Our mission is to help bird owners of all types of parrots make a better life for their FIDs (Feathered Kids). We know that a happy & healthy bird makes for the best relationship you can have with your bird!

We are the owners of an awesome E-Bird store (stuff for all birds of all sizes!) and Lovebird Aviary in Cary, NC. Our birds are quite popular because of their temperaments and socialization. Our dear Angel passed away on July 30th, 2007 and we lost our Evee on September 11, 2013. We have retired from breeding but are advocates of fostering and adoption!

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True Love Aviary's Family

Highlights from 2005-2009


D&S: Retired; RIP Sierra

C&M: Retired; RIP Cody

Check out more pictures and stories by clicking on "Older Posts" at the bottom of the current posts!

Our Birdroom!

BeBe's Set-up for 1 Lovebird!

1 Cockatiel or 2 Lovebird Set-up

Parakeet or Budgie Set-up

Amazon Parrot Set-up

About our lovebirds:

WE NO LONGER SELL OR RAISE BABIES. The below were our guidelines when we did:
  • *They are pulled from the nest box at ~14 days old.
  • *Handfed by us with Roudybush Handfeeding Formula.
  • *Fully weaned and vet checked by a Board-Certified Avian Veterinarian before sold. The vet check is included in the adoption fee.
  • *Fed only the best: Nutriberries, Avicakes, Roudybush Crumble, Crazy Corn, Beak Appetit, & a mixture of fruits/veggies/sprouts/wheatgrass.
  • *Sold only as pets. We do not sell them for breeding as they are tame and well-socialized for human interaction!
  • *When you adopt from us you get (on top of having a vet-checked bird) a care package that includes: a birth certificate, a handmade toy, extra shredables, a week's worth of food/treats, as much time as you need the day you come and pick up your baby for questions & explanations, the ability to come in and play with your baby before they wean, a care guide, and a 15-20+ year relationship with us (if you want it) for questions, help, and products.
  • *We do not ship, but you can come to us! Our babies have gone home to a variety of places (check out the side bar item: Where have our lovie babies gone to live?).
  • Tuesday, April 28, 2009

    Mommy & Ashlee

    My Cockatiel is giving the "I have serious attitude look." Goodness, I love her! Hehe.

    Saturday, April 11, 2009

    Video: Bird Bath Time

    Here's our little ones enjoying a bath. The windows have screens to let in the sun so the birds will produce vitamin D3. And no, the "scary wind" is not going to make them sick. If that was so then you would get sick every time you went to the beach or the pool. Birds were made for the outside.

    Friday, April 10, 2009

    New Toys: "Extreme Playtime!"

    Here are some of our lovebirds playing with their new toys. Enjoy!

    Tootsie is eyeballing the new toys.

    Skittles stands amazed.

    Dewey dives in. This boy doesn't wait for no bird!

    Neither does his wife Sierra.

    Sierra deciding what to make out of a nest next.

    Tootsie picks out a toy for himself.

    Dewey and Sierra start gathering material for their new nest. This is going to be one colorful nest don't-cha think?
    Cody strikes a pose.

    Cody eyes the prize. "Man, it's like Christmas!"

    Skittles and Tootsie having fun.

    Tootsie has his mouth full!

    Skittles: "What are you looking at?"

    Now he has his mouth full just like his brother Tootsie.

    Sierra likes the little wooden balls with the colorful paper.

    It was a "flapping" good time! (Dewey)

    Thursday, April 9, 2009

    Cody and Mia Bath Time

    AH! Where's Cody's head?!?

    There it is!


    Mia preening her back and showing off her booty-bumper

    Pretty Momma Mia almost all dry.

    Wednesday, April 8, 2009

    Tootsie Bath Time

    Look at that wet chest (so manly, LOL!)

    Tootsie preening his tail and getting some good "oil" from his preen gland.

    Beautiful, wet baby!

    Tuesday, April 7, 2009

    "Warning to All Who Dares Enter TLA!!!"

