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Forum: Behavior & Taming

Lovebirds are unique little parrots with behavior that is just as unique. Questions about their behavior or taming? Ask them here.

  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: New website with information on foraging, toys, etc.

    Kris Porter who wrote and provided the free on-line book, Parrot Enrichment Activity Book, now has a website with even more information, still all free for parrot owners! http://www.parrotenrichment.com/ Someone posted this on another forum I belong to and I just love the foraging toy...

    Started by Pips mom‎, 07-01-2009 01:40 PM
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  2. Red face Sticky Thread Sticky: 10 Reasons Not To Buy A Bird

    10 Reasons Not To Buy A Bird This is just an FYI for anyone considering buying a bird, or another bird, or who knows someone who wants to by a bird. Just something to consider before taking the leap into Parrot Ownership. 10 REASONS NOT TO BUY A BIRD By the Late Michael Held, Former Owner...

    Started by Marla‎, 10-19-2008 09:49 AM
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  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: Behavior: Learned or Instinctive

    Got a link to this article from one of my mailing lists. Interesting..... http://scienceblogs.com/grrlscientist/2007/12/lovebird_behavior_nature_or_nu.php

    Started by linda040899‎, 06-01-2009 06:31 PM
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  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: Need help taming a love bird

    I originally posted this on another board and got but a single response. I'm going to try here for some help. I have an MSL that I was taming using the conventional method. I had got him up to the point where he would eat out of my hand, step up about 50% of the time, would come back to me...

    Started by shinbatsu‎, 11-18-2009 10:43 PM
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  5. Thumbs up Sticky Thread Sticky: What to Do About Those Wings

    Here is a link to an extremely interesting article by avian behaviorist Gay Noeth regarding wing clipping. http://www.onafricanwings.com/clipping.htm She makes some very good points and ends with the thought that perhaps humans should adapt to having birds in their environment rather than making...

    Started by linda040899‎, 07-21-2010 11:24 AM
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  6. Sticky Thread Sticky: To Fly or Not to Fly

    I was looking around for an article that I remembered seeing on one of my mailing lists but found this instead. Thought I would share it with everyone. http://www.naturalencounters.com/images/Publications&Presentations/To_Fly_Or_Not_To_Fly-Steve_Martin.pdf I have the greatest respect for...

    Started by linda040899‎, 06-11-2008 12:39 AM
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  7. Sticky Thread Sticky: Teaching Flight Recall - The First Steps

    Cross posted with permission from Bird_Breeder-Hobbyist:

    Started by linda040899‎, 03-09-2008 11:27 AM
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  8. Sticky Thread Sticky: Sex and the Psittacine

    Ok, with a title like that, you might wonder what it is doing here in the Behavior and Taming section and not in the breeding section, huh? Well, I guess you will just have to read the article and find out why! N'yah, n'yah! :p From the website of "The Companion Parrot Quarterly". - Eric

    Started by Keltoth‎, 01-30-2007 04:56 PM
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  1. Bad Advice from the Pet Store?

    Hi everyone! I just adopted a 1 1/2 year old female lovebird. Her last owner did not have time for her, and she adopted her from another family with two kids. She seems to be doing well despite that it's been only a few days since her transition. She is quite mad at me however because I had to...

    Started by rosheendubh‎, 12-02-2017 01:01 PM
    mirrors, nesting, rehoming
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  2. Plucking

    My girlie bird stopped laying eggs 5 months ago, she was laying 4 eggs every month. She started plucking round her neck and chest, after she stopped laying. The vet gave a salve and vitamin A supplements that seemed to make things worse. She is mostly fed by my boy, do I need to give her D3? ...

    Started by Lyne‎, 12-01-2017 03:09 PM
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  3. Working home and a lovebird

    Hi everybody; I'm going to have a little parrot, I've not yet definitely decided which one, but most likely it will be a fischer or yellow-collared/masked lovebird (still collecting information) My question is related to the fact that I work home, and I live in a little house, kind of big main...

    Started by agadino‎, 11-13-2017 12:10 AM
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    11-17-2017 07:26 PM Go to last post
  4. New bird twitching tail

    We just adopted 2 love birds yesterday and the female has been sitting up in this corner twitching her tail like this almost the whole time.. we have been giving them space and she has come down a few times but she's always doing that tail thing.. is this normal when they are scared? The male...

    Started by Daydreamer‎, 11-07-2017 03:46 PM
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    11-09-2017 09:15 AM Go to last post
  5. Holding on with beak when going to sleep

    Hi guys. I'm new here and I'm also a new bird mom. We have a two and a half month old lovebird name Buddy. I've noticed that when he's going to sleep he likes to hold onto things with his beak. When he's on my shoulder and we're laying down, he'll hold on to a little bit of skin under my chin or...

    Started by BuddyBirdMama‎, 11-07-2017 03:13 PM
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  6. Taming Tango

    Hi everyone! I got my baby on Tuesday October 24th so about a week and a half ago. He was hand raised, but was with other lovebirds for about a week prior to me getting him. He was pretty hand shy at first. He is about 11 weeks old I feed him Millet and seed by hand everyday. Yesterday he stepped...

    Started by Sheashea‎, 11-03-2017 11:12 PM
    lovebird progress, taming, tango, young lovebird
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    11-05-2017 08:22 AM Go to last post
  7. Question Can I move my baby lovebirds to a bigger nest box?Will the parents Attack or abandon?

