On 7/18/10, Bruce wrote:
> I have two lovebirds one of which is constantly plucking
> feathers from the smaller birds head. How do I stop this? Is
> it possible to stop this? Why is the bird doing this?
> Also, how do you tell which is male or female?? We also have
> two Parakeets (in their own cage). Could this be causing the
Bruce, the only absolute way to determine gender of a
lovebird or any other non-dimorphic bird is by DNA testing or
surgical sexing. All of the other methods, regardless of
what you hear, is simply guessing.
Lovebirds are notorious for plucking other birds as well as
themselves, especially when they come into breeding mode,
although this is not always the case.
Some will do it from boredom, others because they can!
Having two parakeets in another cage is not going to cause
As far as the lovebirds go, make sure they have some toys or
chewing devices to keep them occupied. This may or may not
help with the plucking.
Providing bath water several times per week may also help.