Top 10 Tips for breeding Lovebirds at Home | love bird Breeding Information

Lovebirds are a small type of parrots, it’s a very social bird which makes a great pet. (Lovebird as pet) Lovebird is a very beautiful bird with a long hooked beak and a short blunt tail. There are a large number of color mutations of lovebirds. So you can easily find a lovebird of your favorite color. These birds are also great candidates from a breeding point of view, anyone can easily breed lovebirds, if the necessary conditions are being met. These birds are called lovebirds because their pair bonds last for life time (they marry for lifetime). No doubt that these birds are affectionate and loving to their mates but they are very aggressive and territorial to intruders and other birds.  

Breeding lovebird may look kind of hard when you lack in experience and don’t have any information on this topic. But believe me breeding love birds is very easy and You can! Yes you can easily breed love birds at your home.

When your lovebirds are not breeding it’s a lot of despair for the bird lovers and breeders. Breeding birds need a lot of patience and most of the times I have witnessed that people lose hope and can’t wait for the birds to breed and sell those birds too early. Reselling birds too early is not a good idea!

In this article I am giving the Top 10 tips which you should follow so that you have perfect success in breeding lovebirds.

1. You must know Your Birds age!

You should always buy your lovebird from a verified and trustworthy breeder, the breeder should provide you complete details of the bird’s age, so you will be sure that after 1 year of age your birds will start to breed. But if you have bought your birds from a local birds market or you are not sure about the age of your lovebird, In such a case it’s better to give your birds some time, so they might come to the required age for breeding in case they are under 1 year of age. If you lose patience and sell the birds early then it would be a great loss for you because the bird might be about to start breeding. (Lovebirds will breed from 1 year of age to 5 years).

(Note: Never to buy a lovebird with ambiguous and unidentified bloodline for breeding purposes. Always look for pure and perfect gene).

2. You should start breeding with young birds.

Never buy or look for adult or bonded pairs always buy young and fresh lovebirds between 4 to 8 months of age. Because these new baby lovebirds would easily adjust to the environment of your house and would be much comfortable in giving their first breed in your house. Always do try to buy the birds of almost the same age so they can get ready for breeding at the same time.

3. Don’t breed Siblings  (inbreeding)

Don’t make pairs of young love birds which are from the same parents, this would weaken the blood line of the bird and the upcoming generation of your new birds would result in weaker babies. It is said that inbreeding is very harmful for the lovebirds, it will lower the life span of the birds, and it also weakens the immune system and will ultimately will ruin the genes.

4. The gender of the birds should be confirmed.

There are a number of methods which you can follow to confirm the sex of the love birds. The most accurate method is DNA sexing of birds. You should have a male and a female lovebird to make a breeding pair. Sometimes two females can also bond together to make a pair but that pair would be useless and the eggs would not be fertile. If both of the birds are laying at the same time or you see a total of 8 or more than eight eggs in the nest then you can easily say that both the birds in the pair are females. Same is the case with male love birds, two male can also pair, and you will find out if none of the birds are laying any eggs.

5. Make sure that the pair is bonded.

You should be sure that the Male and Female lovebird has formed a pair, only paired male and female will bring young babies from the eggs. You might have a female lovebird and male love birds together in a cage but it doesn’t means that they are successfully paired. You can easily check if you birds have formed a pair by observing the birds. If you see the male giving seeds and food to the female or the male is scratching the female’s heads and back, then it means that the pair is probably being formed.

6. Follow the Recommendation for the Nesting Box

When the Female lovebird is ready for laying eggs, she will start inspecting the breeding box which you have provided to them. You should make sure that the breeding box has the recommended dimension.  

The recommended size of the nesting box for lovebird is 12 inches in width, 12 inches in length and 12 inches in height and the entrance holes should be about 3 inches in the diameter and should be located at the top of one corner of the nesting box.

Proper Nesting material should be filled in the nesting box and the shredded paper works the best.

7. Provide Comfortable and Safe Environment for lovebirds

You should provide and comfortable and safe environment to the birds. Lovebirds will only breed when they are happy and they feel safe. Try to keep you pets such as dogs and cats away from your love birds. Try to give your birds some privacy by keeping them in locations where they do not get visitors quite often.

8. Follow the Recommendation for the Cage

You should always use the recommended size of cage and nesting box for your love birds so they will be more comfortable inside it. If the size of the cage and birdhouse is not according to the recommendation then it would be hard to breed love birds in that setup.

The smallest recommended cage size for lovebirds is 18 inches long, 18 inches wide and 18 inches in height. If your cage is of bigger size, that’s even better. The bars should not be at a distance greater than ¾ inches.

9. Always Breed healthy lovebirds

You should be very sure about the health of your birds. The birds should not have lack of calcium, vitamins or minerals, because if your birds are not physically fit they will not breed perfectly. Try to give your birds a diverse range of food including vegetables and fruits.  The food you should give to your lovebirds is provided in this article.

Tip: Breeding hens (Female lovebirds ) should be placed on calcium supplement to replenish the nutrients that they have lost while laying eggs.

You should always select a healthy mates for your lovebirds, having a health pair is very important when breeding love birds not only for maintaining the heath of the pair but also the health of their offspring. You should look at the follow qualities when you are selecting a mate.

  • The Birds you should have round body shape.
  • The bird should be active and should be able to stand and walk.
  • The back and rump of the birds should be broad.
  • The lovebird’s breast should be round.
  • The Tail of the love bird should be sharp and compact.
  • The head of the love bird should be large, round and wide.
  • The face of the lovebird should be wide and appealing.
  • The eyes of the lovebird, should be round, wide and bold.
  • The color of the feathers of the birds should be even and deep.
  • The bird feet should be free of scars, and their feet should be large, clean and strong.
  • The beak of lovebird should be clean and free of scars. 

10. Avoid Making lovebird Pairs of different Species.

Don’t cross breed different species of birds, because they will produce hybrids which will not belong to any of the species of lovebirds? i.e. You should never cross a peach faced love bird with a masked love bird or fisher, because the offspring with not be a peach faced nor it will be a masked lovebird. Major bird organizations do not appreciate lovebird’s hybridization. Always find partners for your birds which belongs to the same species.

Bonus Tip

You should always be patient with your birds, Give them time. Let them adjust to the environment of your house.  Never hurry when you are breeding these beautiful birds. There can be a number of different factors which might the reason, tha your birds are not breeding. Try to give your birds the perfect environment and care and eventually they will start breeding.

I will provide more information on lovebirds and if you want to learn more I will suggest you follow me on Youtube so you don’t miss the information I give on lovebirds in my videos. If you have any questions say it in the comment below.

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