Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
By D Striegel
Posted Apr 04, 2013
I hand raised Sweetie from the time she was just feathering out. Lories are really quite easy to handfeed since they drink nectar I just put her food in a Dixie cup and tipped the cup for her. Of course I did this every 4 hours round the clock until she was eating on her own. The description does make it sound like lories are a lot of work but I don't find that to be the case. I layer paper in the bottom of her cage and pull the top sheet everyday. When the layers are gone I wash the tray down with hot water and re-layer. They aren't any messier then any other bird it's just a different kind of mess. Carpet is a no-no, tile is better and I have her cage against a scrubbable wall which gets wiped down weekly. I use the dry nectar but suppliment with fruits, vegetables, flowers and organic natural juices. Lories are the "Court Jesters" of the bird world. I taught Sweetie years ago to "don't pinch" which means no biting. She knows exactly what that means because she was playing with another lory who was getting nippy and she told him "Don't Pinch!" She asks me to "Kiss Sweetie" and if I don't she demands "KISS SWEETIE". She is a joyful little angel in a gorgeous red feather outfit.