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    Biting Bird & Mating Questions - Help!

    Two weeks ago I brought home a female lovebird to be a companion to my lovebird who had lost his mate. They immediately liked each other which I am very thankful for. I put them in the same cage almost immediately. However, I am having a difficult time trying to clean or do anything in the cage because the female tries to bite me. She moves very quick too so I have to be fast in order not to be bit. I try to clean when she comes out of the cage, but as soon as she sees my hand in there she gets back into the cage and comes after me. I have never had a bird be this territorial before. When she is out of the cage she is a little better. She usually will sit on my shoulder, but she occasionally bites my neck. She does not like my hands and arms though. Whenever I try to get her to step up she will bite me. I have bite marks all over my arms. The lady I bought her off of said that she is very sweet and she was able to hold the lovebird in her hand. Why would she be so different with me? Does anyone have any suggestions on what I can do to stop the biting?

    One other thing too is that she is about 9 years younger than the male she is with now. She has been trying to mate with him, but he just sits there. Do birds get too old to mate? Is there a certain age when they stop? I'm wondering if I made a mistake getting a much younger bird as a companion for my older lovebird.

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    Well, for starters, parrots make up their own mind who they will like or tolerate. Was this the only lovebird this lady had? How old is it? Is there a nest box in the cage now? Was she in a cage with another lovebird at the other home?

    Two weeks isn’t very long to settle in for a bird. Give her a chance to get used to her new surroundings. She really hasn’t had a chance to get to know you.

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    She was not with another bird in her previous home. She is about 1 1/2 years old. The male I have is near 11 years old. There is no nest box in the cage. There is a bamboo tent which she has been chewing on. I am becoming concerned that she is ingesting it.

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    Willy-Eclectus, Oliver-alexandrine,Mookie-Senegal,Bella- Australian King,Joey and Peewee- Barrabands, Peachiegirl-Peachfront conure,Pepper- crimson belly conure, Peanut-plum head, Babyblue-parrotlette, Harry and Louie-canaries.
    I would take the bamboo tent out. She is still pretty young and may still be settling in. If you begin training her, try to do it away from the cage and preferably in another room away from the male.

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    Thank you for the advice. I hope I can get her to stop biting me.

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