Animal Stories - People Talking About Lovebirds


Animal-World info on Fischer's Lovebird
Animal Story on Fischer's Lovebird
List Animal Stories on Fischer's Lovebird
More info at Animal-World
safin - 2009-06-28
Hello dear Lovebird lovers, I am Safin from Daka, Bangladesh very new in this world. I have just bought 8 pairs of lovebirds and kept them in the balcony cage. I am not sure those are equal numbers of male and female .. those are only 2 months old. I am seeking for advise/ suggestion from any Bangladeshi because I am totally new in this lovely club

Click For Replies (2)
  • peggy - 2012-09-29
    I have a fischer lovebird I want to leave him on my patio & cover him at nite would that be ok or should I bring him in at night?
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-30
    There is no guarantee that boys will pick gals and gals will pick boys - even in the wild but most of the time - that is what happens.  As the birds pair up - which they will start doing in a month or so - remove that pair to their own cage with nest box.  You will see a pair sit close together, possibly preen each other, look for a private place to be.  There will be some pushing around a little till each one finds the one they want but that is OK.  So when you see a pair that is acting like a pair - move that pair out.  The problem is you have 16 birds that aren't easily distinguished one from the other.  You may want to get a couple of colored markers and actually mark the birds.  bird one  black mark over right eye, bird two black mark over left eye, bird three, black mark center forehead, bird four, black mark on back, bird five black mark on chest --  something like that.  So when you see a consistent pair (the one with the black mark on chest and the one with black markover right eye) you will be able to round them up.  Otherwise as soon as you go to move the pair - they will all start flying around and you will lose track of the pair.  It is just easier to mark them.  Then hope for the best. 
Reply
Animal-World info on Lutino Lovebird
Animal Story on Lutino Lovebird
List Animal Stories on Lutino Lovebird
More info at Animal-World
mosad sayed amer - 2012-09-27
Hello for everyone ..... can I feed lovebird & grey parrot tin tuna meat .... thank you lot ... bye - bye .

Click For Replies (1)
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-27
    You can give each of them a little amount of tuna - they usually like it real well.  You are talking about tunafish out of a can right?  Yep, they like it.
Reply
Animal-World info on Abyssinian Lovebird
Animal Story on Abyssinian Lovebird
List Animal Stories on Abyssinian Lovebird
More info at Animal-World
villy - 2012-04-26
We have pair of love birds, female very agrassive. Now we got 2 female love birds from friends, can we put them in a same cage? Cage is big enough. We tried put 4 of them same cage they start fight, after 2 hours we seperated again. thanks

Click For Replies (1)
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-26
    I would leave the pairs separated. They mate, bond and can be territorial - especially if nesting. Put the other feamles in a separate cage.
Reply
Animal-World info on Peach-faced Lovebird
Animal Story on Peach-faced Lovebird
List Animal Stories on Peach-faced Lovebird
More info at Animal-World
Edwin Rivera - 2012-09-17
Sad day...after 21 years our peach face lovebird died. My daughter named him Lucy when she was just a baby (4 yrs old) not knowing the difference between male or female,he was a male. I must say that Lucy was a big part of our family giving us many years of happiness. As most lovebirds, Lucy love flying around the house, taking faucet bathes and playing with us, including Roxie, our chihuahua. Lucy will be greatly missed.

Reply
Anonymous - 2012-09-13
I found a peach-faced lovebird in my tree outside. He stayed there for like 2 hours. I put some food in a cage and hung it in a branch. After about 10 minutes, he jumped right in! He doesn't seem to tamed, assuming no one claims him, how would I go about taming/bonding with him and how long would it be before we can let him out the cage without him flying around the house, trying to get away? Thanks a bunch!

Click For Replies (1)
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-15
    You could let him out of his cage now, however, do it in a small room preferably without windows.  If you can just place the cage on the florr and sit down on the floor and try feeding him treats with your hand.  We don't know whether he has been a 'pet' and used to handling or not so just go slow.  Let him get used to the sounds of your home, your voice and the newness of the situation.  Watch him and his body language and look for him to be relaxed, easily fluffed, and they are curious creatures and will come to you.  I would do things like sit down in the bathrub with him and a towel in my lap.  I would try and pick him up - now i am not about to get bit so I'd watch but if he will just step up on my hand I would bring him to my chest and hold him against my chest and pet the top of his head.  Why the ub - they can't climb or seemingly can't fly out.  Why the towel - so he gets used to climbing up in my lap cuz I would put millet or some treat in my lap - cheerios.  Talk to him.  Go slow - you have plenty of time. 
Reply
Animal-World info on Lutino Lovebird
Animal Story on Lutino Lovebird
List Animal Stories on Lutino Lovebird
More info at Animal-World
mosad sayed amer - 2012-09-13
Hello everyone .... Dear Charlie ... Infact I have a problem with one of Lutino due to accident he lost his tail feather completely and so when start feathered again he bite tail vigorously till bleeding and the result is no feather since 4 months ... What I can do Charlie Roch ...thank you very much .

