Routine bathing or showering is vital to maintaining good plumage and skin condition. Birds can be misted and allowed to dry in a warm room or in the sun. Some would rather bathe in a bowl or a bird bath. A small flowerpot saucer works well. Place the bath in the cage every few days for about a half hour.
Lories are good fliers so keep their flight feathers clipped enough so that they will not fly but will glide to the floor.
Although lories usually get along well with other bird species, they are very territorial and can also become quite jealous. Mated pairs will defend their territories and have been known to systematically kill other birds present in their aviaries. Breeding pairs should never be kept in mixed-species flights.
Nest boxes can be a natural log or a man-made box type, hung vertically or horizontally. Lories appreciate security so the hole in the box should not exceed two inches. An inspection door should be included.
The clutch consists of 4 to 6 eggs. These are incubated by the female and hatch after about 25 days. Some females do not incubate on the day the first egg is laid. Although the male does not incubate the eggs, he spends much time at the nest with his mate and shares in the feeding of the chicks. The male tends to be more vocal and very possessive of his mate, his aviary and his nest.
Newly hatched chicks are covered with white down on the upper parts of their bodies but are sparsely covered in other areas. The bill is dark brown with an egg tooth. Chicks fledge in seven to eight weeks.
Common Diseases and Disorders
The chattering lory is a relatively healthy bird but is susceptible to the following: