We, my husband and I recently bought two love birds who have 3 offspring, now I am noticing some signs of possible abuse. One, the runt has bare patches on his or her shoulders (could be from pecking?) he or she also is quite attached to me and looks like it's being ignored. The other younger one but bigger than the runt, has been hanging in the cage with beak, as far away as s/he can be from parents and other siblings. When younger they were quite happy to rest on Dad's (human) shoulder and now they are freaked out. I say they are brainwashed by bird mom and dad, who are still wild and we don't know how to get them tame. The two others fly away. So now we have them in a cage together with out mom and dad.