On 7/13/06, Jessica wrote:
> 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
> 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
> 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.
Thank you for your valuable explanation. When My lovie got mad at
me for not being around for days, it really broke my heart. I no
longer could play with her or handle her, so I decided to get her
a friend to bond with to make her happy. Her companion though came
from a breeder and he told me this baby was parent raised and
wild, yet from day one I was able to handle him, he was very calm,
docile and playful and he remains that way today. My new baby is
about 10 weeks and he has started to bite but like you say in your
article his biting is innocent, not intentional at all, he's
trying his new beak like a baby would his new teeth. So for that
reason I have not tried any discipline on him.
It's great to have people like you here, very knowledgeable. Also
that was a great article you wrote for the ALBS and I visited your
website and loved it. Three of my lovies get their bath by
splashing in my hands under running water too, it's a very happy
sight. Brought a smile to see yours doing it.