My name's Rachel and just one month ago I bought a 12 week old lutino lovie who I named Tito. He is GORGEOUS and I can't wait to get pictures up, but right now my camera is broken and I need to borrow one from a roommate. I got him from a breeder on Craigslist, but feel that any of you willing to read and answer questions will have better information than she does. She told me heís a male, but when I asked how she sexed him I found it wasnít using DNA so from what Iíve read thereís a good chance heís a sheÖI donít really care, but I have heard that females can lay eggs without a partner/fertilization? If so, does this happen in all females and can I expect it once Tito reaches a certain age (if he is a she)?
Second question =] about what food/treats you give your birds. Right now I have him on a seed diet plus some nut mix from PetCo and occasionally pieces of lettuce/apple/orange pepper (not the spicy kind). How important is it for me to give him a variety of veggies/fruits and how often, and which ones do your birds prefer? I had some samples of Harrisonís pellet food and read itís good to balance seed with pellets, so ideally should I go buy some more? As a treat he will now eat millet out of my hand, but whenever I try to hold it further away with my other hand to entice him to step up he doesnít go for it. What do you guys use for treats with your birds, especially when it comes to training? I know all birds are probably different, so Iíd love to hear many stories as to what works best/what lovies like.
And the training question: so far he eats millet out of my hand about twice a day and once a day I open his cage and let him fly out and then try and get him on my hand (talking to him the whole time). I made a breakthrough yesterdayóalthough he continued to run away from my hand when I got him in a corner he stepped on twice before flying off, and then finally I managed to get him to stay on long enough for me to put him back in his cage which has never happened! Usually I end up catching him with a towel to put him back. Iím trying not to make it a time-sensitive issue, but Iíd love to have him stepping up and able to be out of his cage with me by the time school starts later this month. Iíd love to hear all about what methods/techniques you used to train your birds, how long it took, and any tips that could improve what Iím doing!
About the vet: how important is it that I take him in for an appointment since that hasnít been done yet? I plan to keep his wings clipped only during training and know how to do it, but would anyone say itís worthwhile paying a vet to do it the first time?
In the past two weeks Iíve noticed these little white ends of feathers(?) sticking out around his head and face and was wondering if these are related to molting? If so, how long does it usually take? Wish I had pictures for this question, Iíll definitely work on that.
Like most of you Iím guessing, Iíve pretty much fallen in love with my lovie and want to talk about him WAY more than my friends like me to, so hopefully here is a perfect place to do that! Iíd love to hear any and all advice and stories about your lovies that may be helpful to a first time owner, hold nothing back. Sorry this post is extremely long, felt like I should be as thorough as possible since I have so many questions! Thanks everybody for reading if you got this far haha.