Which lovebird to buy?

by Sarah Aziz
(Kolkata,West Bengal,India)

I am planning to buy a lovebird. Please can someone suggest me the best species? Should I buy them/it in pair or single? I want it/them to bond with me and I also have plenty of time to give them. Should I buy male or female? Someone please suggest.

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Jan 23, 2013
The best lovebird to purchase
by: Tracie

My suggestion is to first find a GREAT breeder that has healthy birds and is concerned about the homes that will be getting his/her birds.

Ask the breeder who they take their birds to when they get sick? Ask if the parents of the chicks are seen by an avian vet to determine if they are a good choice for breeding and are healthy.

Spend time with the baby birds to find out how messy they are and how loud they are. Play with some of them and hopefully one of the birds will choose you, meaning it wants to be with you. If not, then just choose the bird you like.

Recognize that you need to make sure you have the money to feed the bird properly, house the bird in a quality cage and have money for an avian vet and medicine if your bird becomes ill.

Don't just look at your present circumstances either. What about 5 or 10 years from now? Will you still want this bird? If you become ill and can't care for the bird, do you have someone to give the bird to that will take care of the bird properly?

Thanks for writing and considering these things before bringing the bird home. Oh, and do NOT bring home a chick that has just been weaned. Make sure the breeder keeps the bird at least a week after it is eating on it's own. If you bring home a bird that isn't completely weaned, it may starve without you realizing it.

Jan 23, 2013
Which lovebird to buy?
by: Linda

Sarah, it does not matter whether you get a male or female as both will behave very much the same. As for type of Lovebird, it is up to you which one you like best for colors.

You do not need to have a pair because you do not need to breed these birds or any birds. The market is flooded with birds from too many people breeding them which means people do not get much money for them, and a lot of them go into abusive and neglectful homes to spend their lives in misery and suffering.

It is also best to have only one bird as it makes taming and training easier that way. Two birds, even in separate cages cause problems with training. When birds are paired up, they do not need as much emotional bonding with humans as only one bird will. Since your time with bird is not limited, get one and learn all about him/her. We highly recommend an exam by an Avian Vet only during the first few days we have new birds because they tend to either get an infection from all the stress of moving or they are already sick from pet shop or breeder when we get them. Take your bird to an avian vet only because dog and cat vets do not know how to diagnose and treat birds. Sometimes, dog and cat vets are also bird vets too if they put in the extra time in school to learn about birds and are licensed to treat them as well as dogs and cats. You can find out about this by calling some vets in your area to see where the nearest Avian(Bird) vet is.

Make sure you've learned what kind of cage is best, and food needs to be high quality organic pellets if you can find them in your country. It takes time to change from all seed diets to pellets, and I'm putting a link on how to go about it below written by an Avian Vet.

Switching Birds To Pellets article

Good luck and let us know how everything is going as we're always here for the birds and the humans who love them.

Linda

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