On 12/29/05, tim wrote:
> Here's a pic of the lutinos that were suppose to be a pair.
> They are both male,they were very skinny,dirty,and scared
> of the world. I wasn't impressed with them when i saw them.
> I was there to buy a different bird from the lady but i
> couldn't leave them in that situation but they are putting
> on a little weight and starting to calm down a little bit.
> I talk to them everyday in a calming voice and they are
> starting to respond i wont give up on them i'm going to get
> them some girlfriends that should occupy some of their time.
Nice of you to take these boys in.
Not sure how familiar you are with lovebirds and the whole
breeding concept, but since you've mentioned that some of
your birds came from, let's say, a "less reputable breeder,"
you might want to consider having some testing done on them
by your vet.
Not to panic you, but if this is a serious endeavor for you,
your birds might be harboring some things that you might not
be able to see visually. Lovebirds can carry some diseases
that are not able to be seen. If not a complete testing, at
least some gram stains on your existing flock would be a good
place to start. This can also save you a lot of heart ache
and future problems.
This would give you peace of mind knowing that nothing is
wrong with the parent birds and when you go to sell the
offspring, you will be able to say that the parents have been
tested and are healthy.