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    Re: Intro to Sprite and Scout!

    Congrats on bringing home the baby lovie. I see no reason why you cannot have three. You can tame this one, and then, next spring, stop back at the bird show, and find a friend for this one. Many times I have gone to a pet shop for a bird cage, or bird seed, fell in love with a budgie or tiel, and walked out the door with another bird. We will watch for updates. I am so happy for you, and like you, I would have not left that little baby all alone.

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    Re: Intro to Sprite and Scout!

    I was so adamant in the weeks leading up to the bird show that I would ONLY get a cage, that I didn't need another bird. But my heart melted at this little bird, shivering in the corner of his cage, all alone. I'm such a sucker! I'm worried that I will, in fact, wind up with 4, just so this one can have a friend, but we'll have to see. I always go look at animals every time we go to a pet store, and I usually can resist, but the baby was just too cute.

    I think whether or not they can all be housed together is going to depend on the sexes of all three. I think if they turn out to be 2 males and a female that would be a problem, too much competition. I don't know what to expect if they are all female or all male, or 2 females and 1 male.
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    Re: Intro to Sprite and Scout!

    I am in love with this sweet little baby and I fully understand why your heart told you to go back and get it. It is gorgeous and Laila is right them black beaked peachfaces are my favorite birds of all and it would be so hard for me to leave this one cutie in the corner of a cage all alone as well. I agree that all three of them might just become friends and get along great. I have seen uneven amounts of birds in cage before and they were all just fine. I looked at your album and now I am in love with all your birds, they are very unique and beautiful birds. Lovebirds have that sweetness and look about them that is hard to resist and always make me smile. You can look into them big black round eyes and see there little brains thinking about what kind of trouble can I get into now

    Your cage is a steal for such a nice big cage and the little baby will fit right into it and hopefully Sprite and Scout will be accept this baby into here little flock.

    I like the Volkman Brand of bird mixes here. Boomer loved the Science Diet mix with no sunflowers seeds. Something in the sunflower mix must of done something to the mix because Boomer refused to eat it for some reason but he loved the same mix without the sunflowers. My daughters conure eats the same mix and my sisters Cockatoo and Amazon eat Volkmans big bird mix. Its a family thing Really Volkman Science diet seed mixes are fresh seed mixes that are preserved with citrus oils and has no kind of vitamin additives or un-natural preservatives. The company is also within 70 miles of my house so it is easy to find it here by my house. You can get it online or if your lucky in the stores in bags are best but I do see it in stores here in bulk bins of mixes as well.
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    Re: Intro to Sprite and Scout!

    Quote Originally Posted by boomer girl View Post
    Lovebirds have that sweetness and look about them that is hard to resist and always make me smile. You can look into them big black round eyes and see there little brains thinking about what kind of trouble can I get into now

    That's EXACTLY what they are thinking!

    I'll have to look into that brand. We use the Zupreem, and the birds seem to like it. Skye (we FINALLY named him/her!) does not stop eating.
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    Re: Intro to Sprite and Scout!

    Nice to meet little Skye! What a cute and beautiful name! I am usually really tough when I go into the pet shops to get toys or perches or food and try not to let myself get attached to any birdies that are there, but I too, if I were in your position would have gotten the one left behind. I am always firm now and saying "no more no more we have many already" etc. But in some circumstances, like the one you were in, I think I would cave for sure! The poor thing definitely would have been in shock and scared and alone and I am so glad you got little Skye and I am so certain that she is already really happy hearing scout and sprite around.

    That is really great that she doesnt stop eating, she must really love the food, maybe she wasn't given the nicest food previously or much variety. When we first got Luna she ate heaps as well, and everything from millet to safflower to sunflower to oats all of it, because she was at the bottom of the pecking order at the pet shop so she probably didnt get much to eat. Same with my Nala and Iki too, they devoured their oats and honey sticks, and now that we are getting oats in big bags locally, they are devouring them all over again.

