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I am deciding between a lovie and a budgie for myself, but I have a very young son. I have heard mixed things about how lovebirds do around small kids. They would never be unsupervised or anything. I would appreciate any opinions or personal experience!
 

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Children can be taught at a young age to love and respect animals.
Supervised interactions can take place when a child is old enough to learn to hold still and not grab at a bird whether the bird is a budgie or a lovebird. :)

Getting a hand-tamed lovebird and socializing it well with other people helps to ensure the bird will not be aggressive or territorial.

Peachy came from Virginia Beach LoveBirds.
The owner/breeder is more than happy to answer questions regarding lovebirds and their care and will generally answer calls within a couple of hours. Her contact information (including phone number) can be found on her website: Breeder contact form, ask a lovebird breeder,

Another resource for information that you may wish to check is:
African Love Bird Society lovebirds agapornis

Good luck in your research regarding budgies and lovebirds.
I'm sure you'll make the decision that is right for your family at this time.

Best wishes!
 

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I don't have young children around to more closely interact with my pet birds. When they do come over and show curiosity towards the birds, I give them a quick tour and explain to them the right way to approach the cage and how to correctly address the bird in question. It's vital to educate children prior to letting them handle the bird.

Lovebirds have a sturdier build when compared to budgies and also have bigger beaks that are able to do more damage.
The temperament and personality of a bird is a very important aspect and this can determine if said bird is to be allowed around small children or not, the proper socialization is also vital.
This applies for both lovebirds and budgies. While budgies have small beaks, their bites can also break through the skin.
 

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I don't have a lovebird myself, but I have heard that males are much sweeter than females. If you have your heart set on a love then for sure get one, however as with all species it all depends on the birds personality! If you want a sweet bird who is not to delicate to be handled by a little and is very cuddly, look into cockatiels. They are very sweet loving birds who if handsraised and tamed are very into people and children.
 
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