The Lovebirds

The Lovebirds
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Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Feeding Management of Lovebirds

Feeding plays an important role in the management of lovebirds. As a owner of a pet bird, you should awareof the feeds and feeders required for your lovebirds.

Open type / Hopper type feeder shall be used. A container holding 30 gms of feed is adequate for birds like budgerigars / lovebirds. Feeder should be kept away from the perch on the top in order to avoid direct falling of the dropping. Adequate space to facilitate flapping of its wings without the top/sides also being required.

Cuttle fish bone or other supplement containing calcium should be readily available especially during the breeding season . (Hens take increasing time as laying time approaches)

Regular Feeds (suitable provision frequently)
Mix teaspoon of honey (or) corn syrup into a cup of hot milk and then add a beaten egg yolk and and a tiny pinch of salt and allow it to cool to lukewarm temperature. It should be placed in such a way that it can be easily removed for cleaning from outside the cage without frightening the bird.

Feed Storage

  • Avoid long time storage of feed.
  • Store the seeds properly in metal bins. (Clean, galvanized fresh can are ideal)
Note: Most birds dehusk the feeds before swallowing kernels. Hence, the husk frequently drop back into the food container, eventually concealing the uneaten feed. Hence feed them with dehusked grains.

Feeding Ration For Breeding / Molding Periods
(Various types) - 45%
Canary Feed- 30%
Sunflower seeds- 15%
Oats- 5%
Hemp- 3%
Niger Seed- 2%

Feeding Ration For Resting Period
(Various types) - 60%
Canary Feed- 20%
Sunflower seeds- 12%
Oats- 3%
Hemp- 3%
Niger Seed- 2%

1 comment:

Bird Advocate said...

>>>feed them with dehusked grains.<<<

They love peeling their own though. I always culled the hulls out by stirring and blowing into the bowl.