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Hi All,

Me and my Mrs bought a pair of lovebirds just after Christmas. They were around 20 weeks old and we are not sure on the sex as we bought them from our local large pet shop where it said sex could not be guaranteed but they could only be sold as a pair.

We would love to be able to train our birds to handle if possible so have a few questions!

•Firstly with them being a pair will it be possible to train them?

•Should we do a DNA test to find out the sex?

•What are the best methods of attempting to train them with there being two of them?

We have let them out a couple of times to have a fly in the house, which they seem to love but getting them back in the cage is a bit of a struggle as we have to catch them!
•Would you advise in doing this or say it’s worth leaving until we have trained them because catching them could ruin their trust towards us? Or should one of our first goals be to try and train them to go back into their cage on their own, if so what’s the best way to go about this please?

• Does anybody have any success stories with pairs and what they tried first?


Here's a picture of our babies
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Old 01-14-2019, 10:32 AM
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Re: Pair of Lovebirds

FIRST find a certified avian vet. They will check both birds out and get you a blood sample for DNA testing. Then DNA testing is like 12 bucks online, I'm doing it myself right now.

Yes you can train them! They are not known as a talking species, that would be more difficult thought they do mimic sometimes, but as a pair......

The first goal is always "step up" making the bird come to you and getting on your hand willingly. Even better excitedly. Leave them in the cage with door open, put hand near cage entrence(don't enter cage) and talk about rndom stuff, celebrity gossip whatever, but interject often come on, step up... In short while they will figure it out. I'll stop here cause EllenD is probably composing a book on what you should do lol.

Have fun....
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Thanks for your reply!

We are really pleased to hear that they can be trained


With the step up thing, we have quite a big cage for them and the side door is really big so I'm pretty certain that as soon as we go to open it they will fly out and into the corner of the room up high.

Would you maybe block the door so they cannot get out and perhaps sit by it half blocking but with our hand near it to encourage them to come to us?

We do have a smaller travel cage we could move them to if that would be easier too i guess.


We are super excited to start trying all these things and want to make a good effort each night
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Re: Pair of Lovebirds

yeah be the wall, the barrier.....they have to acknowledge you to get out.... be the bottom of the cage door....

The important thing is just getting used to your presence, your voice, your smell. Your calmness, always be calm until your bonded then you can freak out and play wild games. Once they figure out you love them, the will reciprocate. How long that takes...well what you put into it is what you get out....

OH and treats!!! Fresh fruit, apples oranges etc., papya treats, anything that they seam to love, don't be afraid to hold some or just rest that on your arm as you watch netflix or read a book or whatever you like to do.
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Thanks mate that's awesome!

If they manage to get out the cage while we try this and we HAVE to catch them again to make them go back in, would this ruin all of the hard work before hand trying to earn their trust?
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Re: Pair of Lovebirds

It depends on the interaction...it might be more beneficial to interact outside the cage. In the beginning you need to kind of, sort of, be a mind reader to your birds and interpret body language...later on it's way easier because you know all the cues and they get better at expressing themselves.

Either way some lovebird expert will come on and tell you all you need to know from food and interacting and all that. At most 24 hours this website has thousands of members I just happen to be on right now and the advice I'm giving is mostly generic, I'm not an expert in lovebirds and really nor conures.... I'd say I'm pretty good to excellent with conures though. Maybe triple really good. But the advice I'm giving is mostly boilerplate...it's the same for all species. Once one of the lovebird guys/girls gets on you will have a wealth of information.
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Re: Pair of Lovebirds

also...those birds are adorable!!!! never feel like your posting to many pictures!!!!!!!

Are they dissimilar enough you can tell them apart seems hard from the photo. What are their names....inquiring minds will want to know....or are you waiting for the DNA test.
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Thanks Clark, we called them Burty and Betty. One has a red/pinkish ring on its ankle and the other a blue so we decided we would treat one as a boy and the other a girl

If you look at the below picture you can see one is a lighter more lime green, thats Burty and the darker green is Betty!

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Also check out this slow motion video I got of Betty flying the other day

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Re: Pair of Lovebirds

lol nice effect! from this pic I can see a little contrast in tail feathers and around the neck too....
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