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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly about Lovebirds

TheBirds

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After six months as little Lyric's "carer", I think I can confidently add to this thread now! He's roughly 9 mos. at the moment and we got him from a really wonderful breeder (Lovely Lovies, if you're in Ontario!). I've been so impressed by both the bird and the breeder that we're adding a second Lovebird just as soon as he has something that's been weaned! Let's see ...

The Good? Lyric is clownish, outgoing, and personable. He'll quite reliably step-up on fingers and hands (although we did have quite a set-back after an unfortunate visit to the vet ) and is easy to return to his cage when it's time - without protest. If he's out, he'll fly to me or a family member and hang out on a shoulder, and loves to cuddle .. especially in the evening. He's been really good about accepting pellets, and not just one kind but MANY different kinds (I try to sneak them in without his noticing, lol). Honestly, I can't say I recall a time that he's ever bitten me, but he does use his beak to examine my fingers (fingernails) or put the brakes on any head scratches that he's not interesting in receiving! He's most entertaining with his foot toys, like his plastic ball with a bell inside that he'll chase - and then throw - around the bottom of his cage, and he likes to drop it in his water or food dish on occasion too. This sounds weird, but even his poops aren't terrible .. they're relatively solid and easy to clean up if they end up on clothing or the floor.

The Bad? He's resistant to eating fresh fruits and vegetables, and can be very vocal. Not so much the volume, but the duration .. there was one night where he chirped for nearly two hours straight! To be fair, he tends to do it at "roosting time" where he'll tuck his beak into his feathers and "bweep, bweep, bweep", so it's not like he's being intentionally obnoxious.

The Ugly? Literally nothing!

I absolutely love these little birds, from their body shape (just a round ball of feathers!) to the way they run (pat-pat-pat----pat-pat-pat-pat----pat-pat). Lyric's in a Vision cage so there's virtually NO mess, and cleaning the cage itself from top to bottom takes less than 30 mins a week. It's the fourth cage I've tried him in and it's the absolute cleanest (and easiest to keep clean) so we're sticking with it permanently now!
 

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Back to add to my previous post ... since adding a second Lovebird we've come to understand how noisy these little guys can be. So I'm amending the above to add - somewhere between bad and ugly! - the constant chatter.

It got to a point where we couldn't keep them in our Family Room anymore .. not because of the volume, but because of the frequency of their vocalizations. It's not unusual for one of them to vocalize for a solid 30 - 45 minutes at a time, multiple times a day. Not outright squawking, but something between a chatter and a squawk. Want to have a conversation without losing your train of thought? Forget it. Want to watch TV? Good luck! For anyone considering a Lovebird, I'd recommend having somewhere you can put them where you can close the door when the noise gets to be overwhelming.

I can't say I have any other real complaints, because both our two are really sociable and are always happy to be let out and be handled. And no nasty bites (although the younger one is still experimenting with his beak)! They love to preen my face (?) and will fly to find me when I leave a room even for a brief moment. Really wonderful companion birds, but can be noisy as heck :laugh:
 

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@TheBirds That is so funny - our 8 have many times when they’re pretty quiet! It’s actually not that often that they all get going at once.
 

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For anyone considering a Lovebird, I'd recommend having somewhere you can put them where you can close the door when the noise gets to be overwhelming.
My partner leaves the house and goes out for a walk when things are really noisy :lol:

since adding a second Lovebird we've come to understand how noisy these little guys can be. So I'm amending the above to add - somewhere between bad and ugly! - the constant chatter.

It got to a point where we couldn't keep them in our Family Room anymore .. not because of the volume, but because of the frequency of their vocalizations. It's not unusual for one of them to vocalize for a solid 30 - 45 minutes at a time, multiple times a day.
We had all this too when adding birds. It would last a couple of months then settle.
My birds are quite for over half the day (maybe off peeps and cheeps, but nothing really noisy).
It´s 2pm now, and you could hear a pin drop in here. Sydney is making a couple of quieter peeps but the most noise is my keyboard as I type this.
They get a bit noisier when letting them out of their cages as they get excited seeing the others being let out, but once they are all out they make noise at first then quieten down.
 