    "Everyone is welcome to come visit True Love Aviary, but let thou be warned! Woe to you who enter, you will be changed... forever! Don't say we didn't warn you." (Insert evil laugh here: "BWAHAHA!")

    "Babies will turn you into their slave!"

    "Lovebirds will steal your girlfriend!"

    "Budgies will force you to sleep with them!"

    "Cockatiels will control your mind!"

    "You will end up in the loony bin!"

    "My friends, you have been warned!" (Insert evil laugh here: "BWAHAH!")

    Toy Fest for Birds

    Our birds enjoying their new toys. They loved destroying the receipt also.

    Monday, April 6, 2009

    The Birdies' New Toys Came In!!!!!

    Our birdies just received their brand new toys from Dr. Burkett! Guess which one was their favorite?

    The receipt (LOL!)

    Sunday, April 5, 2009

    Some Birdies at the RDCBS March Meeting

    Baby Skittles was there! (medium normal: available!)

    So was his brother Tootsie! (aka Toot-Toot)

    Female Greenwing Macaw

    and her mommy!

    African Grey

    and his daddy!

    This Jenday got very jealous when Tootsie and Skittles jumped on his mommy.
    We hoped you enjoyed them. See ya'll at the next meeting!

    Friday, April 3, 2009

    Update: Jelly Bean and Starbuck (aka Pixy)

    Starbuck enjoying the sun on their King's Cages Playground

    Jelly Bean just hanging out.

    Treat time for the babies.

    Jelly Bean and Starbuck

    They both are doing very well and are a total joy to have. They are so funny!
    Take care!
    Michelle & Chuck

    Thursday, April 2, 2009

    RDCBS Article on Caiques

    Photo from caiquesarepeopletoo.homestead.com (Trouper and Ripley)

    By Rodney Money

    Tamara: “Are you sure we are going the right way?”
    Rodney: “Yes, I actually looked up the directions this time, plus, I MapQuested it.”
    Tamara: “Hey! Is that it?”
    Rodney: “Well, telling by the parrots on the sign that says “Birdie Boutique” in front of the house, I would say so.”
    Tamara: “Smart butt.”
    Rodney: “Yeah, I know. (LOL.)”

    This was the conversation Tamara and I had on our very first adventure to the Birdie Boutique in Durham, NC. We were engaged, broke, and without jobs. I was doing my student teaching for music at Apex High School, and because I knew birds would be in our life after marriage, I was looking for the perfect opportunity to immerse Tamara into the world of bird ownership. The moment we walked across the threshold, the sights and sounds of continents from all around the world resounded in our ears. Cockatoos, cockatiels, and budgies originally from Australia, African greys and Lovebirds with their roots in Africa, and from the New World: macaws, conures, amazons, and a very outgoing Maximilian’s Pionus that thought I was her Daddy. I can still feel those sharp, baby claws on my hand refusing to let go to this day.

    We were excited to see that the Birdie Boutique had an open play area that allowed guests to play and help in the socialization of their birds. On the playground, our eyes caught the flashes and hues of emerald greens, tangerine oranges blended with shimmering yellows, and white as the pure, driven snow constantly in motion. As we got closer we saw that it was not just one parrot, but actually two very playful, acrobatic clowns working as one as they manipulated a toy made of wood and leather. We placed our hands near them not meaning to interrupt their play, but as soon as they saw us a new game has just begun; and Tamara and I were the main attraction.

    “What kind of birds are these?” Tamara asked.
    “Caiques,” I said as Tamara still looked puzzled.
    “Pronounce that again, ‘Sweets,’” asked Tamara once again.
    “(Ky-EEK’s) my ‘Love,’” I explained.
    “Very cool, and so sweet and playful,” she said as she was already plotting on how to take them home.
    In disappointment, due to our current status, I explained to her, “Right birds, wrong timing.”
    “One day we will have birdies,” I thought, “one day soon.”

