Lovebirds are small parrots that are often imagined as peach-faced birds. However, there are many other colors and mutations available for adoption that are sure to delight any potential owner. Here are 5 things you need to know and understand about these birds so you and your bird will have a long and happy life together.
Singles or Doubles-Whether you decide to adopt one or two birds depends entirely on your lifestyle. If you don’t have a lot of time to spend with your bird on a consistent basis, adopting two birds is recommended so that you can provide each other with the companionship and interaction necessary to stay healthy. If you decide on two, keep in mind that they will probably be more closely related to each other than to you, and factor in the double costs of food, vet bills, cages, and all the other accessories you’ll need. If the additional costs are more than you want to commit to and your lifestyle does not allow you to spend a lot of time with the bird, it is not recommended that you adopt just one.
let’s make lunch-Their diet should consist of high quality pellets to ensure they get all the nutrients they need. Supplement this with fresh organic fruits and vegetables, sprouted seeds (which are higher in nutrients and lower in fat), cuttlefish for extra calcium, and an unlimited supply of clean, fresh water. Provide your bird with special treats that are colorful and varied in texture both visually and tastefully. There are many sources on the web for recipes for homemade treats that any bird would call delicious. Be sure to consult with your avian veterinarian about giving additional vitamins if your bird is using a pellet diet to avoid vitamin toxicity. Never feed your Lovebird chocolate, caffeine, rhubarb, avocado, or alcohol as these are toxic to the birds.
Could I have your attention, please? If you have a lot of time and love to give the Lovebird is for you. They need and love personal attention, and providing this attention and affection on a daily basis can keep your bird happy and emotionally healthy. Daily interaction with their primary caregiver will help prevent potentially dangerous behaviors such as feather plucking, mutilating, biting people and other pets.
Did you say hush? To some these birds may seem noisy; for others, the sounds they make are perfectly fine. How noisy is noisy depends on your individual bird, and the willingness and ability of you and your family to tolerate it. If you live where you share walls with neighbors, the sounds of birds can create a problem for others, as they tend to be loud at certain times of the day. They are generally not talkative and rarely learn words.
Love is in the air-Using a High Efficiency Particulate Retention Air Purifier (or HEPA) is one of the best ways to keep your bird healthy and literally put love in the air. Removing airborne contaminants that often carry viruses and bacteria that cause infection and disease is a proactive way to keep you, your bird and your family healthy.