Taking Care of Lovebirds in Captivity
The reward of keeping lovebirds in captivity can be truly amazing, however, it is recommended not to keep the lovebirds caged alone. The very fact that they are called Lovebirds is because they sit very close together in pairs or groups thus it is best to get more than one; they are social birds.
Caging Type and Accessories
Cages often come in various dimensions, ranging from tall to wider ones. Squared cages are ideal for keeping small birds rather than small round ones, as they don’t as much limit the amount of space for birds to fly freely. The bigger, the better; birds tend to be happier with larger space.
Proper bar measurements are very important when considering buying a cage. The spacing between bars should not be large enough for the bird to be able to stick its head out; this can cause the head to be stuck and the bird to get injured.
For Lovebirds it is essential to equip the cage with a few, steady perches. Their length should be big enough to hold a couple of birds easily.
Cage accessories are easily available in local pet shops where a person can choose from different sorts of plastic ladders, nesting boxes, perches, plastic swings and many more, to keep the birds interested and active.
Cage Placement: Indoors and Outdoors
Care needs to be taken when placing cages; birds are sensitive to heat and cold thus the cage should never be placed in direct sunlight or very near to an Air Conditioner. Keeping the cage outdoors is a good idea but it is best to bring it indoors during extreme weathers.
Gardens, aviary, fences in a backyard, table top in the lawn etc. are places where a person can safely place bird cages outdoors.
When out in the garden or aviary, it needs to be made sure there is enough room for the birds to fly about but they must be under supervision; larger insects, cats or other such animals can cause potential harm to the little lovebirds in captivity.
Cages need to be cleaned daily to get rid of leftover food which may rot or bird waste which will smell; if not cleaned many health issues can occur.
Various kinds of disinfectants can be used to remove leftover poop residue and other unhygienic waste from the cage. Cages and all accessories should be rinsed out thoroughly at least weekly to provide a safe and healthy environment for the bird.
Bird Entertainment and Toys
Toys are a physical and mental stimulant and every living being needs them for their proper growth and mental satisfaction.
Lovebirds are really fond of flapping their wings and playing with their partner which keeps them active yet toys can add to the fun! Small, colorful plastic toys which are used for animals are good enough. It’s up to the pet breeder to show creativity and pick attractive items which are safe and entertaining. Bottle caps are also a good choice, small colored strings and bells can be attached to add to the fun.
Amount of Space Needed
A pair of Lovebirds does not take up much space, in fact a cage with enough room to flutter and fly is just about it. The cage should be open enough to provide these little birds some ‘personal love space’.