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This is me when i was a teenager. I had two love birds.
The one sitting on my head her name was Peachy and the other one i was cuddling in my hand was called Randy he was a male..

I love all birds have grown up with Budgerigar's and love birds..

Peachy use to sit on my head and she loved sitting in my pocket and hiding in things you could not get peachy out of my pocket as it was always a drama she would bit us as if to say leave me in here i am comfortable.. I have a photo of peachy in my pocket somewhere ill have to find it and add it here later.. Randy we found in our back yard he got out of someones aviary so we caught him and he was so different to peachy he loved being cuddled and held in my hand like in the photo i am sharing with you all..

I had these before i got my Budgie.. They both died of old age.. I loved them so much and they were so very playful..

When i got peachy out of my pocket she wouldn't bite only in my pocket she would bite and the funny thing was that when she pulled out a feather she would stick it under her wing and the loose feather would stick out and when we tried to take it out then watch out finger's. I think that she did this as she was trying to make a nest. The two of them didn't talk. But they were my babies and just so beautiful.. I loved all of my animals when i was growing up and i still do. Now i have my beautiful Indigo who i adore very much. I had two budgies before Indigo came along....One day i may get another love bird...

Peachy and Randy loved everyone even my Mum and dad..

Thought i'd share a photo of me with my two peach faces i had when i was a teenager. I think i have shown you this photo before not sure though.

Me with Peachy and Randy..
 

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This is awesome, to have a little corner especially dedicated to lovies!! :woot:

I think I'll start by introducing my current flock by order:
This is my first lovie ever, Sindel. I got her on May 13th, 2011. She is a violet Fischer's lovebird. She is very active and loves to chew everything her beak gets into. Her favourite toy is a swing.


Next is Sindel's mate, Nico. Even though that is his official name, I always call him Nikito because he is the smallest lovie I have in the flock. I got him on December 12th, 2011. He is a very shy boy and also polite. Unlike his mate and a couple of flock mates, he never gets into trouble. He is a calm and peaceful bird, and oh so beautiful!


Now comes Penguin, my blue masked lovebird. She is a rescued stray I found on June 15th, 2012 flying around my back yard's vicinity. I had Sindel and Nico's cage outside and Penguin was very interested in them, they communicated back and forth till she had the courage to land on my lovies cage.
It took me only 11 minutes from spotting her to get her safe inside my house.
Since it was early morning when I got her, it was clear she had spent the entire night outside and was starving, she must have broken loose the day before.
She is by far the most mischievous lovie, also loves to chew everything and she is my most comical girl too.


Next in line is Lotas, he is the first chick I got from Sindel and Nico. On their first clutch they had 3 babies of which I kept the first born. Lotas hatched on September 15th, 2012. He is a charming fellow that always gets away with everything. He loves to ask me for treats, his favourite is cheerios cereal. He loves to play with his toy bell and swing.


This one hardly needs an introduction, you all know my lovie Khaleesi, Lotas' little brother. Hatched on April 28th, 2013. He had a rough start in life being rejected and slightly injured by the parents and I had to pull him out of the nest and raise him. He grew up and turned out wonderfully, Khaleesi is the sweetest and the best birdie friend anyone could ever ask for.


Last but not least, we have Fénix. We got her on June 21st, 2013. She was originally going to be Lotas' mate, but sadly they weren't a match and didn't get along. Fortunately, Fénix and Penguin had an instant click and fast became inseparable. They are my first same gendered couple and they are what I call the "birdie police". When there is something suspicious going on outside, near our house or even inside our gate's house, they sound the alarm setting the rest of the lovies on the same flock call mode. This is quite good when it comes to intruders and they wake us up at night when there is something going on outside. (We can no longer rely that much on our dog, he is old and his hearing is not what it used to be)


So this is my flock, 5 fischers, 1 blue mask. Lovebirds rule!! :D
 

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Rosie joins the clan

ROSIE is jumping up and down on her perch at the thought of her very own forum!!! She's not at all camera shy and is keen for many photo shoots to show her fellow lovies and their owners her LOVEliness. She's in the process of finding an agent but nobody has quite met her expectations yet...

