Caring for Newborn Lovebirds

Updated on July 4, 2019
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Sakina loves birds. She had two IRN parrots and two budgies. Now she has two lovebirds, one of which is a peach-faced male she hand-raised.

A newborn baby lovebird is a wonderful bundle of joy. Its birth is both a happy moment for the owner and for its parents. In this article, we will take a look at the signs that a lovebird egg is going to hatch, how to care for newborn lovebirds, and how to care for the parents, as well.

How Do I Know When Lovebird Eggs Are Going to Hatch?

Lovebirds lay a lot of eggs after mating, but not all of them will hatch into chicks. Generally, out of ten, one or two eggs will hatch. Sometimes, none of the eggs will hatch! At times, it may happen that one chick may be hatched after a mother lovebird lays around 40-50 eggs. This happened in my case with my female lovebird, Lulu.

How do you know if a lovebird egg is going to hatch?

  • You'll see changes in egg color.
  • The mother bird will incubate the egg.
  • You'll notice nesting behavior.
  • The mother bird may become more aggressive.
  • The father lovebird will feed the mother.

Each of these signs is described fully below.

1. Changes in Egg Color

The white color of the eggs changes from a light gray to a dark gray. This indicates that a baby is growing inside the egg.

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Lovebird eggs, turning darker at the end of incubation. Lovebird eggs, light gray in color after some days of incubation.
Lovebird eggs, turning darker at the end of incubation.
Lovebird eggs, turning darker at the end of incubation. | Source
Lovebird eggs, light gray in color after some days of incubation.
Lovebird eggs, light gray in color after some days of incubation. | Source

2. Incubation

If any of the eggs laid by the mother lovebird contain babies, she will sit on them (incubate) continuously without much break. She will appear fluffy and slightly bigger than her normal self. This way, she provides the necessary heat for a chick's growth. This is another obvious sign that a chick may hatch after this period.

Lovebird, Lulu incubating her eggs.
Lovebird, Lulu incubating her eggs. | Source

3. Nesting Behavior

While sitting on her eggs, the mother lovebird will shred paper that you provide for the nesting. This behavior will increase significantly during incubation (nesting behavior). This way she builds a nest for her upcoming babies, which is another sign of hatching.

Lovebirds playing with paper.
Lovebirds playing with paper. | Source

4. Aggression

A mother lovebird tends to be aggressive, especially when we touch her cage. She worries that we may try to harm her eggs. She may try to bite the male lovebird, too. At this stage, try your best to give her space and don't do anything which annoys or angers her.

Lovebirds may get cautious (when their chick is born) when we come closer to their cage.
Lovebirds may get cautious (when their chick is born) when we come closer to their cage. | Source

5. Regurgitation

The mother lovebird sits on her eggs and doesn't eat. The male lovebird feeds her (regurgitation) every few hours and this is an obvious sign of an egg hatching.

My lovebird. Mumu feeding his mate, Lulu by regurgitation.
My lovebird. Mumu feeding his mate, Lulu by regurgitation. | Source

Newborn Baby Lovebird

The first sign of a chick hatching will be its cry. It will make small crying sounds every now and then.

I still remember how my lovebirds, Mumu and Lulu, had their first chick hatched. It was born earlier this year on the 13th of January. Mumu had chirped continuously from his cage, but we didn't know why. We had assumed that maybe he was simply chirping. When I opened his cage covers, I noticed a newborn baby kicking its legs in the air!

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Newborn lovebird chick.My lovebirds, Mumu and Lulu preening (cleaning) their chick's feathers.
Newborn lovebird chick.
Newborn lovebird chick. | Source
My lovebirds, Mumu and Lulu preening (cleaning) their chick's feathers.
My lovebirds, Mumu and Lulu preening (cleaning) their chick's feathers. | Source

Caring for a Baby Lovebird

Baby lovebirds are tiny and delicate and require lots of care. It is really important to follow the points I mentioned below so that your baby lovebird gets cared for properly.

