Sunday, 19 February 2012

Lovebird Breeding Basics

Posted by Blog Administrator at 07:16
 Lovebird Breeding Basics


Health Requirements:

To breed sucessfully, each breeding Lovebird should be healthy, normal, and between one and five years of age.

 

Nesting Requirements:

Lovebirds need a nest box in which to lay their eggs. The proper size for a Lovebird is about 12"x12"x12", with an entrance hole of about 3 inches in diameter. Proper nesting material, such as shredded paper, should also be provided.

 

Nutritional Requirements:

Like all hookbills, Lovebirds should be fed a varied diet consisting of seeds, pellets, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Breeding age hens should be placed on a calcium supplement to counteract the nutrients that they lose during egg-laying.

 

Egg Laying:

Female Lovebirds will lay their eggs between 5 - 12 days after mating. Many will lay an egg every other day until they have all been laid. Each clutch usually contains between 3 and 7 eggs.

 

Incubation Time:

On average, Lovebirds incubate their eggs for about 23 days. This can vary by a couple of days in either direction. When attempting to calculate future hatch dates, always count forward from the day that you notice the hen begin to sit on the eggs. Sometimes they won't sit until all the eggs of a clutch have been laid, and they all need equal incubation time!

 

Hatchling Care and Weaning:

Most breeders will allow the hen to feed the babies from hatching to the age of 2 or 3 weeks. From there, they will pull the babies out of the nest and place them in a brooder for handfeeding. Most Lovebirds need to be handfed until they are between 6 and 8 weeks old, when you can begin to wean them onto millet, soft pellets, and fresh fruits and vegetables.

How To Tell A Male Lovebird From A Female Lovebird

By nature, lovebirds automatically pair themselves up. But how can you tell which is the male and female? This video gives you some insight. How to tell a male from a female lovebird. In the bird world, the males are called the cocks and the females are called hens. There's not 100% way to tell.

There are a couple of signs that you can look out for. With the female lovebirds, their chest is much broader and comes out more. With the male lovebirds, their chest is much flatter.

The only other way to sex a male from a female lovebird is to go to the vet and have a DNA test. That's the only way you will know for sure. If you were to go to an aviary, you'll find the lovebirds will pair up automatically.

You want to make sure that if you are taking a pair home, that they've already been paired up rather than getting two random birds, one male and one female, from different places and trying to pair them up. The lovebirds will be much happier if you get them when they've already been paired up rather than trying to get random male and female and trying to pair them up yourself. The birds will clean each other and they will talk to each other and that's how you truly see if they're happy, once they interact with each other.





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