PEACH FACED LOVE BIRDS
Our beautiful Peach Faced lovebirds are pint-sized bundles of
joy. They have the full personality of parrots while being easy to house because of their size. My birds are
little clowns, playing for hours at a time. They love to hang from toys, spin them around, and dance on your
shoulder. We have had to watch out buttons! They love to pull them off our clothes! Such loving little birds: they
love to snuggle and preen.
Many people believe lovebirds must be kept in pairs. This is
simply not true. A single lovebird makes a better pet because it bonds to you rather than to another lovebird.
While it is easy to keep a pair of lovebirds tame, if you plan on spending lots of time with your bird you can keep
it alone. However, if you work long hours and don't think you'll have a lot of time for your love bird, we
recommend you get him a companion. This will keep your lovebirds happy and prevent boredom. It is important to
realize that while lovebirds are a small parrot, they have the intelligence and abilities of some of the largest
They never stop amazing me with their ability to escape their
own cages. I have to put copper wire on the cage doors to keep them in, and sometimes they figure out how to
untwist the wire and open the door!
Lovebirds will sometimes try to become the little bosses of the
household. I recommend using the same type of ‘gentle dominance training’ that is used for larger
Are you looking for a bird that you can teach to talk? Lovebirds
can learn to mimic sounds and speech on occasion. However, I don't recommend that you buy any species of bird only
because of the expectation that it will speak; even the famous African Greys sometimes don't learn to speak talk.
So, if that is your only reason for buying a bird, I’d seriously urge you to reconsider as the bird could end up
abandoned because of your own disappointment.
In my opinion, love birds and parrots both make great pets even
if they never utter a word. We have both in our home. The lovebirds chatter away all day, never making a sound that
anyone can understand, except as being simply ‘noisy chatter.’ However, our Double Yellow Head parrot makes up for
it; his vocabulary is very long, extensive and he is constantly talking.
If you decide to breed love birds just remember they are
prolific breeders. You may soon, as we did, find our home over run with lovebirds! And, as a word of caution, “do
not” put bark chips in the nest of the baby birds. Though the odor is pleasant to humans, it is too strong for baby
lovebirds. I must admit I learned the hard way and had casualties on my hands! Paper is the best thing to put in
the nest along with some alfalfa. Do not get powdered alfalfa, rather dried alfalfa blades. If you decide to use
paper, do cut the paper in long strips and put it beside the nest. Mama will take it into the nest. And, remember
if mama snaps at you she is only protecting her nest!
My favorite lovebird is Lucky, so named as it was our first
clutch and she was the only one, of six, that survived when I put the bark
chips in the nest.
We do not have an aviary breeder, rather, our lovebirds are
paired off in separate cages. The best way to tame babies quickly is to remove the babies from the next when they
are about two weeks old and hand feed them. This way, the birds get the best of both worlds: the immunity conferred
from their parents and the tameness that comes from being handled by humans.
Our lovebirds are abundance weaned so that they are happy,
well-adjusted birds. We feed them pellets, a good seed mix, alfalfa, wheatgrass, quinoa, sprouted beans, and other
veggies and fruits. And, oh yes! Lovebirds love to not only eat grapes, but to toss them around also.
In short, lovebirds love playing. They keep us entertained for hours.If you decide to get a lovebird for a pet, you
will have made an excellent choice!