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Neal - 2011-09-12
Hey guys I just wanted to know if it is possible to keep a pair of masked lovebirds and a pair of fischers lovebirds in the same cage? Would that be a problem when either one of the pair is laying eggs?

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    Karen - 2010-08-21
    I had two lovebirds that were of the same family. They were two years old. Someone came to my house yesterday to trim their nails and cut one of them and it lost too much blood and died. :( I was wondering if I should get the one that is left a new friend. I feel so bad about what happened. And I know that the bird is looking for his friend. What do you think?

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    • Ben - 2010-10-17
      Hey Karen I think that you should get your other lovebird a friend because I was reading in a lovebird book and it said "birds can die of loneliness"
    • Anonymous - 2012-03-02
      Get another bird. Love birds love one-another. So sorry about your other L-Bird.
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    haris - 2012-11-19
    Hi, I have one pair of Lutino lovebirds and from last three months they are laying eggs but eggs do not hatch.

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    • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-19
      Three possibilities - they just aren't old enough yet and will need to practice more so the eggs are fertile.  You can place a perch directly in fron of the perch they are mating on that is about 1 inche in front and an inch higher than the one they normall use.  This way the female can stand on the one perch and hold onto the second perch with her beak when the male goes to mate.  Some times the males get a little to amorous and the females fall down.  Two, you have two females so the eggs are not fertile.  Three, they aren't incubating so eggs are not developing.  Let the female sit the eggs till bored with them or at least 15 days. 
    • cito - 2012-11-28
      I have also a pair of lutino and same problem, the eggs didn't hatch. its almost 5 months now that the eggs are still in the box, and i could not get it because some may say that they might be disturbed and will not lay eggs anymore. i think almost 15 eggs now more or less is inside the nest box. what shall i do with it?.. really need your answers regarding this. thanks.
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    levisantony - 2009-10-23
    I have a good pair of blue masks. They lay eggs, hatch them, but the babies died... What to do?

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    • saeed from pakistan - 2010-03-08
      Where are you from, what is the weather of your country, I think a temperature problem,
    • levis - 2012-11-21
      Am from India, I dont think itz becz od the weather conditions , since my birds in other cages r having a lot f babies and no problem for them... Will it be due to lack of vitamin??
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    shahid MEhmood - 2012-11-21
    Hi, I have one pair of Peach face Lutino lovebirds I have purchase in novembr. I want to know in which month they lay eggs. i am in pakistan. in which month the season will starts. Please tel me.

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    • Clarice Brough - 2012-11-22
      Lovebirds kept outdoors will generally breed in the spring. The Peachface is one of the hardier species and starts around mid-April, while some of the other species start later in May. However if kept indoors, they could breed year round but they do need a break,  producing about 3 clutches a year is safest.
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    Vale - 2012-11-13
    Hi how are you, I have a blue masked lovebird.  I really want to learn how to train him to be comfortable with me. What can I do so he isn't scared of me all the time. I have seen some can be very sweet and loveable..! thanks for your help!!

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    • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-13
      Sounds like yours isn't tame - right?  Possibly you are a little nervous as well.  Think about the size of that little bird and think about your size. That little feathered creature possibly thinks you are godzilla so the first thing is to get it so he is not quite so afraid of you.  Talking to him, being around him is a start. Try and feed him treats with your hand SLOWLY - initially just put the treat in his food cup. Cheerios are good for this. His cage probably isn't huge so I would take the little fella and his cage into a small room - bathrrom, laundry room etc.  You don't want him flying around where you have to chase him.  Just set the cage down on the floor and sit down on the floor and again talk to him, try and feed the cheerios and just keep introducing yourself via talking.  Give both of you some time to adjust.  Eventually he will just come around.  You might want to pick up a book on taming also.
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    cathy - 2012-11-10
    Thanks so much for your help. I will continue to use the grt website.

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    cathy - 2012-11-10
    I am a new owner of my peachface bird that was found outside about a year ago. The bird has become very aggessive with me, but seems to like my husband. She works at trying to bite my fingers. How can I calm her down and get her to eat a better diet of fruits and veg. She will not touch it.

