Re: Is this true?
Posted by Jessica on 7/13/06
I understand your experience with the lovebirds that you have
raised. Biting and aggressiveness is bird-specific and for
different reasons, which is why I do not like it when people say
that "all lovebirds bite" or other blanket statements like this.
In your first experience, your lovebird did not forget who you
are. Lovebirds are extremely intelligent creatures, and they
will not forget you over the course of 10 days. She probably was
rather angry with you, though, for "abandoning" her for that
length of time. She was holding a grudge with you when you came
back, which was the cause of her biting. If not handled
correctly right away, this kind of biting can get out of control,
and like you said, your bird had become unhandleable.
Bringing in a companion lovebird and putting them in the same
cage caused the angry lovebird to have a new friend to bond to.
Then she didn't need you anymore for friendship. The other bird
was there all the time, and you come and go. Pet lovebirds are
always MUCH better off as singles.
We have raised many lovebird babies in our years of breeding.
There are calm, relaxed females (and males!) and there are nippy
ones. It does not seem to have any relation to the parent
birds. And whether or not these nipping birds become out-right
biters depends largely on how you handle the nipping when it
first starts out as playful. It needs to be dealt with right at
the beginning and not allowed to escalate to out-right biting.
Below is a link to an article I wrote for the ALBS that is now
posted on their website regarding biting in pet lovebirds.
Females do tend to start with the nipping more frequently than
males. This is because they are generally the ones that will
rank higher in the flock. With these birds, it must be
established very early on that they are NOT the flock leader,
that YOU are in control, and that you won't have it any other
way. Once this has been learned and is understood,
nipping/biting problems are greatly reduced.
> Jessica, I'm no expert on lovebirds but I have had babies and
> this is what's happened with mine, I had a loving tamed lovie
> and when I went in the hospital for 10 days, she kind of
> forgot me so when I came back she didnt love me anymore. She
> would bite me at every chance and became impossible to handle.
> I felt she was lonely and I went and bought a companion lovie
> for her. After a while we found out she was a girl(she laid an
> egg) the companion was very tame and loving, he ended up being
> a boy and you guessed it, they had babies. One of her first
> four is very nippy and agressive, gets blood out of me all the
> time, she still young but has all the charesteristic of her
> mother so I think she is a female. Out of that clutch I kept
> another baby that acts just like the father, calm, relaxed,
> loving and playful, I thinks he's a male.
> From their second clutch, they only had one baby and I handfed
> her and spoil her with attention, she's starting to get nippy
> but I'm trying to turn her around to not bite. I love her and
> want her to stay tame. My opinion, based on what i've seen
> with my own is that biting is a behavior inherited from one of
> the parents and I think my females inherit the biting from the
> mother and my males have inherited the calmness from the
> father. Just my opinion, I'm no expert. Just keep loving and
> pampering your baby if he is not into biting yet chances are
> he's going to stay calm and tame. How old is your baby, my
> biters started biting around the time they are 8 to 9 weeks.
> They play bite at the beginning and get worse as they get
> older. Good luck on your baby and just keep on loving him.