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ahmad - 2012-11-29
I have one pair of lutino lovebirds. they had 5 eggs after completion of incubation period when I broke the eggs chicks are died in the eggs. What is the problem.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-29
    Incubation is from 23 - 26 days after the last egg is laid.  The mom does not normally start truly incubating until the last egg is laid.  So from the time the first egg is laid then can be as long as 30 -32 days (to play it safe).  If you waited that long and opened the eggs and all had died my guess would be humidity.  There is the yolk and the white part of the egg.  The yok turns into the chick and the white is the chicks food.  The chick absorbing the white part of the egg is called drawdown and the white part gradually draws down no longer filling the entire egg.  This leaves an opening at the top or narrower end of the egg for oxygen when the chick starts pipping the egg.  If drawdown occurs too fast because of a lack of humidity, the chick will suffacate as the white part will sorta just stick to him in the egg and he won't be able to break through it.  You can try placing a bowl of water in the bottom of the cage so mom can bathe and bring humidity into the nest.  You can actually spritz water on the inside of the nest box (warm).  There are several good articles and recommended books on Susan Clubbs website for Hurricane Aviaries as other causes are disease or possibly parasites.  There are numerous causes but usually humidity.  Seems strange to me that all 5 had died in shell though.  I am sorry and i know sad. The website for Hurricane Aviaries is http://susanclubb.com/aviaries.html
  • ahmad - 2012-11-30
    What is it solution?
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-30
    You can try adding a bowl of water in the cage and hopefully it is just humidity and the female will bathe in the water and carry the water into the nest.  Or you can spritz the nest box with warm water.  If there is a vet there, you can show him the eggs.  You can read the various articles on incubation on Hurricane Aviaries site or you can purchase Rick Jordons book on incubation.  I don't know of anything else.  Best thing is to try and identify the problem.  On a lighter note - it may not happen again.  Maybe it was just so hot and dry that the chicks smothered without the humidity and may not happen again.  It is strange though.
  • ahmad - 2012-12-01
    Can i use symodek (water soluble powder)
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-01
    I have no idea what symodek is.  I have nver heard of it and when I tried to look it up - there was no such word on the internet.  Maybe a brand name but i have no idea what it is.  Isn't there a vet by you?  Read up on the problem before you do anything.  Many breeders iartifically incubate eggs using an incubator - I don't know if that is something you are interested in.  Rick Jordons book on Incubation also covers that.
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Tammy - 2012-11-30
My blue peach-faced lovebird is about 5 months old. The head and neck were all grey & green with a green, aqua & blue body until just this week when the head above the beak is beginning to turn peach. Does this indicate gender at all or is it still just a guess without DNA testing? I've heard different things about what the peach might indicate at this point but some say boy and some say girl.

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  • Tammy - 2012-11-30
    Thanks, Charlie. That's what I thought after doing some reading, but I wanted to check with people who knew more about this. I appreciate your reply!
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-30
    There is no way to determine a male versus a female without DNA sexing but chances are that your little one is just coming into his adult plumage and adult coloring. 
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dibya - 2011-07-27
I had a pair of black masked love birds, living together for 2 months,but they are too scared of anyone, and they are kept in the living room, so there is always someone there for them to get used to us. Even when I change their food, they get sooooo frightened. They dont eat anything except grass seeds. Is there something wrong?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-28
    I believe they just were never handled and all they had to eat was the seed. Try and feed them with your hand - any kind of treat. They should like little pieces of millet, maybe apple - you can just cut up a long string of millet and give them an inch piece. Try and get them used to your hands. Think if you were that size and a hand the entire size of your body was coming at you - would you be scared? So go slow. Try and coaz them out of the cage a little (where they won't be trpped fleeing from the hand) and continue to introduce new foods, pieces of treat etc with your hand. There isn't anything WRONG they were just never handled. It will take awhile but they should come around to loving humans too. Go slow.
  • Anonymous - 2011-07-29
    Thank you charlie for your suggestion...............
  • Anonymous - 2011-07-29
    Would I consult you when ever i got problem with my birds???????????
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-29
    I had lots of birds and bred for many years but I am not a vet. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like there really are many avian vets outside of breeding territories in Fl and CA. There are a whole lot of sanctuaries and small breeders that are usually pretty local that have ideas. I'll help if I can but best to know and learn. Now I think this works. There is a little picture of one of my birds with my name Charlie. That takes you to a facebook account and about 200 people that are parrot crazy (like me). There are vets, breeders and parrot lovers. Join, click to be a friend and there about 200 people to ask questions. Most are sanctuaries, breeders and/or vets and from all over the world. Just started it for Animal World. OK????
  • hava - 2012-01-28
    I rescued a black masked couple (one year old) they were in a very very smal cage without nothing inside, and very afraid of people. They are with me now already 3 months. There is a big progress, they now have 5 babies (20 days old) and the male steped twice in my arms! I spend every day 15 minuts with them, start with slices of apple, i offered them with my hand, throug the bars of the cage, and sunflour seads. Little by little they got to know me and are much more relaxed with me. The day they arrived I cliped their wings and it help alot,so they woundt fly when i was closed by, now they are full flight, but not scared when i get close to them. One thing also, at the bigining, i took their food plate out from the cage, and after few hours, i would come to the cage with seads, offer to them with my hands, they were hungry so they had to try to eat from my fingers. Good luck and much patiente!
  • Donna Wilson - 2012-11-16
    I am very proud of you doing that, I am going to be getting a black mask baby in about 2 months, but I have 5 other lovebirds and some are afraid of me and after reading your post I have hope to gain the trust of them some day.
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EDUARDO FELICIANO - 2010-07-12
My comment is that have for lovebirds mother father son and daughter. I raised them all from young but one of the birds (daughter) has a scab on her wing and i have been try to cure with no success. I thought it was because of fighting at first but know i'm not so sure. What can i do about this problem i love this bird a lot she is very attached to me and can't fly very well because of this. Is there any kind of medication i can use for this problem?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-28
    I think you need to figure out what the 'scab' is.  Sounds like it might be a broken blood feather in which case it looks like a scab, feels like a scab but is a broken blood feather that won't go away and will need to ber pulled out.  I am not sure but no reason a scab should just remain - but broken blood feather seems to stay embedded forever.  It also bothers them so they wouldn't fly and they possibly pick at it.  If you think a scab - possibly you can soak the scab in a water peroxide solution and maybe it will just come off.  At least you would be able to see what it was.  How about a vet around you?
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Steven - 2006-02-16
i have four white masked african lovebirs. at the moment they are all getting on well. i was told there was two males and two females,

