Animal Stories - Lutino Lovebird


Animal-World Information about: Lutino Lovebird

   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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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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ananya roy - 2012-11-04
I have bought a pair of lutino lovebirds.they were both energetic and playful at first. I have them for now almost 4 months.they are about a year old. When I set up a nest box,the birds showed great interest and made a nest with the coconut fiber I supplied.and then both of them started hiding in it. They come out when they feel hungry and eat and drink. They poop and again go inside the nest box.their dropping is normal and they show no otehr problems.they stay inside for most of the time,but otherwise they are normal.is there any health-related problems or is it that they have become lazy? They consume normal amount of food,sun flower-seeds and a large amount of cuttle bone. I have seen them mating twice but there are no signs of eggs.they both sleep inside the nest for most of the day. What is their problem? any idea or suggestion are welcomed on this problem. thanking you-

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-04
    It is normal behavior.  They are nesting and courting and attempting to 'do it'.  They just aren't quite sexual mature yet but that will happen shortly and you will have litle ones.  Sometmes the first clutch (or even two) is for practice for the birds and for the humans but soundfs like you are well on your way.  Congratulations.
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Barbara Yarde - 2012-10-10
Good day i have six pairs for LOVE BIRDS for about three years and there never breed get what is wrong with them. Please help

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-11
    You may have birds that are all the same sex, or it may be the environment. Here's a good overview of Lovebird breeding, with a section on the breeding environment.
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juanid - 2012-10-01
I want to do business of breeding. I have 5 pairs. I want that they all do breed and give me every one  4 to 5 eggs and they do breed at least 6 times in one year? What I give feed. What do I please give me complete detail what should I do.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-01
    They usually will have 4 - 5 eggs in a clutch but usually breed 2 - 3 times a year.  I would start by reading this Animal World article and then go from there.  I'd also then get a book at the library or bookstore on breeding love birds.  I am sorry but there is just no way to give you detailed information on how to breed - it is a learning experience for the human and for the bird.  Remember there is no flock to teach them and you would be new so you have tolearn also.  Goodluck though and if you have specific question just write back.   OK?
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kashif khan - 2012-10-01
Hi. I have two Lutino Lovebird.both are yellow color and a bright red face and I do not which is male ' female. Please give me any suggestion.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-02
    I am sorry.  There isn't any way to 100% determine which is the female and which is the male.  If it lays an egg, it is a gal.  You would have to DNA sex the two birds.  You can purchase sexing kits in the back of Bird Talk magazine.  To take a guess, the female is usually broader than the male.  Also, if you pick them up and lay your little finger between the legs, you can feel a pelvix bone.  The females is usually broader than the males.  This visually compariosn takes a lot of experience and not accurate - some fellas are larger etc. You justy have to wait.  Not fun.
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arun kumar - 2012-09-30
Sir, I have one pair of lutino love bird which are full yellow color and the head is red color.  My birds are putting eggs but not getting hatched for last 3 months. What can I do for that?  Please give me any suggestion.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-30
    There is a possiblity that you may have two females. These birds aren't sexually dimorphic, in other words you there is no outward indicator of gender. An experience breeder may be able to tell by feeling the pelvic bones and observing their posture, but usually these birds are sexed via a DNA test or with surgical sexing.
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mosad sayed amer - 2012-09-27
Hello for everyone ..... can I feed lovebird & grey parrot tin tuna meat .... thank you lot ... bye - bye .

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-27
    You can give each of them a little amount of tuna - they usually like it real well.  You are talking about tunafish out of a can right?  Yep, they like it.
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mosad sayed amer - 2012-09-13
Hello everyone .... Dear Charlie ... Infact I have a problem with one of Lutino due to accident he lost his tail feather completely and so when start feathered again he bite tail vigorously till bleeding and the result is no feather since 4 months ... What I can do Charlie Roch ...thank you very much .