What a Baby Lovebird Needs

  • Support
  • Food
  • Warmth
  • Cleanliness
  • Sleep

1. How to Support a Baby Lovebird

Make sure that the baby lovebird is placed in the nest box. It should be kept between two unhatched eggs for support. This way if the baby rolls around, it will stay remain in the same position.

Lovebird eggs in a nest box. When a chick is born, place it between two eggs for support.
Lovebird eggs in a nest box. When a chick is born, place it between two eggs for support. | Source

2. Food a Baby Lovebird Needs

Make sure that the baby is being properly fed by the female lovebird; you will notice her feeding the baby. She will bring up food in her beak and feed it to her chick.

Be sure to provide fresh water, healthy foods like corn, spinach, seeds, apple, banana, and crushed egg shells to both the parent lovebirds.

In some cases, it's possible that a female lovebird won't feed the chick properly. In such situations, you should gently take the baby in their hands and try to feed it a little lovebird formula.

You can feed the chick by using a syringe. It might reject the food from you in the beginning, but do try until it accepts the formula. Do make sure that the formula is thin, without lumps, and slightly warm. Avoid crop burn by making sure the formula is just below body temperature—a thermometer can be used.

3. Keep the Baby Lovebird Warm

Warmth is something that is necessary for a chick's growth. Along with healthy food, it also needs warmth and proper sleep to stay healthy.

Cover your lovebirds' cage even during summers. You can use light pillow covers to do this. In winters, make sure to put baby blankets around the cage so that the chick as well as its parents, stay warm.

If your area has extreme winters, make sure to cover your lovebirds' cage with heavier blankets to provide extra warmth.

Warmth is essential for a lovebird chick's growth. Also, it is important to keep your pets warm during winter.
Warmth is essential for a lovebird chick's growth. Also, it is important to keep your pets warm during winter. | Source

4. Keep the Cage Clean

Your lovebirds' cage should be cleaned daily, along with the seeds and water bowls, too. Fresh food should be provided whenever required and no food should be kept in the cage for more than two hours.

Towels, papers, and magazines can be used to put over the base of the cage. Besides helping in keeping the cage warm, female lovebirds require papers for shredding and playing.

Clean the dried grass inside the nest box whenever you feel wetness. Ensure the grass is never wet or else the baby might get sick.

5. Sleep

Newborn baby lovebirds are really tiny and require lots of sleep. Ensure that the chick is getting proper and peaceful sleep at all times.

How to Care for Parent Lovebirds

  • Make sure they are well fed.
  • Fresh water and healthy foods should be made available at all times.
  • Seed and water bowls should be cleaned properly.
  • The cage's base should be covered with paper.
  • Make sure your lovebirds are not bored or frustrated. It's important to give them attention too.
  • Let your pets out for playing and make sure they are happy.
  • Ensure that your lovebirds are getting peaceful and uninterrupted sleep for at least 12 hours.

Conclusion

Hand-raising newborn lovebirds is a difficult task, but with proper care and attention, they can grow into loving and healthy pets. My lovebirds' chick didn't survive for long, but I'm happy that I got the opportunity to raise my male lovebird, Mumu.

Happy hand-raising!

My Lovebirds Playing Chase

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

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    • SakinaNasir53 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sakina Nasir 

      6 days ago from Kuwait

      Hi Cheyenne. :)

      Please handfeed them as soon as possible. They need lots of nutrition as they're young to grow well. A heat pad isn't required if there is enough warmth at your place.

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      Cheyenne 

      6 days ago

      My lovebirds had four babies and the 2 biggest are eatting most of the food were the 2 smallest get very little. Should I get formula and start hand feeding them? Also, should I get a heated pad for them

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      Sakina Nasir 

      3 weeks ago from Kuwait

      Hi Pallavi.

      Please separate the chick which is abandoned. The mother lovebird must be doing this for unexplained reasons.

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      Pallavi 

      3 weeks ago

      Hello! My question is why do mother love bird throw one or other the chick out of few from the nest in our house,?

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      Sakina Nasir 

      4 weeks ago from Kuwait

      Please discard the unhatched egg. The female lovebird isn't sitting on it because she knows it won't hatch.

