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Joy Barnes - 2012-10-23
I have had my 2 peach faced lovebirds for 5 years and never had any problems with them but over the last 3 months one of my love birds has lost most of its feathers on its chest and under its wings can anyone give me some advice?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-23
    Now is the time of year where the birds are just finishing up their major molt so possibly it has something to do with that.  The new feathers coming in are prickly and itchy and sometimes they just get in a bad habit of pulling out too many.  Sometimes it is just plucking.  I would give him paper towel or toilet paper rolls to chew on.  I'd put in cash register tapes (you can get them at Staples and really cheap) and just hang in the cage.  They unroll the tapes and chew them up into little pieces.  Any toys for him to chew on and destroy.  I'd also bathe (spritz) him down really good with aloe bird bath.  It would even be good to put the cage in front of the TV for them to watch cartoons.  Just try more toys and more entertainment and more bathing.
  • Joy Barnes - 2012-10-24
    Where would I get the bird aloe bath from go look today at pets at home and thank you very much for your help love my birds and worry about them thank you
  • DeNisa D A Howe - 2013-01-16
    take it to the vet
DeNisa D A Howe - 2013-01-16
I have two love birds. The female lifts her wings and wants to mate but the male starts fighting with her. They live in seperate cages, what can I do to help thm bond?

Kerriann - 2013-01-02
my peachfaced lovebirds had 4-5 eggs pushed 2 out sat on the remaining 2-3 well past there due date we r not sure if there was 3 in there or not we was sure there was only 2 needless to say we r about to rid of the 2 n noticed 3 what do we do?

Mansoor Ahmed - 2012-12-15
I have one pair of lutino lovebirds. they had 5 eggs after completion of incubation period when I broke the eggs chicks are died in the eggs. What is the problem.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-15
    Sorry for your loss>  What were the conditions of the incubation?
K - 2012-12-06
I have recently purchased a baby lovebird, she is wonderful. She loves to be snuggled and ride with me on my shoulder. Every time I come up to the cage to talk to her she comes right up to me and wants to get out. She was scared of hands ever since I got her because she was always grabbed out of the cage to be hand fed, I was told when I asked about her fear. I'm trying to train her in her cage by showing her my hands are friendly, however she is sad and wants to climb out of the cage and be with me again. Do you know how I can train her to be trusting of my hands and transported by my finger, yet while giving her the attention she needs so she does not become depressed.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-07
    If she had been hand fed properly - she wouldn't be hand shy.  She was either not hand fed or she was tube fed.  When you hand feed, you pet, your touch, you love and hold so they are as tame as can be.  Let's go from there.  Your arm sticks out and a hand looks like a King Kong hand coming into your bedroom at night.  Let's instead go into a small room (where she can't just fly around) and sit down with her on the floor.  Put toys on the floor along with treats and see if you can just put her on the floor.  Lay your hand on the floor and let her get used to it.  Just let your hand stay palm up on the floor holding a treat.  Do this and it might take a couple of weeks but eventually she will get used to your hand and you should be able to have her just step up.  Another suggestion is when she is on your shoulder just put your hand on your chest and inch it a little closer to your shoulder with a treat.  Just a little closer each day.  Let me know - OK?
  • K - 2012-12-08
    Thank you so much for your advice it sounds very hopeful! I'm anxious to see how it will do for her. I am puzzled however at how I should get her out of the cage to practice with her in the training area like you suggested. If she is scared of my hand already I don't want to make her more afraid and mistrusting by grabbing her or something. Do you have any advice on how I can get her out to train her without scaring her more?
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-08
    I thought you could just wait till she was on your shoulder and walk into the bathrrom or a small room.  I figured with toys/treats in your lap she would climb on down.  OK  if that isn't a good idea just take the whole cage into the bathroom or just a small room and then put it on the floor and open the door. 
  • K - 2012-12-08
    Thank you for all your help, and for such a helpful website.
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ahmad - 2012-11-29
I have one pair of lutino lovebirds. they had 5 eggs after completion of incubation period when I broke the eggs chicks are died in the eggs. What is the problem.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-29
    Incubation is from 23 - 26 days after the last egg is laid.  The mom does not normally start truly incubating until the last egg is laid.  So from the time the first egg is laid then can be as long as 30 -32 days (to play it safe).  If you waited that long and opened the eggs and all had died my guess would be humidity.  There is the yolk and the white part of the egg.  The yok turns into the chick and the white is the chicks food.  The chick absorbing the white part of the egg is called drawdown and the white part gradually draws down no longer filling the entire egg.  This leaves an opening at the top or narrower end of the egg for oxygen when the chick starts pipping the egg.  If drawdown occurs too fast because of a lack of humidity, the chick will suffacate as the white part will sorta just stick to him in the egg and he won't be able to break through it.  You can try placing a bowl of water in the bottom of the cage so mom can bathe and bring humidity into the nest.  You can actually spritz water on the inside of the nest box (warm).  There are several good articles and recommended books on Susan Clubbs website for Hurricane Aviaries as other causes are disease or possibly parasites.  There are numerous causes but usually humidity.  Seems strange to me that all 5 had died in shell though.  I am sorry and i know sad. The website for Hurricane Aviaries is
  • ahmad - 2012-11-30
    What is it solution?
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-30
    You can try adding a bowl of water in the cage and hopefully it is just humidity and the female will bathe in the water and carry the water into the nest.  Or you can spritz the nest box with warm water.  If there is a vet there, you can show him the eggs.  You can read the various articles on incubation on Hurricane Aviaries site or you can purchase Rick Jordons book on incubation.  I don't know of anything else.  Best thing is to try and identify the problem.  On a lighter note - it may not happen again.  Maybe it was just so hot and dry that the chicks smothered without the humidity and may not happen again.  It is strange though.
  • ahmad - 2012-12-01
    Can i use symodek (water soluble powder)
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-01
    I have no idea what symodek is.  I have nver heard of it and when I tried to look it up - there was no such word on the internet.  Maybe a brand name but i have no idea what it is.  Isn't there a vet by you?  Read up on the problem before you do anything.  Many breeders iartifically incubate eggs using an incubator - I don't know if that is something you are interested in.  Rick Jordons book on Incubation also covers that.
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Tammy - 2012-11-30
My blue peach-faced lovebird is about 5 months old. The head and neck were all grey & green with a green, aqua & blue body until just this week when the head above the beak is beginning to turn peach. Does this indicate gender at all or is it still just a guess without DNA testing? I've heard different things about what the peach might indicate at this point but some say boy and some say girl.