    Deanna, sounds like Volkmans seeds are fresh and local for your sister and daughters birdies. And sounds so natural, if I was on mainland Australia I would order them and try them too for mine. I feel like I'm still spending so much on seeds even though I save a little now as I get the 20 kilo bags of oats and a small parrot mix locally and you can smell the freshness when opening the bags too, but I also need to regularly get a small 2 kg bag of cockatiel mix too from the supermarket as thats the only one I can find with safflower which Ashu and Asha adore the most and I can't find it in bulk where I am. The company (Trill) that makes the supermarket one are on the mainland, I dont know how I'm able to find it here since the quarantine is strict but I'm glad I do, perhaps large supermarket chains have lots of power to get what they want.

    I think Skye is going to be really happy, but I think you will also be able to tell if she's lonely or anything in her cage, I think when you introduce her to scout and Skye she will show whether she is lonely if she is aggressive towards them or not or if she becomes super territorial with her cage too. I am certain they will all enjoy each other as a flock soon, and will start chirping together.

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    Re: Intro to Sprite and Scout!

    The cage is big enough for three, but - like you said - it's going to depend on her personality, and whether the other 2 will allow a 3rd one to join them. As of right now, they "talk" across the house to each other. Sprite tends to do the majority of it from his and Scout's end. I had forgotten the joys of having lovies shouting across the house to each other.

    Last night, I was trying to watch TV, and Sprite and Scout would not hush. I eventually gave up and did other stuff, which I needed to do anyway. I love the new cage tho, especially since it rolls! We had an unusual cold spell at the end of last week (it actually SNOWED here a bit, which rarely ever happens in Southeast Louisiana). The birds stay in the living room, which has two doors leading outside and a huge bow window, so it was kinda chilly in the room. I was able to roll them down the hallway into my bedroom at night, which was warmer. I left them in the living room last night because it had warmed up, and I don't think they liked it.
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    Mother to 1 human, Eric; 3 cats, Stormy, Sami, & Saint; 2 bearded dragons, Smauggie & Sydney, an assortment of fish, and 4 peach-faced lovebirds, Sprite, Scout, Skye & Jasper. I also have one Gouldian, Napoleon.

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    Re: Intro to Sprite and Scout!

    I added some more pics of our newest baby, Skye!

    She's doing well. Still very timid/unsure of us. She hides in the back corner of her cage when we come near it, even if I'm just taking her food and water bowls out for refreshing. Once she is out of her cage, she prefers to be on our shoulders.

    Sprite (mostly) and Scout are still trying to communicate across the house with her, so that's good.

    Skye will be in quarantine for another week and a half. I can't wait until they are finally in the same room!
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    Mother to 1 human, Eric; 3 cats, Stormy, Sami, & Saint; 2 bearded dragons, Smauggie & Sydney, an assortment of fish, and 4 peach-faced lovebirds, Sprite, Scout, Skye & Jasper. I also have one Gouldian, Napoleon.

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    Re: Intro to Sprite and Scout!

    Skye is so so cute! I dont see the black on the beak anymore, she must be growing up really quickly. I wonder what kind of colours she will develop as she continues to grow. That is great that she will perch on your shoulders, it is progress and she will learn more from sprite and scout when she meets them.

    I can just imagine the beautiful lovebird music you hear all day when they communicate across the house to each other

    The weather is very strange everywhere I think, how amazing you got a little snow but then it must be really cold there now! Anywhere that is warmer for them should be better for them. A rolling cage is a lot easier, if there is a tray at the bottom, dont put too much stuff on it because then it makes the cage too heavy to roll bu a few small unheavy items would be good.

    I am so happy to hear Skye is doing well and also can't wait for the update after you introduce her to sprite and scout!

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    Re: Intro to Sprite and Scout!

    Skye is done with quarantine and had her first vet visit on Friday, 12/29. Doc says she looks great, and weighs 42 grams. Piggy!

    I put her cage in the living room next to Sprite and Scout's cage. They've been looking at each other and chirping back and forth. On Saturday, I took everyone out of their cages, but that didn't go too well. Scout got aggressive and started snapping her beak at Skye. Sprite just kept a distance. I haven't tried since - my son started with a stomach bug, so that had me busy.

