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Re: Is this true? Sorry... my response was meant for Aly.

Posted by Mickie on 7/12/06
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    On 7/12/06, Mickie wrote:
    > On 7/11/06, Jessica wrote:
    >> 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
    > Aly, 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.
    > Mickie