Love Birds: an introduction for beginners---follow-up!

Happppy Birthday Chuckey Babey!

It was one year on Mothers day that my children surprised me with a little friend. It is hard to believe that it's been a whole year since Chuckey Babey the love bird (check out the original hub here) has become my new 'love interest'.


Update!

As I said already it's been just over a year now that the Chuckster has come into my life and has become my new best friend. We now know he is a he and my daughters Gonzo is a she. Both have developed their own awesome personna...

They both are total clowns who love nothing more then to ham it up, next become mischievous little imps that want to nibble on a beauty spot or two, then they become little cuddle bugs that can't get close enough to snuggle, all within an hour...............

Funny that almost feels as if I've said that already... well look at that, I did... in the last paragraph of my original hub about Love birds ...  sorry to keep repeating myself but that's what Lovebirds are all about. Loving little companions.




Chuckey Babey is a Peach-faced Lovebird. He was one of a four bird clutch and they were hand-fed since day one by one of the greatest breeders I have ever met. That might possibly be the secret of success with these little parrots.


Chuckey is an 'alone child' whereas Gonzo lives with a Girl Budgie companion. Chuckey has bonded with me and we're the best of friends. Don't let me misguide you and make you think that he is an angel. He has shown his dis-pleasures with a couple of nifty bites that hurt like the dickens, but every time he has there was an explanation.

For example, he has a total hate for the stainless food scoop that I use to put his seeds into his dish. If I forget and use the scoop while he is near or heaven forbid in his cage he goes nuts and attacks... now the scoop probably wouldn't mind that much... but my hands definitely do.

Another one of his sore spots is if I haven't been home and he's been cooped up in his cage for too long... man-oh-man watch out... he pretends to happily come out of the cage, steps up onto my finger croons a bit then the minute I want to give him a kiss the little devil surfaces and 'ouch' any part of my lips, nose, eyelids, cheek... doesn't matter what part of me, it's fair game (in his little mind). When he gets into that kind of a mood the only way to get him to stop is to put him right back into his cage scold him with a few harsh words and wait 20 minutes then start all over again. By then he's so happy to be out that he forgets that he had been miffed just a short little while ago.

The difference between boys and girls!

Alright, alright I'm talking about the differences between a boy and girl Lovebirds 'scheesh'...

Up until Chuckey and Gonzo, the love birds, were about eight months old they both behaved similarly, total little show-offs, into mischief at the drop of a hat. Both love to improve on the shredded colored paper, which we use as bedding in the bottom of the cage. When totally fresh Chuckey actually goes and dives into it and plays ostrich... digs his head into it and thinks I can't see him, then pops out... with a little chirp that seems to say "tada here I am". Up until the age of eight months Gonzo usually did everything almost identical to Chuckey then we started to notice changes. Gonzo found her new favorite place... the paper recycling bin. She started to shred even light cardboard (cereal boxes, cookie bags, etc. Gonzo would then tuck the strip under her wing and somehow fly or waddle to her cage, willingly go in and deposit and hoard, hoard the paper shreds in one of the corners and then play in there for hours.

After watching Gonzo for a while my son-in-law cut openings (windows) into the sides of an orange juice carton (naturally a rinsed out one). He used a plastic tie-all to hang the carton up in the bird cage. Gonzo was in heaven, she loved it. She would bop in and out, play peek-a-boo. Naturally taste test all the corners and give it her general seal of approval. Eventually she transported (tucked under her wing) every bit of shredded paper and cardboard into her 'new home'.

This is where we started to notice a big difference between the two birds. Chuckey loves his carton he plays in it and does his acrobatic in and around it but does not create a nest the way Gonzo does continually.

At about 11 months of age Gonzo layd her first clutch of three eggs inside her 'orange juice carton nest'. Obviously these eggs were going to be duds as she didn't have a mate around to have fertilized them. She sat on the eggs faithfully and would not let anyone get near even to clean out the cage. She became a little birdscilla, nipping and biting at one and all. 2 - 21/2 weeks in I guess she maybe realized that nothing was happening or she just lost interest she pushed the eggs out of her nest and became her loving self again.

