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LISA - 2013-09-28
I have two female lutino peach face lovebirds. One lives with a regular male peach face. She recently got out of her cage and was out for a few days. Her body now has the same color of pink marks all down her back and body as the color of her head. It is all over the part that is normally yellow. What can be wrong? The other female, who is in a cage alone, is still perfectly normal. Any suggestions ? I thought maybe another bird pecked at her if she was on the side of their cage, but in attempting to find out what could be wrong, it appears as though there may be a disease such as this. She is acting fine, by the way...eating and drinking. I'll watch for your answer.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-29
    I would look to see if she was injured as the discoloration sounds like it's from an external source.  Feathers will only change colors when a bird molts, then the old feathers fall out and are replaced with new. This takes a bit of time, and you can see the new feathers coming in. Feathers can change color somewhat with molts as they age, but I don't think that's what is going on. As long as she is eating and acting normal, and her stool is normal, she is probably okay.
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Roy - 2013-09-01
Hi, This is Roy from India. Recently my Peach faced African love bird had laid 4 eggs. Out of that only 1 egg was successfully hatched. The baby bird is now almost 2 weeks old but it has developed Yellow feathers just like a Lutino. I am really really surprised as to how this happened . How a peach face give birth to lutino baby. Please help me in understanding this riddle. Thanks .

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-01
    I'm guesing an unintended accident of genetics, as the lutino lovebird is actually a mutation of the Peach Faced Lovebird.
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Isela - 2013-05-19
My peach face lovebirds will be parents soon and I heard that you can feed the chicks baby food? Is this true? What kind? This is all new to me HELP !!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-20
    There is baby bird handfeeding formula, I've used Kaytee and it is great. However the parents are usually really good parents. It isn't usually necessary to hand feed the babies unless the parents are inexperienced and not able to do the job. To handfeed, there are many things that can go wrong. Besides having the right food, it takes a rigorous schedule and having an experienced person show how to do it is really important.
  • Anonymous - 2013-08-29
    Yeah kaytee is great. At rural king ohio (rko) you can get nozzles or syringes.
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Rodriguez Paulina - 2011-10-26
I have a Peach faced lovebird and she just laid three eggs but I don't have a male bird. Is the male bird the one that has to sit on the eggs or does she? Because she is not sitting on them.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-26
    They usually lay 4 - 5 eggs and won't sit them until all the eggs are laid. The eggs are obviously infertile but don't just remove them. She will just lay more eggs and run into a possible calcium shortage. Let her sit the eggs if she wants for the 20 days or so and then just toss them out. But let her sit them for the 3 weeks if she wants.
  • KAthy - 2013-08-18
    Both male and female. Male feeds female too. My female has 3 eggs too.
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emerson - 2013-08-05
Who builds the nest, the male or the female fisher?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-23
    I am really not sure. But they usually use 'pre-built' nests (trees, boxes, etc.) and so they may not put much effort into making their own nests. The mothers are usually the ones who sit on the nest and raise the young, so I would think they would probably do a lot of the nest building if there is any.
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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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