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    Can you "mix" lovebirds throughout their types? Say a fischers and a peach face? Is there any rule of thumb to that?

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    Re: mixing "types"

    Different species can mix together socially, but most people would recommend against breeding them because breeding species hybrids is generally frowned upon (my own opinion differs slightly here, but that's the norm).

    As long as you're careful to avoid (even accidental) babies, it's possible to house different species together.

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    Re: mixing "types"

    Thank you very much... Im not planning on doing so but wanted to learn the rule of thumb.

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    Re: mixing "types"

    I don't believe in breeding out of species. fischer lovebirds should breed with other fishchers-- I use to have a friend that cross bred them---- we are no longer friends. she just wanted different colors to sell for bigger money. lovebirds are beautiful in their own right. a reputable breeder would be against it. black masked should breed with black masked too, peach faced and white faced are in the same species. I say no. don't do it.
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    Re: mixing "types"

    I have recently acquired a new Masked lovie, Mini and before her I already had my Fischer's lovie, Pepper.
    Although they are both eyering species, which are often known to be 'less violent' than peachies, as Sunbirdx said above, both of my birds have very violent streaks, and don't back down from each other, often turning sparring into full blown fights.
    If you were interested in getting another, i would suggest you do so sooner rather than later, and be prepared that you may need another cage, even if they seem to be getting along.
    Mini and Pepper share a cage for some of the week, due to their own choosing. Mini will either plop into Pepper's cage with her, and Pepper is all 'oh, hey nice to see you!' and visa versa. However, other times, Pepper or Mini will just savage the other and try to dominate the food bowls etc.
    So I wouldn't ever really be comfortable with them sharing full time.

    I'm sure that if you got a new lovie soon, you wouldn't encounter most of these troubles, but it's worth remembering that all species of lovebird have a strong violent streak, and even if your birds do seem perfectly happy together, be prepared that it might not always be the way

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