The Lovebirds

The Lovebirds
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Sunday, July 8, 2007

Thinks to Think Before Buying a Lovebird

If you want to buy a lovebird please make sure that the bird is a young one. Older birds are also occasionally offered for sale as family pets but if they are not used to living in a family there is a serious risk that they will never become the tame bird you have always looked for.

In the case of lovebirds it is possible to determine the age of a bird by its beak., which is partially black when the bird is still young. In these species the fact that the birds have eyes that are uniformly dark, i.e/ do not have a white or russet iris., also often points to the birds being young.

If you do not know a great deal about lovebirds, take someone with you who can advise you or buy your bird from someone who is reliable, for example, a breeder who is known for his or her knowledge.

A lot of lovebirds are hand reared by the breeders. A major advantage of this is that the birds become used to humans at an early age and accept them as one of their own. Consequently they’re not afraid of humans and very quickly become tame. The fact that lovebirds are hand-reared does, however, also have a number of drawbacks, namely that the natural breeding and nurturing behavior of the lovebirds is interfered with.

There is fairly big risk that a hand-reared bird will have problems raising its own offspring later on—that is if this bird accepts a bird of same species as its partner. If you want to use a lovebird for breeding purposes you would be better off buying a bird that has been raised by its parents.

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