How Do You Take Care Of A Lovebird At Home? (101 Guide)

A lovebird is a small, affectionate bird that is known for its strong bonds with its mate. The name “lovebird” comes from the bird’s tendency to form close, monogamous relationships. Lovebirds are native to Africa and are popular pets because of their loving nature.

Should I cover my lovebird’s cage at night?

It is not required to cover the bird’s cage at night if the bird is not exposed to drafts.

Drafts, not chilly temperatures, are what may make your bird ill. Many people cover a male’s cage so that humans may sleep in longer.

What’s a blood feather? What do I need to do if one breaks?

A blood feather is a fresh feather that is still developing. The feather has its own blood supply when it grows. If this feather breaks, it should be removed from the body.

It’s a key artery, much like a dog’s claw, and the bird may bleed to death.

This should be completed by two individuals. One for clutching and the other for pulling. Place the bird’s head between your index and middle fingers. Your palm was wrapped around its back.

Do not squeeze the chest too firmly; the bird needs to breathe. Allow the other person to extend out the wing, hold the joint firmly, and seek for the feather; you may need to use water to wash the blood away to see clearly. Pull the feather, then add flour or cornstarch to the incision and press firmly until the bleeding stops. Remember, you’re holding a bird, so don’t put too much pressure on it.

Do I need to disinfect my love bird’s cage, perches, and toys? How do I disinfect the many different materials the cage contains?

When exchanging cages between birds, new or old, especially after your bird has been unwell, disinfecting everything in the cage is critical. At least once a month, I clean my cages. I disinfect everything with one part bleach to ten parts water or Oxyfresh’s Dene-a-Gene (mixed according to directions). I only utilize the Dene-a-Gene while I’m also doing the breeders since it has a time restriction. Simply replace all of the wood if it came from the cage of a sick or deceased bird, or if the illness is suspected or cannot be ruled out.

What types of things should I have in my cage?

Lovebirds are born clowns! When deciding what to put in a cage, bear in mind how long your bird will be in the cage every day. The longer the bird is in that cage, the more things you’ll need to keep him entertained.

The fundamentals! At least two perches are required. You may need extra depending on the size of the cage. It is usually a good idea to have at least a couple of various shapes or diameters of perches so that their feet may be placed in different locations. A swing is a next thing that all lovebirds like! It doesn’t have to be fancy to be enjoyable! My lovebirds are crazy with their swings. It seemed to keep kids entertained for hours! Make sure the swing is the right size for the lovebirds. For those, I use at least parakeet size. I purchase ordinary swings and embellish them with beads, leather, and rope. Toys are the next item you’ll want in a cage! There are so many toys! Lovebirds are fantastic mechanics; they can disassemble practically any toy. I’ll locate any of my toys with bells in the water the following day. I suggest avoiding toys that are very stringy and might be eaten or trapped by a bird. Many birds have lost toes, feet, and sometimes their lives as a result of toy hangings. A mineral block and/or cuttlebone are also useful to keep on hand at all times. This will provide your bird with the vitamins, minerals, and calcium it needs to keep healthy. It will also aid in the maintenance of their beaks.

A happy hut for cuddling at night and during naptime, a rewarding dish and/or millet container, and a bathing dish are all options (this would be separate from their normal water dish).

What household and common items are poisonous to a lovebird?

With very few exceptions, substances that are toxic or poisonous to tiels also affect other birds.
The following is a list of airborne poisons. The fumes from the following items are hazardous to your bird’s health.

Do not expose your birds to fumes from:

  • Asbestos,
  • Bleach,
  • Bread makers,
  • Car Fresheners,
  • Carbon monoxide,
  • Chlorine,
  • Chlordane,
  • Some commercial (live-cut) Christmas trees,
  • Cigarette smoke,
  • Curling irons,
  • Diazanon,
  • DDT,
  • Deodorants,
  • Drain cleaner,
  • Electric heaters,
  • Flea bombs,
  • Flea collars,
  • Floor polish,
  • Formaldehyde,
  • Gasoline,
  • Glade-scented candles & plug-ins,
  • Hair dryers,
  • Hair dye,
  • Hair spray,
  • Herbicides,
  • House paint,
  • Indelible felt tip markers,
  • Kerosene,
  • Leather protectant,
  • Love My Carpet,
  • Lye,
  • Matches,
  • Mothballs,
  • Nail polish & Remover,
  • Nitrogen dioxide,
  • Non-stick cookware,
  • Oven cleaner,
  • Paint & Paint Products,
  • Perfume,
  • Pesticides,
  • Permanent wave solution,
  • Rodenticides,
  • Scented Kleenex & toilet paper rolls,
  • Shoe polish,
  • Spot remover,
  • Spray starch,
  • Suntan lotions,
  • Surgical & Nail acrylics,
  • Toilet Bowl cleaners,
  • Wax,
  • Wood preservatives & Stains

Please keep in mind that this list does not include every dangerous material.

What kind of nesting material can I use for my peachfaced love birds and where can I get it?

Peachface lovebirds are the simplest of all lovebirds to breed, therefore nearly anything will satisfy a nesting hen. Wood shavings, newspaper, Carefresh, and straw or hay are the most widely utilized nesting materials.

