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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jenny - 2012-03-04
Hi we have an aviary with twelve peach faced lovebirds. At the moment we have two babies hatched a week ago. I would like to hand feed them but never done this before. I have just read in one of your replies that this can be done from a spoon, how old do they have to be to do it this way? I'm a bit worried about using a syringe and don't have anyone here to show me the right way to do it, also interesting to hear that baby food can be used.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-04
    You purchase a parrot formula (I like Zupreme) at the pet store and follow the directions with the formula. Human baby food is used to add a little treat or to add flavor to the formula as they get fussy as they start to wean - not as the whole diet. You can use a spoon and all you do is just LAY the formula onto the babies tongue and wait for the baby to swallow. You lay just a little formula on at a time - just enough for them to swallow. You feed until the crop feels like a wet cotton ball. You feed again when the crop is empty. There are directions on the back of the formula. With a syringe - some folks just squirt the formula down and sometiomes aspirate the baby. I again will lay the formula in the babies mouth and allow them to swallow. I use feeding as attention and petting time as well as feeding time. How old - love birds are very little - tiny. I would wait until they are 3 weeks old.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-04
    There are several videos of hand feeding baby parrots on U Tube which would be helpful.
    Just go to U Tube and search hand feeding parrots and the videos come up. I'd send a link but there were many. Most use a syringe but if your comfortable with a spoon - use a spoon. Just don't 'Squirt' or force feed - allow them to swallow.
  • jenny - 2012-03-09
    Thankyou very much for your help, i will have a look on you-tube!i think a spoon would be the best way for me, we live in Spain and don't have an avian vet in the town.
claire - 2012-02-01
I had 2 baby peachfaced lovebirds and the male died any idea why this was? He was only 3yrs old :(

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-01
    Sometimes things just die much younger than expected whether a parrot, a pup or a human. It is sad. Could have been a genetic defect, or he could have gotten into something toxic. I am sorry but it could happen for absolutely no reason at all.
milad zurub - 2012-01-10
I think they are a female and a male coz I saw on of them hoping on the back of the other and having sex it layed 5 eggs today. I found two on the bottom of the cage and I put them back and it sit on them I did the right thing or what I think they fell of the nesting box or did she put them out n y ??

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-10
    Yes, you did the right thing. Frequently a young inexperienced female will lay the eggs 'off the perch'. In other words, she thinks she has to go to the bathroom but instead an egg is laid. Sometimes they just don't know where to lay them and will do something like lay the egg in their food bowl. Just put them in the nest for them and they will get the hang of it.
  • milad zurub - 2012-01-12
    I have another cupel they layed 5 eggs and only one hatched it has been 3 days now might the others might hatch or no they all hatch at the same day ?? 10 x a lot 4 your help can I get your e-maile or facebook :D 10x a lot mu face.. And e-mail
  • heather - 2012-01-30
    Hi I have a set of love birds one green/ red the other yellow blue the female laid 3 eggs I'm not sure how many they lay we have been told it takes them 14 days from the day she laid them. They could hatch if there good eggs. She is in her own cage with her eggs the mate is next to her in another large cage they seem to be fine they are chirping like crazy i would like to know how long to keep the babys with the mother and should they be put in the same large cage together once there ready to be moved. Also how can we tell if they are females and male when they are small like that i would appreceate any info on love birds you may have yours truly heather
jean saad - 2012-01-28
If I wana hand feed my babys at what hours should I feed them ?? Do I have to feed them @ night ?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-28
    I would wait till they open their eyes :-) about ten days old or even fifteen days old. You would be feeding them about every four hours or when the crop is empty. Your last feeding would be before you went to bed and then again as soon as you get up but not greater than six to seven hours initially.
milad zurub - 2012-01-27
I have a luton couple the female is laying eggs and they disappear and I have other couple green I am not sure about the male and the female is laying 5 eggs so I decided to put the lution male with the green female they r fighting do u think that is a right choice ?? Will they keep on fighting ?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-27
    Not real sure I understand but why did you not leave the pair together? The female on eggs will do everything to protect the nest from an intruder.
  • milad zurub - 2012-01-27
    I did not leave the pairs coz the green female is very good and its male I am not sure if he is filtering the female n the yellow male I sow him filtering the female and it layed one egg and did not hatched there is something wrong with her so I put the good male with the good female will the tame to each other or will they keep on fighting ? Or should I put the paris as they were ?
Anita - 2012-01-22
I just brought home a peached faced lutino today. I think so anyway. That's what the mom was and this bird is a bright yellow with rosy cheeks and little red on top of her head. Not all its feathers are in, but the longest wing feathers are lighter yellow and the tail has hints of, almost striped green blue and red. Just a hint though. What do you think?