    Every time I think of caiques I think of my very first meeting and lecture at the Raleigh-Durham Cage Bird Society. With pen and paper in hand, I was trying to digest every word concerning the topic of Nutrition for Our Birds, but in that instant a caique decided to initiate me into the club. As I took notes in my journal, he was wondering why the human got to play with all the cool toys. So he jumped on my lap, grabbed the leather binding holding together all my papers, and proceeded to dismember them. While I willingly gave up my journal to my new friend, more like to his beak, I signaled to his owner that it was completely all right. I was deeply honored that he decided to spend his time with me destroying my personal belongings. Because the caique welcomed me that day, I have been back to the meetings ever since.

    Because of their playful, inquisitive, and “always on the go” attitudes, caiques have been called the closest thing to New World Lories. These little, animated clowns are also the parrot version of the hopping kangaroo; often preferring hopping and climbing over flying. They develop extremely strong feet and can be especially obsessed with foot toys. Although their diet consists more of a parrot diet, their high energy levels can rival that of a lory or lorikeet. Just like a young puppy, a caique loves to wrestle and roll a round on their back with their toys, owners, and even other birds. This rough-and-tumble play often surprises people when they catch their caiques wrestling on the bottom of their cages just like two Jack Russell Terriers. Watching them play can be more entertaining than going to the movies.

    Caiques that are kept in pairs often act like siblings. If there is a dispute over a toy, treat, or a favorite perch, they will normally make-up and are back being friends in no time. In fact, caiques are known to remain tame even if they have a cage mate as long as there is daily playtime and proper socialization from their owners. Even with all this energy, they share a characteristic often found in the play of Lovebirds. They play hard, but eventually they crash, falling asleep like little babies. Owners have found this to be the perfect time for cuddles, snuggles, and the ever popular head rub. Caiques have even been known to sleep on their backs scaring some owners half to death only to realize that their baby was just acting silly.

    These South American little wind-up toys are considered to be a medium sized parrot with a length of 9 inches and weighing somewhere between 170 to 190 grams. They are good as a single pet, but more entertaining in pairs, and do quite well living in apartments. However, some individual birds can have a harsh shrill resembling a whistle. The two main species most commonly found in captivity are the White-bellied Pionites leucogaster and the Black-headed caique Pionites melanocephala. The White-bellied caique we see mostly in the USA is the Yellow-thighed caique Pionites leucogaster xanthomeria. This subspecies has obviously yellow thighs in compared to the nominate race that has green thighs. The Yellow-thighed caique is often referred to as a White-bellied caique. The White-bellied caique is reported to be a bit calmer than the Black-headed caique and a little less high-strung, but calmer and less high-strung is a relative term when taking about the exuberant personality of the caique. With good care, a caique can live more than 20 years in captivity.

    Caiques can become stubborn and may get out of control if they get too excited. Many of a parrot enthusiast has reported that the worst bite that they have ever received came not from a macaw or a cockatoo, but from a caique. These mischievous rascals tend not to be shy around strangers, especially if they are seduced by toys or treats, but people need to always stay a step ahead of these intelligent birds. A caique’s temperament has been compared to that of a Scarlet Macaw. Some caiques have been known to be very sweet when picked up, but bite fiercely out of deviance when being put down. Also, caution should be used when introducing a caique to new clothing, hair style, or flashy jewelry. The same bird who seems fearless and could take on the world one second, could suddenly exhibit extreme fear over an inanimate object. Caiques tend to be gregarious amongst their own kind, but can be aggressive when introduced to lesser dominating species. However, I know of at least one household that is not run by the caique, but by a Pacific parrotlet.

    Caiques have healthy appetites and can go through a bowl of food in minutes. So an owner needs to make sure that their caique is not losing weight due to not enough food in comparison to their high level of activity. Most caiques love water and are prone to frequent baths even after just receiving a bath. Like conures, caiques benefit from having a tub in which they can bathe, and some even relish “leaf bathing” just like budgies. For one caique a cage measuring 23” wide by 32” long by 64” in height is the absolute minimum with the bar spacing of 5/8” to 3/4”. Larger is always better, and playgrounds outside the cage are a necessity. With a playground, toys, and foraging opportunities, caiques can be very self-entertaining avoiding driving their owners crazy with constant, demanding attention. Caiques are always on the move and tend to use their owners like a moving playground instead of a perch.

