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Hi, 

Im getting a 3 month old lovebird soon and the man is offering me a free budgie with it to keep it company, is that a good idea and would the love bird still bond to me?

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Originally Posted by mudflaps View Post
 

Hi, 

Im getting a 3 month old lovebird soon and the man is offering me a free budgie with it to keep it company, is that a good idea and would the love bird still bond to me?​

No way put a budgie in the same cage as a lovebird!!!!!!!!!!!

 

I can assure you the lovebird will seriously injure the budgie eventually, and even maybe kill it.

 

Lovebirds have very big and powerful beaks and they like to bite budgies feet off.. or even rip off the budgies beak!! Sorry to be so graphic, but you must understand that they can not mix together.

 

I am worried about the person you are buying your birds from.. maybe they don't know about birds.. and so may give you bad advise about how to care for them.

 

Please do some research on the net about pet lovebirds.

 

Its also better to get a pair of lovebirds... its cruel to keep a singe one.. as they are very social birds by nature at its very stressful for them to live alone.

 

A pair on any sex combination will work.  You will enjoy keeping 2 a lot more than one.. because 2 are far move active and playful together.  A single bird will just sit there and do nothing because if feels insecure on its own.

 

If you get both birds when they are very young and hand feed them treats and handle them often they will both bond with you and get very tame. 

 

If you have a singe bird if will over bond with you.. seeing you as its mate.. and it will try to mate with you when it is sexually mature.  When its left alone (when you go to work, shopping, out with friends etc)  it will get very stressed and may start to mutilate itself by puling out its feathers or start making really loud noises to call you back.... which will annoy others in your house or your neighbours. 

 

I am a breeder of many kind of exotic birds, lovebirds being one of them.  Please believe me that mixing a budgie with a lovebirds will end in disaster... and keeping a lone lovebird is cruel and will eventually lead to your bird getting sick.. mentally or physically. 

post #3 of 7
If you want the lovebird to be friendly, I would not get any other bird to keep the lovebird company. You want them to bond to you. If there is another bird, they will not bond to you and will bond to the other bird. This means they'll become very aggressive towards you, even if it's a hand raised bird.

I also second the suggestion to avoid putting a budgie with a lovebird. It can work sometimes but not always and it's a big risk.
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If you want the lovebird to be friendly, I would not get any other bird to keep the lovebird company. You want them to bond to you. If there is another bird, they will not bond to you and will bond to the other bird. This means they'll become very aggressive towards you, even if it's a hand raised bird.

I also second the suggestion to avoid putting a budgie with a lovebird. It can work sometimes but not always and it's a big risk.

Sorry, but this is not the case about the birds becoming aggressive with you...

 

You can have a pair or a aviary full of them....

 

They will still get tame enough to sit on your hands and shoulders and feed from your hands.

 

I just have to walk into my aviary and I am covered in about 20 of them... on my head, climbing up my arms etc.

 

Keeping a social bird in solitary confinement is cruel and selfish... if people love their birds they will want to do what makes them the happiest. 

 

If you have a single bonded bird it will become aggressive with others people in your family and will constantly try to sick up food all over you to 'feed you', and even hump and mate with your hands, head, etc out of frustration of now having a real mate.

post #5 of 7
Are these lovebirds you are talking about? Most other birds, yes I would agree that having a buddy is a good thing. Lovebirds if kept in pairs can get extremely aggressive towards an owner. An aviary is a different story. They have space to fly and they are in a large group, so you won't see as much individual aggression as you would see in a pair of house kept lovebirds. I'm surprised you've never heard people snicker about how wrong the name "lovebirds" is for these little guys.

Keeping a single bird is not cruel if you give it the care and time it needs.

Generally though, I don't recommend lovebirds as pets.
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Having raised Lovebirds, Budgies (parakeets) and a few other exotics, I'm going to chime in here.

My birds had a play area set up where there were educational toys, perches, challenge ladders, swings, bathing containers, etc

 

You need to know what sex they are because this will determine how you proceed.  Lovebirds are a little tricky to sex until they are about 9 months of age.  Budgie have a color to their nares that tells the sex even as a very young bird. 

Males in both breeds are more compatible together.

 

I agree that keeping a Lovebird and a budgie in the same cage will put the budgie in danger.   The female lovebird is very territorial and will defend that territory aggressively.

 

Why not put each in it's own cage.  They can become companions from safe distance and when more tame can be supervised during times outside their cages.  This would also make it easier to hand tame them with out competition.

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LF: Columbian Wyandotte, Cochins; B: OEGB, Rosecomb, d'Anvers, Delaware

"Speak kind words; hear kind echos."  "When you get to your wit's end, you'll find God lives there."  

"Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret." 

Fabric Temptress - http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=3104712#p3104712
 

 

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Hi, 

 

I just got a indian ringneck parrot who is 2 and 1/2 years old and she is just starting to step up onto my arm.

However when she does she slightly bites my arm first to '' help'' her on what should I do?

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