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"I have two 12 month old peach-faced lovebirds. One is completely yellow with an orange stripe on top of her head and the other one is mostly green with various other colours in the mix. I have a few questions: 1. The yellow one, will the orange stripe turn red and extend down her entire face with age or will it remain just as it is? 2. I bought them a snuggle hut, which became like crack to them. They wouldn't come out to eat, drink or bathe. As soon as they'd spot the snuggle hut, they would literally dive into it. Then they became aggressive towards each other when they weren't at all prior to me buying them this hut. The aggression led to the green one loosing half an eye lid and the yellow one 2 toes. So I separated them, and made sure both of them had a hut because they loved it so much. The problem: the green one started plucking and mutilating himself, the yellow one learned how to escape from the cage and would perch beside the green one's cage. So I got rid of the snuggle huts completely and put them back in one cage. The plucking has not gotten better but the mutilation of skin and feathers has. There is still some aggressive behaviour, but it's like the one you described with the female wanting to mate. I also noticed, the more time I spend with the green one, especially outside of the cage, the less he plucks. With that said, they are at the age were they can produce eggs, how should I go about this with a nest box and avoid the same problem that I had in the past, especially the fights. Coming home to find a cage splattered with blood on a Friday with the two vets in my city that specialize in avian care closed was terrifying. 3. They are very picky eaters. How can I make them eat nutritious foods? I feed them a mixed seed, pellet and fruit diet. From what I noticed, they just go for the seeds. I have seen them nibble on the raisins and other dried fruit once or twice (RARE occasion), but never on the pellets or anything fresh, such as broccoli or eggs that I put in the cage. I apologize for the length, but you give great advice."

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