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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Things to Think Before Breeding Lovebirds

Congratulations for your decision of breeding lovebirds!!! Do you know there a few sets of things to think before proceeding so? Here I have given few limitations for breeding lovebirds, which you should keep in mind before performing this act of labor of love.

  1. Ask yourself if you really want to breed lovebirds. If so, fix a goal and ascertain what you’re going to do with the hatch chicks,
  2. Choose before breeding how many would you want to keep.
  3. Work out properly if you want to perform cross breeding to get color mutations.
  4. This act of breeding is really expensive. So don’t breed them for money.
  5. Pairing of lovebirds should be done before mixing them together. This can be done by feather and blood DNA testing services.
  6. Don’t believe on natural pairings as both females may also get paired up and there is every possibility of producing infertile eggs.
  7. Breed them at right age. Say, 10 months old for both male and female is perfect.
  8. Restrict breeding lovebirds in the warm months of the year as they need a high humid environment in the nest during incubation.
  9. Base of the nest box should be filled with damp organic debris – Bark of trees, pieces of straw, etc.
  10. Try to allow parent Lovebirds feed their young for two to three weeks. Then you can hand-feed the young one for successful rearing.

All the best!!!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Tantrums of Lovebirds

The common tantrum observed with most of the lovebirds is Screaming. The lovebird will scream only when a particular owner is present in his room.

Most of the owners try different methods to avoid screaming. Even one of my client asked is it possible to train her lovebirds. No need to train your lovebird. There is a simple way to treat this lovebird tantrum.

The best way is to get out of the room when the lovebird is screaming. Now he will learn that if he wants to be around you he has to be at least reasonably quiet. He remembers it doesn't work in a few seconds and fluffs up all cute and blows kisses and flirts which you find much harder to ignore.
Hope this works for you...

Thursday, December 23, 2010

How to Care Baby Lovebirds?

For a lovebird owners, losing baby lovebirds is really a discouraging experience. My first advice is don't try to hand feed your baby lovebird unless otherwise the mother disowned her chicks. In the case of mother's demise, you should try to adopt hand feeding of baby lovebirds.

If you buy a baby lovebird from market, then you should know where to place it. A plastic-type reptile container is more than sufficient to rear them for couple of weeks because it will give enough room to grow as well as keeping them safe. Try to place the food at one end and make the baby lovebirds to utilize the other end for cuddling. This will help you to prevent the birds making clutter in their food spot.

Use plastic-type O-ring syringe to feed birds with the baby bird formula, which you can obtain from any animal nutritionist.

Always provide warm food because the young one always gets regurgitated food from its mother. The preferred temperature of food should be 103 degrees.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Rearing Lovebirds- Is it Expensive?

Do you think rearing lovebirds is expensive? No!!! Just for $60, you can get a pair and start hand raising them in an effective manner. It is better way to ease your tension. You’re always better off you get from a breeder to feed the chicks by hand. You pay less, than from a Petstore, have a healthier bird, and it is already tame for you sein.

You can easily maintain them by providiong suitable toys and feeds of interest to them. They will be very happy in your home. They are very, very smart, good at escaping from their cage, and love to play with anything and everything. So be very careful in handling them. The attempt to tame you can get from a pet shop be hard. Hence it is highly advisable to get a pair from breeder than a pet shop.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Commonly Available Love Birds Chick Bedding Materials

Congratulations!!! At last, you got lovebird chicks. Now you may get confusion whether you can touch the young one and also what should be the bedding material inside the nest box after seeing a day old chick.

One of my friends started to rear a pair of lovebirds and they mated together. The female laid eggs and incubated the egg for 21-23 days. He saw the young ones and happy. He immediately called upon me to get information about Love Birds Chick Bedding Materials. I suggested the following nesting materials as bedding for her chicks and also asked her to remove the eggs that haven’t hatched.

1. Natural Shred

2. Care Fresh Bedding

3. Oatmeal

4. Pine Shavings

She purchased the care fresh bedding and raised her two lovebirds chick. And also I asked her to change the nest box material once in two days to avoid infection.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Giardia Infection in Lovebirds

Lovebirds can't escape from this dreadful disease of Giardiasis.This can also be classified into Zoonotic Diseases in Lovebirds.

The main symptom of this disease in your lovebird is feather plucking. Once you noticed feather plucking, you should immediately seek an appointment from an Avian vet. The stools of the lovebird should be examined thoroughly to rule out the infection of giardiasis.

Other symptoms
  • Depression
  • Anorexia and weight loss
  • Lethargy
  • PICA
  • Acute chronic or recurrent diarrhea
  • Scratching in flank and legs
  • Oregano - an European herb used to treat this condition by sprinkle on your food each day or follow package directions
  • Anti- protozoal drug therapy

Remove water bowl frequently and clean the same immediately.sundry the water bowl daily to avoid reinfection. If possible train your lovebird to drink water from water bottle inside the cage.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Can you keep other birds with your lovebirds?

Most of the bird lovers like to know answer for this query. The answer is "Yes" and"No". Am I confusing you? Please go on reading to find answer for this query.

In general, the love birds are timid, but aggressive and should not be housed with other types of birds. But I am having an experience of housing a Zebra Finch and a Lovebird because I hand fed them together right from their childhood. But I had a bitter experience when a lovebird that shares a cage with a Green Cheek Conure because both of them are more aggressive and fought among themselves. I mixed up them when they are adult.

The conclusion is that the best thing is you can mix different species right from the day old. when you mixed up the adult one, you will end up in problem.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Lovebirds Day Out...

When your lovebirds escaped out of cage, what will you do? It happened yesterday. A pair of lovebirds from my cage escaped out and sat in the tree in my garden. I managed to capture them back by placing its favorite food in the cage. As I have trained them, within no time, both of them are in cage. So lovebirds training is more important. Now only I have learned the advantages of lovebirds training.

Although you can't train your lovebird like dogs, you can try simple ways to obey your words. I have discussed this in my blog- How to train lovebirds? Do search and get to know about the lovebirds training technique. Training is an important part in lovebirds care. All the best!!!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

How the cages of Peach faced lovebird should be?

Recently, I heard that some of the peach faced lovebirds escaped form captivity and forms large feral populations in Arizona and London. So I decided to write about the cages necessary for the captive peach faced lovebirds.

In wild, they will often gather in small groups and are highly sociable bird. In wild, they will take feed through out the day and frequent baths. so if you're going to build a cage for your lovebird, please stick on to the following criterion-

1. A cage of 2'x2'x2' is more than sufficient for a single peach faced lovebird.

2. Do select the cage with bars quite close together. In reality the lovebirds are the Harry Houdinis in the world of birds and can squeeze out of many cages where other birds cannot.

3.Unlike other birds, lovebirds will try to pick the locks frequently, so check the door latches for proper security.

4. The wooden cages for lovebirds arenot all suitable because they're notorious chewers. If you own a wooden cage already, you must have one be ready to replace it as soon as possible.

5. The cage should have a small perch as the birds in order to avoid arthritis, which are prone to peach faced lovebirds.