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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sunbug - 2010-11-23
I've had a male lutino for 3 years. About 2 weeks ago I rescued a male blue and a female lutino from the back of a horse trailer at a flea market.
The male blue has bald patches around neck and under wings and on belly.
He sits with ruffled feathers and has started a very odd behaviour of stuffing seed shells into his feathers. Other than this, he eats well, bathes, moves around normal, etc. Any suggestions as to what is wrong with him?
Also, I want to start them on a pellet diet but don't know which one to choose. I especially want a good one for him to get him healthy again.

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  • TheoDee - 2010-12-13
    I've got news for you, sunbug. Your bird is a female! I just discovered this myself. I adopted my bird-friend lola about 2 months ago from a neighbor. She had been in the cage most of 5 years. I let her out, treat her to nice seeds, apple, banana and whisper sweet nothings to her! She also started stuffing papers and twigs into her feathers, on her back. She has just laid an egg! And there are more to come, by the looks of it! Good luck!
  • Michelle C - 2011-01-02
    We have a lovebird and we have noticed that she is also stuffing seed shells into her feathers. Does anyone know why they do this?
  • Nicole B - 2013-02-15
    Nesting! They are gathering materials for the nest. Do you have children? If so, you must remember the 'nesting' phase where you frantically gather, store, make sure everything is right for your baby to be!
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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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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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  • Anonymous - 2011-09-03
    That is definitely a step in the right direction. You have a boy and you have a girl. It will take a lone pair of birds - most species - a time before what they know what "IT" is. Without a flock, without vocalizations from a flock or behaviors such as nestr building and mating and feeding that they can see or are aware of they have to learn all on their own.
    It is a complicated process when you have absolutely no knowledge at all. You can try lengthening thier day with a UV bulb or lamp to stimulate the longers day of spring - although we are not into short days yet. I would wait till maybe January to start this. Just put the lamp on for 8 then few days later 9 then few days late 10 up to 12 hours a day. That will give them more sunshine. Food is plentiful for birds in the spring and I would give them all sorts of soft foods such as scrabled eggs with veggies, milk soaked bread or peanut butter and bread. Honey on a cracker etc. Let see if we can get some mutual feeding and preening going on. How about we try and give them pieces of paper or paper towel to chew up or possibly put in the nest box. Most of all it just takes patience on the humans part. They will eventually get "it" and get to "it"
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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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  • Anonymous - 2011-09-02
    Not that I know of. Are you sure you have a male and a female. That is usually a good place to start. Have they been sexed?
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