    Because of their high intelligence, trick training is a great way to keep the mind of a caique busy. Plus, it is easy to entice them because of their love of treats. Some of the most extreme tricks are inspired by play. One example is when owners spin their caiques round and round on a string or piece of leather while they’re just holding on by their feet. This is truly a hilarious sight especially when you hear actual laughter coming from the bird. Black-headed caique Elvis, the mascot of the Birdie Boutique and the coolest caique of all, loves performing this signature trick in front of a live audience every chance he gets. Other favorite tricks of caiques include: playing dead,
    shooting basketball through a hoop, retrieving objects, any trick that highlights their love of hopping either up and down or from one place to another, and mimicking different words or sounds. Even though caiques are not known for their talking ability, some can learn a few words. Caiques are better imitating sounds of objects found within the home. Like African greys, owners have to make sure that their caiques don’t pick up annoying habits like imitating an alarm clock or the beeping of a smoke detector.

    Even though caiques are high energy birds, they tend to do very well in calm and peaceful households. They act as though they are feathered sponges saturated by the peace that surrounds them. With their white, little bellies and their bright shining, often devious and cunning eyes, a caique will always stand out in a flock of other birds. And when onlookers observe people wearing sweaters ornamented with holes and tears, these patient and forgiving owners will always proclaim when asked the question of ownership, “Yes, I have a caique.”

    Board Certified Avian Veterinarian

    Board Certified Avian Veterinarian
    Dr. Greg Burkett, Birdie Boutique

    Dewey & Sierra

    Dewey & Sierra
    Our Breeders: Creamino x Dutch Blue Pied Peach-Faced Lovebirds

    The Next Generation....

    The Next Generation....
    Of Bird Lovers!

    Size Comparison

    Size Comparison
    Each are 2 days apart (Youngest to Oldest: Left to Right)

    Where People Get Their "Pet" Birds

    by Rodney Money

    Here are the options in the USA where people get their pet birds. I did not include shelters and second hand opportunities though; just where you would be more likely to find a parent-raised or handfed baby. Also, I will explain their level of tameness of the birds, care, the knowledge of the people who either work or run the establishments, and any other thing I can think of.

    1. Large, retail petstore chains: (ex. Petsmart, Petco, Pet Supermarket, and other franchises, etc.)
    This is the absolute worst place you could find a bird to call your own. Both Petsmart and Petco get their birds from the Kaytee Preferred Birds program which has two facilities located in Florida. They are also establishing one in Las Vegas. Of the two in Florida, one handles parent-raised small birds such as finches, budgies, and lovebirds which they buy from various mass production breeders, and one that mass produces larger parrot species for intention of handfeeding. All the breeders and babies are fed a medicated diet that includes vitamins and minerals, as well as antibiotics including Doxycycline for bacteria growth. The great use of these antibiotics will weaken the immune system and make the future successful use of antibiotics questionable. Kaytee does not care about the emotional development of their birds since they already have a contract with Petsmart and Petco stating they need to produce a quantity of chicks and not a quality of chicks to keep up with the high demand of sales. All the birds are shipped from Florida or Las Vegas, so you might as well be buying a wild-caught bird from Africa, Central and South America, or Australia. These birds are then quarantined for three days or put out on the floor when stock gets low. The stock room where the birds are quaranteed is a poorly lit dungeon only having human contact during feeding and cleaning. When at the store the birds are fed a very poor seed diet which leads to fatty liver disease and death (so with their weak immune systems, the stress of being shipped, and fatty liver disease, people wonder why their parakeet from Petsmart died in just a week?) The birds when placed out on the floor, especially the smaller birds, are cluttered together in cages with improper food, perches, and little to no toys. The so-called "experts" are usually teenagers in High School or college who could not tell the difference between a cockatoo and a macaw. The only time the birds are handled is if a customer is interested, because the employees and their employers do not want to risk damaging their merchandise. Handfed babies are fed Kaytee Exact Handfeeding formula which is hard to digest in the bird's crop. Employees and Employers are not worried about socialization of the babies; their only concern is to feed them as quickly as possible so they can bag up more fish, the true highest profitable merchandise, for customers. The only way to stop this travesty of mass production of chicks is education to the public to stop buying birds at retail pet centers.

