Lovebirds are wonderful pets. They have that unique, unmatched affinity to each other. They are always bought in pairs. In the open forest, however, these birds search out their own companions. In case the companion is dead, the surviving bird does not associate with any bird for a long time, till it finds a suitable companion.
In our homes, lovebirds can be kept in a cage, unless you can create an aviary. For this, a natural environment is required.
Lovebirds can be brought home when they are between five to 12 weeks old. A baby lovebird needs a lot of care. Several times a day you may have to reassure her, by petting, and cuddling her. In the beginning, a lovebird may take to one or two members of your family. This may be a passing phase, as the bird is just getting used to her new home.
The cage, which would be your pet`s abode, should be big, but not large. In the cage, a cup for water and two cups for food have to be provided. A small tub or a large bowl is required for bathing. A few toys, one of which can be hung in the cage, would also be desirable. A playpen, if it can be protected by a net, is ideal.
WHERE TO PLACE THE CAGE
The cage should definitely be away from direct sunlight. The cage has to be sturdy, so that cats or dogs don`t break in. Stability of the cage is also important. The flooring can be a thick sheet of plastic or sheets of old newspapers. You just have to throw them when they are dirty. Small ropes can be tied from the cage to the playpen. The baby birds can walk up and down or even practice being on their own.
A perch enables a baby bird to walk and exercise his toes and legs. A fresh branch can be placed in the playpen, periodically. You must take care to place the perch away from the food and water bowl, so that droppings don`t fall on them. Sometimes, even a ladder can be placed from the perch.
A variety of nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables can be fed. Pellets can also be fed, but in limited quantities. Corn is an important diet for the birds. You have to be careful about the food turning stale or sour. Normal detergents can be used, but the bowl has to be thoroughly cleaned. Sometimes a baby lovebird may have to be handfed for four or five months. Never leave the birds unattended, especially if your area is prone to cats or dogs. Get a pair of lovebirds and enjoy their company. As they come in bright beautiful colours, children will love them and will willingly assist you in their care. It will be a wonderful pastime for them.