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      Neha 

      4 weeks ago

      My lovebird laid 6 eggs around 24 days ago. Only 2 of them were fertile so we removed the other eggs. One out of the 2 eggs hatched 9 days back. But the other egg didn't hatch yet and it also turned gray. What should I do?

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      Sakina Nasir 

      6 weeks ago from Kuwait

      Hi Sharif. Yes, it would be better to let him get checked. I hope the chick is not born with weak legs.

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      Sharif khan 

      6 weeks ago

      Hello,

      So you know i have 3 baby love birds so the youngest one is not able to walk and i think his leg and wing is not build up properly he rest at the same place an try to walk but couldn’t his one leg is active and other one is not should i take him to a vet?

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      Sakina Nasir 

      6 weeks ago from Kuwait

      That's completely normal. Please don't worry. He is only protecting the baby lovebirds.

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      Sharif khan 

      6 weeks ago

      Thank you so much!!!

      Now I don’t have worry

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      Sakina Nasir 

      6 weeks ago from Kuwait

      It is okay. It is only an instinct to protect the lovebirds.

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      Sharif khan 

      6 weeks ago

      Hello,

      So all the baby love birds are in the nest and he sleeps outside protecting sometimes he sleeps on his stomach but most of the time He’s standing straight and sleep next to the nest

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      Sakina Nasir 

      6 weeks ago from Kuwait

      Hello Sharif. Is the male lovebird sleeping on his stomach? If so he might be trying to give warmth to the baby lovebirds.

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      Sharif khan 

      6 weeks ago

      Hello,

      As my male love bird is sleeping on both the legs as i’ve read that its not a good sign do i need to worry or maybe he’s just protecting baby love birds?

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      Sakina Nasir 

      6 weeks ago from Kuwait

      Hi Sharif.

      Please don't place her in the same cage. Keep her in a separate cage for a few days. Then if they seem comfortable around each other, you can shift them to one cage.

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      Sharif khan 

      6 weeks ago

      Hello,

      As u said to get a new female bird for my male love bird but as i put her in the cage and they started fighting as i walked 4km to get her because of lockdown and they are fighting is this a good sign?

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      Sarahjane1970 

      7 weeks ago

      Thank you x

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      Sakina Nasir 

      7 weeks ago from Kuwait

      Hi Sharif Khan. Please get a female lovebird for the male lovebird as soon as possible. Please try to hand feed the chicks using a small syringe and get baby lovebird formula feed. It will be available in a local pet store.

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      Sharif khan 

      7 weeks ago

      Hello,

      As I was cleaning my bird’s cage one of the mother bird flew and never came back,She had 3 baby love birds and one male bird left behind.I am really stressed and concerned about the male bird will cope up or end up in depression apart from that would he feed to his baby love birds which are just 2-3 week old now!

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      Sakina Nasir 

      7 weeks ago from Kuwait

      Hi SarahJane! :)

      Yes, please keep trying to feed from the syringe and pet the bird after feeding is done. This will calm the bird and help build the bonding too.

      Please take the chick out for at least half an hour in a day. Make sure the chick is getting warmth but light as well.

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      Sarahjane1970 

      7 weeks ago

      We separated our 3 week old chick yesterday as the dad seemed very stressed and was plucking out his own feathers..he seems much better now the chick has gone..but I am struggling to get the chick to accept feeding from the syringe..I think I should try every couple of hours until it takes more at a time,but am worried that I might be stressing it out too much by trying that..also we have currently got the chick in a warm cupboard,but I’m worried that it needs some more light at times or is it better off in the dark

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      Debbie 

      7 weeks ago

      Thank you Sakina.

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      Sakina Nasir 

      8 weeks ago from Kuwait

      Hi Debbie! :)

      It would be better if you transfer the chicks to a nest box when they are 3 weeks old. No, I don't think the mother lovebird will reject them.

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      Debbie 

      8 weeks ago

      Thank you for your advice.

      I want to transfer the babies to a proper nesting box when they are about 2 weeks old. Will the mumma reject them if I do.

