Animal Stories - Dutch Blue Lovebird


Animal-World Information about: Dutch Blue Lovebird

   A hand-raised Dutch Blue Lovebird is extremely affectionate and playful. They are an excellent bird for a beginner as they are friendly, hardy, and easy to care for! 
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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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wizgem - 2011-12-21
I got 2 dutch blue lovebirds last summer, one with orange head and acting like male, the other with slightly grey chest and just a little hit of peach color on its head and receiving regurgitation from the male one since they arrived.

Lately, I've seen the male one trying to mate with his mate, but the little one just would not let him.

Does anyone have same experience and knows whether they are a couple or not?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-22
    Animal World article on lovebirds Lovebirds and scroll down to the breeding/sexing information. The only way to be 100% sure is through DNA sexing. Read the information and look at the photo. For me the easiest visual cue isa the females head is a smooth arch from the eyes to the top of the head and over to the neck. The males head is flatter. This works much of the time. If you have two males it is not unusual for the alpha male to assume the male role and the second male to assume the role of a female. Obviously, this will not result in breeding just certain behaviors. Additionally, if the female isn't ready - it is her call and she will put the male off untill she is ready. Try and determine the sex if you can. If one lays an egg it is a female. Enjoy and have fun.
  • wizgem - 2012-08-25
    Appreciate the input. I'm sure that both of my lovebirds are boys now, so 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? Since I got my two boys from friends in 2010 when they were already 1 year old, so I guess they will need female companion around 3 yo. Anyone has good suggestion?
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Katrina Hahn - 2012-05-08
I have two peach face love birds who to say the least have been having fun! I am not sure if they are a pair but today she laid an egg in the nest! I sure hope I get some chicks. But what do I feed them I give them seed with egg shell in it also when I eat eggs I give them that too. But what other kind of food do I give them and how do I keep the nest moist for the young in Texas HELP PLEASE!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-08
    You can place a bowl of water in the bottom of the cage. The mom will bathe in it (as needed) to add moisture to the nest. You can feed them anything you eat that is considered nutricious, meatloaf, chicken, tuna, apple, sweet potatoe etc.
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michael r - 2011-08-27
I adopted a Dutch Blue LoveBird when he was four weeks old and from hand feeding we built a strong bond, and then he built a strong bond with my Sun Conure too. My lovebird was amazing and so happy all the time, all he wanted to do was play and whenever I would sit in my recliner and watch tv he would sit on my stomach and just talk to me four hours. It's like he thought we talked the same language, which we kinda did to a point. I started understanding him alot more as tme went on. That lovebird was amazing and ever since he died its like a open hole or wound always there, he was so playful and fun its lonely without him and my sunconure is lonely at night now. I have a cockatial who gets along with the conure but she loves sleeping alone. The lovebird and sunconure cuddled everynight together. Anyways I never had my lovebird pluck any of its feathers like I see some of you people are mentioning. He was really happy and amazing and I would recomend a Lovebird to anyone who wants a little bird with big personality and that will love you.

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  • cocotte - 2011-10-03
    I am so agree with you, my old lovebird (15 yo) loves me so much, now I am writing and he is inside my pyjama lol
  • BOB - 2012-02-07
    Hi Michael,
    I feel your pain, my Dutch Blue died last week after our 17 year friendship. We are all devastated as are my other birds who seem to be in mourning. My African Gray would always call out for our little Bing when she wasn't in sight but hasn't uttered her name since she passed over the rainbow. I haven't removed the cage from the bird room yet for fear of the reaction of the others, including me. I loved that bird dearly and miss her terribly, what a personality!
    Bob
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Christoher - 2011-08-31
what kind of fruits and vegetabes do lovebirdslike to eat? Do lovebirds eat bread

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  • Emi - 2011-12-15
    Can lovebirds actually eat peanut butter because my 6 month old lovebird Kiki just landed her feet on some peanut butter and I'm worried if she eats it she'll get sick and she won't let me clean it off
    :( Another quick question Kiki (my lovebird) is very playful and my family adores her! But she sometimes bites us..like when I have to go somewhere and I try to take her of me she bites really hard! Any suggestions to stop this??? Thanks :)
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Sigga - 2011-11-29
Hi, I have a Dutch Blue Lovebird one year old. It is very difficult to get him to go into the cage. How can I weaned him from it?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-29
    Join the group. Birds love to be out with their human owners and they would prefer being on their human or close to their human rather than being tucked away. You are just going to have to get creative and I do mean creative. When you are ready for him to go back in the cage - don't let him know under any circumstances. Don't get up and start walking to the cage etc. Instead get the little fella on your hand and pet him etc. Then hold his one foot down with your thumb against your hand and your arm slightly stretched out (to keep him from climbing back on your shoulder) and then take him to the cage and put him in.
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Christopher - 2011-09-03
They have been sexed

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    Christopher - 2011-09-02
    I have a lot of trouble getting my peach face lovebirds ,is there anything I can do like to inishiate their breeding instinct? PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Christopher - 2011-08-28
      After mating how many days will the female take to lay her eggs?

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        Christopher - 2011-08-26
        Are male lovebirds ozsa pubes completly close together without any space

        And the female lovebirds ozsa pubes have a little space apart from each other?

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