    2. Local Small Business-owned Pet Stores:
    The knowledge of the staff varies greatly depending on the expertise of its people. Even with a very knowledgeable and educated staff, it is near to impossible to socialize each and every bird and care for their emotional needs. Employers and Employees have their minds preoccupied with cleaning cages, feeding birds, stocking, handling accounts, and simply dealing with customers; because first and foremost, it is a business. Many pet stores handfeed their own babies, but even the best bird stores forget that they need to continue socialization and establish a constant routine of playtime after they wean. Pet stores is where I see the vast majority of sweet, handfed babies turn wild after weaning.

    3. Large-scaled Breeders:
    Very similar to the suppliers of babies to the large retail pet chains. Large-scaled breeders mass produce large amount of babies for profit. So unless they have a staff that dedicates their entire time to feeding, playing, and socialization, the emotional needs just can not be met simply due to the sheer numbers of birds. These breeders are contracted to pet stores, other breeders for future stock, and other clients to provide a quantity of birds for future or present profit. Not all large-scaled breeders have inhumane practices. Steve Hartman of Hartman Aviaries and Gail Worth of Aves International not only care about their babies, but also the wellbeing of their parents also. Large-scale breeders also have the means to establish breeding stocks that could develop the possible domestication of parrots through line breeding. Also, mutations and other genetic changes could be studied in a more controlled environment.

    4. Small-scaled Breeders (like us):
    Many of these breeders are hobbyists, though some can make a living and breed for profit. These breeders tend to have a intimate relationship with each baby that they raise. This intimacy could lead in studies of developing co-parenting. Personally, I believe that this is the best place to find a new, loving feathered family member as long as the breeders breed in a moral way with not only thinking of the wellbeing of their babies, but also their parents. Small-scaled breeders tend to keep their pairs within their homes unlike large-scaled breeders who breed in either large flight aviaries or warehouses.

    Our Lovebird Babies!

    Our Lovebird Babies!
    Cute, Tame, Playful, Well-socialized!

    Pepsi or Coke?

    Pepsi or Coke?
    I guess Pepsi, or not Diet!

    Things We Have Learned as Birdie Parents:

    1. Close the lid of the toilet. (It is not fun reaching in and grabbing your bird out. Then torturing them with a bath.) 2. Do not turn on the ceiling fan when your flighted birds are out. 3. Put birds away while cooking, mixing batter, etc (esp. Chocolate... can cause panic attacks when they accidentally fly into it as well as getting chocolate every where when you grab them out and rush them to a bath!). 4. Do not kiss your birds after eating chocolate and guacamole. 5. Do not kiss your birds after they eat hot peppers. 6. Yogurt, milk, and dairy products are not good for them. 7. Neither is high salt and high sugar food items. 8. Never let your bird eat off your plate unless you don't mind them bothering you every time from there on after. 9. Do not take "naughty" pictures of your breeder birds. You will feel guilty later for interrupting them. 10. It's good to cover your bird's cages at night. Just not with plastic. 11. Set routines with your birds. Creates confident and secure birds. 12. Play with your birds everyday! 13. Do not go outside with your bird unprotected! 14. Set boundaries/rules with your bird (or they'll act like little teenagers). 15. Learn as much as you can about a species before and after obtaining your new family member. 16. Make sure your vet is "Avian Board Certified." (See Dr. Burkett at Birdie Boutique!) 17. Join a bird club. They understand it when they get pooped on or bitten! (Online chat/message boards are good, too) 18. Playgrounds and toys are a necessity, not an option. 19. Do not feed your bird only seed. It is fatty and not good for their health and plummage (see photos of our birds for proof). 20. Birds need sunlight for their health and plummage. 21. Socialize your birds with other people. 22. Do not keep poisonous plants in your home. If you're not sure use fake plants for greenage. 23. Be careful if you let your birds loose around the house. Be aware of where they are at all times (not to step or sit on them). 24. Do take your birds in the shower with you. (They don't care how you look!). Clean their cages daily (it makes it easier than once a week)! 25. Love your birds. Spoil them. Hold them. Don't yell or hit them. A little bird poop never hurt anyone!