      Many thanks

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      Sakina Nasir 

      8 weeks ago from Kuwait

      Hi Debbie. :)

      You will have to watch over the feeding process. Some mother birds let the chicks stay in the nest for a longer time, others let them out once they are 3 or 4 weeks old.

      If the mother bird stops feeding the chicks, you will have to hand-feed them.

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      Debbie 

      8 weeks ago

      Hi

      My lovebirds eggs have hatched, not sure how many because I can not see in. My question is, can I leave the mother lovebird to fed them until they are 8 weeks ( if they survive).

      Would appreciate some advice please.

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      Nivetha 

      3 months ago

      Your tips are awsome

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      Sakina Nasir 

      4 months ago from Kuwait

      @Shoban Hi!

      I think the lovebird isn't attached to her chicks or thinks they are "dirty". Please feed the chicks yourself.

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      Shoban 

      4 months ago

      My love bird just hatched egg and give birth 2 chicks. Only by a week it starts to not feed them and they die. The mother chick not even go in to the chicks cage at all ... why .

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      Sakina Nasir 

      4 months ago from Kuwait

      @ Renee Please open the nesting box and remove the chick with your hand.

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      Renee 

      4 months ago

      Baby love died in nesting box. Whats procedure for removing dead baby love bird

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      Sakina Nasir 

      5 months ago from Kuwait

      @Iqra Hi! :) You can definitely do so. The mother won't reject the chick.

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      Iqra 

      5 months ago

      Hi, i was wondering... can i take the baby Lovebird out of the nest box, hold him, and then put him back in? Will the Mother reject him?

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      Sakina Nasir 

      5 months ago from Kuwait

      Hi Eric. :)

      Bands need to be put when the lovebird is a hatchling. Once it has reached maturity, the band will become a permanent fixture.

      Personally, I think it's better to avoid bands. When I had bought Lulu home from the pet store, she had a leg band. She was really irritated by it on a daily basis.

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      Eric 

      5 months ago

      How old does the baby have to be to put a closed leg band

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      Sakina Nasir 

      5 months ago from Kuwait

      Hi Jasmine! :)

      That is to provide warmth. I hope she's not suffocating the baby. If you think so, please separate the chick for some time in a day.

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      Jasmine 

      5 months ago

      Hi Sakina this is Jasmine here. One of my lovebird egg has hatched and the mother is sitting on the baby. Why is she sitting on the baby?

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      Sakina Nasir 

      5 months ago from Kuwait

      Hi Someone! :)

      She had laid that many during the time she was with us.

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      Someone 

      5 months ago

      Umm a lovebird does not lay 40-50 eggs they only lay about 4,5-7 they don’t lay that many

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      Sakina Nasir 

      6 months ago from Kuwait

      Hi Bless! :)

      You can incubate the eggs yourself if you wish to.

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      Bless 

      6 months ago

      Helooo..i have 2 love birds whichnstarted laying eggs.. but the birds breaked the eggs. What to do should i keep the eggs seperate? Pls advice me

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      Sakina Nasir 

      7 months ago from Kuwait

      Hi Tanya! :)

      There's no special diet, but you can give them fruits like apple, bananas (without seeds) and veggies like spinach leaves, boiled beans, corn and crushed egg shells.

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      Tanya 

      7 months ago

      Hi my love birds have started mateing and are nesting should i feed them a special diet??. If so can u please let me know thankyou

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      Sakina Nasir 

      9 months ago from Kuwait

      @Jennifer Dollmaier Thank you so much! I'm really glad you think so. I'm so happy for you. :)

      Regards,

      Sakina

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      Jennifer Dollmaier 

      9 months ago

      I cannot thank you enough, Sakina! My lovebirds recently had eggs and with your help I now have four very healthy babies. You should be really proud of your forum and how many birds and humans it has helped. I've learned so much from you.

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      Sakina Nasir 

      10 months ago from Kuwait

      @Rizwana Please make sure the parent lovebirds are being fed well. Give them spinach leaves, crushed egg shells, corn kernels, fresh fruits like banana, apple and grapes (no seeds to be given). Nutrition is required for good health.

