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Lovebird

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Traits & behavior

Social
Lovebirds like to be stroked and held and want to interact with their Pet Parents as much as possible. They require one hour or more of daily interaction.

Intelligent
Smart and easily trained, these birds should be taught basic commands such as "step up" onto your hand and "step down" when putting them back into their cage. This will ensure easier handling.

Chirpers
Most lovebirds will chirp, however, cannot be trained to whistle or talk.

Nest makers
Lovebirds like to play with and make nests from strips of unprinted paper.

Things to remember

Supervision
Don't forget that children, pets and unfamiliar guests should be supervised when interacting with your lovebird.

Long-term companions
Before purchasing, be aware that a lovebird requires a long-term commitment of approximately 15-20 years.

Safety & cleanliness

Please remember that all pets may bite or scratch, and may transmit disease to humans. Keep your pet's home clean and wash your hands before and after handling your pet or cleaning his home. Infants, young children, pregnant women, people with compromised immune systems, and the infirm or elderly are at greater risk of infections and should use caution when in contact with the pet or its habitat. Consult your doctor for more information.
 

Nutrition

Staple diet

Feed your bird 2-3 teaspoons per day per bird of a pellet or seed-based, fortified cockatiel diet everyday.

Fruits & vegetables*
About 5-10% of a lovebird's diet should be bite-sized fruits and veggies like apples, grapes, sweet potatoes, broccoli, spinach, dandelion, mustard greens and shredded carrots. Offer daily or every 2-3 days.

Supplements
Be sure to provide a cuttle bone or mineral block in your lovebird's cage at all times.

Water
Lovebirds should always have access to clean, fresh water in a bottle or bowl.

*Remember that fresh food requires its own dish and should be removed from the habitat within four hours to avoid spoilage.

Health

Signs of a healthy lovebird:

  • Clear, bright eyes
  • Clean, smooth feathers
  • Eats throughout the day
  • Normal droppings that are not excessively runny for more than a couple of days
  • A curious and active disposition

Things to watch for:

  • Decreased appetite; weight loss
  • Decreased activity and grooming behavior
  • Change in droppings in excess of two days
  • Sitting at the bottom of cage
  • Discharge from nose or mouth; frequent sneezing
  • Feathers fluffed for prolonged periods of time

If you notice any of the signs described above, consult an Avian Veterinarian.

Habitat

Housing
Your lovebird's cage must be large enough for her to comfortably stretch her wings, climb and play with her toys. The bigger the cage, the better. Minimum cage size is 18"W x 22"L x 18"H.

Colony setting
Since these birds are very social, they prefer to be kept in a colony setting of two or more lovebirds per cage.

Perches

Place two perches at different heights, so that your lovebird will be unable to soil her food bowls. Provide perches of differing widths, diameters and textures to help keep her feet healthy.

Cage placement
Place your bird's cage at or below eye level, away from drafts, open windows and the kitchen. Be aware that lovebirds are sensitive to smoke and strong odors. Cover the cage at night to prevent drafts.

Toys
Give her at least 2-3 toys to keep her busy. But, not too many--she should be able to move about freely without bumping into any in the cage. Rotate toys often to keep
her interested.

Baths
Provide a birdbath 2-3 times per week. Offer a warm water bath or gently mist her with warm water from a clean spray bottle.

Food & water containers
It is important to clean you bird's containers every day, even if the dish or bottle looks full.

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