    Toys, Playgrounds, and Foraging for Parrots

    Toys and playgrounds are not an option, they are a necessity. Four general categories of toys help meet a birds needs:

    1. Destructible toys that appeal to a parrot’s instinct to chew. These toys include: branches with bark, finger traps, bird candy, milled wood, chipped wood, straw, cholla, cork, leather, paper, jute, hemp, weaved palm leaves, etc.

    2. Sound-related toys for the instinct to communicate. These toys include: bells, stainless-steel or nickel-plated liberty bells, metal pipe bells, plastic pipe bells, rattles, and clackers, bird music boxes, sound-repeating devices, and any toy with resonating properties from plastic, paper, or metal cups.

    3. Interactive toys for the bird’s intelligence or emotional needs. These toys include: beads, puzzle toys, foraging toys, snuggling or comfort toys, hiding or peeking-out toys, surrogate enemy toys, foot toys, and mirrors.

    4. Exercise toys for physical activity. These toys include: swings, appropriate perches, platforms, playgrounds or trees, and boings.

    Foraging is simply the act of finding food. Very simple in definition, but great in the impact it can have on the lives of our birds. Having our parrots work for their food is one of the best stimulations that we can provide. It does not matter if you have a budgie, lovebird, amazon, or a macaw, behavior problems will diminish if a parrot has the opportunity to forage for their food rather than eating straight from a bowl. In the wild, a parrot will occupy 60%-80% of their time searching for food. During their mission, a parrot will fly, use problem-solving skills, and manipulate their environment to find that prized morsel. This is a very heart-wrenching revelation considering our parrots, according to recent scientific studies, on the average spend only 15 minutes eating from their bowls and the rest of their time waiting for us in their cage for eight hours while we are working. Our beloved birds want more and deserve more. Our feathered friends have provided richness, stimulation, beauty, and love in our lives; should we not also provide them with anything less? A parrot needs to work for their food to stimulate both body and mind; their health will reap from the benefits also. Providing foraging opportunities is more work on our part, but the rewards are far greater with the antagonists of our selfishness. As our Avian Veterinarian Dr. Burkett states, “We put them in cages, the least we can do is provide the absolute best for them.”

    5. Foraging opportunities for parrots include, but are not limited to, the following: natural foods and treats such as nuts, Nutri-Berries or Avicakes; foraging toys made specifically for birds; shredded paper, paper towels, or toys in a food bowl; supervised foraging on a playgrounds, trees, toy boxes, or baskets; hiding treats wrapped in carrot leaves or dark leafy vegetables, placing food in pinecones or stuffed in children’s toys such as a small dartboard from the local dollar store; taking treats and arranging them in the cage in a sheskabob; shreddable cardboard boxes with hidden treats; wrapping treats in paper and hanging them inside the cage, perch, or playground; placing food bowls in different locations in the cage providing several feeding stations. Wrap food in paper, paper towels, or paper bags and place in some stations while leaving others empty. Then, tape the top of the feeding stations with paper, or a destructible toy, so your parrot will first have to punch through the barrier and then remove the wrapped morsel; placing food in the holes of a cholla perch or destructible toys such as finger traps; hiding food in bird safe, untreated pine toys or cardboard boxes found in a craft store; foraging trays with hidden food and toys placed on the bottom or top of cages, playgrounds, or trees; having your parrot climb a branch, rope, or chain to his food, having your parrot lift a bucket or string to retrieve his food; sticking food in plastic waffle balls, teach flight training and retrieving, and my favorite: either hiding food in your clothes, making a birdie edible necklace, or holding your parrot’s food up high so he has to climb up you to receive his treat and the rewarding positive stimulation of his favorite sound, your voice.

