Animal Stories - Peach-faced Lovebird

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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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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
Joy Barnes - 2012-10-23
I have had my 2 peach faced lovebirds for 5 years and never had any problems with them but over the last 3 months one of my love birds has lost most of its feathers on its chest and under its wings can anyone give me some advice?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-23
    Now is the time of year where the birds are just finishing up their major molt so possibly it has something to do with that.  The new feathers coming in are prickly and itchy and sometimes they just get in a bad habit of pulling out too many.  Sometimes it is just plucking.  I would give him paper towel or toilet paper rolls to chew on.  I'd put in cash register tapes (you can get them at Staples and really cheap) and just hang in the cage.  They unroll the tapes and chew them up into little pieces.  Any toys for him to chew on and destroy.  I'd also bathe (spritz) him down really good with aloe bird bath.  It would even be good to put the cage in front of the TV for them to watch cartoons.  Just try more toys and more entertainment and more bathing.
  • Joy Barnes - 2012-10-24
    Where would I get the bird aloe bath from go look today at pets at home and thank you very much for your help love my birds and worry about them thank you
  • DeNisa D A Howe - 2013-01-16
    take it to the vet
DeNisa D A Howe - 2013-01-16
I have two love birds. The female lifts her wings and wants to mate but the male starts fighting with her. They live in seperate cages, what can I do to help thm bond?

Kerriann - 2013-01-02
my peachfaced lovebirds had 4-5 eggs pushed 2 out sat on the remaining 2-3 well past there due date we r not sure if there was 3 in there or not we was sure there was only 2 needless to say we r about to rid of the 2 n noticed 3 what do we do?

Mansoor Ahmed - 2012-12-15
I have one pair of lutino lovebirds. they had 5 eggs after completion of incubation period when I broke the eggs chicks are died in the eggs. What is the problem.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-15
    Sorry for your loss>  What were the conditions of the incubation?
K - 2012-12-06
I have recently purchased a baby lovebird, she is wonderful. She loves to be snuggled and ride with me on my shoulder. Every time I come up to the cage to talk to her she comes right up to me and wants to get out. She was scared of hands ever since I got her because she was always grabbed out of the cage to be hand fed, I was told when I asked about her fear. I'm trying to train her in her cage by showing her my hands are friendly, however she is sad and wants to climb out of the cage and be with me again. Do you know how I can train her to be trusting of my hands and transported by my finger, yet while giving her the attention she needs so she does not become depressed.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-07
    If she had been hand fed properly - she wouldn't be hand shy.  She was either not hand fed or she was tube fed.  When you hand feed, you pet, your touch, you love and hold so they are as tame as can be.  Let's go from there.  Your arm sticks out and a hand looks like a King Kong hand coming into your bedroom at night.  Let's instead go into a small room (where she can't just fly around) and sit down with her on the floor.  Put toys on the floor along with treats and see if you can just put her on the floor.  Lay your hand on the floor and let her get used to it.  Just let your hand stay palm up on the floor holding a treat.  Do this and it might take a couple of weeks but eventually she will get used to your hand and you should be able to have her just step up.  Another suggestion is when she is on your shoulder just put your hand on your chest and inch it a little closer to your shoulder with a treat.  Just a little closer each day.  Let me know - OK?
  • K - 2012-12-08
    Thank you so much for your advice it sounds very hopeful! I'm anxious to see how it will do for her. I am puzzled however at how I should get her out of the cage to practice with her in the training area like you suggested. If she is scared of my hand already I don't want to make her more afraid and mistrusting by grabbing her or something. Do you have any advice on how I can get her out to train her without scaring her more?
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-08
    I thought you could just wait till she was on your shoulder and walk into the bathrrom or a small room.  I figured with toys/treats in your lap she would climb on down.  OK  if that isn't a good idea just take the whole cage into the bathroom or just a small room and then put it on the floor and open the door. 
  • K - 2012-12-08
    Thank you for all your help, and for such a helpful website.
cathy - 2012-11-10
Thanks so much for your help. I will continue to use the grt website.