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    jamieandkellie
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    wondering if anybody has advice for beginners with masked lovebirds?We have had budgies and social finches…we bought mom a lovebird for her anniversary and we just got it another as a playmate.We want to keep them healthy and happy….any help would be great!!!!:agree: :angel6: :agree:

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    Garfield
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    Here’s something i found :

    Masked lovebirds are one of the “orbital eye ring” sub-species of agapornis. All of the orbital eye ring species have a white ring around their eyes. Masked lovebirds have been bred in captivity for a number of years and a few color mutations have been developed. Masked lovebirds reach breeding age at one year and can live up to fifteen in captivity. To help your new pet reach this age a good cockatiel seed mix should be provided daily, supplemented with vegetables such as corn, green peas, black eyed peas, carrots, and green-leafy vegetables. Lovebirds, like most hookbilled birds, have the capability of mimicking certain whistles, tunes, and words although lovebirds are not noted for their speaking ability. Lovebirds have excellent motor skills however and can be taught to climb miniature ladders, walk on a tennis balls, or lie on their backs in your palm. Hand fed lovebirds make wonderful pets. They are hardy, active, and may form very strong bonds to their owners. However, lovebirds, like many hookbills, are often quite defensive of their cages. In captivity the bird’s cage is its “territory” and they tend to defend their territory when they feel threatened. The best way to avoid any territorial bites from your little friend is to establish a routine for getting the bird out of the cage. Once the bird understands this “routine” it will not feel threatened as you take it out of its “territory” and it will quickly become the sweet, little pet that it truly is.

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    jamieandkellie
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    thankyou garfield ….I’m glad someone finaly took a minute to answer my kids ….this is their mom…I have been feeding the birds with a good seed mixture supplied by the breeder….and I have been feeding them an assortment of veggies, but I find that the veggies are going untouched….I have bought a bigger cage for them 2x2x3 and they seem happy…the kids are eager for the birds to sit on their finger,we are trying :agree: they are cute little guys but are quite vocal-especially at 6:30 in the am!!!!thanks fot the help birdmom:flippy:

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