    As you can see, foraging is only limited to the creativity of your mind. It always “cracks me up” when my lovebirds get so excited even when they just find some pellets buried under a mass of shredded paper towels. It will take you a few extra minutes a day to set up foraging opportunities and stations, but the rewards, positive stimulation, and environmental richness will last a lifetime in the lives of your beloved birds.

    ~Rodney Money

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    Bird Protectors

    We DO NOT recommend these for your birds!!!!!!!!

    Chances are that at least once you have been browsing through the bird section of your favorite pet store and come across a product called a "Mite Protector". You may have wondered whether or not you need this product, and if it can really be beneficial to your pet's health.

    A mite is a very small parasite that can infest the skin and feathers of most animal species. Truth be told, the vast majority of birds that were captive bred and have been housed in sanitary environments never experience a problem with mites or any other external parasites.

    The "Mite Protectors" are usually small disc shaped containers designed to hang on the side of a bird's cage. The discs contain chemicals that release a fume to ward off mites, fleas, and other parasites -- but the fumes can potentially be harmful to the very thing you are trying to protect: your bird!

    Birds have very sensitive and specialized respiratory systems, and the fumes given off by these Mite Protectors can be harmful or even fatal to them.

    In fact, these products can pose just as big a health risk to pet birds as cigarette smoke, aerosol sprays, or non-stick cookware.

    If you fear that your bird is experiencing a problem with mites or any other sort of parasite, the best thing to do is to schedule an appointment with an avian vet as soon as possible. Keep your pet healthy and happy by forming a good relationship with your vet and doing plenty of research on the bird products you are interested in before you use them.

    Source: The Truth About Mite Protectors

    Takes after his Daddy

    Takes after his Daddy
    Making music in another way!


    Lovebird's Concerto with BeBe by Jamie Williams Grossman

    Feeding Schedule and Socialization Goals

    Most important supplies: scale made for birds, O-ring syringes, Oxyfresh Cleaning Gel, bottle warmer made for human babies, a brooder that stays between 73-83 F, and Roudybush Handfeeding Formula (consistency of split pea soup to a heavy gravy served between 103-109 F with no dry, solid spots. Nothing should ever be added to the formula, and the formula should have the same thickness consistency from two weeks until weaned.) Brooder Set-up:

    2 weeks old: 5 feedings every 4 hours (8:00am, 12:00pm, 4:00pm, 8:00pm, 12:00am.) Many other breeders only feed 4 times every 4 hours the first week, but we do not want the babies crying for food in the middle of the night. Just like human babies, there are small babies (Pixy!) and there are large babies (her brother Jelly Bean!), so the amount of food is going to vary around 3.5-4.5 cc’s. Tamara and I do not say, “Ok baby, you have had 4 ccs, your full!” No, we fill up the babies until their crops resemble a full balloon or when they simply do not want anymore. Feed the babies all at once; competition is your greatest ally. Well-socialization goal: babies should recognize you, have a wonderful feeding response, and have names.

    3 weeks old: 4 feedings every 4 hours (8:00am, 12:00pm, 4:00pm, 8:00pm.) Just fill those crops until they look and feel like a full balloon. At 3.5 weeks old, the babies will start to chew on their bedding. This is the time to introduce “big bird” food. Fresh, chewy Avicakes are the perfect introduction to solid food. Avicakes are highly nutritious unlike seed or millet. After babies are fed baby food, place a very small crumb into their mouths. This works great as a birdie pacifier also. We never feed them mashed-up or soft foods for weaning. Starting them on what they will eat as adults is best. After they are eating “big bird” food, we introduce small foot toys and toys they can shred. Well-socialization goal: babies try “big bird” food, recognize your voice, and step-up on your palm to be fed.

