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Got another call today.

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Got another call today. Just got back. First pictures, then questions.

Jumped right out and on to the shoulder

Then I got him/her on my hand

Ok now the questions.

She was found on a rooftop at the hotel a couple weeks ago. It was 110° and she was thirsty. So a guy picked him up and gave her some water. She rode around all day on his shoulder and he took him home. (Just switching the him/her around as I dont know).

He said you can just reach in and grab her and you can pet him too. When I got home and took her out of his cage she squaked a bit but I got her pretty quick and there was no biting at all. Once out she went to my shoulder first thing. Then I got him on my hand and then she tried to fly away. He can fly but not well. maybe 6 ft no more . I went to check to see if the wings were clipped and she panicked and screeched so I stopped. Then I slowly opened a wing and all the feathers are fine.

There are lovebirds mating and nesting all over the property and I am going to assume by the black beak and small size this is a baby. Would this be correct?

She was given the seed treat bars, like perches, and seed to eat but I did not see any other seed other than the honeysticks in the cage.

I am giving him Australian mix and TOPS crumpletts tonite and will give kale and try some veges and fruit tomorrow also.

All in all she looks pretty healthy and as I am on vacation this week I can spend some time with him and take her to the vet to be checked out.

So anyway thats where we are now. Any advise would be wonderful as this is my first Lovebird.

Now to come up with a his/hers name :D.
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Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you. I cannot wait to ear more about your new lovebird. This one looks very young. I would guess maybe about 8 weeks old. Let us know what the vet says :) Maybe a name will be more obvious once you find out the sex.
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Vet checkout went well. She weighs 44g and appears pretty healthy. A little wear on tail tips maybe from poor diet she said.
Took blood for DNA and Psittacosis results in 7-10 days. Supposed to do followup visit in two weeks but will probably bypass if test comes back clear. May go back for more blood tests but if all looks good from this visit and with the good diet and ACV, will probably wait for yearly exam time.

Taking a nap after the vet visit. Sorry for the blur but if you look closely the bars are in focus :)

Poor little sweetie. I am sure that was stressful but it looks like she/he is in good hands now. Did you do the the dna test?
I'm glad everything went well Rick :), after seeing yours I now want another love bird,lol.. Guessing girl also ;)
Why is everyone guessing girl?
The vet also guessed a girl. But we will know for sure with the DNA test. Just made egg,wild rice,celery,kale and added soluviteD. All the flock is chowing down on it but Lovebird is just looking at it. I am sure he will eat some soon though :).
Why did the vet think it was a girl?
She weighed 44g when he was weighed at the vets. Right now I weighed him on my scale and she weighs 47g. Will weigh him weekly to see as she is just a baby.
Wow I dont think that is big for a lovebird. I usually hear they way about 50 grams. I wonder if the vet would say this is the case with other species....females being bigger. Because my female plet is bigger than my male but my two female linnie and budgie are very petite for their species.
Indeed, from all the information I've got (including an actual book on lovebirds I bought right after getting my first lovie) as well as my actual experience with my lovebird flock (6 lovies), I can say that female lovebirds are in fact bigger in size than the males.
And this goes for all the 3 main species (Fischer's, Peach faced, and black masked). In the Peach face variety, the birds of both genders are even bigger in size than their eyering species "cousins", the Fischer's and Black masked lovebirds.
Interesting! I wonder if that also applies to other species as well. I have noticed with lovebirds and plets but especially lovebirds that the females have a squattier stance than males. That is what I noticed with this one in the picture. I think weight could be a variable at this point because it could have been starving out there....maybe that is why the weight is on the lower side. The stance looks female tho. Hard to tell without seeing it in person. In some species they say males have bigger heads, eyes, and beaks, I have seen that to be true as well but usually only if you have a male and female side by side. This is true with my plets even tho the female weighs more, the male has a larger head and beak.
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