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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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wizgem - 2012-11-07
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 lovebirds - 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 on 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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ananya roy - 2012-11-04
I have bought a pair of lutino lovebirds.they were both energetic and playful at first. I have them for now almost 4 months.they are about a year old. When I set up a nest box,the birds showed great interest and made a nest with the coconut fiber I supplied.and then both of them started hiding in it. They come out when they feel hungry and eat and drink. They poop and again go inside the nest box.their dropping is normal and they show no otehr problems.they stay inside for most of the time,but otherwise they are normal.is there any health-related problems or is it that they have become lazy? They consume normal amount of food,sun flower-seeds and a large amount of cuttle bone. I have seen them mating twice but there are no signs of eggs.they both sleep inside the nest for most of the day. What is their problem? any idea or suggestion are welcomed on this problem. thanking you-

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-04
    It is normal behavior.  They are nesting and courting and attempting to 'do it'.  They just aren't quite sexual mature yet but that will happen shortly and you will have litle ones.  Sometmes the first clutch (or even two) is for practice for the birds and for the humans but soundfs like you are well on your way.  Congratulations.
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Robin B - 2012-10-21
I have a peach faced love bird that I purchased at a local bird show in September 1994. I actually purchased 2 siblings. They were home raised and hand fed. At that time they were 6 weeks old. The one that passed away 6 years ago at age 12 years was a nervous bird and picked at himself. Unfortunately one day, he picked a blood feather and passed away. I thought that his sibling would soon pass after him, but instead he became a happier bird, playing and dancing to certain songs played on the radio (He especially loves, 'I want to Rock and Roll All Night' by Kiss). He is now 18 years 3 months old. I can tell that he is getting older because he sleeps more and doesn't dance as much. But I do know that he has had a good life and I it has been a pleasure to have him in our families life. When he passes, I will post again how long he lived. That will be a sad day in my life.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-23
    AHH  he just might fool you.  They get older and maybe they need some extra rest but still having a good life cuz he has you.
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Pam - 2012-10-11
I got 'Blue' in March. He was about 8 weeks old-hand raised, very cuddly-I love him dearly. I work many hours and I felt bad about leaving him alone so much. (When I was home, I gave him loads of attention) I recently got another lovebird from the same breeder to keep him company. This one is about 8 weeks old, cuddly and not afraid of me. My problem is that Blue seems to hate this new bird. Not bonding with it at all. They are in separate cages and it's a good thing because when they are out together, all Blue wants to do is bite baby Rainbow's feet and fight. Is that normal?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-12
    It sounds like it will take them some time to become pals. It could be that your existing bird is very jealous of your limited amount of time. These birds are highly social and need ongoing interaction. They will most likely become more comfortable with each others companionship, and then they may well start to actually prefer each other, as that's not uncommon for lovebirds.
  • Pam - 2012-10-13
    Thanks for the response. It seems like they are getting along a little bit better now. I try to give them both alot of attention individually and togther. I think you are right on about Blue being jealous. He has had me all to himself for 7 months. Time will tell.
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Barbara Yarde - 2012-10-10
Good day i have six pairs for LOVE BIRDS for about three years and there never breed get what is wrong with them. Please help

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-11
    You may have birds that are all the same sex, or it may be the environment. Here's a good overview of Lovebird breeding, with a section on the breeding environment.
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MAGE - 2012-10-07
What kind of weather is best for love Birds?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-08
    Whatever temperatures are comfortable for you should be just fine for your little guy.  They don't like cold - below say 40 degrees and they get warm say above 90 degrees. 
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Mario Micallef - 2012-10-06
Just came in and saw the underside of our lovebird, drained in blood. He seems ok, same usual happy self, but we are worried. Can anyone out there suggest somthing? Could it be the food, he eats a lot of sunflower seeds. He is very intelligent, and I trained him, so that every time he wants to get out of the cage, he picks up a small bell, in his beak, and rings it for attention, till we open the cage door. It would be a tragedy, if he dies, he has been here now for more than four years.

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juanid - 2012-10-01
I want to do business of breeding. I have 5 pairs. I want that they all do breed and give me every one  4 to 5 eggs and they do breed at least 6 times in one year? What I give feed. What do I please give me complete detail what should I do.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-01
    They usually will have 4 - 5 eggs in a clutch but usually breed 2 - 3 times a year.  I would start by reading this Animal World article and then go from there.  I'd also then get a book at the library or bookstore on breeding love birds.  I am sorry but there is just no way to give you detailed information on how to breed - it is a learning experience for the human and for the bird.  Remember there is no flock to teach them and you would be new so you have tolearn also.  Goodluck though and if you have specific question just write back.   OK?
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