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      Rizwana 

      10 months ago

      Thanks ...plsss give me some suggestions for lovebirds nd their chick....at this stage ..like egg hatching and all..

      Thanks again

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      Sakina Nasir 

      10 months ago from Kuwait

      @Rizwana Please don't panic. Survival is difficult in young birds, especially newborns. Not all chicks live, I have faced this as well. It's upto nature to unfold the survival.

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      Rizwana 

      10 months ago

      My lovebirds chick die in two ...I don't know why ..what the reason???plss tell what should I do .. I'm worried about it

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      Sakina Nasir 

      11 months ago from Kuwait

      @Cecilia I'm so sorry to hear this... I can't imagine the pain you must be going through. :(

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      Cecilia 

      11 months ago

      The person who said both her love birds died in the morning leaving behind their eggs. OMG !!! What a heart breaking story! I just lost my girl of18 yrs. I have her first born and her mate. But not a day goes by that I don't cry she has only been gone for 2 months. I miss her so much. Love birds mate for life. I thought I was going to lose him too. I can't imagine the pain that person experienced. Loosing 2at once. Then the uncertainty of the eggs left behind. I'm getting choked up now just thinking about it. I'm so sorry for her.

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      Sakina Nasir 

      12 months ago from Kuwait

      @Caitlyn That's great news! I'm happy for you. :)

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      Caitlyn 

      12 months ago

      I removed the chick, and went to the local pet shop where I got food and a heating pad as well as a syringe. I warmed it up in my hands and have now placed it on the heating pad. Things are looking better for the baby now as it is moving around a lot more where as before it was just lying still trying to keep itself warm. Thank you so much

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      Sakina Nasir 

      12 months ago from Kuwait

      @Caitlyn Hi! Please take out the chick and take care of it yourself. I hope things turn out well.

      Regards,

      Sakina

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      Sakina Nasir 

      12 months ago from Kuwait

      @Anonymous Hi! I think the egg is infertile. Please take it out and discard it. You can incubate them yourself, but they should be fertile first. Hope this helps.

      Regards,

      Sakina

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      Caitlyn 

      12 months ago

      My lovebird pair laid 4 eggs and they all hatched, this morning when I checked I saw that 3 of the babies had died (I followed your above advice and removed them) but now the mom is spending more time out the nesting box than in it. Should I leave the baby or take it out and care for it?

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      Anonymous 

      12 months ago

      Hi!

      I have two (male and female) peach-faced lovebirds and have laid eggs. There was two eggs, and they had been sitting on the eggs constantly for a while, but sadly one day I found one of the eggs, broken at the bottom of the cage. I'm not sure if it means there was something wrong with the egg, but now there is still one egg in the nest and it has been about a month (maybe more) and it still hasn't hatched. Does it mean they won't hatch at all? Is there a problem with the egg? Should I take the egg out? After some research, I realised a lot of people incubate their eggs outside of the cage (with an incubator), but I don't really want to do that. Is it still ok to take the egg out, check if there is a chick in it, then put it back in? I'm sort of stuck, so do you have any suggestions? Thanks!

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      Sakina Nasir 

      13 months ago from Kuwait

      Hi Anon! :)

      If the crop is bulged or appears like a ball, it means the chick is not hungry. If it's flat, it means he/she is hungry. Chicks tend to chirp and be active. Try to pet him/her more and see if he/she falls asleep for a longer time.

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      Anon 

      13 months ago

      Hi there, I'm hand raising a 20-25day old chick, he has some air in his crop which is quite visable on feeding, is this normal? Also the little chick is super super noisy constantly chirping away and doesn't seem to sleep very much. It'll fall asleep briefly when cupped in my hands but rarely for longer than a few mins. Any sugestions? Thanks in advance

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      Sakina Nasir 

      14 months ago from Kuwait

      Please give your birds multivitamins. They are supposed to eat try giving them spinach leaves or different food items. The bird formula will be available in a local pet store.

