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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Judy Crane - 2011-05-20
My Lovebird takes the seed with water, and pacts it on top of a soft small fuzzy tent that he hides in sometimes. He lost his mate a few months ago. She was a parakeet and she had 3 eggs. After she laid them she just died. I have never seen my bird do the this before. I don't think it is grief because he acts just like he always did. Except for packing that nasty seed all over his fuzzy. Any ideas?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-21
    One thing that does make a little sense to me is your lovebird is (in his mind) thinking he is feeding the parakeet. So it isn't grief but replacement. The tent is a soft fuzzy thing and the two birds probably sat together so he is feeding the soft fuzzy thing. Sometimes birds do nutty things for no apparent reason but this sorta makes some sense to me. Lovebirds like to be in pairs - many birds do so maybe some extra attention or another lovebird?
Kristi - 2010-03-17
Our bird's beak is growing out of control, its almost touching his chest. Can I clip it or sand it down, is there a "Quick" like a fingernail, how do i know how far it can be trimmed and what is the best way to do it. He has a cuttle bone in his cage but it is obviously not enough.

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  • gina - 2011-05-15
    Take her to a bird groomer. Also, sometimes a flavored cuttle bone is more attractive to lovebirds..mine will ONLY use the banana flavored ones.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-16
    You can take her to the vet or bird groomer. The concrete/sandy sorta perches for birds that rim their nails, they can also use to trim their beaks. Place the concrete/sandy perch as the top most perch in the cage. Birds usually sleep on the top most perch and that will keep their nails trimmed and they will normally file their own beaks by chewing on it. If your little guys beak is almost to his chest, I think it will need to be filed. It is fast. Doesn't hurt them but they don't like it. Sorta like clipping an infant babies toe nails. They can holler.
Kate - 2010-06-06
My female lovebird, ( A prolific breeder) has just laid another egg in the last 2 days. Tonight she is holding onto the bars of the cage as if she cannot walk unaided. Is there a chance she's egg-bound, and, how do I tell?

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  • Gillian - 2010-06-19
    One of my lovebirds is doing the same, her feathers are all fluffed up as well. I've only had one egg before and that was 8 months ago, and she completely ignored it. Have you had any replies if so what did they suggest I don't know what to do to help her.
  • gina - 2011-05-15
    Have her sit in luke-warm water. If that doesn't help, take her to the vet ASAP or she may die.
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,

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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!
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.
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:
    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!
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.
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.
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?
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 : )