    4 weeks old: 3 feedings every 6 hours (8:00am, 2:00pm, 8:00pm.) We never drop their feedings to three until we know they are eating the Avicakes on a regular basis. This is the time when we introduce crushed-up Nutri-Berries and a small pellet like Roudybush Crumble. Depending on the size of the baby, they should be receiving around 6 ccs at this point. Once again, feel the crop and if the babies refuse, do not force them to eat. After we feed them baby food, we place them over the solid food bowl. This is the time we introduce a small dish of water also. Well-socialization goal: babies play with toys, eating adult food on a regular basis, and cry out not only for baby food, but for attention also. Some of the older babies at this point have a natural protective instinct of their siblings and territory, so to dilute this trait we lay down on the floor, cuddle, play with them with their toys, and feed them adult food by hand after each feeding. When they have fallen asleep, we place them back into the brooder.

    5 weeks old: 2 feedings every 12 hours (8:00am and 8:00pm or 6:00pm if some of the babies are screaming.) At 5.5 weeks of age the babies will start to fly. There first flight is always to us. This is always a true sign that your babies see you more than just the ones who feed you. It is a sign that they love you. This is one of the most awesome milestones for baby’s socialization. This is also the week we introduce seed, because as the babies wean they need that extra burst of energy that the fat in seed has in storage. The fat also fills them up more and helps them strive between feedings. Concerning feedings, some babies at this age take well over 8 ccs of baby food. When we reach 1 feeding per day, they can receive up to as much as 10 ccs. Well-socialization goal: babies fly to you, recognize their names, and are placed in a weaning cage with a tent or cozy to sleep in. The tent needs to be large enough for all the babies.

    6 weeks old: 1 feeding per day at 6:00pm or 8:00pm (babies can feed from 7-10 ccs at this point.) If we have a large clutch, 4 or more babies, the prodigies will normally wean during this week. Well-socialization goal: babies are filling up on adult food in the morning, babies want to come out of their weaning cage to fly, cuddle, and most importantly play with toys independently on a playground. Babies should never be on a person all the time when they are outside of their cages. They have to learn independent play and have foraging opportunities.

    7 weeks old: A baby should wean at anytime now. If they do not cry for their evening feeding, then do not give it to them. At 7 weeks, we introduce cooked foods, fruits, sprouts, and veggies. The babies will see the adults eating the food and will follow their lead. Many breeders and pet stores separate their babies in individual cages so they will not bond with each other. This is one of the worst things they can do for a baby, especially one that has not weaned yet. Birds need that competition of the food bowl, thus learning to eat on their own and whenever food is presented. Lovebirds that also learn to compete for food will naturally compete for your attention also thus making trust issues virtually nonexistent. Well-socialization goal: the babies step-up from inside their cage, and the babies are excited to see you. Babies need a reason to want to come out of their cages such as a playground. That, plus routine, is the key to a well-socialize parrot and not one that is caged bound and only finds security in the confounds of their bars.

    8 weeks old: Weaned. If you decide to clip, never clip a bird before they wean or they might not ever see a reason to get off the baby food. This is nature’s way: stop begging, get off Momma’s fat baby food, and fly! Even though socialization starts as early as two weeks, true socialization actually starts the week babies wean. Too many times we have seen and heard stories of birds that were handfed, but they turned wild. It happens during this week. The babies no longer need you as a source of food, so you need to show them that they still need you for other reasons: love, another source of fun, security, and socialization. During this week, most birds forgot you ever handfed them. All handfeeding does is that it gets a bird use to the presence of humans. So during the week your babies wean, the most important thing any of us can do is to continue a balance of training, positive reinforcement, cuddle time, and independent play. Why is a well-socialized parrot such an important goal? The simple answer is because they will live with people. If a bird is truly trust worthy, affectionate, and socialized, then chances are their humans will see them more than just birds in a cage, but as true family members. Thus, living a full and enrich life in a human household. Well-socialization goal: babies enjoy a great head rub and have first full vet check from an Avian Veterinarian.

    ~Rodney Money True Love Aviary

    Growth Progression of a Baby Lovebird