Click For Replies (2)
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-13
    Oh boy - you are going to really like this one.  A feather comes through the skin of the bird essentially in a waxy type shaft.  Youhave seenthis wax wrapped around a feather when the bird is getting in a new feather especially during a molt.  Sometimes what happens is that feather with that sorta wax stuff breaks off before the feather grows out and what it leaves is sometimes a sharp itchy piece of was including the feather shaft right at the edge of the skin.  One, turn the bird upside down, wrapped in a towel to see if there is a bump, a protuberance, you can feel a bump or something loose hanging around the area.  I would be like you having a hangnail - it itches, it is sore and the new feather coming in irritates the area.  You can take the little guy to the vet and have this pulled out or you can wrap the bird in a towel and literally use a pair of pliers and take a firm grip and pull it out yourself.  They are hard to pull.  If you can't find the broken feather shaft, you are going to have to use the vet.  If you are the least bit nervous (and i would be too) maybe the vet.  But if you think of a child and his tooth is loose and he is screaming - you gain courage.  You have a child and his tooth is loose and you need to get that tooth out.  Ain't easy but better to really get a grip on that feather and pull.  Need Quik Stop cuz it might bleed.  if their is no waxy protuberance or broken feather shaft - do the vet though - cuz ihave no idea what it would be if not that.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-13
    Not pliers - I meant nippers.  A really good pair of womens eye brow tweezers sometimes work but youhave to be able to hold that feather shaft and it isn't easy.  Sorry about the pliers - get my tools confused. 
Reply
Animal-World info on Peach-faced Lovebird
Animal Story on Peach-faced Lovebird
List Animal Stories on Peach-faced Lovebird
More info at Animal-World
Jasmine - 2012-09-11
My lovebirds had 4 eggs Aug, 25 2012 and they Still haven't hatch but they still sit on them. what should I do?

Click For Replies (1)
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-11
    I would let them sit them for another 12 - 14 days.  Incubation for lovebirds is about 24 days from when they first sit the eggs which is usually when the last egg is laid.    You say they had 4 eggs on August 25th - Now is Sept 11th so only about 16-17 days - I don't know if the eggs are fertile or not - but in any case you should let them sit them the full 24 - 27 days.  They may not be fertile but you don't want them to try and double clutch (lay another clutch right away) as can lead to calcium deficiency -
Reply
Animal-World info on Lutino Lovebird
Animal Story on Lutino Lovebird
List Animal Stories on Lutino Lovebird
More info at Animal-World
Aida - 2012-09-11
I have two 12 month old peach-faced lovebirds. One is completely yellow with an orange stripe on top of her head and the other one is mostly green with various other colours in the mix. I have a few questions: 1. The yellow one, will the orange stripe turn red and extend down her entire face with age or will it remain just as it is? 2. I bought them a snuggle hut, which became like crack to them. They wouldn't come out to eat, drink or bathe. As soon as they'd spot the snuggle hut, they would literally dive into it. Then they became aggressive towards each other when they weren't at all prior to me buying them this hut. The aggression led to the green one loosing half an eye lid and the yellow one 2 toes. So I separated them, and made sure both of them had a hut because they loved it so much. The problem: the green one started plucking and mutilating himself, the yellow one learned how to escape from the cage and would perch beside the green one's cage. So I got rid of the snuggle huts completely and put them back in one cage. The plucking has not gotten better but the mutilation of skin and feathers has. There is still some aggressive behaviour, but it's like the one you described with the female wanting to mate. I also noticed, the more time I spend with the green one, especially outside of the cage, the less he plucks. With that said, they are at the age were they can produce eggs, how should I go about this with a nest box and avoid the same problem that I had in the past, especially the fights. Coming home to find a cage splattered with blood on a Friday with the two vets in my city that specialize in avian care closed was terrifying. 3. They are very picky eaters. How can I make them eat nutritious foods? I feed them a mixed seed, pellet and fruit diet. From what I noticed, they just go for the seeds. I have seen them nibble on the raisins and other dried fruit once or twice (RARE occasion), but never on the pellets or anything fresh, such as broccoli or eggs that I put in the cage. I apologize for the length, but you give great advice.

