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Lovebird advice

I need some help and advice with my birds so I thought I'd turn to you guys as you've always been helpful in the past.

Currently I own a 2 year old Indian Ringneck female, a 4 year old female budgie, two 10 month old budgies, one male, one female and a 6 month old male lovebird.

I've been having problems with my lovvie since I got him four months ago but lately it just seems to be getting worse. He's very aggressive about everything, though not his cage, and he often goes for the other birds for no reason. He's stressing them all out and even my ringneck will fly away from him. When I'm at home they're all out all day and I think that none of them can relax with him around. I think it's caused them to be quite snippy with each other, too, and I've actually found that none of my five birds like each other.

I know I could try putting him in his cage but he absolutely hates it. He runs and jumps around the cage the whole time he's in there and screeches at me to let him out. He won't calm down until I actually let him out. I do put him in there for a few minutes if he does something naughty but so far nothing much has changed.

Yesterday one of my budgies decided he wanted to investigate me - he's never had much to do with me before - and Remy went absolutely crazy with jealously, driving the budgie off and then chasing him down to have another go at him. I have to physically get between them in order to spend any time with any of my other birds.

I want a flock that gets on and well, I know that a lovvie probably wasn't the best choice. What I want to know is whether you guys think that this is something I can deal with with training, and if so, does anyone have advice/links etc.? Alternatively, is this something I can only sort by giving Remy up? He's aggressive with me too and bites a lot, but I love him to bits.

I do want to get a cockatiel but I'm worried as I know they can be quite timid birds and since I do want to get a tame one I worry that Remy would be intensely jealous of it. Obviously this isn't something I'd get until I've sorted things out.

Anyway, help and advice would be greatly appreciated as I do love my flock and I'd love them all to get on.

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I have never had a lovie so am not the best one to give advice, however in my research I have learned that lovebirds can be very agressive with other birds, even their own species! Is your lovie a hen? From what I understand hens are much more agressive than males. Good luck in your decision.
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Hi Laura,
I don't keep lovies, but I often read that you can't keep them with other species in one flock. Unfortunately it's normal that they are aggressive to other birds.
Also he is jealous because he choose you as his partner, and most parrots won't share, because in nature they are with their partners 24 hours a day.

I hope so much that a forum member with a mixed flock can give you advice for training. I know Tippa has a lovie in her flock, look here:

https://www.talkparrots.com/showthread.php?t=18857
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Thanks for the replies. My lovebird is a little boy:



He's so cute I find it hard to be mad at him. I made the mistake of not reading up as much as I should before I got him and unfortunately I ended up with two aggressive species - lovie and ringneck. He's stressing my ringneck out though, she gets a bit nervous around him.

I had a read through that other thread, but I don't think Remy is playing and he has been doing it for a while now.

I do want to be able to have other birds in my life, not just the one. He's sitting on my chest right now grinding his beak and looking so cute I instantly forgive him everything, lol.
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Honestly I think your best bet would be to have separate out of cage times and make sure that he can't see. From what you've said, it's stressing everybody out. He's stressed that he can't come out and play (and is super jealous) and when he does come out he's not being fair on everybody else. Unfortunately, it's something I've found very common with peach faced lovebirds and it made me rehome my 4. 3 went to an aviary home that had an established and happy flock so mine weren't territorial toward them (you can see my thread on them all mingling if you have a look!). I absolutely loved them, awesome birds and full of personality. But, their aggression was SO bad that it became unbearable. I had two babies that I'd kept for about 2 years that have never shown aggression toward one another but suddenly the one (the more docile of the two) killed the other completely out of the blue. I currently keep masked lovebirds and black cheeked lovebirds. I find them to be far more gentle. I house my black cheeked lovies with my budgie flock and they're no trouble what so ever

But anyway, as I just said, I think he needs separate out of cage time. Are you in a position where you can take him out into another room perhaps? That way he wouldn't go out of his way to upset everybody. If you could house him away from everybody else that would be even better but obviously that may not be possible in the situation you're in!

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Thanks, Daisy.

Sadly, I can't really do things in other rooms. Due to finances I still live with my dad so me and my birds live in one room. Nowhere else in the house is set up for birds and both my dad and brother aren't really fond of them anyway. Do you think it's possible for it to work in one room with separate out of cage time? The big problem is that my ringneck will only ever go in her cage at bed time when she's tired and she is impossible to get in at any time during the day. I even leave her out when I go out as she doesn't move around much and in the year I've had her has never got into trouble.

In honesty, what do you think is the best situation for peach faces? In an aviary?
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It completely depends on the individual bird. My guys went to an awesome aviary home, like I said, and are very very happy there. They also lived in an aviary here but were always at each others throats. The change in environment and flock structure really seemed to calm them down though. As he's a companion parrot he would probably just be better off living on his own with you as opposed to an aviary

If you can't move everybody around then definitely take him in to another room if you're able to, just so he gets one on one time with you without upsetting anybody or being upset himself. I also recommend putting a towel on top of his cage when your other birds are out so he can't get hold of any feet!

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