Do Lovebirds need "Grit" added in their cages?
My Lovebird eats the dirt in my flower pots.
Advise please.
Jerry
Do Lovebirds need "Grit" added in their cages?

No, grit isn't necessary.
My Lovebird eats the dirt in my flower pots. Advise please.

Please be careful with this. Earth can contain bugs, microbes, mould, spores, etc. that can cause illness. Also, be aware that certain houseplants can be toxic, even deadly. If I were you, I would make sure the bird doesn't have access to flower pots.
Give your bird a cuttlebone and a mineral block to chew on. These contain necessary nutrients for his health and gives his beak a workout. Also, supply him with lots of bird-safe toys that he can play with, chew on, hang on and swing from. Lovebirds enjoy a good variety of toys that you should rotate on a regular basis to keep him interested and happy. Make sure the toys you offer your bird are well made and suited for a lovebird's strong beak.
Hope this helps.

LindaA
I wouldn't give a lovebird toys that have strings though. They chew them and untangle the thick threads. Found mine hanging by his neck 5 years ago. It was pure luck that I walked up to his cage to say hello moments hafter he became caught and I saved him. No string toys ever again fromt hat moment on.
Dave
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Also, supply him with lots of bird-safe toys that he ... for a lovebird's strong beak. Hope this helps. LindaA

I wouldn't give a lovebird toys that have strings though. They chew them and untangle the thick threads. Found mine ... hello moments hafter he became caught and I saved him. No string toys ever again fromt hat moment on. Dave

~~I agree with you .. "stringy" toys can be very dangerous. Your bird was very lucky you walked in on him at the right moment. There are so many other great toys out there, so the ones with strings can be avoided. Last year I discovered a new line of bird toys called Insight. They're mostly aimed at birds like budgies and parrotlets, but if a lovebird isn't too rough with his toys, Insight toys might work just fine. Lucite and acrylic toys may be suitable for lovebirds as well.

Some birds are more curious &/or destructive with the things in their cage. Part of choosing the right toys is knowing what your bird's personality is like. I have budgies who can hardly wait to get at new toys put into their cage and then there are a few little dodos who just sit there and stare. It's amazing to see the different reactions you get from a bunch of birds all living together sharing the same space ... LOL ! They really are individuals.

LindaA
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and then there are a few little dodos who just sit there and stare.

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LindaA

(lol) sounds like government...
Mark Emotion: wink
Grit is used to grind seed in the gizzard, whether it is hulled or not. There is very little evidence that grit is harmful. It is your choice whether to give it or not.
Do Lovebirds need "Grit" added in their cages? My Lovebird eats the dirt in my flower pots. Advise please. Jerry

Thank you all for your insite.
As for toys...My guy is out of his cage most of the time sitting on me.
Again my thanks to all.
Jerry
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Grit is used to grind seed in the gizzard, whether it is hulled or not. There is very little evidence that grit is harmful. It is your choice whether to give it or not.

Ever see an impacted crop?
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Grit is used to grind seed in the gizzard, whether ... It is your choice whether to give it or not.

Ever see an impacted crop?

Yes I have, have you?? Impacted crop can be caused by anything eaten by a bird but is most commonly caused by people who hand rear and feed too much. There is very little evidence to prove grit is harmful, just hearsay.