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    • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-10
      There are so many articles that say parrots should be given fruits and vweggies but some just won't eat them.  Dehydrated fruits and veggies (I am told) have the same nutritional value as fresh and Goldenfeast Fruits and Nuts Plus has dehydrated fruits and vegetables in it.   Check out Goldenfeast on Goggle as a wide variety of excellent products.  OK - second question is harder.  Your little feathered friend has seemingly chosen your husband as her mate and is very protective of him.  You can try and have her not be agressive toward you by doing things like giving her treats, talking to her and loudly grabbing her and saying  'NO HURT MAMA' or just 'NO'.  These things may or may not work. 
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    wizgem - 2012-11-09
    ... Sorry, this is a repeat of post on Dutch Blue page that might be missed ... It's the season for leaves turning red again and persimmons are fruitful in our backyard that is also the happiest time of the year for my two dutch blue lovebird pals - Koka & Kola ... They love to munch on crunchy flesh of persimmons more than golden delicious apples which are their daily fruit diet during other seasons on top of their regular 'multi-grains'. But I'm a bit concerned when seeing them also pick on cuttle bones in between bites of persimmons which are rich in tannin. Does anyone know whether the mix of calcium and tannin will result in 'stones' for lovebirds?

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    • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-09
      I honestly do not know how to find this out.  I know excess calcium in humans can produce stones but whether it can in lovebirds - how would someone know.  Most people are walking around with kidney stones and never know it until one passes (if one ever passes) so in a love bird - how could they even x-ray to determine a stone which would be so microscopically small.  As far as tanin plus calcium producing stones - again I don't know how you could find out.  Essentially it is fruit and calcium and most birds/humans do eat that. 
    • wizgem - 2012-11-09
      Thank you very much, Charlie! I must have worried too much ... :o) ... I guess that as long as Koka & Kola are happy, nothing else matters.
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    wizgem - 2012-11-07
    I got my two lovebird boys from friends in 2010 when they were already 1 and 1.5 years old. I'm wondering if it's a good idea to get another two girls at same age to join them at this point? If so, where should I look for them? Anyone has good suggestion?

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    • wizgem - 2012-11-08
      Wow ... It sounds that there will be more than just a little bit work to expect with 2 more mouths to feed. Since we use both small and large (aviary) birdcages for only 2 little fella, so there might not be space problem. But first thing first, where am I going to get 2 Dutch Blue gals at right age (around 2 year old) and are tamed? Can anyone help?
    • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-07
      You have two fellas that are freidns and happy.  If you wish to breed then yes, go ahead and get a couple of gals and another cage and a couple of nest boxes.  Get formula, an incubator if you need one and then think about hand feeding (in case you have to) every couple of hours.  Love birds breed quite readily and it isn't like they will have 2 - 4 children and stop.  They will have babies (clutches for years).  Some times they will sit the eggs and sometimes they need to learn - especially in the beginiiing.  If you want them tame - you will probably have to hand feed.  I think it is totally amazing to see a litte chick hatch out of an egg and mom and dad take care of that little baby - but after a number of years and looking for homes for the babies - it can be tiring.  It can be a lot of work.  So if you just want to enjoy and have fun - let the fellas be -   If you want to breed and go into that work - then get the gals - but also think about the expense of second cage, formula, brooder etc.
    • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-09
      You don't have to purchase two gals that are the same age.  This years babies are fine so gals from 1 year to 4 - 5 years old would be OK.  Now you mention that you are interested in them being tame - if they bond which they will with their feathered mate - they probably won't be tame anymore.  They will see you as part of the family - but the part that feeds and cares for them - not a part that cuddles or can pet them.
    • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-09
      Whoops - where to look for them.  Google search for lovebirds for sale.  Look in the back of Bird Talk Magazine for ads or even on Craigslist.  It is a start.
    • wizgem - 2012-11-09
      Got all the answers now. Much appreciated !
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