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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Michelle Baxter - 2010-12-11
I was wondering now that my Peach faced love birds are breeding... do you clean their nests? I couldn't YouTube this and now it has me curious. If I am supposed to, what are the steps? Where do I place the eggs? Do they go on the cage floor? Help! Oh and the female orange one is named Naruto and the red faced male is named Sakura. Naruto was supposed to be a boy originally. I can't help but name them after my fave anime. From,

Naruto Fan

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Please and thank you. Happy Hollidays and God Bless.

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  • gina - 2011-05-14
    NEVER touch the eggs! Your birds may lose interest in them. Do not clean the nest until the babies have hatched and left the nest. Hope that helps!
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gina - 2011-05-14
I have a 9 month old lovebird. I don't know if it's male or female. I want to get another as a companion. Does it matter what sex I buy? Can you have 2 males or 2 females without causing fights? Thanks!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-15
    It doesn't make a difference. They are social creatures and enjoy friends and mates.
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Suzanne - 2010-12-01
I need some help, I have a 3 yr old male peach face who is pulling feathers from the base of his body & tail, I have tried spray for mites, this doesn't seem to be the problem. He makes a dreadful noise when doing this. I just don't know what to do, can anyone help? Thanks.

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  • Amy Kay - 2011-03-20
    My Peach-faced Lovebird is 2 & 1/2 and he does the exactly the same thing as yours. I had to bring him to the vet over and over and finally we had to put a clear hard plastic bubble collar on him. He lives with it but I have to take it off every couple weeks and let him preen the feathers that have been under the collar and then pay the vet to put the collar back on. I can't do it myself cause it takes two people and they have to make sure his neck is fully extended to put it on. I don't know how to do that. I do know that I can't afford it every two weeks, but have to do it. So, that is my current problem because every time we leave his collar off, he picks at this one spot on his back and makes it bleed and screeches because it hurts when he picks at it. He also pulls feathers out from his chest, tail, and wings, but just a little bit. The vet says lovebirds are known for feather destruction and skin mutilation because they don't have thier mate to help preen so they over do it, I guess. here is a website that has a picture of the collar we use for our bird: http://www.aviancollar.com/
    We tried the cone collar, the one that looks like the collar they put on dogs, but he kept tripping over the front of it and almost falling off my shoulder. Not good. and he could still reach his wound if they cut the cone collar any shorter so he wouldn't trip or fall. So, I'd suggest not using that kind. My bird wears the bubble collar like it's part of him. Sorry for the really long response. I just wish my bird didn't pick at himself and want to help him and yours if possible.
  • karen - 2011-03-26
    You need to give them more attention, try talking to them all the time, play music when you are not at home. Get them a bath tub with mirror in it, spray them with luke warm water. Treat them like a new baby. Love them.
  • gina - 2011-05-14
    Many lovebirds do perfectly well with only the companionship of humans, but others do not. If you do not want your bird to pluck his feathers, the only other solution is to adopt another lovebird as a companion. This helped my baby..hope it helps you too!
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Destiny - 2011-05-05
My peach faced lovebird just died yesterday, and i took AMAZING care of her. She was a single bird. I never got her a mate. But I had her for almost 2 years. When she died, I noticed something under her, it was bloody and white. It was an egg, I dont understand how she got pregnant or what was going on. Someone please help. I have to bury her tommorow. What happened?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-06
    Females have eggs. All females produce eggs. Just because there was no mate, it doesn't mean that your little one didn't or couldn't have eggs. It sounds like she developed an egg but for whatever reason became egg bound and could not lay the egg. You didn't do anything to cause this. There is nothing you could have done to prevent it. It is hard, I know but this is not something you had any control over. I am sorry for your little friend.
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Ted - 2011-02-16
My pair of lovebirds hatched a single offspring. I have read that lovebirds do not do well alone, but the youngster is mature enough that friction seems to be developing between them. Should they be separated and what can be done with the only child?

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  • Sally Mansfield - 2011-02-20
    Before I start to tell you anything about my little babies. May I ask where you are as in which part of the country?
  • Z - 2011-04-13
    That Lovebirds don't do well alone is a complete myth - there's no reason why you shouldn't separate the youngster and his/her parents. What is true is that already bonded pairs should NOT be separated, and that if you have no time to spend with your Lovebird, you should probably get him/her a companion because they could otherwise get bored or lonely. However, these apply to any other type of parrot too, not just Lovebirds.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-14
    You can have 1 love bird in a cage. They aren't alone as they have a human for company. They make wonderful loving pets and do very well with a human companion.
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Deedee - 2011-03-30
My bird sat on the eggs for a couple of days. Now she has been playing around and ignoring the eggs. When I tried to pick up the eggs, she was protective. Does that mean she is not abandoning them and just taking a break? Help please!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-03-31
    I don't know if there is a pat answer to your question. I have had birds (caiques) that will lay 2 eggs and sit those two eggs but just for a couple of days and then stop and play. Then they go back and lay the additional eggs and finally settle down and sit all the eggs. Are they taking a sitting break? All the eggs hatched out and babies were fine. I have also had a pair of Panama Amazons and she would lay an egg and not bother to sit it at all till she laid the second egg and then she would sit both. I have also had pairs that decided to play volley ball with both eggs or totally ignore the fact they were there. In life, as with birds, there doesn't seem to be any hard fast rules. I hope she decides to do the mom thing for you. Is this her first clutch?
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Sal - 2009-04-20
Please help.. I've bought two love birds, they scream as soon as anyone in the kitchen speaks. If I walk past the cage or put my hand in there they go bonkers!! I'm at my wits end an my hubby ain't to happy either.... please help...

