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Love Bird

Posted By: Kariva

Love Bird - 08/11/08 02:47 AM

hey guys i really am interested in getting a love bird. what size cage do i need to get for a single love bird? and tell me more about them. i found a bunch in my area hand raised that are like 85 bucks and gorgeous. let me know thanks any info you think that is vital
Posted By: Me & 6 Fids

Re: Love Bird - 08/11/08 08:05 PM

Kariva, from what i've read, the cage should be along the same size as for 1 keet. (of course you can always go big!) They love to chew on things and need a lot of toys so they don't get bored and of course interaction with the owner. My Lovie has adapted very well and is always trying to get into my keets' cage. I also got a book from the library about lovebirds and things were very similar to keet care. I hope this helps a little. There's also another forum for lovebirds http://www.lovebirds.co.nz/main/index.php which has some basic info too!
Posted By: SillyBird

Re: Love Bird - 08/11/08 08:49 PM

I guess the lovebug is spreading haha. Well first off, horizontaly the cage needs to be atleast 24 to 30 inches long. Thats for one lovebird ofcourse.. Theirs a bunch of things I can tell you about owning a lovebird! The list is huge haha.

Let me start by housing smile
Well, like I mentioned above, the cage has to be alteast 24 to 30 inches long horizontaly. 18 would be the very minimum, I really recommend getting atleast 24 inches.. Lovebirds love to play! Atleast, mine does lol. They love to chew on things so I recommend getting a type of wooden kabbob. Lovies also LOVE rings. I have a toy that has 3 big rings hooked together verticaly with a bell on the end. He loves it! He climbs all over it and just swings it everywhere haha. I recommend getting cockatiel sized toys and not budgie or finche sized toys, just because the pieces might be too small and lovebirds have a very very strong beak. The housing is pretty basic to owning any type of pet bird, such as two feeding dishes, 2-3 perches (try different sizes and textures), toys, a bed (lovebirds LOVE to snuggle up in those), cuddle bone etc..

For food..
Again pretty comparable to any pet bird. Try converting (if not already) your lovie to pellets. I always still put a teaspoon of seed just to give more veriaty to his diet. Try to get your lovie used to eating fruits and veggies. Im still trying to get Peachy to eat more fresh food, but it will take time since hes a real chicken to try new foods haha. Peachy's daily diet consists of 3 1/2 teaspoons of Hagen Tropican Lifetime Cockatiel Granules (pellets), and 1 teaspoon of seed. I change his food every morning.

All in all, their personnality is much too big for their small sized body! They are one of the most social birds of parrot world. Some people say that they're the Jack Russells of the bird world. They love to play, they LOVE to snuggle, they are big entertainers and are very good at learning tricks. You will never be bored.

So, if their are any other questions, please go ahead and ask them! I've had Peachy for a year, and still everyday he does something silly that makes us all giggle.

Here are some good info sites smile

Hagen Tropican birdfood review (really interesting!):
http://nutrience.com/hari/docu/harifile.html

The official Hagen website:
http://www.hagen.com/uk/birds/addinfo/tropican.cfm

Very informative site:
http://www.birdguys.com/pet-bird-articles-love-bird.html

Here are some great videos about cring for a lovebird!:
http://www.expertvillage.com/video-series/758_lovebird-care.htm
Posted By: Cetan

Re: Love Bird - 08/13/08 01:03 PM

Does your hubby know this yet, or will it be a surprise when he gets home one day and finds another bird?
Posted By: Kariva

Re: Love Bird - 08/13/08 02:52 PM

well he wouldnt put it past me to come home to find a new bird in our house. i got rico by telling him i had to go to the store for some bird food....got a bird forgot the food lol
Posted By: Nancy30

Re: Love Bird - 08/14/08 08:12 PM

lmao....you rock. you will love the lovie though they are so...well lovable lol.
Posted By: pinksnowme

Re: Love Bird - 08/14/08 08:48 PM

There was a cute article in Bird Talk about Lovies in the September 2008 issue. Mylie Cyruss has jumped on the lovie bandwagon!
Posted By: Kariva

Re: Love Bird - 08/14/08 09:23 PM

she just wants to be cool like me thats why she is getting birds trust me im cool lol
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