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Re: What to do with a widowed love bird?

Posted by Mickie, on 2/23/08
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    On 2/22/08, Bridget wrote:
    > Hi
    > the best way to introduce a new lovie is to buy one and keep
    > their cages right next to eachother for a week or 2. then
    > let the older one play on top of the new ones cage and visa
    > versa.
    > Is your male handleable? If yes after 1 week take both of
    > them out and let them play together. if they start to argue
    > seperate them and try again 2 days later. Eventually they
    > will like eachother.
    >
    >
    > On 2/21/08, Christine wrote:
    >> Almost 10 years ago my husband bought a lovely mated pair
    > of
    >> dutch blue lovebirds for me. They have had many babies
    > over
    >> the years and have always been healthy and happy. This past
    >> weekend my female passed away. She seemed to just fade over
    >> a couple of days, and died. Now I have a widowed male who
    >> is making the worst racket I've ever experienced in my
    > life.
    >> He is healthy and robust...and apparently lonely. I got
    > him
    >> a mirror for his cage, but I need to get him a new partner.
    >> Any advice on how to introduce a new lovergirl to him?

    That was good advise you got from Christine. When I first
    introduced my male Lovie to my female I had them socialize by
    keeping their cages side by side and then a few days later let
    both of them out and let them fly and play together. They
    took to each other rather quickly and were ready to mate by
    day's end. I put them together that day. They were together
    three years and had six babies. My male died this past
    Christmas and my female was grieving terribly so I moved one
    of her grown babies (a female) to a cage near her and they
    have become the best of friends. My older female has calmed
    down. Every day I let them visit each other in their cages and
    the play really well. I don't keep them together at night.
    They sleep in their own cages.