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    How to Look After Lovebirds

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    With exotic plumage and lively personalities, it’s little surprise that Lovebirds are such a popular breed of bird with aviculture enthusiasts.

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    These birds can make for wonderful domesticated pets, but there a couple of things an owner will need to be aware of before introducing Lovebirds to the family home.

    Learn more about the breed in the guide below.


    Lovebirds For Sale: Care Tips


    1.    Naturally when you are browsing Lovebirds for sale, it will be tempting to zone in on the most exotic of the birds. However, a prospective owner should be aware that the tamest, friendliest birds are in fact the ones with the least colouration, the peach-faced variety. Inexperienced bird handlers may find it difficult to cope with more exotic varieties, although many will only demonstrate aggression if provoked.

    2.    Lovebirds will require a fairly large cage, as they are active, boisterous birds with a prominent sense of adventure. As a rule of thumb, it’s best to perch a cage between 25 and 30 inches wide. Boredom can become a problem for these intelligent birds, so it’s best to provide a couple of perches and some parrot toys in the cage to keep Lovebirds mentally stimulated.

    3.    Variety is the spice of life, and you should remember this when it comes to keeping Lovebirds in a cage. When it comes to cleaning the bird cage, which should be carried out at least once a week, use the opportunity to move toys, perches, ladders and swings around – these curious birds will appreciate the challenge of ‘new’ surroundings, and this can help to minimise common problems such as chewing.

    4.    In terms of feeding, Lovebirds should be provided with general bird seed mix, which can be found at all good pet shops. Some shops may sell a specialised Lovebird feed mix, which can offer a balanced all-round diet for these birds. However, it’s perfectly fine to offer Lovebirds fresh food and cooked vegetables a couple of times a week – in fact, it’s generally a good idea to mix up the feeding process every now and then.

    5.    Finally, a brief word on Lovebirds and potential health issues. Lovebirds can live for as long as 15 years, but there are a couple of health problems you should be aware of. Common Lovebird diseases include polyoma virus infection, Psittacine beak feather disease, avian pox virus and bacterial infections. It’s relatively easy to spot the signs of illness – a bird will become withdrawn and the plumage will lose some of its lustre. If you suspect an illness, you should consult with a vet as soon as possible.


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