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    Adopting 4 years old lovebird

    Hi,
    I want to tell you that I just talked to my mom this morning. She told me that last night a woman called her and asked her if we want her lovebird peach faced because she works all the time, no time for her. It's a female. My mom thinks yes, we will take her, probably next week.

    This lovebird is 4 years old and she had a mate before but not anymore. She used to be alone. She likes people and friendly.

    When we take her in, will she be scared of us?
    Will she let us to play with her?
    I feel kinda bad to take her in while we lost Smokey in 2 months ago but I want to make another lovebird happy and safe. Believe me, we have learned our mistakes.

    I am not giving up on Smokey. I am still looking for him and letting people know about him. Please pray for his safe return to us.
    Thanks!
    ***Erin***

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    Re: Adopting 4 years old lovebird

    Also I want to know, is a female lovebird good pet?
    Will she lay her eggs every month?
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    Re: Adopting 4 years old lovebird

    Female lovebirds can make as good a pet as a male.

    The lovie may be a wee bit frightened of her new home at first. She may be overcautious, quiet, timid -- you name it. It's a new home, a new environment and new people. To ease her transition, you may want to keep the bird in the same cage for a while with all the toys/ dishes in the same place (unless, of course, the cage is dangerously small or overly dirty). This will give her *some* comfort while she adjust to her new surroundings.

    As far as handling? Patience is key. If she isn't already, have her wing feathers trimmed. You don't have to keep her trimmed forever -- just until she's used to the surroundings and such.

    Egg-laying may depend on the bird. Has she laid eggs in the past? If so, you may want to do things that will NOT encourage nesting behavior, such as: no Happy Huts, no shredding toys, no paper to shed, limiting exposure to light (I'm not saying to keep her in darkness -- you may want to cut it back a bit, say 8-10 hours a day as opposed to 10-12 hours a day).

    I'm sure that others with more female lovie experience will chime in. I do hope that you are able to give this deserving bird a loving home

    Best of luck,

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    Re: Adopting 4 years old lovebird

    Thanks, ejw829.

    My mom and I don't know what to do.
    Should we wait for a baby lovebird in February
    to be ready for us or we should take an older
    lovebird in?
    I feel sorry for this lovebird...
    ***Erin***

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    Re: Adopting 4 years old lovebird

    Hi Erin,
    I was given my love bird Kiwi when she was eight years old and she is the only love bird I have ever had (my first bird period!). She was not friendly when I got her and is not hand tamed but she has gotten used to me and although she does not like me to touch her or her cage, she will sit on my shoulder and allow me to help her "shower".
    I would take in the four year old if I had a choice because she needs the home more than a baby bird would and once they are older they have great personalities. Kiwi is a crack up, although she is also mean as a snake, I am very fond of her and like her spunk. Kiwi lost her mate a number of years ago and is too vicious for me to get her a mate now. She also used to lay eggs until I took her and since i have had her a year she has not laid eggs. I had to take her mirror out of her cage because she was making advances towards it and looked like she was going to nest. Her old cage was quite dark and she had a hidey hole and I think that is why she laid eggs. Hope that helps. Make sure to post if you end up getting her!

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    Re: Adopting 4 years old lovebird

    Hi Erin,
    I'd suggest to find as much information from the owner about the bird as you can.. is she used to being handled, out of the cage (how many hours daily), her diet, favorite toys, how big is the cage, is she used to having music on, how much sleep did she get, etc.. to make her feel at home and to give you some clues as to how you can expect her to behave. Any new bird, regardless of age, will need to get the feel of the place, adjust to new people and routines.. and this takes patience and a commitment- both of which you seem to have.

    I'd go with the 4 year old. She will be calmer, and even if she is cage territorial or nippy, you can work around that. If that is what you decide to do, we are here to support you and to help.

    Regarding Smokey, if it isn't too painful for you to do so, keep up with your search. Miracles do happen.

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    Re: Adopting 4 years old lovebird

    I have a female lovie that is nippy but still to cute, she lays 1-2 times a year, first with one then two and just recently three, I've never got a second lovie but know that she for sure would not be that happy if she couldn't chat through the wire's to my budgies. Then again she only lays when i get a new male of any kind that is near her, (last time it was a canary). My Sobe doesn't try to nest if she has newspaper and stuff but sleeps in a bowl with hamster shaving in it and loves it.


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