Click For Replies (2)
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-11
    I don't think anyone will know if the orange will continue to grow.  I do know that you will know soon as they are going through their first adult molt right now and will achieve their adult coloring in about 8 weeks.  So you will know in 8 weeks.  Snuggle huts can be great things and many birds love them.  Think though you had a younger two lovebirds (two young children) and you bought just 1 snuggle hut.  If you had a mature pair - there probably wouldn't have been a problem (I say probably) as who is dominant and gets in it first is already determined.  With two young birds (or children) it appears that only one got a present and they both want it.  Probably if you had purchased two snuggle huts, they would have wound up sleeping together in just one anyway but without the fighting.  Possibly.  You put up two nest boxes --  give them a choice.  People write and say their birds love fruits and veggies - mine only eat them off my plate if i am.  Dehydrated fruits and veggies have the same nutrition as fresh fruit and veggis (I have been assured) so I buy Goldenfeast fruit and nut plus and it has seed plus dehydrated fruits and veggies.  You'd have to look them up and ask for a store that carries it near you.  Or just get dehydrated fruit and nut mixes - trail mixes without additives.  I am sorry - they got in such a fight - rare but it does happen but you did good.  Yes, the plucking has a tendency to stop when they get more attention, more toys, ar able to see TV or listen to music.  Also molting now so good time for spritzing or bathing.  Sound slike the little yellow one loves the green one - just a little too amorous.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-11
    Thought about you and true thing that happened to me.  I had a female and male hawkhead - both of them pets, both in separate rooms in their own cages.  To the best of my knowledge they had never met.  One morning i get up and my male is not in his cage.  He is in the next room, on top of the females cage and he did not have one feather .  He was naked as a jaybird.  So I let the boy in with the girl and all turned out fine - a least yours didn't wind up completely bald.  My fellas feathers grew back in.  Can't figure out these feathered children sometimes.
Reply
ananya roy - 2012-09-10
My lutino lovebird (female) and blue masked lovebird (I think it is female,but cannot say for sure) are acting very strangely.they are behaving like a couple and you know what I mean.they are frequently doing 'it'. Eggs are appearing on the floor of the cage.and now they are making a nest in the nest box I provided.  I know it is very stupid of me to ask this, but do you think that birds change sex in a single sex environment? It doesn't make any sense to me.two female birds are acting like a pair, doing what pairs do, and making nests, and laying eggs. They stay in the nest most of the time, only come out to feed and poop, and again return to the nest.this whole thing is so absurd.but believe me, I am not lying or making up this thing at all. Absurd things are happening and I can't find any rational explanation .(the professional bird breeder whom I consulted for determining their sexes is 100% sure that both the birds are female so I am very confused.

Click For Replies (1)
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-10
    Many many times I have heard that a 'pair in the wild is two birds'.  You have a pair but probably both females.  One asssumes the male role but both will lay eggs and so you will have many infertile eggs. Just let them have them until they are bored with them or up to 20 days or so and then throw them out.  Replace the egs with a new toy.  Hopefully, they don't continue to do this otherwise you might have to get a couple of fellas. 



    Think  gals lay eggs.  They just do - think chickens.  Chickens just lay eggs - they don't change sex or anything - they just lay eggs. 
Reply
Animal-World info on Peach-faced Lovebird
Animal Story on Peach-faced Lovebird
List Animal Stories on Peach-faced Lovebird
More info at Animal-World
Alyna - 2012-09-06
Hey I just got my amazing little yellow peach face Lola about 2 weeks ago and she wasn't hand raised so I'm slowly trying to encourage her to come out of her cage and get use to my hands. I was just wondering what the best way to encourage her to get use to my hand would be because I don't want to scare her! I was also wondering if there is anything else apart from her seed mix, millet and the ocassional bits of toast that I should be giving her because she really doesn't seem interested in any fruit or veg? (oh and I sadly got her wings clipped because I couldn't have a flying bird and I'm wondering if that would be affecting her trust? Also they could only tell me at the pet shop that she was between 1-6 mths so will that change how quickly she becomes hand raised?) Thanks!

Click For Replies (1)
  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-17
    Being a young bird should help in winning her trust. Birds have great memories, but if she is truly that young, she won't have a lot of history to work around. You could try cherios, I've used them successfully. Some birds just don't warm up to fruits and veggies easily. It will still come down to being calm and patient though:)
Reply

About Animal-World

Animal-World offers animal pictures, videos, and animal information on all different types of pets and animals. Included are animals that are commonly kept as pets, exotic pets and wild animals. Check us out for information, education, and fun. We strive to aid in responsible pet ownership and an understanding of the importance of preserving and honoring our world and its inhabitants. Animal-World members and contributors are from all over the world. You too are invited to be an active participant in this community. Post your own personal pet stories, contribute pictures of your pets, and join the forums for pet and animal discussions.

Visit Animal-World