Should I get another one? If so, it would be a Dutch blue with greenish blue body and a grayish head. If they end up being a pair, would all their babies be mutations of peached faced lovebirds or would I just increase the likelihood of getting babies with that mutation?

My concerns about bird number 2 is that they'll bond and never tame up to me. The baby I have now is quite tame and already moves her neck for me to scratch and falls asleep cuddled to me in no time. I know they'll be considerably louder with both, and that's fine. I have a huge cage in a sunroom that can be closed off and the birds can still see the family and activity in the house.

My concern wit having just one is that it would be lonely and depressed.

Help. I have to let the breeder know tomorrow.


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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-01-22
    It sounds like a great little lovebird! Regarding getting a second bird or not, usually I would suggest yes. But it is really the answer to one major question, are you willing to be a constant companion to this bird. Their socialization need is such that they need attention, preening, petting, and interacting most of the time. That's why they really do best with another lovebird.

    I have known a lady who had just one, and they had a wonderful relationship. But she did everything (and I mean everything!) with it... hung out with it on her shoulder, hand, couch...took naps together, ate together, read together, everything. Her bird did not get depressed, but that's the type of interaction they need, and they live for quite a few years.
  • Anita - 2012-01-23
    Very insightful. Seems like I have lots of thinking to do. I'm delighted that I can still hand feed some!!! I sure wish I could send you some pics of her. She has quite a bit of blue red then green in her tail and her eyes aren't red.
  • Anita - 2012-01-23
    But will I be able to tame them if there are two of them? They were not handfed but aren't fully feathered and the one I have was definitely exposed to human contact.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-23
    If they aren't even completely feathered in yet, I would hand feed them. You can hand feed them with a spoon and baby food slightly warmed from a jar. Yep, the regular old kind you buy in the grocery store. You don't have to and you do not want to stuff them as they are eating on their own but just a little extra will help them bond to you and you to them. Apricots and applesauce were the two favorites mine always liked the best. I would put a little on my finger from the spoon and then let them eat from the spoon. Remember the spoon is a big shiny object to be afraid of so just go slow. Once they taste the 'good stuff' they usually very quickly overcome objections. Yes, you can have two tame lovebirds. You can have two lovebirds that you just watch and enjoy or you can have two that you can watch and enjoy when they are nesting and play with the other part of the year. They all get hormonal in the spring anyway. My daughter has 4 and they have babies and she can play, hug, hold all 4 of them. She does hand feed the babies. She even used to take them to work with her. If you provide the love and attention - you are just part of their flock especially if you are well trained by them. Now you can also just have 1 lovebird but they are very social beings and they want preening and attention. Loud - doesn't bother me and they aren't really loud. Mutation - that's genetics. You take brown eyed human and breed with a blue eyed - you will probably brown eyes as dominant. However, you can get blue eyes or a combination. Same thing with birds. What is the dominant gene and do they both have it or does just one have it. Guess you will just have to wait and see on that one. You'll have to wait and see on several cluches too.
  • Anita - 2012-01-25
    I'm going to pick up a little friend for Daisy this afternoon! I figured that her happiness was more important than my having a little friend all to myself. I'm just praying that she'll remain tame. I had a parakeet at one time and when my sister got one and put it at the other end of the house, they heard each other and it was never really the same.

