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Crystal - 2011-10-24
I have a peached faced lovebird and a blue masked lovebird that are mates and have just had some eggs. I JUST read that your not suppposed to pair these two up. Are their eggs not going to be fertile? Please help I hope I didn't set them up for failure :(

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-24
    You are fine and they are happy so don't worry. Many people feel that birds - or any pet/companion/animal should never be cross bred. It is a belief. They state that in the wild (or under natural circumstances because of geography) it would not happen. Richard Shubot owned ARBC and was a major aviculturist and let birds fly free. They do cross breed. Love birds cross breed but some folks don't like it as they want the breed to remain pure.
    Second paragraph - your lovebirds are new at this as I take it. Many breeders would tell you that the first couple of clutches are for free. In other words, maybe mom and dad will know what to do and maybe they won't. Maybe they will accidently break the eggs, Maybe mom knows how to sit and feed or maybe she gets confused. It is a learning process and sometimes they get it right first time but sometimes not. So enjoy, relax and keep your fingers crossed but if the eggs aren't fertile or don't hatch - don't be discouraged. A suggestion is to place a little perch by the nest box so they have someplace to sit and go in and out of the box so they don't break eggs accidentally.
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Maria - 2011-10-13
I recently aquired a female lovebird as a friend for my little one. Both are peach faced, one is green with blue tail and black tipped wings, the other is yellow. The yellow one (female) is very aggresive, and bites. I've had her for 2 weeks now, showered her with attention etc. but she still bites, and she bites the little green one too. How do I go about to let them become friends, or even to 'bond'?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-13
    It isn't unusual that a female will pick on a fella -- just give them some time and let them be. They will probably work out who is boss and when. If you want them to 'bond' you don't necessarily have to try and bond with the female. Maybe she was hand fed - maybe not and you can just take her to neutral territory and start feeding her with yiour hand and tame her. However, if you want them to bond and have babies - then just keep one oof the babies for a pet instead.
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sikander - 2011-09-24
Hi, I have 8 pairs of love birds but in last two months they are suffering from diarrhea. They are dropping white milky feces. I do my best and gave them medicines but in vain. If you have any advice then please sikandermlk@yahoo.com I will be obliged.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-09-25
    If your lovebirds, Agapornis roseicollis, are not getting any better after 2 months of having diarrhea and treating them for it, you may want to consider taking one of them to the vet. A vet may be able to pinpoint better exactly what is causing the diarrhea. You may consider varying their diet, and reducing the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables they get daily to see if that makes a difference. Another thing to check is to make sure they are getting clean water every day and clean out and disinfect their water dishes daily. Also, if you are not already, you may want to include vitamin supplements to their food and/or water, which can generally be purchased at pet stores. If you wish, you can check out the general Lovebird Care page.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-25
    I was baby sitting two macaws for a friend and he told me they had diarrhea. I had them for two weeks and they did not have diarrhea. He picks them up and asks me and I told him all was fine and he said that they had diarrhea for a good couple of months. I asked him what he was feeding them and he told me and all was well except he was giving them each about 10 - 15 grapes a day as they loved grapes. I told him that a grape to a bird is like a human eating a whole melon. Love birds love fruit but think 1/2 grape to a Lovebird is you eating 1/2 a melon. All the fruit and even sometimes vegetables (depending on the vegetable) will give your guys diarrhea and could get dehydrated. Scrambled eggs is a good thing - leave in the shell for extra protein. Little chicken or tuna is a good thing. Good luck but probably diet.
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Waqas - 2011-09-17
I have a black masked blue love bird ( male ) and a green fisher ( female ). Will the two specie cross breed and what will be the offsprings alike ?

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  • Anonymous - 2011-09-17
    Yeah, they will cross breed. Looks: some might look a little like dad and some will look a little like mom and some will be a combination of the two. Each can be different one from the other so just enjoy. My white belly caique mated with my black headed caique and the babies looked like white bellies only with a mash and a hat. They were adorable.
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milad zurub - 2011-09-05
I have 4 rosy faced lovebird and I don't know which ones are the female and which are the male and I don't know if they are all males or females. I bought the first 2 they slept in the same nestbox and they use to preen each others head and body. Now I bought the other 2 which use to be all in the same cage in the store when I put them all in the cage they start fighting over nest box. I added 2 more nest boxes. The first night the new one of them slept in a nest box and the old 2 slept in another and the last slept outside although there was an empty nest and the next night all 3 slept in one nest box and now one of the 3 is preening the other 2 and the 4th is still sleeping outside ps: the new ones are always fighting like hell any help how can I tell the female from the male?

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  • milad zurub - 2011-09-05
    Can I get an email or an fb to show u my birds maby you can help me more cuz we don't have DNA sexing here in lebanon
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Christopher - 2011-09-03
They have been sexed

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  • Anonymous - 2011-09-03
    That is definitely a step in the right direction. You have a boy and you have a girl. It will take a lone pair of birds - most species - a time before what they know what "IT" is. Without a flock, without vocalizations from a flock or behaviors such as nestr building and mating and feeding that they can see or are aware of they have to learn all on their own.
    It is a complicated process when you have absolutely no knowledge at all. You can try lengthening thier day with a UV bulb or lamp to stimulate the longers day of spring - although we are not into short days yet. I would wait till maybe January to start this. Just put the lamp on for 8 then few days later 9 then few days late 10 up to 12 hours a day. That will give them more sunshine. Food is plentiful for birds in the spring and I would give them all sorts of soft foods such as scrabled eggs with veggies, milk soaked bread or peanut butter and bread. Honey on a cracker etc. Let see if we can get some mutual feeding and preening going on. How about we try and give them pieces of paper or paper towel to chew up or possibly put in the nest box. Most of all it just takes patience on the humans part. They will eventually get "it" and get to "it"
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Christopher - 2011-09-02
I have a lot of trouble getting my peach face lovebirds ,is there anything I can do like to inishiate their breeding instinct? PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous - 2011-09-02
    Not that I know of. Are you sure you have a male and a female. That is usually a good place to start. Have they been sexed?
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Claudia - 2011-09-01
I found my love bird on our backyard on our horse back, it was tangled to the horses hair. I wana say I've had him for 4 months. I recently got him a friend but am not sure if they r both females or males but I cant get them to be friendly.. How do i get them to learn stuff or to even get them out their cage??

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  • Anonymous - 2011-09-02
    Start slow and first just put some great foods, veges, friots, honey on a cracker etc right outside the cage door. Then hold little pieces (peanut butter on toast) in your had right outside the cage door. Talk to them and be calm. The idea is to first make them not afriad to come out. If they just run to the bowl and grab a piece of cracker and run back in that is OK. Cheerios usually work good. Eventually they will be more relaxed and will learn to eat from the bowl outside, then they will take pieces from your hand. The thing I question, are you sure you want to do this? Do you wish to expend the time? Honest? They are happy - probably given nice roomy cage and good food and water and toys. Do you feel they need human contact to be happy? If not - it is OK to let them be.
    However, once you get them to start accepting food from your hand - it is pretty easy to get them to come up on your hand and slowly - real slow just pet the top of their head etc.
    Then you can just place them in your lap. All this takes time and talk slow and give them the time they need to accept what they think is a huge KING KONG human in their domain. It takes time for them to associate you with good things, good food etc.
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Kaustubh Khopkar - 2011-06-27
Hi. I have a pair of lutinos who have laid 4 eggs twice. The female incubates the eggs for 21 days but then she stops doing the same. I checked the eggs and found two eggs OK. Please suggest if I should change the male or give them one more chance.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-27
    When you say you checked two eggs and they were OK are you saying they were fertile? Two eggs were fertile? If two eggs were fertile there would be absolutely no reason to change the male out. He is doing his job. Birds, in the wild have a flock and they learn from the flock. They learn how to mate, incubate, feed the young from the flock. Some of it is instinct (I would guess) but most is learning by seeing what the other memebers of the flock are doing. Without a flock, they have to learn and the first few clutches "are for free".
    You can't expect the eggs to be fertile. The female may not sit the eggs. They may not feed the babies etc. I had a macaw and every time she laid an egg, he would play soccer with it. You just need to be patient and they will learn.
  • kaustubh Khopkar - 2011-06-28
    Hi Thanks for your reply. I had checked the eggs under light and found two eggs with dark patch signifying existance of chick inside. Moreover I have also noticed that the eggs are not warm when i had removed them out which hints that the same are not being hatched properly. All these are just doubts as this is the first time I am breeding African love birds. My idea of changing the male is that he is not feeding the female and hence she feeds herself on her own. Please advise..
  • Linda Kearschner - 2011-08-29
    Hi
    Just read your question, my question is how old our your love birds, I have found out from experience the female lays eggs but the male has to be at least 3 yrs old for him to fertilize the eggs---------so give them time if they are younger than 3 yrs old that will also give the female time to do her thing also but let me just warn you once they start it is not easy to stop them other than seperating them and they breed often!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Christopher - 2011-08-28
After mating how many days will the female take to lay her eggs?

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  • Anonymous - 2011-08-29
    About 28 have fun
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