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Lovebirds Fighting For Food Need Help!!!

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I'm Ethan. I own 2 Peach-faced Lovebirds Mally and Boo. I know Boo is a female as she has laid eggs in the past however I'm not sure what gender Mally is. I have had a problem with the both of them recently and I'm not sure what to do about it. Boo is a bit bigger than Mally and more aggressive in general, lately she has been stopping Mally from getting to the feeders and so I have had to take Mally out of his/her's cage to feed him/her. Boo has done this to Mally in the past and I put out 2 feeding bowls so Boo couldn't 'repel' Mally's 'attack' for food. So what should I do about it. I know a lot about birds but I find this puzzling. Oh and by the way I refill their feeders up regularly.

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Oh and a quick note Boo is now 'defending both feed bowls even though they are both on opposite sides of the cage. I wanted to change them to a pellet food but I cannot do this till I fix Mally and Boo's 'Spat'.
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Sometimes lovies can be a big pain in the butt

The only thing I can think of for you to do is another food dish, making it 3 dishes in the cage and see if that helps. Boo can't be in 3 places at once. Or can she???


I've seen this type of behavior happen before with friends and their love birds, my friends ended up putting both birds in their own cages and letting them live separately so there is no fighting for food or a favorite perch or toy.

If you aren't home all day to keep an eye on them and watch what's happening then you may have to separate them. You don't want to stress out Mally who isn't getting the food he/she needs and you don't want to come home and find out there was a serious fight and one bird is injured.

Maybe a time out in their own cages for a bit might do them some good.





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We had the same problem with a male and female Budgie that had lived together for three years just fine. I think we also added a third food cup, but later had to actually put them in separate cages. I wondered if they had come of "age" and she didn't like his advances...

Let us know how it works out.

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OK I will see what i can do.
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With my canaries (who do NOT like to share ) I treat it like cats and litterboxes: one for each plus one more. So for my three canaries, I have four feeding stations, three bowls of seed plus the fresh food spot, plus the water. Make one of the dishes less desirable by putting it lower, or higher.

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Loves can seriously injure or kill each other when aggressive. If I was seeing this behavior I would seriously consider separate cages before one is killed.
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OK! I decided I really didn't want to have to get a couple more feed bowls, so what i did was I placed the feed bowls away from each other where you can't get straight to it from one feed bowl to the other. Then I placed Mally (The Victim) on the less desired feed bowl of Boo (The Convicted of Attempted 'Murder'). Now Boo never attacks Mally when I'm around because I always break up their fights. So Mally was able to eat whilst I watched Boo. I have now done this quite a few times now and I think their fights over the food are now over. Thanks for the Help everyone.

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Hooray! Guess What! I got Mally and Boo to eat from the same food bowl! WooHoo! I am really happy now! Thanks for the help everybody has given to me in this forum.

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Sounds like Boo might have been in a snitty mood and just wanted to bug Mally, sometimes aggression can happen when a bird is in breeding condition or a moult.

I would still keep an eye out on the birds feeding to make sure Mally is getting enough food, keep putting 2 food bowls of food in the cage and place them on opposite sides of the cage so there isn't any issues.

I hope your lovies will be okay now.





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Boo had been trying to make a nest when this problem started to occur. So after chasing Mally from the feeders Boo wants Mally to mate with her! What a weird weird bird!?!?!
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Boo had been trying to make a nest when this problem started to occur. So after chasing Mally from the feeders Boo wants Mally to mate with her! What a weird weird bird!?!?!

Hens! Go figure.





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You may want to take Molly to an avian vet for a well bird visit. Sometimes flocks will bully and keep injured or sick birds from food. In the wild it is a matter of self preservation. Weak birds are more likely to be prey and no one wants to be sitting next to the weaker bird when a predator shows up. It can sometimes be the first sign that something is wrong. Just mention it to your vet when you take her in for her physical.
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Lovies can be so fickle and territorial.

We have one male, Mr. Turkle. He's bonded to me and will often 'bluster' our cockatiel (who is bonded to Mr. Dodo) away if Donald tries to land on the couch where we sit sometimes.

Yet if I'm eating something both birds enjoy, such as noodles or perogies, Mr. Turkle doesn't mind if I share with Donald at all. No jealousy, none of his drama queen histrionics.

As long as Mr. Turkle gets his cut, he's happy, I imagine.

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Lovies can be so fickle and territorial.

We have one male, Mr. Turkle. He's bonded to me and will often 'bluster' our cockatiel (who is bonded to Mr. Dodo) away if Donald tries to land on the couch where we sit sometimes.

Yet if I'm eating something both birds enjoy, such as noodles or perogies, Mr. Turkle doesn't mind if I share with Donald at all. No jealousy, none of his drama queen histrionics.

As long as Mr. Turkle gets his cut, he's happy, I imagine.

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Lovies can be so fickle and territorial.

We have one male, Mr. Turkle. He's bonded to me and will often 'bluster' our cockatiel (who is bonded to Mr. Dodo) away if Donald tries to land on the couch where we sit sometimes.

Yet if I'm eating something both birds enjoy, such as noodles or perogies, Mr. Turkle doesn't mind if I share with Donald at all. No jealousy, none of his drama queen histrionics.

As long as Mr. Turkle gets his cut, he's happy, I imagine.
I like the sound of Mr.Turkle. I was wondering where did you get the name Mr.Turkle from? I am hoping to get another Lovebird soon and I am thinking of names.
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You may want to take Molly to an avian vet for a well bird visit. Sometimes flocks will bully and keep injured or sick birds from food. In the wild it is a matter of self preservation. Weak birds are more likely to be prey and no one wants to be sitting next to the weaker bird when a predator shows up. It can sometimes be the first sign that something is wrong. Just mention it to your vet when you take her in for her physical.
Don't worry Mally and Boo are settled back and friends again.
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