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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Tina - 2012-05-31
I have a peach faced lovebird that is 17 years old. He has always flown but is now having trouble flying and winds up on the floor. He then calls to me and I come and take him to one of his many perches. So, how do you know when a bird has come to the end of his life? Do people put birds to sleep like I did with my dog with cancer? I don't want him to die and fall off his perch. I am home 24/7 as I telecommute, but in July I am leaving for 2 weeks. My husband is here until early afternoon but I have no one for the evening.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-31
    The life expectancy for a lovebird is between 15 - 20 years so yes, your little peach face is getting older. However, because he is older and possibly having problems flying - he is still perky as he is still trying to fly. He knows to call you and you will come get him. Think of an older human with arthritis - they can't jump rope anymore but they can laugh and play and watch TV. Your little one can play and be with you and pretend he is younger. When you are out, I would keep his cage door closed but I sure wouldn't worry about putting him to sleep. Maybe his eyesight isn't as good as it used to be and he isn't sure where he is flying. Could be any number of reasons but he just older.
  • Tina - 2012-06-01
    Thank you so much for the quick reply. Maui is a wonderful bird and I will value my time with him. I will follow your recommendation and tell my husband to close the door to his house (we never call it a cage!) when he leaves for work. The last time I left him, I was gone for a month and he 'snubbed' me for two days so I would know how upset he was.
GLORIA - 2012-05-26
I have got 2 love birds but 1 seems to peck the other 1 on head and it's looking bald. What do i do?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-26
    There isn't anything I know of that you can do. The male will often OVERPREEN the female in courtship. Possibly once she is interested, the overpreening will stop.
Joseph Freitas - 2012-05-24
My Girlfriend and I found a rose-faced lovebird and as no one has come to claim the poor thing, we are planning on keeping him/her , but we know little about them. I see most of the information here, however I haven't seen anything about sleeping habits such as when to cover the cage, whether or not we SHOULD cover the cage, etc. Also, it appears as though his/her wings are clipped. Should this be something to be concerned about?

Holly - 2012-04-28
I have had my lovebird since a baby, and he will be 13 this October.
For the past month or so, when sitting on me, he has started to chew holes in
my cotton t-shirts. It almost looks like he's eating the fabric, and shreds the necklines.
Why this new, strange behaviour?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-28
    It is pretty normal. I thought all bird people had bird t-shirts - that is t-shirts with the little holes in them that the bird chewed out. I have no idea why he waited 13 years before starting this. He just likes you.........
milad zurub - 2012-04-17
My peached faced has been laying eggs but they dissapear. She layed 2 egges one of them is smaler then the other but she is sitting on them.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-17
    Well it is good that she is sitting on them - Is there a male? Regardless, let her sit the eggs for 25 days or so. You can check to see if they are fertile but let her sit them regardless for 25 days or so. We don't want her continuously laying eggs and possibly running a calcium dificiency. It is OK that the eggs are different sizes, unusual and probably one isn't fertile or a double yolk.
Rosalie Lopez - 2012-04-16
Hi, I recently bought 2 peach faced lovebirds (one male one female) and a cockatiel. The two lovebirds are gorgeous and in a healthy condition, however they do not like when anyone comes near them or there cage!! I dont understand why this is? I know they are territorial but they just don't like people and they will bite and flap their wings if anyone is near them. How do I train them to become social like they could be? On the otherhand the cockatiel is very social and she is almost mature enough to begin mating with our other cockatiel.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-16
    Paired birds are going to bond with each other. They are going to be territorial and it is their way of protecing their nest. They become very territorial and way protective and will fight off anything that comes near when they are getting ready to breed. I doubt there is much you can do about it. If they were pets - real attached pets before they bonded, possibly they would go back to being pets after breeding but these two were paired when you got them.
Giselle - 2012-04-08
I have a pair of peach-faced lovebirds who laid six eggs within a weeks time in February. The eggs have not hatched to date but they started mating again last week and there are 2 additional eggs. I don't know which are the new eggs. What should I do?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-08
    Lovebirds will generally have 4 - 5 eggs in a clutch and the eggs will hatch around 20 - 23 days from when they are laid. Obviously the first eggs are not fertile. This is pretty normal as it takes a pair a time or two to figure out how and what to do. Now you have two new eggs and possibly more coming and you don't know the difference between the original eggs and the new eggs. Best if you had removed the first eggs after the 25 days but ahhh no big deal. I would just leave all the eggs alone for now. In about 14 days you will be able to candle the eggs and see if any are fertile. Take an egg and go into a dark room (bathroom is fine) and shine a flashilight up into the egg. A fertile egg will have veins in it. You will be able to see something other than just yolk. OK? Throw the infertile eggs out. However, if they are all infertile - let her have them for around another 10 days and then throw them out. Reason is - if she wants to have babies, she would try again to lay eggs and possibly run into a calcium dficiency so let her sit the eggs for 23 - 25 days and then toss them. Usually they are pretty bored with them by then anyway.
jenny - 2012-03-27
Hi, I wrote a message a few weeks ago about feeding my lovebird babies. I am now doing this and so far things are ok, but I am putting them back in the nest box with the parents. Is this ok to do?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-27
    Yes, it is OK. Frequently parrots will not let you help them with feeding. However, many parrot parents are grateful and see you as part of the flock and know you won't hurt them. I'd watch if there is any sign of agression on mom or dads part and if not - enjoy. I have done it also with conures.
Raja - 2012-03-24
Hello. I was wondering if anyone can explain my roseicollis behaviour. We do not know what gender it has, but we talk to him like a boy. We called him Pluma, meaning feather. We got him when he was just 6 weeks old, we have been having him for almost 2 months now. We never had a cage for him up until 2 days ago. When we take him out of the cage he runs or walks around freely always trying to knibble on your feet or climb up ur dress or pants. We find it very adorable, but the weird thing to us is when we try to pick him up he runs away. But if i wiggle my feet he runs towards them and bows his head so I can pet his head and back with my feet. Is this behaviour normal??

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-24
    Just playing. Normal.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-24
    If you want to hold and play with a parrot, then purchase one you can handle, hol, cuddle with when you purchase it. Why sould it be different than purchasing a puppy or kitten. A person normally would not purchase a pup they cannothold. So purchase one that youcanhold and cuddle, a hand fed baby from a rekiable breeder. If you wish a friend for your lovebird, try another lovebird.
  • Raja - 2012-03-24
    WHy won't he let me pick him up? We want to get him a little friend. What do you recommend? Get another roseicolli or a Fischer, nigrigenis or just another lovebird of some kind? What age is the best you think?
Loxie Kees - 2012-03-21
We received a pair of peach faced lovebirds several days ago. We were under the impression that they had been hand raised, they were hatched early January this year. Later we we find out that they were handled little and very early in beginning. So now they are very skiddish towards both my husband and myself. We love them very much and find them quite amusing. We are just at a loss as to how to get them to trust us and not be so afraid of us. Any and all help would be appreciated. Also kind of confused as to what to feed them, it's very important to me to make sure that they get a good diet. Thank you in advance. Sincerely Loxie Kees

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-21
    If they were hatrched in January and hand fed they would just have been weaned. They would be tame enough to just pick up and hold and cuddle. They will become more trusting of you the longer they are around you. Love birds breed fairly young and so they pair bond very young. They will pair bond with each other more than they will with you. You might as well just enjoy them as a pair and let them get used to you. Try giving them little treats with your hand and talking to them. There are good seed mixes for love birds and pellets also. I would use a combination of both plus anything nutricious you eat. They love millet.