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Re: Is this true?

Posted by Jessica on 7/11/06
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    Aly,

    Don't believe what you're being told! I am a breeder of
    lovebirds, and the greater majority of our babies go into pet
    homes. I also have three pet lovebirds of my own.

    Lovebirds do often have a dominant streak, but this is
    something that you can control and even prevent to begin
    with. Establish with your baby, while it is young, that you
    are the leader of the flock. Practice step-up training
    routinely, as this is a way that you give a command that the
    bird must follow, placing you in the position of leadership.
    Also, establish the ground rules that you would want long
    term (what your bird is and is not allowed to do), and stick
    with this consistently. Punish bad behaviors by verbally
    scolding or putting the bird in a time-out cage. As you
    establish your leadership in the flock, your bird is much
    less likely to challenge your authority later in life.

    Mood swings do sometimes occur once a lovebird reaches sexual
    maturity (10 - 12 months of age). If your bird indicates an
    unwillingness to come out of their cage on a certain day,
    respect that. But don't fear sexual maturity! The hormone
    swings will generally occur once or twice a year, and they
    pass.

    Many people will say that male lovebirds make better pets
    than females. It is interesting to me that most of these
    breeders are not DNA or surgically sexing their babies before
    selling them into pet homes.

    Personally, I think that females make just as good pets as
    males. They are just a little different. Females are more
    likely to challenge authority (in a pair bond, the female is
    more often than not the dominant bird) and owners should
    focus more on establishing their leadership in the owner/bird
    relationship. My own pet birds consist of one male
    peachfaced lovebird and two female masked lovebirds. All are
    individuals, have their own personalities, likes & dislikes.

    Don't fear that your bird will become mean! There are many
    lovebird owners that have their birds as pets for a long
    number of years. Do what you can now to prevent any problems
    in the future, and enjoy your bird. :)


    On 7/10/06, Aly wrote:
    > Greetings,
    > I keep hearing this about my beloved baby lovebird and
    > I'm not sure if these bird people are telling the truth or
    > have just heard it as a rumor. I've got a lovely little
    > green-violet baby, handfed and very nice. But, a lot of
    > people keep acting surprised that he's still so nice. (not
    > sure if "he" really is a he, just guessing). Everyone says
    > as my baby gets older, regardless make or female that he
    > will get aggressive and nippy. He'll get dominant and
    > demanding and I'll no longer be able to hold him without
    > bleeding everytime. Is this true? I couldn't think all
    > lovebirds do this but I was just curious as to what our
    > future holds.
    > THANKS in advance