Animal Stories - Lutino Lovebird


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   The Lutino Peach-faced Lovebird, with it's golden yellow plumage and it's peachie face, is said by many to be the most beautiful of all lovebirds!
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sabby - 2013-05-16
can a peach face and lutino produce okay babys?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-16
    The Lutino Peachface Lovebird is the same species as the normal Peachface Lovebird. The same species of lovebird can breed just fine, but if you are breeding for a particular mutation, then you want to look at the genetics.
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ananya roy - 2013-03-27
Hi, one of my lutino lovebirds has his/her 'V' shaped breast bone quite visible. The bird eats normal, his/her droppings are normal but she/he sleeps all the time or dozes perching on the nest box. The bird stays puffed up, although it is quite hot here in india, but when he/she sees me (or any other person) coming,he/she jumps down and disappears into the nest. The birds are about 2 years old (as told by the store keeper). I have seen them doing 'it' many times. This bird's partner's head is evenly shaped, I mean has a round appearance while joining with the neck, but this one has an uneven curve, it's head has an edge and then comes down to join with the neck. There is no scope of DNA sexing here. So I tried to visually sex them. The bird in concern plays with his/her mate and continuously begs for food, and the partner feeds it. I offered cuttle bone, mashed eggs and sweet potatoes but they didn't like those. Is the bird ill? My lutinos are very lazy by nature. They stay in the nest most of the time, sleep and take naps. The only time they are super active is when I change their water and give them fresh food. I feed them seed-mix, pearl millet and mix a little vitamin tonic in their water twice a week. I am very concerned for my bird. (The vet was of no help and there is no reliable avian vet in our area)  So please help me and respond ASAP. I don't want to lose my bird. Ananya

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-03-29
    Yes, it sounds like the birds have some sort of malaise. Lovebirds are very active, and constantly preening one another. This description is a strong indicator of illness and I would suggest taking the birds to an avian veterinarian for diagnosis. The vet will also want stool samples. If you cannot find a vet you can try adding tetracycline to their drinking water to help if it’s a bacterial infection. Also occasionally adding probiotics (beneficial bacteria – different countries have different brand names) can help. It helps restore beneficial bacteria to the parrots gut helping to counter a yeast infection. Some also say a few drops of organic apple cider vinegar to the drinking water can help with yeast infections as well.  But without knowing what the problem is, these are just possible helps.

    As far as pairing, it is very difficult to sex lovebirds visually and physically. Lovebirds are extremely social. They will preen and exhibit a very close bond with another same sex friend just as they will with a bird of opposite sex. Some basic sexual differences are the pelvic bones of the female are slightly wider spaced than on the male. Also the female will tend to hunch down on the perch more than the male, with her feet wider spread, while the male will tend to stand more upright. But to be certain of sex however, it is best to have an experienced breeder sex them . A sure indication that you have a male/female pair is getting fertile eggs.

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mosad sayed amer - 2013-03-21
Hi after long time (nearly 3 years) with trial of changing a couple of lutino peach face love bird and with coup and high luck we git babies of my love bird, the hen put 5 eggs and i get 4 babies and i feel happiness (all my trial with what i have all ready and i am not buy any additional birds). .good-by.

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najib - 2013-02-22
i have a pair of Lutino Lovebird and i'm in a third place country(no way to detect the gender by a DNA test...)any way i hope to find a way to know if i bought a male and a female !!!

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wiwit - 2013-02-01
I'm looking for as many as 100 pairs of lutinos, does anyone have any?

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mosad sayed amer - 2013-01-24
Hi in general what we can do to produce baby Lutinos? Thanks a lot .

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Ali - 2013-01-07
Hi, I have 2 pairs of Lutino (Yellow with red head). they are laying & hatching 4-5 eggs but babies are died when they are come out the eggs. what's the reason ??

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  • Rob - 2013-01-23
    hi..I had that problem. might be that the humidity in the nest is not high enough for the eggs..also i found that lutinos did not breed as readily as other mutations..maybe just bad luck!
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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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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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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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