Does it mean, when a lovebird fluffs up, starts getting sleepy-eyed and starts chomping on something (much like parakeets with grit) that she's content? I was talking to Peaches a minute ago and noticed she got very content looking. Then I started singing to her and she started chomping and looked like she was going to tuck her head back. I either bored her with my rendition of 'American Pie' or else made her feel very comfy Emotion: smile

Jill
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Does it mean, when a lovebird fluffs up, starts getting sleepy-eyed and starts chomping on something (much like parakeets with ... head back. I either bored her with my rendition of 'American Pie' or else made her feel very comfy Emotion: smile

I think the most obvious sign of contentment is known as "chewing the stone", which all of our birds do at night, not long before they're ready for bed. Some people find the muffled snapping/grinding noise irritating, we certainly don't.

Rick
"Some people find the
muffled snapping/grinding noise irritating,"

It is my favorite noise in the whole world!! Emotion: smile A room of 8 tiels all grinding their beaks is like music.
"Some people find the

muffled snapping/grinding noise irritating,"

and with my

I think the most obvious sign of contentment is known ... find the muffled snapping/grinding noise irritating, we certainly don't. Rick

I have learned to love that sound. When I am home at night and we are watching TV the Conure and Tiel always go to bed about 9:00, and start that, the Macaw will either sit on one of us, or on his cage door doing the beak grinding. Nothing like the sound of happy birds.
"Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks."
(Lazarus Long)
"Some people find the It is my favorite noise in ... of 8 tiels all grinding their beaks is like music.

I have learned to love that sound. When I am home at night and we are watching TV the Conure ... one of us, or on his cage door doing the beak grinding. Nothing like the sound of happy birds.

So, I shall take it the "chomping" I referred to is a good thing and not that she's bored by my singing ;-)
"Some people find the

muffled snapping/grinding noise irritating,"

and with my

I think the most obvious sign of contentment is known ... find the muffled snapping/grinding noise irritating, we certainly don't. Rick

I have learned to love that sound. When I am home at night and we are watching TV the Conure and Tiel always go to bed about 9:00, and start that, the Macaw will either sit on one of us, or on his cage door doing the beak grinding. Nothing like the sound of happy birds.
"Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks."
(Lazarus Long)
I used to think they had something stuck in the beak. Thought it was a neat sound, but felt guilty for thinking so; I guess I thought they were trying to get something unstuck like when you use a toothpick.
I have learned to love that sound. When I am ... beak grinding. Nothing like the sound of happy birds.

So, I shall take it the "chomping" I referred to is a good thing and not that she's bored by my singing ;-)

They're actually grinding their beak to keep it in peak eating shape (not overgrown), and they seem to do it when they're getting ready for bed at night kinda like us brushing our teeth. They do seem to find it relaxing though, and I love the sound too 8^)
So, I shall take it the "chomping" I referred to is a good thing and not that she's bored by my singing ;-)

Yep, she's content. So if anyone else tells you, your singing is not good, tell them "my bird thinks it's comforting".

"Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks."
(Lazarus Long)
So, I shall take it the "chomping" I referred to is a good thing and not that she's bored by my singing ;-)

They're actually grinding their beak to keep it in peak eating shape (not overgrown), and they seem to do it ... like us brushing our teeth. They do seem to find it relaxing though, and I love the sound too 8[/nq]^)

Do you have any references for this? From what I've read this behavior has nothing to do with beak conditioning.

Rick
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