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  • Tammy - 2012-11-30
    Thanks, Charlie. That's what I thought after doing some reading, but I wanted to check with people who knew more about this. I appreciate your reply!
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-30
    There is no way to determine a male versus a female without DNA sexing but chances are that your little one is just coming into his adult plumage and adult coloring. 
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dibya - 2011-07-27
I had a pair of black masked love birds, living together for 2 months,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. They dont eat anything except grass seeds. Is there something wrong?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-28
    I believe they just were never handled and all they had to eat was the seed. Try and feed them with your hand - any kind of treat. They should like little pieces of millet, maybe apple - you can just cut up a long string of millet and give them an inch piece. Try and get them used to your hands. Think if you were that size and a hand the entire size of your body was coming at you - would you be scared? So go slow. Try and coaz them out of the cage a little (where they won't be trpped fleeing from the hand) and continue to introduce new foods, pieces of treat etc with your hand. There isn't anything WRONG they were just never handled. It will take awhile but they should come around to loving humans too. Go slow.
  • Anonymous - 2011-07-29
    Thank you charlie for your suggestion...............
  • Anonymous - 2011-07-29
    Would I consult you when ever i got problem with my birds???????????
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-29
    I had lots of birds and bred for many years but I am not a vet. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like there really are many avian vets outside of breeding territories in Fl and CA. There are a whole lot of sanctuaries and small breeders that are usually pretty local that have ideas. I'll help if I can but best to know and learn. Now I think this works. There is a little picture of one of my birds with my name Charlie. That takes you to a facebook account and about 200 people that are parrot crazy (like me). There are vets, breeders and parrot lovers. Join, click to be a friend and there about 200 people to ask questions. Most are sanctuaries, breeders and/or vets and from all over the world. Just started it for Animal World. OK????
  • hava - 2012-01-28
    I rescued a black masked couple (one year old) they were in a very very smal cage without nothing inside, and very afraid of people. They are with me now already 3 months. There is a big progress, they now have 5 babies (20 days old) and the male steped twice in my arms! I spend every day 15 minuts with them, start with slices of apple, i offered them with my hand, throug the bars of the cage, and sunflour seads. Little by little they got to know me and are much more relaxed with me. The day they arrived I cliped their wings and it help alot,so they woundt fly when i was closed by, now they are full flight, but not scared when i get close to them. One thing also, at the bigining, i took their food plate out from the cage, and after few hours, i would come to the cage with seads, offer to them with my hands, they were hungry so they had to try to eat from my fingers. Good luck and much patiente!
  • Donna Wilson - 2012-11-16
    I am very proud of you doing that, I am going to be getting a black mask baby in about 2 months, but I have 5 other lovebirds and some are afraid of me and after reading your post I have hope to gain the trust of them some day.
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My comment is that have for lovebirds mother father son and daughter. I raised them all from young but one of the birds (daughter) has a scab on her wing and i have been try to cure with no success. I thought it was because of fighting at first but know i'm not so sure. What can i do about this problem i love this bird a lot she is very attached to me and can't fly very well because of this. Is there any kind of medication i can use for this problem?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-28
    I think you need to figure out what the 'scab' is.  Sounds like it might be a broken blood feather in which case it looks like a scab, feels like a scab but is a broken blood feather that won't go away and will need to ber pulled out.  I am not sure but no reason a scab should just remain - but broken blood feather seems to stay embedded forever.  It also bothers them so they wouldn't fly and they possibly pick at it.  If you think a scab - possibly you can soak the scab in a water peroxide solution and maybe it will just come off.  At least you would be able to see what it was.  How about a vet around you?
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Steven - 2006-02-16
i have four white masked african lovebirs. at the moment they are all getting on well. i was told there was two males and two females,


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