Lovebird help...

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Lovebird help...

Post by Terri Ash » Thu, 06 Aug 1992 00:34:17

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to let you know that I've really enjoyed reading this newsgroup
and have decided to come here for some advice...

I have a single, female lovebird (Charlie) who is about 2 1/2 years old.  I
have heard that it's better to keep them in pairs, but I recieved this bird
from someone who was moving and didn't want her, and I wanted to keep her as
tame and friendly as she was when I got her.  She used to squak and complain
until someone would let her out of the cage, and fly or walk behind whoever
she liked best at the time.  The problem is this, though...

About 3 months after I took her, she started getting very vicious in her cage.
If anyone put a hand up, or even tried to change the food or water, she'd race
over and try to bite.  When we tried to take her out, she also would bite
_hard_, usually drawing ***.  She is however, even now, very affectionate
when she is out of her cage.  She does housework with me, while riding on my
shoulder, but if I get near her cage she goes nuts and starts biting.  I still
take her out, but it's quite a production, as I have to wear a glove, or sock
on my hand so she doesn't hurt.  My question is this...Is she just territorial
over her cage?  She's laid several eggs on the bottom of the cage, but she
always destroys them as soon as she lays them.  Also, would getting another
bird help?  I've thought about it, but I don't want the new bird hurt by
Charlie, or vice versa.  Also if I get a new bird, should it be male?  I've
considered it, but I don't know anything about breeding birds.  I imagine it's
neat watching them hatch and grow, but I wouldn't have a clue what to do with
the babies, and my house really isn't ready for a whole bunch of birds.  So
what do you think? I hope I don't get flamed for not knowing much about love
birds.  Thanks in advance for any advice.