I've not even had her a week and the honest truth is the first few days she drove me batty :eek: I babysat a friend's lovie last year and had forgotten it took a good week for me to get used to the loud shrill call. It really got to me but thank goodness my ears are adjusting and I also think because she's settling she's not so frantic. She's still much louder than my budgies, or rather it's a totally different sound to get used to.

She is such a character. She is very busy. I have set up a ladder on top of her cage that takes her up very high to the screened window so she can see the birds outside. I let her do this before and after work and she is in her element weaving in and out of the ladder and squawking and hopping and tripping herself up with excitement.

In the few short days I've had her the most precious thing is when I lie down and she snuggles up in the crook in the side of neck and under my hair. All I hear is her little feet scratching on the pillow as she tries to scoot under and burrow in as far as she can. What a funny little bug she is. Then she is just still under there and then she'll move and burrow and on it goes! Anyhow here are some photos.

ROSIE WITH HER SIBLINGS WITH HER BREEDER - I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHICH ONE SHE IS AS SHE WAS THE LAST TO GO - THE BREEDER TOLD ME SHE WAS THE MIDDLE BORN AND THE PRETTIEST IN HER OPINION


ANOTHER OF HER BEFORE I GOT HER


I REALLY REALLY LIKE IT UP HERE!


GET AWAY FROM ME - I'M IN BED NOW


HMMPH, SHE'S NOT LISTENING. I TOLD HER IT'S MY SLEEPY TIME NOW AND I JUST WANT HER TO GO AWAY


JUST HANGING OUT - OR HANGING ON RATHER
 

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Your Rosie is such a cutie and so are her/his siblings! I love the way they happily hop like bunnies, they are so funny! :D
I'm glad Rosie is settling in well and has won your heart so fast. ;)
 

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Lyn,

Thanks for sharing your picture and story of Peachy and Randy with us again in our new Lovebird Lovers Forum. :hug:

Ana,

I always enjoy seeing your beautiful lovebirds!

Thank you for sharing these pictures with us.
Now that we have a special place for posting, perhaps you'll be kind enough to share pictures of all of your lovebird flock more often. :fingerx:

Madonna,

Rosie is a lovely name for your darling sweet baby!
I'm so glad you finally have a lovebird to snuggle and cuddle.
I know Rosie is going to be spoiled rotten! :giggle:

If there are other members with lovebirds who are members of Talk Budgies, we'd very much enjoy having you join us and share YOUR pictures and stories too!!

:wave:
 

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Deb, I love your lovies and am looking forward to seeing more photos of them all in this group..

Ana, same goes for you. Looking forward to more photos of your flock.

You two have been such a wonderful help to me, especially in the early days of Rosie (well I've had her a whole week after all!!). You both helped heaps.

Lyn, thanks for sharing those cute photos and the stories. What a little snugglebug Peachy was, snuggled up in your pocket :)

Each and every lovie is so very different in looks and personality by the looks of it - quite amazing.
 

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I will for sure post updated photos of the lovebird flock soon (the ones I posted here are old ones). I'm just waiting a bit longer for Fénix's feathers to come in, she had a pretty rough moult and isn't exactly looking her best. :)
 

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I do have a story.

In my whole 4 years of uni, the girl with whom I shared the flat had 6, yes... SIX love birds. I don't think anybody on our street needed an alarm clock. :))

Soooooo noisy. So.... terrorists-like. Absolute destroyers of toys. And I tell you, that many... she would often let them loose around the room. They chewed the top side of a leather couch, cause they sat there... it was expensive to replace, the leather ... but hey, her crazy lovebirds, her crazy couch restoration bill...

I made freinds with just one of the flock who was crippled (a rescue lovie), I remember him well, his name was paco and he would like to fly right into ice tea glasses.

Terrorist Birds, that's how they should be named, not love birds. Smart though...
 

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I do have a story.

In my whole 4 years of uni, the girl with whom I shared the flat had 6, yes... SIX love birds. I don't think anybody on our street needed an alarm clock. :))

Soooooo noisy. So.... terrorists-like. Absolute destroyers of toys. And I tell you, that many... she would often let them loose around the room. They chewed the top side of a leather couch, cause they sat there... it was expensive to replace, the leather ... but hey, her crazy lovebirds, her crazy couch restoration bill...

