Ask Lafeber


October 18, 2018

Dead mate

I have a lovebird named skittles and he has lost his mate starburst, what can I do to help him get over his lost?


Hi Emma,

I’m so sorry to hear about Starburst. I know you and Skittles miss her. Watch Skittles carefully and make sure he is eating. He may keep calling for her for a few days. Generally birds will grieve for a short time but soon be OK. You can give him some extra treats and talk to him to keep him company. A TV or radio can help with any loneliness he feels.  He might like a toy with a mirror. Mirrors are OK as long as the bird does not become obsessed with it.

Take Care,


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