Purchasing a pair of lovebirds

by Jill
(UK)

I want to buy a pair of baby Lovebirds to keep in a cage in the house. Can you tell me if it is necessary to buy a male and female, or can two birds of the same sex live happily together. Many thanks

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Nov 02, 2012
LOVEBIRDS
by: Hilary

I have 2 Red faced love birds, they are lovely and i enjoy their antics; I let them fly around my room each evening. They are noisy though, so for my sanity I place the cage for 2 hours a day in another room, but, most of the time they are with me in the lounge. They are a pair, one male and one female, I brought from a breeder. I am pleased I have them, they are easy to keep and fun to watch.

Oct 04, 2012
Purchasing Lovebirds
by: Jillybloop

Thank you both for your very informative and helpful replies. I've been researching Lovebirds for a friend who wants to buy a pair for her son. She has a Cockatiel and Budgie already in the house, and used to own an African Grey Parrot so isn't completely a bird 'virgin', but knew nothing about Lovebirds. Sensibly, she's a lady who wants to know a bit about an animal/bird before she commits herself. Your answers will be very useful when we go to a couple of breeders this Saturday with a view to purchasing.

Thank you very much for your trouble!

Kind regards,

Jilly

Oct 03, 2012
Purchase two males
by: Tracie

You can put two males together, but not two females together from what I understand. You do NOT want a male and a female because you are not a breeder and you don't need egg laying problems and vet bills I am sure.

You DO need to keep them in separate cages unless they already live together when you purchase them. You need to make sure they are DNA sexed with papers proving it and hopefully the breeder has them checked by an avian vet so that they also have a certificate from an avian vet stating they are healthy.

I suggest you research them thoroughly before purchasing if you haven't already. Also spend time at the breeders holding them and seeing if you can live with the noise they make.

I wanted to purchase a lovebird a long time ago, and was advised against it by the breeder because she knew I wanted a bird that I could interact with outside the cage. She said that some hand raised lovebirds become downright nasty when they hit breeding age, and she wasn't sure I would be happy in the long run.

Talk to your breeder, they should get to know you and know what is best for you according to your expectations.

The link below has a good article on lovebirds.
http://desertlovebirdsaviary.com/2011/05/29/should-i-get-1-or-2-lovebirds/

Oct 03, 2012
Purchasing a pair of lovebirds
by: Linda

I suggest you NOT get birds that are too young because baby birds revert back to needing to be handfed baby parrot formula using a syringe when moved to a new home. This is true of those who are seemingly "weaned", so unless you are experienced with handfeeding baby parrots, do not get the really young just weaned birds.

Do not put two birds in the same cage regardless of sex. Put each bird in a separate cage until you know for sure they will get along. When both birds are out of cages, make sure you are right there to watch them every minute. Lovebirds are aggressive toward other birds and each other. They can kill each other without having a real concrete reason.

If you are just beginning with birds, I recommend you get a Budgie and get just one so you can tame and train it. With two birds, it is much harder to tame and train them, so whatever kind of bird you get, get just one. Also new bird has to be examined by an Avian Vet ONLY during the first few days because most birds from pet shops and a lot of breeders are already sick or incubating infections. Birds put together with lots of other birds are usually sick as bacterial infections are highly contageous. All it takes is one bird to spread infections like wildfire throughout the entire bird shop or breeding facility.

Thanks for writing and let us know about your new bird when you have him.
Linda

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