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Neal - 2011-09-12
Hey guys I just wanted to know if it is possible to keep a pair of masked lovebirds and a pair of fischers lovebirds in the same cage? Would that be a problem when either one of the pair is laying eggs?

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  • Anonymous - 2011-09-13
    It's not a good idea. Someone will probably get hurt. Now if the cage is huge (such as 10 by 10 feet - and plenty of greenery and plants, it would probably be ok. I wouldn't recommend it.
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Karen - 2010-08-21
I had two lovebirds that were of the same family. They were two years old. Someone came to my house yesterday to trim their nails and cut one of them and it lost too much blood and died. :( I was wondering if I should get the one that is left a new friend. I feel so bad about what happened. And I know that the bird is looking for his friend. What do you think?

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  • Ben - 2010-10-17
    Hey Karen I think that you should get your other lovebird a friend because I was reading in a lovebird book and it said "birds can die of loneliness"
  • Anonymous - 2012-03-02
    Get another bird. Love birds love one-another. So sorry about your other L-Bird.
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haris - 2012-11-19
Hi, I have one pair of Lutino lovebirds and from last three months they are laying eggs but eggs do not hatch.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-19
    Three possibilities - they just aren't old enough yet and will need to practice more so the eggs are fertile.  You can place a perch directly in fron of the perch they are mating on that is about 1 inche in front and an inch higher than the one they normall use.  This way the female can stand on the one perch and hold onto the second perch with her beak when the male goes to mate.  Some times the males get a little to amorous and the females fall down.  Two, you have two females so the eggs are not fertile.  Three, they aren't incubating so eggs are not developing.  Let the female sit the eggs till bored with them or at least 15 days. 
  • cito - 2012-11-28
    I have also a pair of lutino and same problem, the eggs didn't hatch. its almost 5 months now that the eggs are still in the box, and i could not get it because some may say that they might be disturbed and will not lay eggs anymore. i think almost 15 eggs now more or less is inside the nest box. what shall i do with it?.. really need your answers regarding this. thanks.
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levisantony - 2009-10-23
I have a good pair of blue masks. They lay eggs, hatch them, but the babies died... What to do?

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  • saeed from pakistan - 2010-03-08
    Where are you from, what is the weather of your country, I think a temperature problem,
  • levis - 2012-11-21
    Am from India, I dont think itz becz od the weather conditions , since my birds in other cages r having a lot f babies and no problem for them... Will it be due to lack of vitamin??
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shahid MEhmood - 2012-11-21
Hi, I have one pair of Peach face Lutino lovebirds I have purchase in novembr. I want to know in which month they lay eggs. i am in pakistan. in which month the season will starts. Please tel me.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-11-22
    Lovebirds kept outdoors will generally breed in the spring. The Peachface is one of the hardier species and starts around mid-April, while some of the other species start later in May. However if kept indoors, they could breed year round but they do need a break,  producing about 3 clutches a year is safest.
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