours has a mask and the Fishcher's is a fairly common species in the trade.

    You have an established Peach-faced pair, plus another 4 (or 9?) offspring in the aviary. Though introducing this species into the aviary with the Peach-faced family may work, there could be fights. As an aside... these two species have been known to interbreed but it is frowned upon. Also it is said that the resulting offspring will not reproduce and are unable to build a proper nest.
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Anna Rega of Virginia - 2011-07-11
Some friends grew tired of their lovebird, and offered him to me, first week of December 2009. His name is Rainbow and they said he was appox 5yrs old. I wasn't sure what to do with him, knowing very little about LoveBirds. I knew he had lived in a small cage for most of those 5yrs. He was always very quiet in his former owners house. Today! Rainbow (aka) Rambo is sitting on my shoulder. He is the "ruler of my home". He is my loyal companion and "my boss". He has bitten my daughter and grandkids as how dare they sit on his couches next to me his queen!(when family visits I place him in his cage, safe for everyone) I open his cage door first thing in the morning and he flys to his *hat* does his little male bird eek eek and then he comes to me. From drinking water from my hand to taking shower/baths with me...falling into the washing mechine ...flying off my shoulder on my front porch to the wide blue yander and then coming back to my head (I almost had heartfailure) to bitting my lip and flapping his wings in my face when I try to nap. He steps up on my hand when it's time for him to go nite nite. He has even put himself to bed when I was on the computer too long. I love this little, funny and demanding bird. What a gift from God he was.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-11
    The right bird with the right owner is a wonderous thing. I so wish more would/could have the experience.
  • karen kopchak - 2013-05-12
    I adopted Ziggy, now 2yrs old from my daughter. He is just like your Rambo. I accidently knocked him into the dryer while getting clothes and he now flies into the refridgerator. Got pictures! And he is a cuddler. The not-so-nice behavior her exhibits also. Little stinker gave me a fat lip from a nip. Try telling yours friends that one. He also likes to ride the oscillating fan in my room and the ceiling fan in my girlfriends house. I move, and he's on me in a flash. In many ways, Ziggy is like having a flying two year old in the house. Helping out my daughter turned out to be the gift that just keeps on giving.
  • joanie - 2013-05-17
    My Tweedy boy was the love of my life, my best friend gave him to me also in June 2009, for my Birthday. She said she thought he might be 4 or 5 years old. he took to me as if he knew me forever, We brushed our teeth and beak every morning, then we would have breakfast. Tweedy didn't care men to much, he'd give them a got bit, tweet's as I called him love the dogs if they bark he would try and do the same. He loved to play basket ball with his water bowels. we were enjoying then evening TV watching and play time, I put him to bed, I woke the next morning to find him with his rubber pet pup, he had passed away. MY heart is broken still don't know why he dead? I don't no if I should get another one I hurt so bad, don't want another to take his place or just get a different bird altogether? LOVED YOU TWEEDY SO MUCH. THANKS TO ALL FOR LISTENING TO ME GO ON.
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sabby - 2013-05-16
can a peach face and lutino produce okay babys?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-16
    The Lutino Peachface Lovebird is the same species as the normal Peachface Lovebird. The same species of lovebird can breed just fine, but if you are breeding for a particular mutation, then you want to look at the genetics.
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jayashree - 2013-04-02
Hi, I'm going to get a grey cockatiel he is around 6 months old. Can I train and attach with him? Already I am having a 6 month old Alexandria. She came to me when she was 3 weeks. I hand fed her and she is very much attached with me and my family. Is it good to get a cockatiel or not? Or I have to go 4 Alex? Will Alex move with cockatiel? Expecting your responses.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-04-03
    Yes cockatiels are friendly and easy-to-tame birds. I am not sure if your Alexandrian will get along with a cockatiel. You may want to keep them separated for a while and see how they react to each other.
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Lorraine - 2013-03-30
My son came home from work the other day and when he opened the front door to walk in, a peach-faced lovebird landed on his shoulder. We have it in a cage in a room, because we have 8 cats. I do rescue & fostering. I've been doing some reading up on these types of birds and have some concerns about him/her. He seems to be scratching around his neck a lot and will put his paw on top of his head to scratch also. I don't know if this is normal or not, but the end of his beak seems like a black color and he keeps rubbing it on things in the room. Tonight we bought him a banana flavored cuttle bone to see if that will help. The first 2 days he seemed to be okay, but tonight he seems very agitated. By this I mean that he just kept flying from one place to another squawking his head off. Even when we put him back in his cage around 9:00 p.m. he just can't seem to settle down. Should I be worried about this? We are waiting to see if someone will put a lost ad in the paper. If after a week, there is nothing, then we will have to place him somewhere else, because of the cats. They are upset that they can't go into the room that they are accustomed to. Any help will be greatly appreciated. I should also mention that he is friendly by coming on your shoulder and finger, but will try to bite now and then.