    Hi guys! Iím a new bird owner and I would appreciate your help with my question. My lovebird pair recently hatched 4 eggs in a coconut shell style hut. The babies are about 10 days old and already Iím seeing that itís gettinb a bit cramped in there. My question is - Can I buy a proper...

    Started by Electrasha‎, 10-31-2017 08:15 PM
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  8. Help me 😂

    Almost one year ago I bought to great lovebirds ( Rudy & Harley) when I bought them they were 10 weeks old and non handtamed, through the months I have made steady progress towards taming them. At the start they would hide the moment I stood near them but after a while they would not react at all....

    Started by Matt‎, 10-28-2017 02:59 PM
    behaviour, biting
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  9. Question My Lovebird is Territorial

    When my lovie is in my lap or on my arm I can pet her and make her step up with NO biting at all, but when she's in her cage she tries to rip my finger off and wont ever step up if she lets me get close enough to try (which is a very rare occasion). Also, as soon as she climbs onto my shoulder she...

    Started by leviofpower‎, 10-24-2017 11:21 PM
    biting, cage, lovebird, shoulder, territorial
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  10. Lovebird is biting his 'feet'

    Fellow Wing Flappers, My lovebird has been biting his feet (or whatever "feet" are called in bird lingo) on a fairly regular basis for the last two weeks or so. I don't see any sore spots on his feet, and I'm certain he's not biting his nails -- definitely his feet. He's far more apt to do this...

    Started by YodaBird‎, 08-28-2017 11:38 AM
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    08-30-2017 04:10 PM Go to last post
  11. Will he still love me?

    Hi, I have a male lovebird who is almost 2 years old. He was hand fed and is super tame. I think he might be getting lonely, so I was thinking of getting a male buddy for him. But I'm worried it will change him. Currently he loves to be cuddled and rubbed and wags his tail to greet me. If I was to...

    Started by Runner90‎, 08-19-2017 08:19 PM
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    08-21-2017 06:54 AM Go to last post
  12. Help! Taming a pair of 15 month Lovebirds

    :) Advice needed :) Iím Wendy, a new and expecting bird mom. I just bought a pair of 15 month lovebirds from a local pet store and plan to pick them up Friday. The birds were hand fed however, they are not fully tame and sex is unknown. They donít bite, but can't step up on a finger. When I...

    Started by wwwendycom‎, 08-08-2017 03:03 PM
    lovebird, tame, taming, training, trainingtips
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  13. Tipping over the food trays

    Okay... Before I went to my vacation, Pip and Emma had these food and water trays outside the cage. It is rectangular with a cap on it that has an opening for the head to peek through and eat the food. This is so that I would not get bitten when I change their trays. During my holiday I...

    Started by xxneeks23xx‎, 07-17-2017 11:27 AM
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  14. 4 Birdies and A helpless Owner

    Hi, my name is Aaron and I got 4 lovebirds from a breeder about 2 months ago. They were kept in a small cage with 15 others and I couldn't help but get 4. I have been slowly trying to tame them as I have had them but no luck. I have tried hand feeding them, giving them snacks and apple slices, as...

    Started by Ray‎, 07-02-2017 08:04 PM
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  15. Earning my scared birds trust

    Hello everybody, I just got my first lovebird about a week ago, it's blue personata lovebird and he is 12 weeks old.I bought from a breeder who clipped his wings and told me to tame him he needs a lot of attention. But the thing is I can't get near him.. when I change his food dish he climbs up...

    Started by Peanutbutterjoe‎, 06-25-2017 09:26 AM
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  16. Floor walker

    Hi. My lovebird has taken to walking all over the place on the floor. Is this just her own behaviour or do most lovebirds enjoy scouting out all the places they can.

    Started by Kit‎, 06-26-2017 01:46 PM
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  17. Taming Problems

    Hello again friends! :D I am sorry for spamming the site with all of my problems; I am still technically new to birds and want to provide the best for my lovies. So, let's start with the food. Pip and Emma eats nearly everything, EXCEPT for brightly coloured foods like oranges, papaya, and...

    Started by xxneeks23xx‎, 06-18-2017 07:46 AM
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  18. Single Lovebird laying eggs - roosting but not on eggs - need advice

    Hello- I reached out to this forum for help with our lovebird. We have had Sunny for about 8 years. Last summer she layed 3 eggs, in December she laid 4 eggs and about a 2 weeks ago she laid 5 eggs. I read online that I should leave her alone until she stops roosting. That is what I have done for...

    Started by aaschoppe‎, 06-16-2017 10:06 PM
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  19. Young lovebird biting

    Hi! I have a handfed lovebird hen that was hatched on 30/3/2017. I brought her home around a month ago and had no problems at the start, but 2 weeks ago she started biting me inside and outside the cage, she can be calm at one moment and be a bloodthirsty devil the next. Is it just a phase for 2...

    Started by FlaffyRaptors‎, 06-05-2017 01:32 PM
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  20. Ice water baths

    My Love bird prefers ice water baths instead of tepid or warm water baths. Is this harmful?

    Started by Chuchu‎, 06-01-2017 02:14 PM
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    06-02-2017 05:31 PM Go to last post

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