African Lovebirds Make Fantastic Pets
I have a real love for birds as you can probably tell and I recently acquired a pair of lovebirds. I have had several breeds of birds as pets over the years but never lovebirds. The two lovebirds above are George and Martha and they are a proven pair of breeders. In the following post I’m going to go over some of the love birds basic care requirements. They make great pet birds and don’t take up a lot of space.
Our Pair of Lovebirds
Caging Requirements for Pet Lovebirds
Lovebirds require at least a 18x24x24 cage. Bigger is better if you can afford the cost and space. It’s also very important to provide a lot of toys and materials for them to chew on. Mine love to shred up paper and chew on wooden sticks.
Lovebirds really enjoy climbing around so provide ladders and swings and lots of perches. It’s a good idea to place newspaper on the cage floor because lovebirds are messy eaters and knock a lot of seed on the ground.
It’s also important to let your lovebirds out of the cage as much as possible. This not only gives them exercise but it relieves stress and it’s a great way for you to interact with your birds. It’s best not to feed them before you let them out. This makes it easier to get them back into the cage if they aren’t hand tamed. Just put there food in there cage and they will eventually go back in.
Our Whole Family Of Lovebirds
What to Feed Your Lovebirds
I feed my Lovebirds a parakeet and canary mix that you can buy at any Walmart or pet shop. They really like the small seeds like millet and canary seed. I have bought the mix for lovebirds and cockatiels but they seem to pick through it and only eat the small seeds and so much would go to waste.
I have tried to feed my lovebirds fruits and vegetables but they just don’t like them. I’ve cut up apples and carrots, watermelon and strawberries. I know other people who’s birds love it.
It’s important to keep a cuttle bone in the cage so they can get calcium and it also prevents their beaks from getting over grown.
Fresh water daily is a must. My thought is if you won’t drink it why should they. I use a water unit that attaches to the side of the cage so I don’t have to open the cage door every time.
Taming Your Lovebird
When I bought George and Martha they were already pretty tame and you could tell the previous owner had worked with them quite a bit. Lovebirds are nervous birds and it takes a while for them to gain your trust.
Unlike a dove which is naturally calm and easy to train Lovebirds are definitely a challenge. You really need to be patient with them. However once they realize that you are not a threat and trust you they become extremely affectionate.
George will play with your hair and nibble softly on your ears. When your training them hold back on feeding them so they are hungry when your working with them. It makes it easier to get them back in the cage.