Chuckey's favorite foods are:

A variety of seeds and nuts--- A mix of niger , silver millet, flax, safflower, sun-flower seeds... Peanuts, roasted soy nuts (no-salt), walnuts, filberts...

Raisins, dried currants, dried cranberries, dried banana chips,

Banana, apples, peaches, grapes, cantaloupe, mangoes, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries...

Corn on the cob, red-green-yellow peppers, broccoli, dandelion greens, spinach, snow peas...

Chuckeys favorite drinks (other then water) sips snitched from my glass or cup include:

Lemon-aid, orange juice, five-alive, carrot juice, papaya juice, coffee and herbal tea

Chuckey the party animal has been caught taking sips of beer and wine and going back for more. He loves (this proves he is a sweet mouth) my homemade elderberry cordial. I will not have any when he's out of his cage because the little rascal just will not stop dipping in his beak.

Toxic foods lovebirds should never have:

Be careful the following are poisonous and can kill lovebirds as a matter of fact most birds....

Apple seeds, Avocado, Rhubarb leaves

So in conclusion Love Birds in general are the cream of the crop, the cats meow, the top of the heap in my book.

To be honest I believe that the lovebirds are a bit trickier then a budgie or even a cockatiel and need a more experienced handler. One who has more patience and time to spend with the little buggers. It all comes down to the facts that the lovebirds are a parrot but their little bodies are deceiving and hide the enormous personalities or egos of the parrot.

However a well trained one of these little guys is a total delight.

My little pal Chuckey Babey on the other hand is the crème de la crème, who has become the apple of my eye thoroughly. I wake up to his little squawks and go to sleep with them. Life is so much better with my sweet little feathered friend.



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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hiya G, how are you? thanks for reading about my little pal the Chuckmeister... him and I are on warpath today... I was listening to a book on my Mp3 and the little monster bit through the earphone wire...and it was the good set to... he never did it to the cheappo ones... I threatened him that he's going to have to go and get himself a job so he can replace them... haha

hope you're well

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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GPAGE 6 years ago from California

This is very entertaining ZB!!!!! Loved this and very informative too.....Enjoyed it! G


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

skye2day, always glad when you come be for a visit. Thank you for such a nice comment.

Blessings back at you

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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skye2day 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Precious story. You are a gifted writer. I love the names Chuckey and Gonzo, precious just like you zsuzsy bee.

I just read your portfolio and it is darling. I love your heartfelt humor and transparent personality. You are too funny. You are a giving loving tender soul and a Child of Gods. What else do you need to know? Tee hee. You are loved by many, that is obvious. Love never fails. Life is about loving. Loving God, our neighbors and loving we belong to God and have an eternal home. Hugs zsuzsy bee. Do come over and visit my hubs when you get a chance. I would be honored. Many Blessings sister.


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

lctodd1947, I love cockatiels too. My first one, 'Beeckey' lived to be 34, talked a mile a minute (about 17 words over and over). Then a cage full (6) of rescue cockatiels came into the house and somehow even though we had the new gang quarantined poor old Beeckey caught the sneezies and about 2 weeks later left me. None of the other ones (all rescue cases) that I kept lived that long... maybe something to do with having brought Beeckey home from a breeder when he was only 5-6 weeks old. I still miss that little guy's chatterings. When he saw the vacuum he would screech "alarm alarm ...." even if he was on my shoulders and we passed by it in the hallway.

ahhh the memories

Glad you came for a visit

hope you're well

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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lctodd1947 6 years ago from USA

I love it. This is funny and so cute. My husband's mother had a cockatiel named "Rambo," when she went into the nursing home, we became his mama. Len would take Rambo to see his Mother every time he went as she lived in another city. He never forgot her and she did finally forget about him as she did not ask about him when he left home. We had him for 10 years making him 14 yrs old, when he decided to leave home. My husband forgot Rambo was on his shoulder and stepped out the back door. You know the rest of the story. His Mother died about 5 months later; she never knew Rambo left home. She was 92, he was 14...they truly loved each other.


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hiya Support Med., how are you? You hit the nail right on the head Love birds are filled to the hilt with personality. Little stinkers wrapped in a lovey-dovey wrapper.

