Dealing With a Mean Female Lovebird

You either have your own horror story about a pet female lovebird or you’ve heard of one. A mean female lovebird that rivals Godzilla in fierceness. It happens, sadly it does. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Female lovebirds go bad when their hormones are on overload, so reduce the hormone levels and you can keep a female lovebird relatively sweet and precious.

There are some pretty serious don’ts when you have a female, or for that matter, when you don’t know the sex of your lovebird. The first and foremost is day length. Long days trigger hormones, it’s that simple. Provide at least 11 hours of sleep a night for your lovebird. That much sleep is not bad for a lovebird and it’s particularly good for females lovebirds to have short days and long nights to keep from raising her hormone levels. I’m sure you’re thinking this is not possible, you can’t do this. The trade off of making a few changes though, in my mind, are things that make this neccesary, not an option. Move her cage to a room that you don’t use at night or a low traffic area or a room where you won’t be up late watching movies and move it back during the day. Cover her cage at night, too! 11 hours….

A sleepy hut or a sleeping tent are not substitutes for giving her a long night. These are possible places to nest believe it or not and are only going to promote her hormone levels! So, keep anything out of her cage that will serve as a possible nest, this includes large food bowls.

Keep out any mirrors or stuffed buddies that might serve as mates.

Get her out of her cage as much as possible. You have a single, tame, female lovebird and you are her mate, like it or not. She needs to interact with you and have contact with you as much as you can, and getting her out of the cage more will help alleviate any territotrialness she might be building up. Something else you can do to help alleviate that is to rearrange her cage often and change out her toys often.

By far though, the number one thing to do is to shorten her days and lengthen her nights. If you have a female you’re having problems with, this is a sure fire cure and if you have a new female or one you don’t know the sex of, this is an excellent way to start off your relationship with your lovebird.

Lovebirds are awesome little creatures and I love them! They don’t come with instructions but they really should. My goal is to try and help folks deal with their lovebird issues or to help them start off on the right foot, and I hope this helps!

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10 Responses to Dealing With a Mean Female Lovebird

  1. Janifer Mercado says:

    Awesome post!! Couple of these rules are hard to follow for me because Stormy uses the sleepy tent in the cage so i cant technically take it away! But yes hormonal females are so much fun! (sarcasm..haha).

  2. Susan says:

    Hey I have 2 lovebirds im not sure of the sex, i’ve had 1 for about 3ish years and the other for about a month. We put them together because i thought it was lonely and the newest one is constantly being rude to the other one by chasing it biting its tail feathers and not letting it eat and im not sure what to do about it because i like them both :/

    • Lynn says:

      You should never house 2 lovebirds together without making sure they get along well first. They should be separated immediately, if it turns out they are both female, one could easily kill the other =( When getting a second lovebird, the new one should be housed away from the first for some time (this also serves to quarantine the bird), you’ve got to give them time to get used to hearing each other. After a bit you can move them to the same room and then put their cages next to each other. Once they are used to each other you can give them supervised out of cage visits, then supervised in cage visits. They should only be left together in the same cage after you are sure they get along.

      I know this sounds excessive, but 2 females really will fight to the death. Even if they only just don’t get along, it is far too stressful to house 2 lovebirds in a cage together when one is constantly harassing the other. It isn’t companionship and if it prevents the one from eating, it’s jeopardizing it’s health in more ways than one.

      If the first bird is not tame, you were right it is lonely and does need a friend. But it’s important to figure out the sex before doing so to ensure you don’t end up with 2 females and once you get the second, you should carry out the intro procedure to make sure you don’t end up in a sad situation. But, now that you have this situation, they really must be separated, it’s just not fair to the new bird to leave it like that. You need a second cage, and then you can still try to get them used to each other gradually…it can take time for a mature bird to accept a new one but it can happen.

  3. Susan says:

    Well when i got my newest one we put them together and they made sweet noises to each other but it was way to soon but the newest ones owner said go ahead and put them together. I had them in their own cage for about two days then put them together. Like i said i am not sure of the sex but the one ive had for 3 years is 4 years old with dark green body with a peach face, and the newest one is only about 7 months with blue body tealish tail and white face. So i am not sure if its the age difference or the sex. I had a box in their cage for nesting and i just took it out about 45 minutes ago and they calmed down a little. But i guess i will try seperating them becasue i just dont know what else to do.

    • Lynn says:

      Cute little noises? Yep, I probably would have put them together, too, that’s a darned good sign they like each other =) So it’s really strange that the one is not letting the other eat though. A pair will squabble, that’s what lovebirds do, but the not letting the other eat is different. I would still go ahead and separate, let them have some time to get used to each other. Definitely no nest box, there’s no reason to put that in until you know you have a good pair and they’ve bonded.

      • Susan says:

        I seperated them and the seem to half calmed down there in the same room so they know there both there and i took them out this moring and put them together they were on the floor talking to each other not being mean to each other or nothing so what should be my next step?

        • Lynn says:

          Yay! That sounds awesome. I would do several out of cage visits like that just to be sure, then I’d do supervised in cage visits. Once you’re certain they are getting along fine in the cage together you can leave them in there unsupervised, but still check in on them when you can. Isn’t it fun watching 2 lovebirds making friends? I love it =)

          • Susan says:

            Okay yeah i try to put them both on my shoulder and walk around and they like it. Okay i can do that. Yeah it is really fun and how they act when talking to each other(:
            So the sleeping situation should i put them in different rooms while sleeping or just leave them?

          • Lynn says:

            You can leave their cages in the same room =)