First Time Owner

Hi everyone!
I just joined this community so I'm pretty new at this but I'm really hoping it can help me out.  I've been thinking for about a year now about getting a lovebird and I think it's time I actually do it.  I've been looking around and I've already found the breeder and contacted him to make sure he has hand trained lovebirds available (which he does).  I just have a few concerns before I actually go forward with it.  FIrst of all, I'm a college student who will be living with 5 other roommates.  I feel this is the best time for me to get a lovebird because I have a lot of free time since I'm only at classes randomly throughout the day.  I'm just wondering how loud do lovebirds get?  Everywhere I've tried to look doesn't do a great job of telling me.  I obviously know they will make noise but how much?  I only plan on getting one and I don't want my roommates to get overly annoyed (although they will be in and out throughout the day also).  Also, it seems that there is a reasonable cost to maintaining lovebirds but if there are any over the top pricing situations I should know about that would be greatly appreciated!  I desperately want a lovebird and feel like I could give one a great home but I need some general advice before I take the last step to make sure this is the right thing...I don't want to rush into anything.  Any advice is appreciated and thank you!
Sunshine

Adoption.

Hey folks, I have a few questions maybe you can help me with. I adopted Faye about five years ago, she had two homes before she came to mine. The last few years she's always stayed in my bedroom, so even while living with roommates and whatever pets they had, I was always there, while I wasn't at work, or in school, to offer company, and protection from the other pets.

Since I moved to my new place though, I have no room in my bedroom for her, so she stays in the walk-way between the kitchen and living room. Since both my roommate and myself are busy most of the time it leaves little protection for her from the cats who live with us. Since the cats have taken notice to her I'm worried that they'll knock the cage over.

And of course, aside from not being able to keep the cats away, our absence also means she has few little company during the day, since I am in school, and work afterward, and my roommate works most of the day.

I'm considering placing adds looking for another home for her, somewhere she will have more company and be safer. I'm sad that after five years I'm thinking about doing that, but it would likely be better for her in the long run.

So, my questions, should I charge something for her? I read somewhere that if you ask for money for an animal you're more likely to get people who are legitimately interested, instead of people who have a pet novelty. And if so, what would be an appropriate price to ask for her, and everything with her?

Also, what are some good questions to ask people who are interested, just to make sure they have an idea of what they're getting into be adopting a lovebird?

Thanks to anyone who can offer any help.

Picky eaters?

My lovebird is one of the most pickiest eaters and I've been trying to give him a varied diet so hes not just eating seeds all the time.  I've tried to give him fruits and veggies but he just picks them out of his dish to get to the seeds!  I wonder if maybe anyone has an idea on some tricks to get him to eat other things besides his seeds?   Any helpful advice would be greatly appreciated =D  As a fellow lovebird owner, I look forward to getting to know other owners and hearing about their babies.  ^__^
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Nyoro~n

Foraging

I've been busy with school lately and haven't been able to pay as much attention to my bird as much as i'd like to. Accordingly i've been having issues with screaming and repetitive mating behaviors when he is out of his cage.

I went to petsmart to see if there was something there to alleviate his boredom and i found this:
http://www.creativeforagingsystems.com/ and some other foraging toys.
Currently cage set up is like this: pellet food and seeds are in a foraging box thing, and his veggies are in a normal cup.

He seems to have quieted down a lot. My only concern is that he's never been much of a shredder or destroyer. The only toys he likes to play with are preening toys. At any rate, he's not really chewing up the cardboard box to get to his food. I have to go in there with scissors and expose some more of the food before he'll eat again.

He's not the brightest creature on the planet... will he learn how to tear the box up himself? Or am i gonna have to keep showing him where the food is. It seems like kind of a waste of food when he doesn't chew the box up to expose more of it.

Also, for people who are having problems with birds doing repetative mating behaviors, i HIGHLY reccomend these boxes, or something similar. He has not squawked me awake in the morning OR tried to throw up on me since i got them. MIRACLE!!!
girl with cat

Not sure what to do...

Hello, all! I hope this post is appropriate...if not, please let me know.

I am in a tricky situation with my lovebird, and I don't really know where to turn. About three years ago, my boyfriend and I bought a beautiful peach-faced lovebird. She was born around August '06, and we bought her that fall or winter, I cannot remember (she still had a dark colored beak at the time). When we first got her, the agreement was that she would be his bird, and that if we ever parted ways, he would take her with him. Well, he and I broke up two summers ago, and he took Chikorita with him and has taken care of her since then. Recently he went on vacation, asked me to babysit her, and suddenly decided he never wanted to have her back. Now I am left with Chikorita, and although she is darling, I don't really feel like I would be able to give her the best love and attention she needs.

I clean her cage weekly, I give her fresh fruits and veggies (along with "oat groat" and these bright-colored pellet things), I rotate her toys often (she has many of them)...but I work a full-time job and she is alone ALL day, every day. I try to take her out at least once a day and play with her/let her sit on my shoulder for a little while, but I have heard that lovies need about 6 hours of attention a day, and I am not even giving her nearly enough. I feel somewhat neglectful...I hate to use those words on myself because I love animals so much, but it's true...

For the past few days, she has been very aggressive. She scrambles around on the bottom of her cage in a small cardboard box I put down there, then jumps out and "attacks" her bell toys ferociously. If I try to get her out, she bites me! She has always been loving in the past and bitten me only a few times, but now I feel like she resents me or something. The only thing I can think I did wrong is neglect her, though I also did remove a toy that she (he????) kept humping vigorously...ha...

For a while, I was completely against giving her up for adoption, but now I am seriously considering it. I have done a lot of reading online about needing to be very careful about who I give my bird to, and this makes me very afraid. What if she ends up in a home where she is getting even less attention than I am able to give her? But at the same time...what if I find a home for her that *IS* much better than her living with me? If a home with more love & attention is possible for her, then it would be wrong for me to keep her.

I just feel so uncomfortable giving her up with the possibility of never seeing her again, or the possibility of her being in a less desirable situation than she is now. I keep trying to reason with myself...she is in a good, healthy, conscientious home now (though minimum attention)...should I take a risk for a chance for a life with more attention?? If only I had a friend, who I knew and trusted, or had experience with birds before, who wanted her...I would feel safe giving Chikorita to someone like that...but I don't, none of my friends really know anything about birds.

I am so torn about this issue. Any advice would be so appreciated...those of you who have adopted, or had to give up a pet to adoption...

I live in Portland, Oregon, if that helps.
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I got a new lovebird! and I need help!

Hi!

Today I got a lovebird parot for the first time! I dont know much about parots , so this is going to be difficult for me to train it! I got only one for now, so it can get used to me and I am thinking of getting another one within a month so it wont be alone!  Its little in age (they didnt tell me the exact age). I left it alone in my office so It can get used to the new invornment, without me bugging it!

I would really appreciate any advice you can give me! I want to make it feel calm and happy, cause right now its scared (I think its a girl.. they couldnt really tell cause its small in age). And eventually I would like to be able to take it out of the cage.

Thank you!

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 Hi all,

I have 2 love birds, a few years old now. Both have heaps of toys and branches that get rotated (they are in the same cage). I cover them with dark towels at night so they can still breath through the fabric but it makes the cage dark.

Anyway all was going well until the last few weeks, they have suddenly started screatching at each other all night. They are fine during the day, but when night time comes they start to flap around and make a huge noise.

What can I do?? I'm desperate. Anyone have websites or info to help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!