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      Helen 

      14 months ago

      Hi - our lovebird mumma is pulling her feathers out and looks really scruffy now - I'm slightly worried! She's seems OK in herself but just looks poorly. She chucks the bedding we give her out and when we've left fresh foods for her she doesn't eat them - nor does Daddy bird. Is there anything more we could be doing? Also - where do you get the baby bird formula? Do you make it yourself or can you buy it? Many thanks!!!

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      Sakina Nasir 

      15 months ago from Kuwait

      I'm really sorry to hear this. Was Peaches feeding these chicks as well? Did Kisses assume Peaches would feed the chicks?

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      Linda 

      15 months ago

      My lovebrid kisses hatched 3 eggs was feeding them well until my other female lovebrid peaches went into the nest and kisses let the babies die why is this I'm so sad

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      Naeem 

      15 months ago

      Thanks for sharing the details

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      Sakina Nasir 

      16 months ago from Kuwait

      @Shaun99 Hi! Thank you so much for the warm words. I think something must have scared the chick. Is there anything new in the environment? Please feed the bird (even though he/she is trying to run away). I would suggest you to bond with the bird, pet his/her head after feeding is done and gently put them to sleep. I hope the chick will not be scared. Feeding is important, or else the chick may become weak and may not be able to survive. Please feed the bird the same amount like before. Don't let him/her run away.

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      Shaun99 

      16 months ago

      Hi Sakina

      Your posts are really informative thanks. I have a quick question, I bot a 3 week old chick 10 days ago and was handing feeding it with appropriate formula and it used happily eat around 5ml, but suddenly since last 2 days it's hardly eating 1ml even thou it cries and the crop is almost empty, when I try to feed it just tries to run away and doesn't want to open its mouth, any idea why is it behaving this way?

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      Sakina Nasir 

      16 months ago from Kuwait

      @James Hi! :) Parent lovebirds are ready since the eggs are laid. It doesn't take any extra time.

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      james 

      16 months ago

      When the baby lovebirds hatch their eggs, how long it takes for them ready for parenting?

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      Sakina Nasir 

      17 months ago from Kuwait

      @Anonymous Broken eggs don't survive. I'm sorry. Let the lovebird lay eggs next time.

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      anonymous 

      17 months ago

      can broken eggs survive? what should i do? my lovebird had only one egg left. i cant even afford to make or buy a incubator

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      Sakina Nasir 

      17 months ago from Kuwait

      Why did you give heavy food to your bird? Lovebird babies are supposed to be given thin bird formula.

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      Sakina Nasir 

      19 months ago from Kuwait

      @Sandhya Hi! Please remove the dead chicks from the nest box.

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      Sandhya 

      19 months ago

      My love bird lay 5eggs 3 hatched and 2died inside the pot what should I do? Can I leave the dead ones inside the pot or should I take out please suggest mam

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      Sakina Nasir 

      19 months ago from Kuwait

      @Radhika Hi! You can feed them little amounts of pulp made from fresh fruits like apple. Give them a little amount of mashed banana, corn and spinach leaves. These foods are healthy for them.

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      RADHIKA 

      19 months ago

      My Lovebirds are not feeding the babies and not making them warm , they are not caring the babies . I think i must take a proper action . I think i must take or of them . But i dont know what to feed and where the food get and there are no petshops here. Can we make food for them , if we can make something please tell how to do this ? please reply fastly

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      Sakina Nasir 

      21 months ago from Kuwait

      @Chandana Hi! :) Give your lovebirds seeds, apples, bananas, corn, spinach leaves and crushed egg shells. These foods help them stay healthy. The babies will be fed by the mother lovebird.

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      Chandana 

      21 months ago

      Hi....,..I want to know that what are the best food for love birds and their babes....

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      Sakina Nasir 

      23 months ago from Kuwait

      @Mimi2008 Hi! :) That's a common issue in lovebirds, especially females who tend to get aggressive. What you can do is, separate the baby lovebird and put him/her in a small brooder or cage if preferable (since the chick is 5 weeks old). Keep the door of the chick's cage open so that the mother lovebird can get access to it. Do keep it mind that the chick may find it uncomfortable if placed in the cage. So, keep him/her at least for one hour in another cage and put them back near the mother lovebird. The father lovebird, if kept in another cage, will feel lonely without the female. So, I don't think it's okay, but if the problem continues, do try keeping the male away and see what happens. Hope this helps.