Palm fronds and other leafy materials will grow nicely in your location. Peachface do not create elaborate nests like eyering species, although some hens do. If you do decide to use wood shavings, be sure they are safe for birds. Many websites detail the many bird-friendly forests. Allow safety to be your guide; if you’re not sure, don’t use it.

Paper is the simplest of the goods to get; it is a perfect outlet for junk mail, old newspaper, and excess printer paper; just make sure there isn’t a lot of printing since the hen will chew the paper and no one enjoys the taste of ink. Carefresh and wood shavings may be obtained at most pet shops. If your local food shop does not stock such items, consider visiting a pet specialty store. Finally, palm fronds may be acquired at a department store’s home & garden area or at a local nursery. Make certain that no pesticides have been used on the plants since they are poisonous to your birds!

How long do I quarantine and how do I do it?

This time should last at least 30-45 days. During this period, you keep a constant eye out for symptoms of the disease. The best method to accomplish this is to have a completely separate air space from any of your existing birds, as well as a complete change of clothes and a shower before and after being with new birds. This is not attainable for the majority of us, therefore strive for as near to perfection as you can under your circumstances.

How will I know if the birds are ready to lay eggs? Should I wait for these signs before I prepare a nesting box?

Birds who are eager to build a nest may sometimes deposit their first egg on the bottom of the cage. I personally try not to let it get to that stage so that the couple is not used to doing this in order to get a nestbox in the future. If I am unable to raise offspring at any time due to other obligations, I do not provide a nestbox to my partners and hope that they understand not to begin nesting.

Before breeding lovebird couples, they should be 10 to 12 months old. Both birds, particularly the female, must be this age. When the birds are young, problems might occur. They must be a mated male/female pair. If you have two females together by accident, they may battle over the nestbox. Before introducing a nestbox, the birds should be bonded, which means they should have been exposed to each other before and shown that they enjoy each other. In the weeks coming up to when they want to start creating a nest, you’ll often observe the male feeding the female.

If you have completed all of the preceding steps and are ready for babies, you may now connect the nestbox to their cage.

How do I find a reputable breeder?

Consult your local bird club. Contact the society for the species you want.

Contact an avian veterinarian in your region. Obtain recommendations from other bird owners or breeders. The key term here is “trustworthy.” This term is deceptive. What you consider respectable and what someone else considers reputable is not the same thing. As many inquiries as you can regarding the breeder’s or his practices. Insist on thorough responses. Accept “That’s not significant.” The aviary is respectable if you agree with what the breeder does. The more knowledgeable you are, the more likely you are to agree or disagree. To me, a respectable breeder is one that is concerned only with the welfare of the birds and wants to ensure that the bird continues to get the excellent care and affection that it is used to.

What are safe houseplants?

The most common house plants that are safe are:

  • African Violet,
  • Aloe,
  • Christmas Cactus,
  • Coffee,
  • Coleus,
  • Corn Plant,
  • Dracaenas,
  • Ferns,
  • Hen & Chickens,
  • Jades,
  • Kalanchoe,
  • Snake Plants,
  • Palms,
  • Pepperomia,
  • Pothos,
  • Prayer Plant,
  • Schefflera,
  • Spider Plant(does absorb toxins from the air),
  • Swedish Ivy,
  • Wandering Jew.

This list is so long that in the scope of this format only a few can be listed. I highly recommend the related web links.

Should the love bird wings be kept clipped all the time?

Clipping is done for two reasons: 1) to keep the bird calmer and lower in the pecking order, and 2) to protect the bird. If the bird can fly away whenever you use a control (step-up command, for example), the cockatiel is at the top of the pecking order, and you should always be at the top.

The most important reason is safety. Birds cannot see glass or mirrors, and flying into them typically results in a broken neck. They can fly out the door, through a window, into a toilet, into a boiling kettle of water, and so on. So, yes, I usually advise keeping the wings trimmed (read this guide on how to do it at home).

Should I buy a hand-fed or hand-raised love bird?

This is an opinion question with several answers. I recommend gathering as many views as possible before making your final decision. This is my point of view. If you’re looking for a pet, I’d recommend a hand-fed, well-socialized infant. Hand-fed implies they were taken from the nest at an early age and fed by a person, thus they are used to people.

This is not enough to produce a nice pet; the bird must also be socialized. The more socializing there is, the better. Every day, my puppies are handled in every manner that I can think of that a new owner may. They sit at the breakfast and dinner tables to acquire table manners, and they watch TV with us to learn how to go from the play area to us for cuddles.

They ride on my shoulder as I do housework to learn how to hang on, and they are permitted to explore the locations I am in. A new owner once told me that her bird gave the typewriter bite (a rapid nibbling type bite that does not grip the flesh but rubs it) and went crazy every time she touched her feet. So, in addition to head-scratching and back caressing, foot rubbing occurs during snuggle sessions.

If you are purchasing a breeder, you should consider purchasing a parent-raised bird. Many people believe that hand-reared birds do not make excellent parents. This has not been proven to me. My prior dogs have been some of my greatest fathers.

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