    I wish I could send you some photos of Daisy. She looks lutino, there is a lot of blue and green on her back and even some red. Her eyes aren't red either. I'm not interested in having a bird conform to any standards as she's just a pet, but I am curious and interested in genetics.
  • Anita - 2012-01-25
    Here are some pictures of Daisy:
milad zurub - 2011-12-21
I have 2 peach faced I don't know if they are a female and a male. I saw them both putting nesting materials in there back but one of the carries more and it built a nest and today it layed an egg. I did not see the having it but they feed each other in the mouth and the other act more like a male might it layed an infertile egg ??or are they a couple??

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-21
    The only way to know for 100% the sex is through DNA sexing. However, visually is usually about 90% accurate. The males head is flatter than the females. The females head is a smoothe curve from the eye area up across the head to the neck. The males head is flatter and a slight ridge as you go toward the neck. Both sexes help build a nest and both sexes will incubate. Usually the male feeds the female. The female will not fully start sitting (incubating the eggs) 100% untill the last egg is laid. Whether the eggs are fertile or not - you can try candling in about 10 days. However, usually the first clutch is a freebie - in other words not fertile. Takes the birds a couple of clutches to actually know what they are doing. If the eggs hatch - you know you have a couple. If they don't, however, you may still have a couple - just inexperienced. Good luck and enjoy.
  • milad zurub - 2012-01-09
    I think they r a female n a male coz I saw on of them hoping on the back of the other n having sex it layed 5 eggs today I found two on the bottom of the cage and I put them back and it sit on them I did the right thing or what I think they fell of the nesting box or did she put them out n y ??
Anna Rega of Virginia - 2011-11-15
I was given a peachface about 3 yrs ago. I fell in love with him with in days of having him and I still love him. He is the boss of the house and he knows it.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-17
    A parrot trains their human with such love and kindness that we don't realize we have been trained. Just enjoy your litttle fella - they are wonderful.
Crystal - 2011-10-24
I have a peached faced lovebird and a blue masked lovebird that are mates and have just had some eggs. I JUST read that your not suppposed to pair these two up. Are their eggs not going to be fertile? Please help I hope I didn't set them up for failure :(

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-24
    You are fine and they are happy so don't worry. Many people feel that birds - or any pet/companion/animal should never be cross bred. It is a belief. They state that in the wild (or under natural circumstances because of geography) it would not happen. Richard Shubot owned ARBC and was a major aviculturist and let birds fly free. They do cross breed. Love birds cross breed but some folks don't like it as they want the breed to remain pure.
    Second paragraph - your lovebirds are new at this as I take it. Many breeders would tell you that the first couple of clutches are for free. In other words, maybe mom and dad will know what to do and maybe they won't. Maybe they will accidently break the eggs, Maybe mom knows how to sit and feed or maybe she gets confused. It is a learning process and sometimes they get it right first time but sometimes not. So enjoy, relax and keep your fingers crossed but if the eggs aren't fertile or don't hatch - don't be discouraged. A suggestion is to place a little perch by the nest box so they have someplace to sit and go in and out of the box so they don't break eggs accidentally.
Maria - 2011-10-13
I recently aquired a female lovebird as a friend for my little one. Both are peach faced, one is green with blue tail and black tipped wings, the other is yellow. The yellow one (female) is very aggresive, and bites. I've had her for 2 weeks now, showered her with attention etc. but she still bites, and she bites the little green one too. How do I go about to let them become friends, or even to 'bond'?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-13
    It isn't unusual that a female will pick on a fella -- just give them some time and let them be. They will probably work out who is boss and when. If you want them to 'bond' you don't necessarily have to try and bond with the female. Maybe she was hand fed - maybe not and you can just take her to neutral territory and start feeding her with yiour hand and tame her. However, if you want them to bond and have babies - then just keep one oof the babies for a pet instead.