I made freinds with just one of the flock who was crippled (a rescue lovie), I remember him well, his name was paco and he would like to fly right into ice tea glasses.

Terrorist Birds, that's how they should be named, not love birds. Smart though...
I have to disagree with you, the name which this species of parrot is known for is adequate to their personalities and was rightly given.

Despite their small size, lovebirds are pretty much like the bigger parrots and they do have quite the big beaks for their size, so they have to satisfy their needs when it comes to chewing.
As long as there is enough toys and safe wood to chew on (don't need to spend that much money on wooden toys and just collect safe wood) and we know how to properly work with them in terms of stimulating their brains so that they don't feel bored and resort to obsessive behaviour issues, then all should be well.

I also have 6 lovebirds, all pertaining to the eyering species and I give them boundaries when they are having their out of cage time. I supervise them closely and train them to not chew on things they aren't supposed to, they only chew the wood or toys on their birdie play area, have never touched any wooden furniture, paintings, etc. They have, however gone through paper, then again I have let them to, because the pieces of paper weren't important.
They are also not allowed to chew on books.

And yes, they are incredibly intelligent. They are called lovebirds because of the way they show affection towards their mates, for their extreme sense of loyalty, devotion and companionship. For the loving way they work together to raise their young (seen it first-hand with my own proven pair).

I could go on and on, but one thing I am certain of, they are NOT terrorists, that word is charged with a lot of negativity that these birds do not possess.
It's true there is a steeper learning curve when comparing to budgies, who are generally easier to satisfy and keep.

Lovebirds are highly intelligent parrots and that's how they should be treated when it comes to our interactions with them. A person needs to watch their behaviours, be engaged with the birds, learn from them and correct a less than desirable behaviour when needed, the same way we train our dogs what's right or wrong.

My Fischer's lovebird Khaleesi, who was raised by me is the sweetest, most loving pet/friend I have ever had and every day with him is a blessing.
He doesn't have one ounce of "bad" on him, even plays well with the budgies and the budgies in return are the ones who bully him sometimes and he never fights back. I am the whole world to him the same way he means the world to me too. "Terrorist" doesn't really fit.

LOVEBIRDS RULE!! :D
 

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I don't mean "terrorists" as a negative term... they're very distructive and very very active and curious about everything.

No toy would last unless it was made of sturdy wood without any weak points they could break apart. What to give them to play with that can last more than till they figure how to break it? Cause that was their game and biggest fun, "destroy every toy". :)

Once they "caught" an innocent teddy bear while they were out. We were out in the kitchen for few minutes for a cup of coffee, when we came back, they were all over mr teddy, no amount of stitching could fix the many tiny holes they did.


I think that if someone (by absurd) would give them a clock with the back side off, within few hours they would disjoint it to the smallest pieces :))

maybe your flock of lovies is more tame. My ex-colleague's flock has only few that were tame, so they were more on the wild side.

Well... that was my experience with them.
 

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VivaLaVida,

The idea of giving any bird a wooden toy is to encourage it's natural inclination to chew and "destroy" that toy.

This is a natural instinct for birds and necessary to keep the beak strong and trimmed.

I have three lovebirds that are all extremely special :love: to me.

I agree with aluz's assessment of lovebirds.
Yes, lovebirds have a very loud call; they can be territorial, aggressive or destructive -- it depends on the bird and its environment as well as how it was raised.

Lovebirds are ALSO sweet, snuggly, cute, born comedians and wonderful pets.

Some people are simply not suited to owning particular birds which is just fine.
It's the same as some people being "dog people" and some people being "cat people".

This part of the forum is dedicated to those of us who LOVE lovebirds so anyone posting in this section of the forum should keep that in mind.:D
 

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Well, now you've done it! :giggle:
I am officially sucked into the world of lovebirds, and I will regualrly be patrolling :spy: to see more pictures of everyones snuggly lovebunnies! (Well, lovebirdies)
 

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I saw some fischer's lovebirds and a couple of peach faces last month in a huge pet store! They whistled all the time! So very cute! Well, I felt the need to buy them... if I had the money, I would buy the whole store! :p
 
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