Acquired: Pet store
Posted May 18, 2015
When we bought George and Gracie they were already a pair. We had no prior experience with love birds, so we just assumed that buying a pair was best. Now I know that really, it depends on what you are looking for.
When we first got the pair, they were approximately the same size. That remained the case for nearly a year, until Gracie started laying eggs. At first, we would remove the eggs when she wasn't looking, but my parents decided it would be a nice life lesson for me to witness the life cycle, so we bought a nesting box for Gracie. Gracie got huge. It was like she doubled in size while George shrank to half. And she got mean. Not so much with us, but with George, she was a bully. And though she wasn't mean with us, she stopped being social. She never wanted to leave the cage, even after her first nest was born and the babies removed to new homes. She became a strictly caged bird. George, on the other hand, though hesitant to leave the cage at first, would be very snuggly once he was outside. But he never wanted to stay out long. As bullying as Gracie could be, they were a strongly bonded pair.
After the first nest, and seeing how small poor George got, we resumed removing Gracie's eggs. But she continued to eat the lions share of the seed and eventually George got sick. We started feeding him outside of the cage and that helped.
Just before I moved away for college, a coworker of my mother's who had several years of experience with love birds and had taken two of Gracie's babies, asked if she could have the pair (knowing that we were worried about George). We gave them up to here, and unfortunately, that is the most information I have.
Other than George's weight loss, the two never gave us any cause to worry about their health.
If you are looking for a pair of Lovies who will not leave their cage, go for it, but don't let them nest unless you are a breeder with lots of experience. If you are hoping to socialize with your Lovebird, I recommend getting one as young as possible, who has not been bonded yet.