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!