Animal Stories - Peach-faced Lovebird

Animal-World Information about: Peach-faced Lovebird

   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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Isela - 2013-05-19
My peach face lovebirds will be parents soon and I heard that you can feed the chicks baby food? Is this true? What kind? This is all new to me HELP !!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-20
    There is baby bird handfeeding formula, I've used Kaytee and it is great. However the parents are usually really good parents. It isn't usually necessary to hand feed the babies unless the parents are inexperienced and not able to do the job. To handfeed, there are many things that can go wrong. Besides having the right food, it takes a rigorous schedule and having an experienced person show how to do it is really important.
  • Anonymous - 2013-08-29
    Yeah kaytee is great. At rural king ohio (rko) you can get nozzles or syringes.
Rodriguez Paulina - 2011-10-26
I have a Peach faced lovebird and she just laid three eggs but I don't have a male bird. Is the male bird the one that has to sit on the eggs or does she? Because she is not sitting on them.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-26
    They usually lay 4 - 5 eggs and won't sit them until all the eggs are laid. The eggs are obviously infertile but don't just remove them. She will just lay more eggs and run into a possible calcium shortage. Let her sit the eggs if she wants for the 20 days or so and then just toss them out. But let her sit them for the 3 weeks if she wants.
  • KAthy - 2013-08-18
    Both male and female. Male feeds female too. My female has 3 eggs too.
karthi das - 2013-06-19
My love bird laid eggs 30 days before but they didnt hatched, it has the cluster of 4 eggs.... now she leave that eggs and tries to lay new ones in another nest box.... then what will happens to the old eggs?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-21
    You could try candling the eggs to see if they are fertile. If they are, then you can pull them and incubate them yourself. However, because she is ignoring them, my guess is they are not fertile and you should just toss them.
  • abhi - 2013-06-22 opinion is that...remove previous eggs if not fertile...and remove next box also. And give her break and rest otherwise she will have a problem of 'eggs binding'. Does she has a male partner? ....
  • abhi - 2013-06-23
    no old one will not hatch...better you must give her break and rest from new clutch to avoid egg binding problem ..
Anna Rega of Virginia - 2011-07-11
Some friends grew tired of their lovebird, and offered him to me, first week of December 2009. His name is Rainbow and they said he was appox 5yrs old. I wasn't sure what to do with him, knowing very little about LoveBirds. I knew he had lived in a small cage for most of those 5yrs. He was always very quiet in his former owners house. Today! Rainbow (aka) Rambo is sitting on my shoulder. He is the "ruler of my home". He is my loyal companion and "my boss". He has bitten my daughter and grandkids as how dare they sit on his couches next to me his queen!(when family visits I place him in his cage, safe for everyone) I open his cage door first thing in the morning and he flys to his *hat* does his little male bird eek eek and then he comes to me. From drinking water from my hand to taking shower/baths with me...falling into the washing mechine ...flying off my shoulder on my front porch to the wide blue yander and then coming back to my head (I almost had heartfailure) to bitting my lip and flapping his wings in my face when I try to nap. He steps up on my hand when it's time for him to go nite nite. He has even put himself to bed when I was on the computer too long. I love this little, funny and demanding bird. What a gift from God he was.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-11
    The right bird with the right owner is a wonderous thing. I so wish more would/could have the experience.
  • karen kopchak - 2013-05-12
    I adopted Ziggy, now 2yrs old from my daughter. He is just like your Rambo. I accidently knocked him into the dryer while getting clothes and he now flies into the refridgerator. Got pictures! And he is a cuddler. The not-so-nice behavior her exhibits also. Little stinker gave me a fat lip from a nip. Try telling yours friends that one. He also likes to ride the oscillating fan in my room and the ceiling fan in my girlfriends house. I move, and he's on me in a flash. In many ways, Ziggy is like having a flying two year old in the house. Helping out my daughter turned out to be the gift that just keeps on giving.
  • joanie - 2013-05-17
    My Tweedy boy was the love of my life, my best friend gave him to me also in June 2009, for my Birthday. She said she thought he might be 4 or 5 years old. he took to me as if he knew me forever, We brushed our teeth and beak every morning, then we would have breakfast. Tweedy didn't care men to much, he'd give them a got bit, tweet's as I called him love the dogs if they bark he would try and do the same. He loved to play basket ball with his water bowels. we were enjoying then evening TV watching and play time, I put him to bed, I woke the next morning to find him with his rubber pet pup, he had passed away. MY heart is broken still don't know why he dead? I don't no if I should get another one I hurt so bad, don't want another to take his place or just get a different bird altogether? LOVED YOU TWEEDY SO MUCH. THANKS TO ALL FOR LISTENING TO ME GO ON.
jayashree - 2013-04-02
Hi, I'm going to get a grey cockatiel he is around 6 months old. Can I train and attach with him? Already I am having a 6 month old Alexandria. She came to me when she was 3 weeks. I hand fed her and she is very much attached with me and my family. Is it good to get a cockatiel or not? Or I have to go 4 Alex? Will Alex move with cockatiel? Expecting your responses.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-04-03
    Yes cockatiels are friendly and easy-to-tame birds. I am not sure if your Alexandrian will get along with a cockatiel. You may want to keep them separated for a while and see how they react to each other.
Lorraine - 2013-03-30
My son came home from work the other day and when he opened the front door to walk in, a peach-faced lovebird landed on his shoulder. We have it in a cage in a room, because we have 8 cats. I do rescue & fostering. I've been doing some reading up on these types of birds and have some concerns about him/her. He seems to be scratching around his neck a lot and will put his paw on top of his head to scratch also. I don't know if this is normal or not, but the end of his beak seems like a black color and he keeps rubbing it on things in the room. Tonight we bought him a banana flavored cuttle bone to see if that will help. The first 2 days he seemed to be okay, but tonight he seems very agitated. By this I mean that he just kept flying from one place to another squawking his head off. Even when we put him back in his cage around 9:00 p.m. he just can't seem to settle down. Should I be worried about this? We are waiting to see if someone will put a lost ad in the paper. If after a week, there is nothing, then we will have to place him somewhere else, because of the cats. They are upset that they can't go into the room that they are accustomed to. Any help will be greatly appreciated. I should also mention that he is friendly by coming on your shoulder and finger, but will try to bite now and then.