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  • Lorraine - 2013-04-01
    Wow, I just noticed the last post is from 2011 and nothing since. Well I guess I won't hold my breath waiting for a reply then. LOL!!!!!
  • Brian - 2013-04-01
    One of our birds recently had an allergic reaction to one of the toys we gave her. She scratched all over constantly like she felt bugs crawling all over her. She was flicking her wings a lot and it seemed she was standing on hot coals. Very agitated. Does this sound like what she is doing?
  • Lynnette - 2013-04-02
    Lorraine, The behavior sounds like a molting lovebird. Lovebirds can be moody but also can be the sweetest birds, When they are molting they are itchy and that will make them cranky. Try to see if the little guy will let you spritz him/her with a spray bottle of clean water. This dampens the feathers and helps them with preening. If the bird has been outside for some time (and I do not know where you are located) it can pick up mites (wild birds usually have them). That is another issue and an avian vet could check for that. (but that will cost, unless the vet will do it gratis and help you find a home for the little guy, should the owner not appear.)
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ananya roy - 2013-03-27
Hi, one of my lutino lovebirds has his/her 'V' shaped breast bone quite visible. The bird eats normal, his/her droppings are normal but she/he sleeps all the time or dozes perching on the nest box. The bird stays puffed up, although it is quite hot here in india, but when he/she sees me (or any other person) coming,he/she jumps down and disappears into the nest. The birds are about 2 years old (as told by the store keeper). I have seen them doing 'it' many times. This bird's partner's head is evenly shaped, I mean has a round appearance while joining with the neck, but this one has an uneven curve, it's head has an edge and then comes down to join with the neck. There is no scope of DNA sexing here. So I tried to visually sex them. The bird in concern plays with his/her mate and continuously begs for food, and the partner feeds it. I offered cuttle bone, mashed eggs and sweet potatoes but they didn't like those. Is the bird ill? My lutinos are very lazy by nature. They stay in the nest most of the time, sleep and take naps. The only time they are super active is when I change their water and give them fresh food. I feed them seed-mix, pearl millet and mix a little vitamin tonic in their water twice a week. I am very concerned for my bird. (The vet was of no help and there is no reliable avian vet in our area)  So please help me and respond ASAP. I don't want to lose my bird. Ananya

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-03-29
    Yes, it sounds like the birds have some sort of malaise. Lovebirds are very active, and constantly preening one another. This description is a strong indicator of illness and I would suggest taking the birds to an avian veterinarian for diagnosis. The vet will also want stool samples. If you cannot find a vet you can try adding tetracycline to their drinking water to help if it’s a bacterial infection. Also occasionally adding probiotics (beneficial bacteria – different countries have different brand names) can help. It helps restore beneficial bacteria to the parrots gut helping to counter a yeast infection. Some also say a few drops of organic apple cider vinegar to the drinking water can help with yeast infections as well.  But without knowing what the problem is, these are just possible helps.

