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grieving lovebird help

Any suggestions how to help a grieving lovebird he's only young.
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Have you considered getting him a mate Gemma?

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I didn't really want any more lovebirds wats the chances of him bonding with me he's not tame n wnt come to me at all.
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I'd say its worth a shot to work with him. I may take awhile, but there are plenty if people here who have gotten a bird to come around. I have a green female 'let who isn't real tame. She does tolerate me handling her at times. But has her days, like today when I cleaned cages, she went a little piranha on my hand and drew some blood. I know it's not her fault, she wasn't interacted with her whole life pretty much, and was housed with a lovebird (who passed away) who musta have been a bully as she has no nails on her right foot, just nubs... Mochi, my white male 'let is a bit better than her. Not much, but he doesn't bite as bad as her when he gets the notion to. Peeps will when he wants also, he knows the limits though, he's the tame/hand raised blue I have.

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Personally, I would get that bird another mate. You could work with him and it might work but, if it does, it would take a long time and he would be suffering the whole time...
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Personally, I would get that bird another mate. You could work with him and it might work but, if it does, it would take a long time and he would be suffering the whole time...
I had this problem with a budgie. She grieved after the mate she'd chosen died. She was part of a group of 4 budgies (male and female) that I'd rehomed about one year earlier. We re-homed BillyBoy b/c I wanted more males. She took to him immediately in contrast to her not showing any interest in the other two budgies (one was white, the other green like her). He was a (blue/white) English budgie, she a regular green budgie. After his death (liver disease) she immediately that evening begin to sit in the bottom most part of the flight cage most of the time and then just sat alone, even though there were 4 other budgies in the cage with her. I re-homed 2 more English budgies b/c I wanted to even out the male/female ratio. Both were blue, like her former mate. She happily took up with the larger of the blue males and was back to her old self. Strange that she preferred the larger birds. She looked so small right beside them, but she/he were happy as bugs in a rug.

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I had this problem with a budgie. She grieved after the mate she'd chosen died. She was part of a group of 4 budgies (male and female) that I'd rehomed about one year earlier. We re-homed BillyBoy b/c I wanted more males. She took to him immediately in contrast to her not showing any interest in the other two budgies (one was white, the other green like her). He was a (blue/white) English budgie, she a regular green budgie. After his death (liver disease) she immediately that evening begin to sit in the bottom most part of the flight cage most of the time and then just sat alone, even though there were 4 other budgies in the cage with her. I re-homed 2 more English budgies b/c I wanted to even out the male/female ratio. Both were blue, like her former mate. She happily took up with the larger of the blue males and was back to her old self. Strange that she preferred the larger birds. She looked so small right beside them, but she/he were happy as bugs in a rug.
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I had this problem with a budgie. She grieved after the mate she'd chosen died. She was part of a group of 4 budgies (male and female) that I'd rehomed about one year earlier. We re-homed BillyBoy b/c I wanted more males. She took to him immediately in contrast to her not showing any interest in the other two budgies (one was white, the other green like her). He was a (blue/white) English budgie, she a regular green budgie. After his death (liver disease) she immediately that evening begin to sit in the bottom most part of the flight cage most of the time and then just sat alone, even though there were 4 other budgies in the cage with her. I re-homed 2 more English budgies b/c I wanted to even out the male/female ratio. Both were blue, like her former mate. She happily took up with the larger of the blue males and was back to her old self. Strange that she preferred the larger birds. She looked so small right beside them, but she/he were happy as bugs in a rug.
You might be right that she preferred a certain color and body type but, as far as I know, it's the vocalizations of the males that do it for them - the male that learns to speak the female's dialect faster and best is usually the chosen one. Male budgies are hard-wired for learning a different 'language' than their own in order to woo the hens and that's why lone ones (without other budgies to live with) learn so many human words (like poor little Disco). Maybe the new one was a real fast learner as well as big and handsome -LOL
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That may be so. However, she cozied up to him the moment I put him and the other English budgie into the cage. She ran right up to him. I thought for a moment she thought it was Billyboy and I was afraid he would nip her as she was so fast, but he was a young bird born that year, somewhat meek and in subordination to the older English budgie born the year before (according to the woman I re-homed them from). He seemed afraid of her and took several days b/f he stopped scooting away from her. She was persistent in wooing him.
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ha ha. My canaries did that too. I had two females that "fell in love at first sight". Both females were in the cage with another male, but when I added their "soulmate" they just flew right up to him and wouldn't leave his side (both these incidences happened with different birds and at different times)

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That may be so. However, she cozied up to him the moment I put him and the other English budgie into the cage. She ran right up to him. I thought for a moment she thought it was Billyboy and I was afraid he would nip her as she was so fast, but he was a young bird born that year, somewhat meek and in subordination to the older English budgie born the year before (according to the woman I re-homed them from). He seemed afraid of her and took several days b/f he stopped scooting away from her. She was persistent in wooing him.
LOL - the cougar lady budgie and her boy-toy!
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