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Pam - 2013-08-05
Would you keep a very tame 8 month old Moustache Parrot in a large aviary with a tame 3 month old female Blue Masked Love Bird as companions to one another? Plenty of interaction with their owner and loads of rotational toys available?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-23
    In general you wouldn't want to mix different types of birds. That being said, it is quite possible they could get along and be good friends. I would start by keeping their cages next to each other so they can get to know each other and see how they react over time. Eventually you could try putting them together and see how it goes.
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noor - 2010-03-03
I have 2 lovebirds... one is more aggressive then the other. If the female is on the swing or eating, the male will nip on her toes to move, or pull on her tail. Today she lost one of her long feathers because of this...what can I do to stop this behavior?

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  • Eliza Parker - 2013-07-30
    You could always try putting them in seperate cages, but if that's too expensive get a piece of plexi-glass and divide the cage down the middle. After you've done this for a while and the birds seem okay with seeing each other remove the plexi-glass for a few minuets and see how they react. If they are not fighting, stay near the cage for a while to make sure nothing is wrong. If the problem persists keep trying for about 3 weeks. If nothing changes and they still fight just get a seperate cage. Hopes this helps, Eliza Parker
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Anonymous - 2013-07-05
Hi Everyone. My lutino has laid 1st eggs on 12 june there is clutch of 4 eggs. All eggs are fertiles I have candling them. On 3 june I saw 1st egg has small crack but still egg has not hatched. How much time it will take to cheek one out ...please reply ...I m very eager to see my first cheek.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-09
    It takes 22-25 days for for eggs to hatch. The egg that is cracked most likely will not hatch. :(
  • abhi - 2013-07-14
    Thanks...Jasmine...3 out 4 eggs hatched but unfortunately only one survived. Now baby is 5 days old and going better. My blue masked had laid her first egg on 24 july, cluster of 5 eggs. But unfortunately her male flew away. Female still incubating eggs. Hatching is near. Can female raise all babies alone?
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abhi - 2013-07-05
Hi.....everyone. Please somebody comment on my problem and give me advice. I'm having a lutino pair and 1 blue masked pair. Glutinous laid her  st egg on 12 june total clutch of 4 eggs. On 5 june one egg hatched and second one on 6 june still 2 eggs has to be hatched. My blue masked has laid her first egg on 24 june total clutch of 6 eggs. Unfortunately male of blue mask flew away on 3 june... now what should I do? Whether she incubates eggs or abandoned them? Can I keep all eggs with lutino?. Please somebody advice?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-09
    You could try to put all the eggs with the lutino if it doesn't appear the mother is incubating them. It usually takes a few weeks before the eggs hatch (22-25 days), so I wouldn't worry just yet about the ones that haven't hatched. And some eggs may just be duds and never hatch.
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Unnikrishnan - 2013-04-30
I have got a pair of lutino fischer and Fischer.My Lutino Fischer pair and Fischer pair laid their first egg around 27 Mar 13. They are incubating the eggs all the time and both are cutting the paper and dipping in water and taking to the cage. In this lutino was layed her last egg at 06 Apr 13. But today 30 Apr 13. No egg is hatched. what might be the problem what may the colour of the egg when it is going to be hatched(1 or 2 day before chicks come out). Lutino was mating every day upto last egg layed.In this both lutino's are always in the cage. Hardly in rotation they are coming to take food,bath or tear paper. Today I noticed the fischer's butt is bulged like when it started laying egg.Kindly advice I am a starter in this issues. I clearly sea yesterday 1 of my lutiono's egg is light blackish and 2 have got some bubbles on it and rest 3 are normal.Earlier all 6 are look same.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-01
    Lovebirds are very good at taking care of their eggs and their young. It the eggs aren't going to hatch, then the female will simply abandon them. The eggs, if fertile, will take about 28 days to hatch.

    When breeding there are a few things to consider. Do not disturb the cage when they are breeding or after the eggs are laid. Just feed the birds during this time and make sure they have fresh water. Usually the first few attempts are unsuccessful, and the eggs won't hatch. Also female Fischer lovebirds ares very prone to egg binding, so they must be given plenty of calcium in their diet during breeding and afterwards. Young birds should be discouraged from breeding.
  • Suraj Sadasivan - 2013-05-02
    Thank a lot for your kind attention to my post and give reply to my Beginner’s curiosity. That means still hope are there for hatching. Both not abandonded the cage. Last egg was laid around 06 Apr 13.
  • Unnikrishnan - 2013-05-02
    Thanks a lot for your kind attention to my post and give reply to my Beginner’s curiosity. That means still hope are there for hatching. Both not abandonded the cage. Last egg was laid around 06 Apr 13.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-02
    I understand how concerned each little thing can be, and glad they are still doing okay, maybe there will be babies. If not this time, maybe soon:)
  • Unnikrishnan - 2013-05-20
    Today after 54 days also my lutino is incubating the eggs.What should I do now. Today I checked the fischer's nest. There is 15 eggs in that(including the old 5). What should I do now.
  • Unnikrishnan - 2013-05-21
    As per ur advice nest of both lutino as well as Fischer has been removed. All 6 eggs of lutino has been candled found all infertile. Surprisingly in Fischer's nest there were 18 eggs. Positioned 9 each and different places.We never see Fischer's are mating. But lutinos are mating frequently.All 18 eggs were candled but none is fertile. As here we doesn't have any DNA testing facility. Is there any way to differentiate male Fischer and Female fischer.We confirmed that our both Fischer's are female. We want to buy two male. Kindly help us to find out which is male and which is female.Thanks for ur all support and kind advice
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-20
    With that many eggs, it sounds like you may have two females. A normal clutch is 4-6 eggs and the incubation period for Lovebirds is 21 to 26 days. Eggs that are 54 days old are infertile. To check to see if the eggs are fertile you can candle them. Hold the eggs gently near a bright light. If you can clearly see a dark spot surrounded by blood vessels, the egg is fertile.