    As far as pairing, it is very difficult to sex lovebirds visually and physically. Lovebirds are extremely social. They will preen and exhibit a very close bond with another same sex friend just as they will with a bird of opposite sex. Some basic sexual differences are the pelvic bones of the female are slightly wider spaced than on the male. Also the female will tend to hunch down on the perch more than the male, with her feet wider spread, while the male will tend to stand more upright. But to be certain of sex however, it is best to have an experienced breeder sex them . A sure indication that you have a male/female pair is getting fertile eggs.

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mosad sayed amer - 2013-03-21
Hi after long time (nearly 3 years) with trial of changing a couple of lutino peach face love bird and with coup and high luck we git babies of my love bird, the hen put 5 eggs and i get 4 babies and i feel happiness (all my trial with what i have all ready and i am not buy any additional birds). .good-by.

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dibya - 2013-03-21
i had pair of black masked love bird but few days before one of them was died and now i want to introduce another black masked with him is it right to do this if yes then how should i do this pls if any one there rply me

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-03-23
    Lovebirds can get lonely and it is usually best to keep them as pairs. However, because your lovebird is an adult, you may want to introduce a new bird slowly. I would start by keeping them in separate cages and putting the cages right next to each other. This way they can get to know each other without the danger of fighting.
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Cris - 2010-07-10
Hi, I have a Dutch blue and a black masked lovebird, I want to know how many eggs they lay and when/how to hatch them; please reply me.

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  • Wayne and Loraine King - 2010-08-03
    They lay 3-6 eggs. If they hatch (assuming the male and female have successfully mated), the eggs will hatch in about 18-20 days. If one of these birds is a male and the other a female, and they have mated, the eggs may or may not be fertile as these are two different species. We do not recommend mating across species as you end up with hybrids which are neither Peach Face nor Black Masked and, often the colors are not as desirable as either parent.
  • catrine meem - 2010-08-12
    The dutch blue must be sooo cute.
  • Gemma - 2010-11-21
    Cris, I would recommend that you not breed your birds. First of all, laying eggs can be very dangerous for birds. We had a wonderful, healthy, friendly goose called Daisy - one day a egg broke inside her and she died in two hours. The same can happen with Lovebirds. Secondly, I would ask that you only breed Lovebirds of the same type (Dutch Blue w/ Dutch Blue, Black Masked w/ Black Masked, etc) to keep the species pure. And lastly - thousands of birds are homeless because there simply isn't enough good homes for all of them. Please be responsible and don't breed.
  • Cris - 2013-03-17
    Thank you for your replies but they turned out to be both females and they had large variety off eggs. Also, Gemma my grandmother gave me this pair like that, one night we saw the pair bieng private & they turned out to be laying eggs. UNFORTUNATELY THEY BOTH PASSED AWAY THE FOLLOWING MONTHS........ PS. THE EGGS NEVER HATCHED AS THEY WERE POSSIBLY NEVER FERTILIZED BY A MALE
  • Cris - 2013-03-17
    CAN SOMEBODY LIST A GOOD LOVEBIRD PAIR UP TO BREED???? If so then which pairs would make good combination??? NOTE: I DON'T WANT TO MAKE INTENTIONAL BREEDING, I JUST WANT TO KNOW FOR FUTURE REFERENCE...... THNX. IT WOULD HELP ALOT... :)
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Maryann - 2013-02-26
My husband just bought me a pair of peach faced lovebirds for my birthday. He asked for a male and female. I'm not sure of their age, but how can i tell when they're ready for nesting? We bought asoft 4x4 area that they can can hang out in. I don't believe it's a suitable nesting box. From what I'm reading, it says to buy 2 simialr nesting boxes...one for sleeping and one for nesting. They use the sof furry one for sleeping, so can i just buy another box (not the same kind) for nesting? And being that they both have to be placed high in the cage, how do i keep the babies safe once they're born? I don't want them to fal and get hurt.

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  • Ernesto - 2013-02-27
    They are ready at six months, but you should wait until they are one year old. Let me know if you need help setting them up for breeding.
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