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The Peach-faced Lovebird is a beautiful 'pocket parrot'. They come in a variety of colors and are the most commonly kept lovebirds!
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I have a peachface lovebird who loves to eat dirt. I have a pot in my kitchen with potting soil. We let our guy fly around the house in the morning and evening, and is a sweetie. We are not certain of his age, as I found him outside my office building, but we have had him for a least 12 years. We take care with his feed, and feed him roudy bush and nutra berries at the rec. of our vets. What is your opinion? Thanks so much, and thank you for your website.
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The dirt (gravel n grit) is good for their digestion....it helps. So it's not a bad thing.
Actually, hookbills do NOT need grit. Grit is ingested by softbills who require it to help them digest seeds that are eaten entire (hull and all). Hookbills remove the seed husk prior to eating it and therefore have no need for grit, especially in the OP's case where the birds are eating pellets. NO bird on pellets should be offered grit. It can actually cause impaction and digestion problems.
I'd suggest preventing your lovebird from ingesting dirt. You don't know what chemicals go into the potting soil (fertilizer, etc.) and I can't imagine that it's at all beneficial to him.
Is there a free site for training your lovebird? Mine is new to me and 4 months old. I would love to train him for a long and happy friendship/
What happens if my peached-faced lovebird has one lazy eye he didn't have that before until yesterday morning? Is that serious?
I have pair of Love birds peach faces they had babies and after having them for 3 weeks they both died one morning what do you think happened I am very sad these were their first babies.
I have a female Dutch blue love bird and a male white fischer love bird. They are in different cages but I wanted to know if they can cross breed or if they will have infertile egg's ,or if they will have ugly babies, or if they will not be healthy? Please email me simple instructions instead of a link that has a bunch of info and after reading forever I get my answer at the end or nothing at all. I don't mind links as long as the point is in the first part.
Hello, My Lovebird is about 16 years old. I have noticed that she is going blind. When she is totally blind will I lose her? I 'm not sure how long they normally live.
I have two love birds. A peach faced love bird and a orange and yellow one. We thought that the peach faced love bird was a female until we got it its pair. Then we figured out that the yellow one was a female. She has laid eggs but she does not care for them at all so we just wait and then throw them out. So we are not sure which one is the male and female or if they are both females?
Help - peachfaced love bird is listless and is reluctant to fly. Seems to lose her balance. Has not been out of her cage but is sleeping more than usual. Help
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Vicki Walters -
Lovebird ailments, signs of illness to be aware of, include if a bird seems withdrawn, its feathers are ruffled and the plumage is dull, it sits with its eyes closed, watery or dull eyes, runny nose, it sleeps a lot, it looses interest in its environment, and it stays at its feed cup. The droppings may change color and be loose (if healthy they are grayish white and not to thin). A couple other lovebird ailments to watch for are a lot of tail bobbing, dropping off its perch, odd breathing, sneezing, and excessive scratching. Some of the common lovebird ailments, illnesses your lovebirds could contract, are injuries from fighting, Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease, Polyoma Virus Infection, yeast infections (Candidiasis), Avian Pox Virus Infection, bacterial infections, internal parasites, mites, ticks, egg binding, intestinal influenza, coccidiosis, respiratory ailments, and diarrhea. An ailing parrot should be taken to a avian veterinarian for diagnosis and treatment.
Karen V. Stefanini
Lovers of parrot family birds should start to demand that pet stores instruct future owners on basics of bird care such as avoiding teflon and other hazards. I am heartbroken as my beloved Thumbelina, 6 yr old peachfaced lovebird yellow with red eyes, featured in her memorial album "Thumbelina's Story in Photos 2003-2006) on Webshots passed away after laying an egg and coincidentally two days after I had placed a top rated powerful ionizing air cleaner across from her cage. Although they are thought to be safe with birds, I have recently read that people have reported their birds dying after exposure to these cleaners. It is controversial as some birds aren't adversely affected by it I gather, but just to be on the safe side I think bird owners should stick to hepa air cleaners. Ozone is considered hazardous by the EPA for people also.
In the lutino pair, the girl is the red color and the male is the yellowish color.