How to Care for Love Birds

How to Care for Love Birds
Love birds are no harder to care for than most other birds held in captivity. These tiny parrots require adequate housing, food and cleanliness to thrive. Love birds are beautiful, friendly and active birds that do well in couples, groups or as a single pet. They are fiercely loyal companions and will show true affection to their mates and keepers. If cared for properly, love birds can live an average of 12 years and sometime much longer.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Bird cage
  • Bird cage
Step 1
Provide a large cage for your love bird since they are quite active and require space to fly around. Minimum cage size should be 32 by 30 by 20 inches. Allow the bird out of the cage daily to fly around, if using a smaller cage. This is imperative for proper health.
Step 2
Place two to three natural perches made out of soft wood inside of the cage for the bird to perch on. These will allow the love bird to wear its claws down in a natural way.
Step 3
House one or three pairs of the same species of love bird together in the same cage, as housing only two pairs or different species will create fighting among the birds.
Step 4
Place a nesting box up high inside of the cage since love birds enjoy having a special place to rest. Place several nesting boxes at the same height, if you have more than one pair.
Step 5
Feed your love birds a diet of parrot mix, which is a mix of a formulated and seed diet. Both are needed to maintain your birds' health.
Step 6
Supplement the love bird's diet with foods such as spinach, endive, chickweed, carrot tops, and corn on the cob, berries, apples, bananas and grapes.
Step 7
Place separate dishes in the cage for water, food and supplements. Wash these dishes daily.
Step 8
Wash the entire cage and any perches or dishes once every week. Dry the cage completely before placing the bird back inside.
Step 9
Place a cuttlebone inside of the cage for the love bird to chew on. This will give the bird much needed calcium.
Step 10
Place a bowl filled with water at the bottom of the cage once per week for your bird to be able to bathe. Bathing is very important to birds.

Tips & Warnings

 
Don't use plastic perches as the bird's strong beak can tear them apart and there is a danger the love bird may digest it and become ill or die. Don't feed your love bird or any bird avocados as they are toxic to them. Love birds are very social, so if they don't live with a companion bird, make sure you interact with them regularly on a daily basis. At any signs of illness such as listlessness or loss of appetite, take the bird to a bird doctor as soon as possible.
 
Don't use plastic perches as the bird's strong beak can tear them apart and there is a danger the love bird may digest it and become ill or die.
 
Don't feed your love bird or any bird avocados as they are toxic to them.
 
Love birds are very social, so if they don't live with a companion bird, make sure you interact with them regularly on a daily basis.
 
At any signs of illness such as listlessness or loss of appetite, take the bird to a bird doctor as soon as possible.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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