Last Updated on by Catherine Tobsing
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Subject: Lovebird super-masterbator
I have been doing a lot of reading trying to find an answer.
I added a male lovebird to my flock in 2019.
After about a week he started masturbating on anything he found that was soft, rope perches, his tent, etc. So I thought, OK, I’ll get him a friend so he can think about something else. Bad idea, he ignores the (normal) male friend who sits and watches him as he continues his routine.
I asked my Avian Vet about it and he said to first remove the rope perches.
I have tried a fine spray water bottle – so he knows immediately when I reach for it to stop, but then he gets sneaky and waits for me to turn my back again. In his own cage, he shows his frustration by speed-walking back and forth on the bottom of the cage where the paper helps give the patter of little feet a whole new meaning.
I feed him Zupreem fruit pellets, Kaytee Forti Diet Pro or Vita Smart for lovebirds. Fruit and veggies a few times a week. Hope you have some suggestions!
Catherine Tobsing replied,
Sorry for your very frisky lovebird.
We are aware of birds like that, we have a quaker who spends much of his time enjoying himself that way.
But after a few years, we don’t find it to be harmful to his health and well, they are captive birds and are just trying to pass the time…
Yes, it is not as appealing to watch as if he was playing with his bells and beads, but it is who he is.
We don’t always like the personalities of every pet we have or even some of our kids, but we love them anyway.
So stop trying to change his behavior and let him have his fun and stop squirting him, he’s doing nothing wrong.