Love birds have been kept as pets for over a century
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The only supplement that should be necessary if you are feeding your lovebird correctly is calcium. Calcium can usually be offered in the form of a cuttlebone or calcium treat that attaches to the inside of your bird’s cage. If you notice that your bird does not touch his cuttlebone or calcium treat, a powdered supplement such as packaged oyster shell can be added directly to your pet’s food. Follow the directions on the supplement package.
Lovebirds generally make great parents, and will vigorously resist attempts to check on or remove hatchlings. But if the young are left with their parents until they fledge, taming may be a long and ultimately unsuccessful prospect. Experienced keepers desiring human-bonded pets usually remove nestling Lovebirds at age 1-2 weeks, and hand-feed them. However, hand-rearing should not be attempted by novice breeders. Please post below for further information and references.
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Lovebirds as Pets - Beauty of Birds
Of all the lovebird species, the Fischer's Lovebird is the most striking if not one of the most beautiful parrots available on the market. They have bright green plumage around the breast area and a yellow bib around the neck. The bib’s base color is yellow and gradually blends with bright hues of orange, red, and brown. The lovebird has a white ring around its eye and a fiery red colored break. The wings and tail are covered with dark green feathers. These birds resemble rainbows and can easily compete with Rainbow Lorikeets which are just as colorful. Most people who see a Fischer's Lovebird will quickly understand why they are popular as pets.
It is difficult to differentiate between the males and females as they look almost identical. Some experienced breeders are able to visually sex the parrots through their skull shape, size, and behavior; however, the most reliable way to determine the sex of the bird is through fertile eggs or DNA sexing.
DNA sexing is 99.9% accurate and very affordable. It can cost anywhere from $15 – $25 dollars per test, depending on which lab you go through. The procedure is as simple as sending two to four feathers to the lab (depending on the species or the size of your bird). Results can be expected within two business days and can be received by email, fax, or phone. A certificate detailing the sex of the bird is usually provided by the lab. These labs can be found online though a local breeder or your local pet store.
These tiny parrots look identical to their cousins the Nyasa Lovebird. Many inexperienced onlookers find it difficult to tell the difference between the two species; however, it becomes obvious once the distinction is pointed out. A Fischer's Lovebird has a blue romp while a Nyasa Lovebird does not.
These parrots belong to the eye ring group which is made up of four different species; the Masked Lovebird, the Fischer's Lovebird, the Black-cheeked Lovebird, and the Nyasa Lovebird.The Peach Faced Lovebird is the more common of the lovebird species kept in captivity. They are easy to breed and make fantastic pets if handfed or tamed. Many owners will spend countless hours with their birds perched on their shoulders while watching television or reading a book. It is important these birds be worked into the owner’s daily activities as they crave human affection. If the parrot is tamed and has bonded to their owner, most will continue to demand affection and enjoy being petted on the back of their necks.
These birds are very loyal companions. They form monogamous bonds in the wild and seem to practice the same behavior towards their owners. For this reason, a new baby lovebird should be exposed to all family members to avoid jealousy and biting. All family members should participate in bird chores and reward the bird with treats.
The owner of the bird should use positive reinforcement to mold the lovebird’s behavior as it matures. All negative behaviors should be ignored (biting or screaming) and should only be praised and given treats when it is acting as it should. A lovebird is very smart and will change its behavior as soon as it starts to understand its boundaries.
Because of their curiosity, these birds are very playful and need toys to occupy them while their owners are away. Not only do toys occupy the lovebird, but it teaches the bird how to act independently when the owner cannot spend time with the parrot. Special toys with bright colors, various types of beads, and small wood blocks should be placed into the cage. This allows the bird to chew and play. These birds also enjoy ropes to hang from and appreciate paper towel rolls to quickly chew at them.
It is important a pet lovebird not have a nesting box placed into the cage as this will cause the lovebird to become territorial, thus leading to many behavioral problems.