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New Lovebird

So for those of you who read my jenday thread and are wondering how I ended up with this lovebird, I'll write a whole other thread about that long story in a moment, it's an interesting one!

I'm now a proud new owner of a 2 ish year old lovebird named Kuzco. We have no idea of the sex, as he wasn't dna-ed. I had him and both budgies vetted yesterday including blood tests, so they're safe to be in the same room together. We moved him in yesterday and considering how little handling he's had, he's been a dream. He stepped up, had some quiet out of cage time, and has already decided he likes pellets better than seed (it's a miracle!). He is, however, obsessed with the budgies. He was alone for about a year in the pet store and it's definitely had an effect on him. He stares at my budgies all day, flock calls with them, and gets excited if they show any interest in him. Last night, I had to put their cages closer together before he would stop pacing and sleep. He's absolutely desperate to get to them.

Will this wear off? He seems very curious and smart, but I've only ever had budgies and I'm not quite sure what to expect from him as far as adjustment goes. Right now his cage is partially covered because he seemed a little stressed without his happy hut from the pet store (it tore on the way home and needs replacing), he's got some millet and hanging treats, a few toys, and some comfy perches. He spends most of his day trying to get to the budgies. Will he get over it or should I separate them? Is it stressing him out? Would separating him stress him out?

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Ariel congratulations on your new baby. He is beautiful. Thanks for taking him. It is a shame that some birds stay so long at those pet stores. I am not a big favorite of pet stores selling animals of any kind just because of this. Some animals seem to stay forever and the staff doesn't always give them a lot of attention.........so sad. Well congrats again and keep us posted. Thanks.
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I agree, it's sad. The pet store I shop at (there are no local breeders) luckily takes fantastic care of their birds. They also refuse to sell them to just anyone, they really do their best to make sure their animals go to great homes. The problem with this poor guy is that all his siblings sold and then his cage was placed above a cage of budgies so he was often overlooked. I'm just smitten with him. He's pretty nippy right now but gives so much warning so we're working through it pretty quickly. He is afraid of fingers, but this morning, he took food from my fingers through the bars without attacking them I'm home with the flu for the next few days, plus we are getting a HUGE blizzard tomorrow, so we'll have lots of time to start groundwork together. Any advice would be great!
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Very pretty bird...congrats
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Congrats, he or she is just a doll. I love the color.

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Congrats, he's very pretty!
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Congratualtions, what a lovely little lovie you have there. I have my black masked lovebird's cage placed right next to my budgies' cage and there has been no problem with stress. My little lovebird also have his out of cage time with all my other birds and there's also no problem there.

I don't think placing your lovebird's cage next to the budgies would cause any stress, it'd probably put your lovie more at ease having other birds around, even though they're not the same species.


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Lovebirds are very active, I have a whole flight cage for just one lovebird and he's still pacing around the whole cage, he uses every bit of the cage; lovies never stop moving around


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he's crazy active! he's already chewed through two toys and also seems to be one of those birds who enjoys drowning pellets in his water dish. so I have that to look forward to for the next decade or so I'm also home sick and made the mistake of setting my tissues next to the cage and when I came back, he'd demolished the whole box!
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Si, did your lovie naturally get along with your other birds? I'm unsure how to introduce them when the time is right
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he's crazy active! he's already chewed through two toys and also seems to be one of those birds who enjoys drowning pellets in his water dish. so I have that to look forward to for the next decade or so I'm also home sick and made the mistake of setting my tissues next to the cage and when I came back, he'd demolished the whole box!
Lovebirds are some of the messiest, most destructive, loudest (for their size), little birds I have ever come across! You'll also find that they are fantastic eaters too Congratulations though, you have a beautiful baby! I love the cobalt mutation Fischer's

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Si, did your lovie naturally get along with your other birds? I'm unsure how to introduce them when the time is right
I know this was directed at Si, but I thought I'd have some input. I have found that the black cheeked (not black masked) lovebirds I have are extremely friendly towards other birds. They're very laid back, very loving and very gentle. They roost with them, eat with them and even preen the budgies in my aviary

Peach faced however, now they're a different story. I had attempted to mix them in with the others, only to find about 3 months down the line they begun attacking my budgies. They have also killed one another! Absolutely horrendous with other birds

I think the 'eye ring' lovebirds are considerably more gentle, including the Fischer's

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Si, did your lovie naturally get along with your other birds? I'm unsure how to introduce them when the time is right
I have had my masked lovebird from a very young age, only 6 weeks old when I had him. By introducing a lovebird at such a young age to the budgies he was harmless. Now that he is older he is used to having my budgies and all my larger birds around - he gets on alright with them all. I can't answer the same for introducing older lovebirds to budgies that they will get along.

If you leave your lovebird's cage next to the budgies cage for a period of time they might just get used to each other.. one day you might just be able to let them share out-of-cage time. Just get ready to split them up there's any problem if you ever going to introduce them together .

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Wow he's gorgeous, congrats! I think he sounds fine beside your Budgies, at least for now. Even having another bird in the room with him should make him happier when you're out. Maybe try adding foraging toys and such in his cage so that he has lots to keep him busy during the day!



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Also when you let your budgies out make sure you cover the top of the lovebird's cage- lovies tend to go for the toes when they're protecting their cage or they like to chew on toes when they see them on top of their cage. When they're out of the cage they're normally fine and don't usually attack toes.

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Congratulations Ariel, he or she is gorgeous.

My experience of lovies is very limited as I've only had the one pictured in my avatar (Uno) for three months, but he or she is a beautiful little bird, and keeps me entertained for ages each day with her or his antics. Uno's cage is very close to my budgies cage, both are outside, and Uno and the budgies chat to one another all day.

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He's a lot of bird indeed and he's definitely enjoying all the attention. He calls for me even if I'm only standing across the room. If I'm sitting next to him, he wants to see everything I'm doing. He's still nippy if I put my hand up to the cage, but he's getting better. How should I teach him to step up? He's a bit territorial about the cage.


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Also the budgie's cage door is open 8am to 8pm so I covered the top of the lovie's cage so they can't get bitten. That said, I've been home with them since he arrived and they've only gone over once and that was to play with his cage cover


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A great way to train Parrots with anything is to do clicker training with treats! Look up videos on YouTube. ^_^



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