Breeding Lovebirds: A Comprehensive Guide

there are a few things you should know to ensure a successful experience.

INFORMATIVE

Amr Elsheikh

9/21/20234 min read

two birds sitting on a branch of a tree
two birds sitting on a branch of a tree

Lovebirds are one of the most popular pet birds in the world, and they are also relatively easy to breed. If you are thinking about breeding lovebirds, there are a few things you should know to ensure a successful experience.

Table of Contents
  • Choosing the right breeding pair

  • Setting up the breeding cage

  • Providing the right diet

  • Breeding season

  • Courtship and mating

  • Incubation and hatching

  • Fledging and weaning

  • Tips for successful breeding

  • Common problems

Choosing the right breeding pair

The first step is to choose the right breeding pair. Lovebirds are monogamous birds, so once they bond with a mate, they will typically stay together for life. It is important to choose two birds that are compatible and that have good health and breeding potential.

When choosing a breeding pair, look for birds that are at least one year old and that have been together for at least six months. The birds should be of good weight and should have healthy plumage. Avoid birds that show any signs of illness or injury.

Setting up the breeding cage

The breeding cage should be large enough for the birds to fly around comfortably. It should also have a nesting box and plenty of perches. The nesting box should be made of wood or cardboard and should be about 10 inches wide and 12 inches deep.

Line the nesting box with shredded paper or wood shavings. You can also provide the birds with some nesting material, such as small twigs or leaves.

a bird cage with a bird in it
a bird cage with a bird in it
Providing the right diet

Lovebirds need a healthy diet in order to breed successfully. The diet should include a variety of foods, such as pellets, seeds, fruits, and vegetables. You can also provide the birds with some boiled eggs or cooked chicken.

It is important to avoid giving the birds fatty or sugary foods, as these can be harmful to their health.

Breeding season

Lovebirds typically breed in the spring and summer months. However, they can breed year-round in captivity.

To encourage breeding, provide the birds with a long day length of 12-14 hours. You can also increase the humidity in the room where the birds are kept.

Courtship and mating

Lovebirds will typically start to court each other when they are ready to mate. The male bird will feed the female bird and will sing to her. The female bird will respond by bowing her head and flapping her wings.

Once the birds have mated, the female bird will start to lay eggs. She will lay one egg per day until she has laid a clutch of 4-6 eggs.

Incubation and hatching

The female bird will incubate the eggs for 22-25 days. During this time, she will only leave the nest to eat and drink. The male bird will help to feed the female bird and will also help to protect the nest.

The eggs will hatch after 22-25 days. The chicks will be blind and helpless at first, but they will grow quickly. The parents will feed the chicks for about 6 weeks, after which the chicks will be able to feed themselves.

three-baby-black-birds-opening-mouth-nest
three-baby-black-birds-opening-mouth-nest
Fledging and weaning

The chicks will start to fledge (leave the nest) at about 6 weeks old. They will be fully weaned (able to feed themselves) at about 8 weeks old.

Once the chicks are weaned, you can separate them from their parents. You can then start to socialize them and train them.

Tips for successful breeding

Here are a few tips for successful breeding of lovebirds:

  • Choose healthy and compatible birds.

  • Provide the birds with a large breeding cage with a nesting box and plenty of perches.

  • Feed the birds a healthy diet that includes a variety of foods.

  • Provide the birds with a long day length of 12-14 hours.

  • Increase the humidity in the room where the birds are kept.

  • Do not disturb the female bird while she is incubating the eggs or while the chicks are young.

  • Socialize and train the chicks once they are weaned.

Common problems

Here are a few common problems that can occur when breeding lovebirds:

  • Egg binding: This is a condition where the female bird is unable to lay her egg. It can be caused by a variety of factors, such as obesity, malnutrition, or stress. If you suspect your bird is egg-bound, seek veterinary attention immediately.

  • Infertile eggs: If the eggs do not hatch, it is possible that they are infertile. This can be caused by a variety of factors, such as the age of the birds, their health, or their diet.

  • Chick abandonment: Sometimes, female birds will abandon their chicks. This can be caused by stress, illness, or malnutrition. If you find that your bird has abandoned her chicks, you can try to hand-raise them. However, this is a difficult task and should only be attempted by experienced bird breeders.

If you are having any problems breeding your lovebirds, you should consult with an experienced bird breeder or veterinarian

Breeding lovebirds can be a rewarding experience, but it is important to do your research and prepare carefully. By following the tips in this article, you can increase your chances of success.