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My partner leaves the house and goes out for a walk when things are really noisy :lol:


We had all this too when adding birds. It would last a couple of months then settle.
My birds are quite for over half the day (maybe off peeps and cheeps, but nothing really noisy).
It´s 2pm now, and you could hear a pin drop in here. Sydney is making a couple of quieter peeps but the most noise is my keyboard as I type this.
They get a bit noisier when letting them out of their cages as they get excited seeing the others being let out, but once they are all out they make noise at first then quieten down.
It's the same for us here. Anakin used to go through periods where he would make a whole lot of noise for no reason for about half an hour, but all of them are generally pretty quiet during the day. A bit of chatter in the morning and when I first let them out, but otherwise it's silent. Charlie, on the other hand, is all chatter almost all day.
 

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@Zara @fluffypoptarts and @LunaLovebird .. I hope I'm soon joining your club :laugh: Indie, the younger, is definitely worse as far as noise. But they both like to try and compete with the TV as well as any conversations going on, especially in the evening.

So even if my experience isn't typical (and here's hoping that it's NOT), let's say it could be a possibility :wacky:
 

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They get a bit noisier when letting them out of their cages as they get excited seeing the others being let out, but once they are all out they make noise at first then quieten down.
It must be awfully cool to see them all out and about at once .... do you have a clip anywhere of them enjoying out of cage time together?
 

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It must be awfully cool to see them all out and about at once
Sounds better than it is.
I can´t keep up with them when they are all out at once, so I rarely do it.
I usually fly the Blue team and then Sydney/Adelie separate. Gisli goes with whoever, but he gets some extra time out after I cover everyone for bed (because he´s the only one without a buddy).
 

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I've had other lovies who were pretty much exactly as other posts but my girl Nora is like no bird iVe met
The good: she's cute as hell and smells delicious! She's a clever chicken and has a few phrases very clearly spoken like peek a boo (aside from a peek a boo situation she always says this when you cover and uncover her cage as a goodnight) what are you doing/whatcha doin/what doing/what do, when you tell her off for something she says brightly "good girl!" Like no, no good girl! And screams 'pew pew pew' when in the shower and loving life. She's a nutty flyer, she had 5 flight feathers cut each side when I got her but could fly high, fast, dive bomb and pull out last min etc but she loves to fly fast and hard land om shoulder when excited, and to slap you with a wing as she flys past and loves a last min syke by flying at your face and last second pulling out and going elsewhere.
Sometimes I get lovely patting times but when I do She mostly wants me to rub on her bottom jaw and neck.

The weird: bad didn't seem the word for it, she HATES having her cage rearranged and if you so she will sleep sitting on the bottom looking like she's lost at sea! She loves bells but specifically one toy which is a perspex spiral with a bell on and she lays on her back and kicks it with her feet, not too weird except she likes to do this around 9:30 each day even if shes out of the cage it's like 'oh shizz it's spiral time I gotta go'. She's an explorer but if she spots legs or feet or toes she will excavate like an archeologist to get to where you've hidden those toes so they can be bitten.
She also purposely gets into spots then calls out like she's stuck so you find her (up the fly screen behind the blind, in the box under her cage she squeezes into, under paper towel in the cage). She also loves to call to the native lorikeets but specifically loves the pasty myna and butcher birds because they try to kill her but end up thwacking themselves into the window much to her extreme delight. Sadistic!

The ugly: she bites. All the time. Regularly gets blood but it's just something she enjoys. She will hunt you out to flY over land on your shoulder just to bite your neck. She knows how to step up and come and all sorts but she also doesnt feel like perflrmjng 99% of the time so pretends youre just asking for bites.
She tears paper but just flings in behind her as she has no interest in making a nest, the hormones make her tear and hump my hair when it's in a bun and that's it, weirdo! Doesn't hump anything else haha lucky me and my sexy bun.
She screams a lot sometimes in human words some times birdy tweets mostly just the highest and loudest to get attn. If things are her way she wants me in the room, her in the cage door open, me not touching but flys over to bite just to make sure you dont forget the feeling.
 

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@Neversaw Female lovers can be feisty little terrorists, but they never cease being adorable! :D
 
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