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  • Lorraine - 2013-04-01
    Wow, I just noticed the last post is from 2011 and nothing since. Well I guess I won't hold my breath waiting for a reply then. LOL!!!!!
  • Brian - 2013-04-01
    One of our birds recently had an allergic reaction to one of the toys we gave her. She scratched all over constantly like she felt bugs crawling all over her. She was flicking her wings a lot and it seemed she was standing on hot coals. Very agitated. Does this sound like what she is doing?
  • Lynnette - 2013-04-02
    Lorraine, The behavior sounds like a molting lovebird. Lovebirds can be moody but also can be the sweetest birds, When they are molting they are itchy and that will make them cranky. Try to see if the little guy will let you spritz him/her with a spray bottle of clean water. This dampens the feathers and helps them with preening. If the bird has been outside for some time (and I do not know where you are located) it can pick up mites (wild birds usually have them). That is another issue and an avian vet could check for that. (but that will cost, unless the vet will do it gratis and help you find a home for the little guy, should the owner not appear.)
Maryann - 2013-02-26
My husband just bought me a pair of peach faced lovebirds for my birthday. He asked for a male and female. I'm not sure of their age, but how can i tell when they're ready for nesting? We bought asoft 4x4 area that they can can hang out in. I don't believe it's a suitable nesting box. From what I'm reading, it says to buy 2 simialr nesting for sleeping and one for nesting. They use the sof furry one for sleeping, so can i just buy another box (not the same kind) for nesting? And being that they both have to be placed high in the cage, how do i keep the babies safe once they're born? I don't want them to fal and get hurt.

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  • Ernesto - 2013-02-27
    They are ready at six months, but you should wait until they are one year old. Let me know if you need help setting them up for breeding.
I have had two lovebirds for almost two years..they recently started getting into some really bad fights, and yesterday the male was sounded so badly that he died. Should I get another one right away, or will she accept another male? Right now she is running around the cage looking for him and calling for him. I talk to her with whistles and kisses, and she comes up and talks to me, but I canot handle her...

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-02-08
    Lovebirds do get lonely and often do better in pairs. What you could do is get another one and keep it in a separate cage. Put the cages next to each other so that they can get to know each other. This way they would each have a companion but you wouldn't have to worry about them getting into physical fights. Eventually you could try putting them together.
Carson - 2013-01-21
We bought 2 peach faced love birds about 2 weeks ago from a local pet store. Unsure about the sexes of the two but they seem to be affectionate. However both are very shy and when held they are aggressive. Also we just purchased a new cage for them with a nesting box, which one bird goes in the box and the other sits on top. Questions I have are, what can we do to make them not aggressive? Why does one bird go in the box and the other doesn't? Is getting a blood test the only way to determine the sexes?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-01-22
    My advice on taming them is patience. Little by little you will have to let them get used to you and just keep working with them. It can take a long time, especially if they are older. How old are they? The younger they are, the easier they are to tame and train. Here is a little bit on help in handling and training them: Handling and Training Lovebirds. My best theory as to why one goes in the box and the other does not is that either one is a female and using the box as her nesting area, or that they are acting territorial and one has claimed the box as their own.  It is difficult to sex lovebirds visually. Usually the female has a stockier build and will sit with her legs farther apart. Also females tails are more square and the males are more round. And if you see one of your birds building a nest it is most likely the female! Other than that your best bet would be to take your birds to the vet to have them sexed.

Nics MacKenzie - 2012-08-25
I just got my very 1st pair of peach faced lovebirds 2 days ago. They are 8-10 weeks old. Peaches+Harry. I'm in love with them already. They are both very scatty when I go near the cage, so I know there's a lot of training to be done. I've been giving them fruit+veg everyday, but they don't seem to be interested in them at all. They are eating seeds+drinking but I'm worried cause I know fruit+veg is a big part of there diet. I have a metal dish attached to the cage that I put it in..Any tips please..x

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-25
    Yes, many say that fruits and veggies are extrmemly important but sometimes birds just won't eat them.  I think if they see other birds do it - they are more inclined.  Try dicing up the fruit - into little pieces and putting a little honey on it.  You can also take the seed and then mix in some fruit and make it into a mash.  The problem with this is you should remove any unused food within two hours.  Take the peelings off - seriously.  Try little pieces right on top of the seed with honey on the fruit or peanut butter.  A little peanut butter on a small piece of apple. They are probably not eating it because they weren't introduced to it. 
  • DeNisa D A Howe - 2013-01-16
    Our love birds do not like frsh fruit or veggies but they do like popcorn non butter and no salt.. an we get them fruit pellets and pellets from veg at the pt store, they eat that very well. We also grown seedling gras for them an they adore it also. We have found they eat cookd vegies a bit better, esp if we are eating at the same time with them