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    Ok, so my husband tells me about his friend who has a very sweet young lovebird that he no longer wants. I guess it was for his daughter and she stopped taking care of it in like a week. The bird squawks CONSTANTLY and begs for attention. My husband said he'd take it (because my birthday is in less than a week and I had been talking wanting a lovebird). I went to go see the bird and (s)he (I don't know what it is) seemed very affectionate with me but HATED my husband. This bird yelled at him him and wouldn't let him touch him. Does anyone know if this is a normal thing for Lovebirds? Will the bird ever warm up to him or no? I know with all the research I heard they can attach themselves to just one person, but I didn't think it would be that quick it would attach itself to one of us. Also it's an only lovebird, they never bought it a friend, would I be able to introduce another lovebird in with it or is it too late I was thinking of buying another hand fed lovebird from a breeder.
     
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    I had a parakeet once that loved me but hated guys. He could warm up to your husband, but birds really bond to one person.

    Also with my parakeet, he loved me so much he'd wait for me to come home from school. We felt he was lonley and went out and got him a friend. He turned wild, and frogot all about me. We had to give him away. Its best to get them another bird, since there flock animals, but it could disrupt your bond with him.

    And oh, if you do, get your birds oppisite gender. Heck if I know how to tell though. lol. Good luck!
     
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    Lovebirds are hard to tell the sex though, you can only do it through some sort of DNA test or something. It's been an only bird since they brought it home, but you can tell it just LOVES attention. If I did get another bird I'd get a hand fed one so that they are better associated with humans and I would have a better time at bonding with it. We will probably start off with the one and then once it is settled in think about getting another one. A bird is a big step for us though because we had a Quaker Parrot a few years ago who we had to give up because he was so TEMPERMENTAL! My husband is afraid the same thing will happen with this lovebird so he's sort of hesitant to get it. We've still go more talking to do though, so we'll see.
     
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    Ok, we are DEFINETELY going to get the bird! The guy told my husband today that he is SO SICK of taking care of the bird that he's going to just let it go. I called his wife and told him that we'd definetely take it from them, but we can't pick it up until Monday (because that's my official birthday and my hubby doesn't believe in giving early gifts...grr). So she'd said that's ok and it'd still be there. Now, the hard part, does ANYONE know ANYTHING about Lovebirds. I've been researching them for a few months but I still don't feel I know all there is to know about them. I mean what is the best diet for them, toys that they like to play with?
     
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    Thanks for the sites! I went out today to buy a bigger cage, because they've been keeping the poor birdie in a teeny tiny parakeet cage. I also got him toys because they only had one toy in with him, and a better diet than the diet of seeds that they were giving it. I spent WAY TOO MUCH but oh well. It's my Birthday coming up and my hubby didn't go out and buy me a present, he was just gonna give me this bird, so I guess that'll be his present to me.
     
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    Yup :). Oh, and birds LOVE Millet for treats. You can buy strands of it and hang it in the cage. Oh, and you should get a net for around the cage to catch stray seeds. You can buy them from pet stores.
     
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    I got the millet, I heard that they really like it. The cage came with a plastic thing that you snap into the bottom of the cage that helps keep all the junk from getting out. I can't wait, I think this bird is gonna be really happy here.
     
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    Sounds like thats one lucky bird :) Good luck to you and him!
     

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