    Be aware that successive egg laying takes take a toll on females which can cause them to become eggbound. An eggbound female will require immediate vet care, and can still die. Your best bet may be to take down the nest box and not encourage breeding.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-21
    So glad to know that helped and you could determine if the eggs were fertile. As far as sexing, these birds are very difficult to sex so it's best to work with an experienced breeder. But some things that can help to indicate differences are: when you feel the pelvic bones on the females they will be wider apart than on the males. Also in behavior, when the birds are undisturbed... (like they don't know they are being watched), females will tend to hunch down more on their perches while males tend to stand more upright. Still, its \difficult to tell. Good luck to you guys, and let me know how it goes!
  • talk2unnikb1 - 2013-06-26
    I replaced the bird with a male one. And waiting for the result. Kindly advice about some medicine for immunity and improve the health of the birds. Any special care should be taken in rainy season. Kindly advice
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ananya - 2013-05-20
hi,can i colony-breed 3 pairs of lovebirds housed in an aviary?there are 1 lutino pair,1 blue-masked pair and 1 peach faced pair. thanks to anyone who comments!

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  • Anonymous - 2013-06-22
    Hi...Ananya..yes you can breed them in colony setting..I m having same pairs with my aviary and all 3 pairs have recently laid eggs. But be careful of hybrid chicks. Do not cross them for ex.lutino with b/m ...if you have any other queries then post here. wish you good luck...
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-20
    Most Lovebird species are colony breeders, with the exception of Abyssinian Lovebirds and Madagascar Lovebirds. However Lovebirds are best breed in colonies of the same species. Masked Lovebirds can be very aggressive towards other birds in an aviary setting, so you may have problems mixing them with the Peach Faced Lovebirds ((Lutino's are Peach-faced mutations).
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karthi das - 2013-06-19
My love bird laid eggs 30 days before but they didnt hatched, it has the cluster of 4 eggs.... now she leave that eggs and tries to lay new ones in another nest box.... then what will happens to the old eggs?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-21
    You could try candling the eggs to see if they are fertile. If they are, then you can pull them and incubate them yourself. However, because she is ignoring them, my guess is they are not fertile and you should just toss them.
  • abhi - 2013-06-22
    Hi...karthi..my opinion is that...remove previous eggs if not fertile...and remove next box also. And give her break and rest otherwise she will have a problem of 'eggs binding'. Does she has a male partner? ....
  • abhi - 2013-06-23
    no old one will not hatch...better you must give her break and rest from new clutch to avoid egg binding problem ..
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Karen K - 2013-06-15
My dutch blue just passed, and his hatch date was 6/5/1993.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-17
    That was a long lived parakeet!. It must have had a wonderful home:) But I'm sorry to hear Karen, it is hard to have such a long time friend pass on. Wishing you all the best.
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Joyce Glatfelter - 2013-06-07
You stated that the longest recorded lovebird lifespan was 17 years. I bought my lovebird in December, 1994 and she is still alive. She will be 19 this Christmas.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-08
    Congratulations on keeping your lovebird so well. What a joy your pet  must be:) Yes, 17 is the recorded age, but you are not alone in having a lovebird that is longer lived. Just like you there have been a number of people tell us about their lovebird exceeding that age, with one person stating theirs lived for 25 years! WOW... now that was one well cared for bird:)
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amanda - 2013-05-28
I have a dutch blue male and a green original female and i have had 9 young from them since early last year and all are doing fine. I have pick up a new peach face that i think is female. She has an orange head and yellow body starting at the neck and progressing to lime green down the body. The wings have grey edging and she also has a deep red beck and red just above the beck. What i am trying to find out is if can i put her into the aviary with the dutch blue male and the green female. She also has a white ring around the eyes. Will this cause problems with the other birds as there is 3 nesting boxes and the green peach face has another egg in one of them and the 4 babies are now out and about feeding themselves and playing. Could someone let me know what i have got and are they compatible together, as i love my birds and don't want them fighting. thanks. . . .? ? ?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-31
    It sounds like you have obtained a member of the 'eye-ring group' of African Lovebirds. This group is made up of four separate and distinct species: the Masked Lovebirds (Agapornis personata), the Fischer's Lovebirds (Agapornis fischeri), the Black-cheeked Lovebirds (Agapornis nigrigenis) and the Nyasa Lovebirds (Agapornis lilianae).

    The 'eye-ring group' has distinct characteristics that make them similar in appearance to each other, but distinct from the others such as your Peach-faced Lovebird (Agapornis roseicollis). These characteristics are an eye-ring, a red beak, and a green body. I would suggest you look at the Fishcher's lovebird for identification of you new friend, as it doesn't sound like yours has a mask and the Fishcher's is a fairly common species in the trade.

    You have an established Peach-faced pair, plus another 4 (or 9?) offspring in the aviary. Though introducing this species into the aviary with the Peach-faced family may work, there could be fights. As an aside... these two species have been known to interbreed but it is frowned upon. Also it is said that the resulting offspring will not reproduce and are unable to build a proper nest.
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