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  • Bec - 2011-02-19
    There is a book called The Lovebird Handbook you should check out. It even has a case study on screaming lovebirds. From memory two things the book said is that because lovebirds are flock animals that they will call out when they hear you and they just need you to reply, I'm here, or something like that because that's what would happen in the wild. The case study, however, said that it was giving the screams attention that kept the lovebirds screaming and that the guy whose lovebirds kept screaming just had to ignore it for a couple a months and make sure to never give them attention when they screamed and eventually the bird stopped screaming. Good luck, sorry I know that's two completely different answers : )
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corrina - 2008-11-05
I have a lovebird and have tried to tame it. But it is very agressive. I do let it out often and it just flys and sits on your head, but won't let you come near it to feed it or touch it. I have thought about getting another bird for company but am worried that it will attack the other one. I cannot change food/water or toys without the bird lunging for my fingers with its beak.

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  • Barb Hall - 2010-02-17
    I have a peach faced love bird that sounds just like yours. He is very fun and does hilarious things but wants his own way and wants to rule the whole house. Have you figured out how to tame him down. You can't leave exposed skin to him or he will bite you. I've thought about getting another one to keep him company but am afraid I would have 2 terrors on my hands.
  • Anonymous - 2010-02-21
    Hey, I don't have a lovebird, but I have a budgie that sounds like that. She is very annoying and I can't get her to shut-up. Really, unless she is eating or she is sleeping she is never quiet. So me and my mom got her out to clip her wings so that she can't fly and she almost drew blood from me!
  • Vicki Walters - 2010-02-26
    I have a peach faced love bird that I purchases 2 years ago from a pet store. He was not hand raised or tame. I got him because I loved his spirit. It takes time to earn the trust of a love bird. I have taken the time to spend with him and although I never thought we would be where we are now we are best friends. I have a small bedroom that his cage is in and I close all doors and close all curtains and let him out every night. He appreciates it and now of course expects it. He climbs all over me now. Even though he is still scared of my hands he will sit on my hand. I think within another year he will let me place my hand in front of him and climb on. He is a joy. Sometimes he nibbles and sometimes a little hard but I believe he means it to be loving a lot of the time. He gives me kisses.
    All I can say is to spend time with your bird and do not rush it. I started by eating dinner in the room with him out every night and placing some food that I thought he would like; such as, corn or green beans on the TV tray and he would land on the tray and eat when I was eating.
  • l-girl - 2010-03-20
    Sounds like territorial behavior and yes if you put another bird in his cage she (actually you probably have a female they tend to be more aggressive and territorial) will attack and could even kill it. That she is setting on you at all means she isn't too afraid of you. I never really had this problem with my bird so I can't help you with now to tame it but gloves will protect your hands some.
  • Anonymous - 2010-07-12
    Lovebirds I've always heard should be kept in pairs. Have your vet sex check the bird and get another good luck..
  • Mollie - 2010-08-29
    Have you tried to train it with a stick, I have used chop sticks & and we have one of our birds eating out of our hands. Comunication is very important & also I would never ever have just one bird, they need their own for company. We now have six; 2 peach faced, 2 masked & and 2 pied faced. They are all very different & all have different personalities.
  • \'\'Caitlin\'\' - 2010-08-30
    ''Hello Corrina, I have two Peach faced lovebirds too and I am 11. When I go to pick them up they both flap around in their cage and when I eventually pick them up they fly around my bedroom and you have to corner them to get them.''
  • sue showen - 2010-10-28
    my bird was the same way. I put on a pair of gloves to hold him and as he tried biting me I simply tweeked his beak till he stopped. other times I gently grasped onto his beak with two fingers and gently pulled on a downward stroke like preening. soon I was able to let him sit on my shoulder,he likes crawling inside my shirt pocket. Don't wear expensive jewelry while you're doing this because they have strong beaks and have damaged some of my gold pieces.
  • Daniel Penner - 2011-01-14
    I understand how frustrating it can be to have a lovebird that is flighty and bites. I have a peach-face and he was the same, but I was relentless and it payed off. The first thing you need to do is get a pair of heavy leather gloves, then you need to catch him and hold him for extended lengths of time- petting and talking to him to calm and reassure him. I found that bathing by hand every couple of days also helps. After about a week or so my bird was hand tame, and I can pet him and he is willing to step onto my fingers.
  • ASHWINI.R - 2011-02-14
    They are from wild, be patient, love your bird like a baby for the the fullest! Things will change with time.
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shelley - 2011-01-10
Back again. Baby number 2 is out of nest, unfortunately it has a crooked leg, hence its new name "Pegleg". he seems to not be able to perch and has spent the day latched to side of cage claws and beak. I have taken him out into a little cage. Was this the right thing to do?

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shelley - 2011-01-08
Hi, I have a pair named Rosie and Claude who have had two chicks, one is out the other just starting. From my observations it is Claude who is continually building and rebuilding the nest. He also predominantly tends to the chicks too.
I have just read that the female usually does all this, but my girl goes out of her way to pull all the twigs out of his back feathers. I have to say he gets really mad. Has anyone got a similar story?

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