How to breed your lovebirds
How to Breed Lovebirds
Many people associate romance with lovebirds. There are nine different species of lovebirds, which are small, brightly- feathered parrots.If you have lovebirds or want to own lovebirds and breed them, it requires a lot of consideration and commitment, especially because they are monogamous for life.However, by pairing the lovebirds and taking proper care of them and their eggs, breeding these beautiful birds that supposedly inspired Valentine’s Day can be a relatively uncomplicated process.
Getting Ready to Breed a Pair
Learn about love birds.Breeding love birds can come with risks, especially if a mate dies.Informing yourself about love birds and their mating process can help you figure out if this right decision for your animals and for you.
- Understand that unlike other animals, lovebirds mate for life and can continue mating throughout their almost 15 year life cycle.Monogamy underpins the social structure of lovebirds and is vital to the stability of flocks.
- Be aware that if a mate dies, its companion can exhibit erratic behavior that is like a form of depression. Lovebirds do not like to be alone.
- Enjoy the fact that lovebirds are romantic with one another and may feed each other to re-establish their bonds after stress or separation.
Get supplies to breed and house lovebirds.Lovebirds usually live in holes in trees, rocks or shrubs in the wild. Buy the supplies to give your lovebirds a home where they feel comfortable and can breed successfully.
- Get your lovebirds a cage of no less than 18x18x12 inches with the bars spaced no more than 3/4" inch apart. Try and purchase a square or rectangular cage so they have places to hide.
- Place different sized perches in the cage along with toys to keep the lovebirds happy and stimulated.Avoid wooden
- Put separate water and food dishes in the cage away from the bottom.
- Clean the cage and dishes daily to keep your lovebirds healthy.Disinfect the cage once a week.
Find a pair of lovebirds to breed.Choose the best lovebirds to breed. This can help ensure the health of the birds and the breed.
- Check that the lovebirds you want to mate are not related.This may require a DNA test.
- Make sure the birds have not mated for more than 2 clutches, which can cause them serious illness.
- Avoid mixing breeds, which results in hybrid birds that don’t belong to any species of lovebirds.
- Male and female lovebirds often look the same, so you may need to take your birds to a veterinarian to determine the sex.
- Contact groups such as the African Love Bird Society for places to get birds of the same species as yours.
Select a healthy mate.Choosing a healthy mate for your lovebird or two healthy lovebirds is important to maintaining their health and that of the breed.Look for the following qualities of a good lovebird specimen when selecting a mate or pair:
- Rounded body shape
- Good ability to stand and walk
- Broad rump and back
- Rounded and full breast
- Sharp and compact tail
- Large, wide, and rounded head
- Wide and appealing face
- Large, round, and bold eyes
- Even, deep and clear plumage, or feathers
- Immaculate feather condition
- Clean, large, and strong feet with straight toes and no scars
- Clean and large bill, or beak, free of scars.
Breeding the Chosen Pair
Check the health of your lovebirds.You cannot introduce lovebirds unless you know that both animals are healthy. Take the pair to the vet to make sure that they’re healthy enough to breed.
- Let your vet know that you plan to breed the lovebirds.
- Ask her any questions you might have about the birds, their health, or breeding the pair.
Consider quarantining the animals.If you bring a new lovebird into your flock for mating, consider quarantining the pair for a few days. This can help ensure that both are healthy and that the female doesn’t get territorial or reject the male.
- If you are breeding lovebirds you already own, you likely don’t need to quarantine the pair
Introduce the lovebird pair.When you know that each lovebird is healthy, introduce the pair. Take it slowly, as it could take a few days for the birds to get used to one another.
- Place the birds in cages next to one another before putting them in the same cage.
- Move the birds to the same cage after a couple of days.
- Put nesting materials in the cage to encourage the couple to start building a nest.
- Remove any birds that are exhibiting signs of aggression or rejection of a potential partner.
Watch for signs of mating.Lovebirds are prolific reproducers and you may notice many signs of mating.Signs of mating can include:
- Jealousy or being “hormonal”
- Carrying material in the feathers
Provide the birds enough nutrition.Lovebirds that are breeding need dense, nutrition packed foods because of the stress on their bodies. Avoid giving them just seeds, which may not provide enough nutrients for the birds or their babies.Some examples of what you can mix together to feed your lovebirds are:
- Cooked elbow macaroni
- Pearl barley
- Frozen vegetables
- Granulated sea kelp
- Whole grain brown rice
- Cereal, toast or crackers
Check for eggs.The only way to be certain that your lovebirds have mated is by checking for eggs. In most cases, the female lovebird will lay her first egg ten days after mating and then will brood, or sit on the eggs, after the second is laid.