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-13
    Oh boy - you are going to really like this one.  A feather comes through the skin of the bird essentially in a waxy type shaft.  Youhave seenthis wax wrapped around a feather when the bird is getting in a new feather especially during a molt.  Sometimes what happens is that feather with that sorta wax stuff breaks off before the feather grows out and what it leaves is sometimes a sharp itchy piece of was including the feather shaft right at the edge of the skin.  One, turn the bird upside down, wrapped in a towel to see if there is a bump, a protuberance, you can feel a bump or something loose hanging around the area.  I would be like you having a hangnail - it itches, it is sore and the new feather coming in irritates the area.  You can take the little guy to the vet and have this pulled out or you can wrap the bird in a towel and literally use a pair of pliers and take a firm grip and pull it out yourself.  They are hard to pull.  If you can't find the broken feather shaft, you are going to have to use the vet.  If you are the least bit nervous (and i would be too) maybe the vet.  But if you think of a child and his tooth is loose and he is screaming - you gain courage.  You have a child and his tooth is loose and you need to get that tooth out.  Ain't easy but better to really get a grip on that feather and pull.  Need Quik Stop cuz it might bleed.  if their is no waxy protuberance or broken feather shaft - do the vet though - cuz ihave no idea what it would be if not that.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-13
    Not pliers - I meant nippers.  A really good pair of womens eye brow tweezers sometimes work but youhave to be able to hold that feather shaft and it isn't easy.  Sorry about the pliers - get my tools confused. 
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Aida - 2012-09-11
I have two 12 month old peach-faced lovebirds. One is completely yellow with an orange stripe on top of her head and the other one is mostly green with various other colours in the mix. I have a few questions: 1. The yellow one, will the orange stripe turn red and extend down her entire face with age or will it remain just as it is? 2. I bought them a snuggle hut, which became like crack to them. They wouldn't come out to eat, drink or bathe. As soon as they'd spot the snuggle hut, they would literally dive into it. Then they became aggressive towards each other when they weren't at all prior to me buying them this hut. The aggression led to the green one loosing half an eye lid and the yellow one 2 toes. So I separated them, and made sure both of them had a hut because they loved it so much. The problem: the green one started plucking and mutilating himself, the yellow one learned how to escape from the cage and would perch beside the green one's cage. So I got rid of the snuggle huts completely and put them back in one cage. The plucking has not gotten better but the mutilation of skin and feathers has. There is still some aggressive behaviour, but it's like the one you described with the female wanting to mate. I also noticed, the more time I spend with the green one, especially outside of the cage, the less he plucks. With that said, they are at the age were they can produce eggs, how should I go about this with a nest box and avoid the same problem that I had in the past, especially the fights. Coming home to find a cage splattered with blood on a Friday with the two vets in my city that specialize in avian care closed was terrifying. 3. They are very picky eaters. How can I make them eat nutritious foods? I feed them a mixed seed, pellet and fruit diet. From what I noticed, they just go for the seeds. I have seen them nibble on the raisins and other dried fruit once or twice (RARE occasion), but never on the pellets or anything fresh, such as broccoli or eggs that I put in the cage. I apologize for the length, but you give great advice.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-11
    I don't think anyone will know if the orange will continue to grow.  I do know that you will know soon as they are going through their first adult molt right now and will achieve their adult coloring in about 8 weeks.  So you will know in 8 weeks.  Snuggle huts can be great things and many birds love them.  Think though you had a younger two lovebirds (two young children) and you bought just 1 snuggle hut.  If you had a mature pair - there probably wouldn't have been a problem (I say probably) as who is dominant and gets in it first is already determined.  With two young birds (or children) it appears that only one got a present and they both want it.  Probably if you had purchased two snuggle huts, they would have wound up sleeping together in just one anyway but without the fighting.  Possibly.  You put up two nest boxes --  give them a choice.  People write and say their birds love fruits and veggies - mine only eat them off my plate if i am.  Dehydrated fruits and veggies have the same nutrition as fresh fruit and veggis (I have been assured) so I buy Goldenfeast fruit and nut plus and it has seed plus dehydrated fruits and veggies.  You'd have to look them up and ask for a store that carries it near you.  Or just get dehydrated fruit and nut mixes - trail mixes without additives.  I am sorry - they got in such a fight - rare but it does happen but you did good.  Yes, the plucking has a tendency to stop when they get more attention, more toys, ar able to see TV or listen to music.  Also molting now so good time for spritzing or bathing.  Sound slike the little yellow one loves the green one - just a little too amorous.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-11
    Thought about you and true thing that happened to me.  I had a female and male hawkhead - both of them pets, both in separate rooms in their own cages.  To the best of my knowledge they had never met.  One morning i get up and my male is not in his cage.  He is in the next room, on top of the females cage and he did not have one feather .  He was naked as a jaybird.  So I let the boy in with the girl and all turned out fine - a least yours didn't wind up completely bald.  My fellas feathers grew back in.  Can't figure out these feathered children sometimes.
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ananya roy - 2012-09-10
My lutino lovebird (female) and blue masked lovebird (I think it is female,but cannot say for sure) are acting very strangely.they are behaving like a couple and you know what I mean.they are frequently doing 'it'. Eggs are appearing on the floor of the cage.and now they are making a nest in the nest box I provided.  I know it is very stupid of me to ask this, but do you think that birds change sex in a single sex environment? It doesn't make any sense to me.two female birds are acting like a pair, doing what pairs do, and making nests, and laying eggs. They stay in the nest most of the time, only come out to feed and poop, and again return to the nest.this whole thing is so absurd.but believe me, I am not lying or making up this thing at all. Absurd things are happening and I can't find any rational explanation .(the professional bird breeder whom I consulted for determining their sexes is 100% sure that both the birds are female so I am very confused.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-10
    Many many times I have heard that a 'pair in the wild is two birds'.  You have a pair but probably both females.  One asssumes the male role but both will lay eggs and so you will have many infertile eggs. Just let them have them until they are bored with them or up to 20 days or so and then throw them out.  Replace the egs with a new toy.  Hopefully, they don't continue to do this otherwise you might have to get a couple of fellas. 



    Think  gals lay eggs.  They just do - think chickens.  Chickens just lay eggs - they don't change sex or anything - they just lay eggs. 
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