    I'm not surprised by Scout's behavior; she's still a little bitey-face with me. She'll even snap at Sprite sometimes. She's pretty possessive of her toys, too. If Sprite or Skye goes to play with a toy that she's not using, then Scout will stop playing with whatever she has and take the toy the other one is playing with.

    I'm not sure what is going to happen. I'd like for Skye to be able to go into the other cage eventually, but I'm not sure that Scout will ever be ok with that.
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    Re: Intro to Sprite and Scout!

    Sorry the introduction didn't go too well but it least Scout didn't attack Skye so there may still be hope in them having it least quality out of the cage time.
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    Re: Intro to Sprite and Scout!

    It sounds like Scout may have declared herself the boss of the trio Due to the behaviour that you have mentioned, its possible that they might not be able to be housed together with Skye, at least not anytime soon. But you can give them playtime together outside of the cages and it should be supervised too like before. It is possible that Scout will warm up to Skye eventually, but at the same time possible that she will never like her.

    With my first four lovebirds, when we got Koko the 4th one and put him with the others, Asha and Ashu immediately did not like him and never did and til now, still do not like him, but Ashi bonded to him quickly, which was good as that was the reason we got him, to bond with her so she could have her own friend too. In the original days, when those four were housed together, if Koko would go near anything that was close to Ashu and Asha's side of the cage, they would glare their beaks at him. And as soon as Ashi appeared to publicly declare her bond to Koko, they decided they didnt like her anymore either, so eventually we had to seperate them into the pairs that they are in now. However I do remember, when Ashu came of age / started showing her hormones, she used to climb over to Ashi and Koko's side of the cage and just stare at them while they were grooming/preening each other. I always wondered whether she was jealous and wanted a boy or perhaps Koko for herself in order to lay eggs.

    I wonder if Scout and Skye are girls, and if Scout sees Skye as a threat because she wants Sprite as her territory and future mating partner? Sprite keeping his distance reminds me of my Koko being the more mellow one out of his flock and how I really think he's a boy and I wonder if this is the same with Sprite too.

    I think after a few more times of outside playtime together will show how they interact with each other after awhile. But for the time being I think it would be good to keep them in their cages so they can just chirp with one another from their homes without being in each others way.

    I'm also glad that Skye's vet visit went very well and also hope your son gets better soon too!

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    Re: Intro to Sprite and Scout!

    I'm inclined to think the same thing, that Sprite is a male and that Scout and Skye are females. But Sprite could just be the mellow one because he was handfed and handled often.

    The breeder that Sprite and Scout came from told me that they use an old trick to determine sex: take a stainless steel washer or nail, tie it to a string, and hold it over each bird. If it moves in a circle, it's a female; back and forth movement means male. So ... Just for fun, I tried it. It said that Sprite was a male and that Scout and Skye are females. So then I decided to test my other animals (3 cats and 2 bearded dragons) since I already knew their sexes. And, curiously, it matched! The beardies are both females, the cats are 2 females and a male, and that's what the washer showed. I don't think I'm going to rely on it, but it was interesting.
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    Re: Intro to Sprite and Scout!

    That is interesting about the washer on a string. I never heard of that one and how weird it turned differently on Sprite then the other two.
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    Re: Intro to Sprite and Scout!

    There is no doubt sometimes birds act like little jealous kids!!!!! You are doing a great job with your flock!

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    Re: Intro to Sprite and Scout!

    That is really interesting. I am convinced most of mine are females apart from the ringneck and Koko but am interested to try this trick too. What exactly is a stainless steel washer? And do you just hold it above them and watch whether it moves slightly in circles or back and forth?

    How fascinating that it seemed to correctly identify the genders of all your family animals!

    How do you look after so many animals at home, whilst working and raising a son too? It sounds like a busy hectic job! Do you find it hard with different species of animals at home?

    That could also be true about Sprite being hand-raised. I also think you're doing a great job with your little flock too!

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