I would like to have a canary too, never had one. I also read somewhere that it was the males that did the best singing. Last time I was at a pet store they had ones that are totally awesome... they have a Phyllis Diller hairdo... all messy and shaggy... If I were to get one it would have to be that kind.

hope you're well

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

This hub is a joy to read. Seems Gonzo and Chuckey Babey have very fun personalities! I would love to have a canary some day soon, a male, as I hear they are the ones who 'sing.' Voted up/rated!


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Audrey, time goes by fast... it seemed like just a bit ago when you talked about Griffin the small pup and now is a year old already...

take care

zs


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Totally well and trucking along with the 1-year-old Griffin. What a ride! We had a cockatiel for a few months back when we had labs - that was not a good thing. The mals are not so much bird dogs. In fact, they always look at each other when they see them, even good sized ones, as if to say - 'what do ya make of THAT?' - this is a good thing. They have enough distractions and I'm always happy when they just pass something by! My arms grow longer by the week...pretty soon I'll be a gorilla.


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Alison, how are you? Nice of you to stop by. I really believe that Chuckey literally oozes personality.

I tried to do some sewing this morning, the little fart thought otherwise. He wanted to ride the merry-go-round. He sat on top of the thread spool and waited for me to start the machine so he could go round and round...

Needless to say we played instead and didn't get any work done... tomorrow is another day I guess.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Pamela, always glad when you drop by for a visit. I feel the same about birds wild or 'tame' I love them all. (well maybe not those ugly Turkey vultures)

hope you're well

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Alison Graham 6 years ago from UK

Thanks so much for sharing this, I never realised that birds could have such personalities!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Zsuzsy Bee, I liked this hub. I love birds and my house is surrounded with birds as we have a bird bath, feeders and a hummingbird feeder. I used to raise birds but now I just have my big cuddly cat. Great hub.


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hiya Audrey, how are things?

The dogs here have no problems with the bird. They're nosey but that's that.

hope you and your gang are well

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

I have had many cockatiels in the past. Most of them rescue cases that came from unwanted homes. If they decided they were crabby and aggressive, they were just that, there was nothing you could do to change their mind.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Too cute - I've had birds over the years but not in a long, long time...kinda makes me miss them now. It would give Griffin something to watch!


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

alekhouse, the only possible write-up about the Chuckster is a cute one. He is absolutely the sweetest little guy I'm lucky to share my space with.

hope you're well

kindest regards Zsuzsy


konrel 6 years ago

Your love birds are so cute. This was good information. We had a cocoteil who would bite every one if he had a mirror in his cage. Something about seeing his reflection made him aggressive.


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

Zsuzsy, loved the hub....interesting and cute.


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

katiem2, thanks for taking a look and for commenting. I had quite a few emails me after I published the first hub on my Chuckey Babey. I thought it would be a good thing to follow up on how the little guy is doing.

hope you're well

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

I love birds this is a wonderful tribute and guide thanks :)


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Sir Greek, the love bird would not make much of a lunch... only enough meat on them to fill a small cavity that's for sure. However the Chuckster is just too sweet of a bird to get angry at him. A little nibble now and then is easy to forgive compared to all the fun we have.

Always glad when you drop in for a visit.

hope you're well

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

drbj, Chuckey is the sweetest little friend ever. Always glad when you drop by.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Winsome, my Chuckey is my special bud and just love him to bits. So glad you stopped in for a visit.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

samboiam, my dogs are great with the bird. Thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

Chuckey and Gonzo would become luch if bit me, I can tell you, Oh Patient One :-)


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Chuckey and Gonzo are lucky to have you, and vice versa. Lot of mutual affection goin' on there.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

What a fun companion Z, it appears Chuckey and I like many of the same foods--very nutritious. With four avocado trees and a yellow lab, I probably could not safely have one but they are pretty. Their preferred method of being carried is also a fashion statement. I've included the url: http://img.youtube.com/vi/Dlp7yeWy6o8/0.jpg

=:)


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samboiam 6 years ago from Texas

I love birds. I would like to have one but am afraid my to adorable pooches would try to have it as a snack. Great hub. It was very well written and enjoyable.

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