- Look at the nest every morning to see if there are any eggs. The female will generally lay eggs at night. She may produce one egg every other day, up to 5 or 6 eggs.
- Be aware that two female lovebirds, if placed together. can lay up to 10 infertile eggs.
Allow the female to brood.It takes around 25 days for a female to brood, or sit on, her eggs.Let her brood uninterrupted for at least 10 days.
- Be aware the female will only leave to excrete waste, drink, and have a bite of food. In most cases, the male will feed the female during brooding.
Figure out if eggs are fertile.It’s common to have infertile eggs, especially if a pair is too young or old.After allowing the female to brood for 10 days, you can check to see if the eggs are fertile.
- Handle the eggs as gently as possible.
- Check each egg by holding an egg up to a light source, such as a flashlight and looking for a membrane, which is a sign the egg is fertile.
- You can also check by placing the egg in a shallow dish of warm water one week before it hatches. After five seconds, check if you can see a membrane.
- Be aware that it is normal for eggs to not be fertile or for a baby to die in the egg.
Wait for the eggs to hatch.After between 21-26 days of brooding, your eggs may hatch. Be sure to not handle the eggs or the hatchlings for the first 6-8 weeks of life.
- The mother bird will feed the babies for 6-8 weeks from the nutritious food you provide.
- Remove any unhatched eggs or baby lovebirds that die.
QuestionWhat month should I start breeding Lovebirds?wikiHow ContributorCommunity Answerif they're indoors at moderate, healthy temperatures, you can start whenever you like.Thanks!
QuestionHow old do lovebirds need to be to start breeding?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThey have to be at least one year old to breed but it is best to breed them when they are a bit older, to reduce the chances of getting dead baby lovebirds in the eggs.Thanks!
QuestionShould I take the male out of the cage when the female lays eggs?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo. The male can feed the female when she is on the eggs so he should not be removed. He is also the one who will feed the babies the most after the eggs hatch.Thanks!
QuestionCan many pairs of love birds breed in a single cage?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, if the cage is large enough and nesting boxes are provided.Thanks!
QuestionHow many babies can be born in one clutch?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerI have one sitting on five eggs now. In her first clutch she laid eight and five were born live, three were not viable.Thanks!
QuestionMust I remove the male when the eggs begin to hatch?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo, you need not remove the male because they help in the feeding of chicks. When there are more chicks both the parents feed there children.Thanks!
QuestionIs it possible to have two females and one male to impregnate them both?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt is possible but not recommended. As the male feeds the female while she is brooding, it will overburden him. Even the chicks are mainly fed by the male. The chicks will likely die if you do this, so please don't.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I tell the sex of the love bird?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerChecking the pelvic bones may help. Pelvic bones are a set of two bones located near the vent area of bird. According to proponents of this method, males have very little space between the pelvic bones whereas females have widely spaced bones. However, for a juvenile this might be confusing. For them, close observation shows that the male has pointed bones while female has comparatively blunt bones. The more you study pelvic structures, the closer you'll come to 90% accuracy by this method.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I take care of my lovebird and her egg? I had to separate the bird from her mate when she laid eggs previously, and he destroyed them.wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerMake sure the cages are close and watch for signs that either are getting depressed. Otherwise, carry on taking care of them as usual.Thanks!
QuestionIn a year, how many times can you breed love birds?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou shouldn't breed any bird more than twice a year. They could die if you breed them too often.Thanks!
What is the best food for love birds?
My love birds lay eggs but they seem to crack the eggs why is that?
Why is my lovebird not laying eggs when they breed all the time?
What nest material do I need for nest nod?
What cage would be the right size for breeding love birds?
To breed lovebirds, start by placing a male and female lovebird in separate cages next to each other. After a couple of days, move the birds into the same cage so they can mate. Put some nesting material in the cage to encourage the birds to make a nest. Also, give them plenty of nutritious food to eat, like frozen vegetables, brown rice, and apples. After it's been at least 10 days, start checking the cage for eggs to see if your lovebirds mated!
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