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      Mimi2008 

      23 months ago

      HI !☺,I have a few urgent questions that I would really like you to awnser please.the mother keeps attacking the father because she is being protective over her 5 week old baby, and the mother keeps on being extremely aggressive and won't let the father eat or drink .we are wondering if we should move the father out of the cage and seperate the mother from the father . And if we should seperate them, then how long should we seperate them?

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      Sakina Nasir 

      23 months ago from Kuwait

      @Dfair13280 That's good to hear. :) Are the baby lovebirds liking this three-tier cage? Are the parent lovebirds okay with it?

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      Dfair13280 

      23 months ago

      Ok ty I also built a large cage into a three tier and put them on top with access to middle cage where mom and dad are that can be sealed.

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      Sakina Nasir 

      23 months ago from Kuwait

      @Dfair13280 If this is the case, keep the baby lovebirds in their own cage for an hour or so, not for the whole day. Since it's a new environment, they will take time to settle in.

      I did mention before that if the bird doesn't like the cage, he/she will show discomfort. Please don't let them be depressed.

      Let them stay in the cage for an hour or so and let them out and place them with their mother. Don't let them cry for that long. :(

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      Dfair13280 

      23 months ago

      Ok I put them in their own cage for only the day they kept crying and mom did too so I will let them spend days in their own cage for a week before permanently moving them. My heart was breaking from the crying.

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      Sakina Nasir 

      23 months ago from Kuwait

      Dfair13280 Yes, you can put your lovebirds in a cage and make sure you include safe toys and perches for them. Since they're new to that environment, they may take time to settle in it.

      Do keep those 3 tents at the base of the cage as well, they will get a sense of familiarity.

      Hope this helps. Good luck!

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      Dfair13280 

      23 months ago

      Can I put them in their own cage now?

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      Sakina Nasir 

      23 months ago from Kuwait

      @Mimi2008 Hi! :) Okay, what you can do is, place the chick in a brooder. You can feed him/her lovebird formula by now. (If you want to, you can check out my article "Hand-Raising a Baby Lovebird: A Personal Experience" for more information.)

      So, when you place the chick in a brooder (close to the cage), you can feed him/her and also keep the lid open. The mother lovebird can come out of the cage and climb the brooder if she wants access to the chick.

      Hope this helps. Good luck!

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      Mimi2008 

      23 months ago

      Hi, My baby bird is 3 weeks and 4 days old and when I try to take it out of the cage the mother becomes EXTREMELY aggressive, when I take it out it's very difficult to put the baby back in the nest box. I am not sure if I should be removing the nest box and if I should keep the baby in the same cage. I want to be able to play with baby but still give access to the mother to feed it.

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      Sakina Nasir 

      23 months ago from Kuwait

      @Dfair13280 Those sound exquisite. :) Thanks for sharing.

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      Dfair13280 

      23 months ago

      Bella and Archimedes

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      Sakina Nasir 

      23 months ago from Kuwait

      @Dfair13280 You're welcome! I'm really glad to hear the progress and amused too. The mother lovebird seems really particular and cute. :D

      P.S. The chicks' names are really cute. What are the names of the parent lovebirds?

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      Dfair13280 

      23 months ago

      Thank you I also put in 3 separate tents at different levels and this has helped. Yes the oldest is eating on own and the middle too. The mother only seems concerned about the youngest. She even bites the dad for feeding the other two. I have named them Red(because has red spot on tell), Comfort (because very secure), and Hope(because so tiny).

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      Sakina Nasir 

      23 months ago from Kuwait

      @Dfair13280 Yes, it's better to separate the oldest lovebird and place him/her in another cage. I think the mother lovebird is biting the chick because he/she is old enough to eat on their own. Is this chick not eating on his/her own?

      Also, you can lock the cage door with the main cage by thick nylon threads. This way the male lovebird can't escape. They tend to escape because they are clever. :)

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      Dfair13280 

      23 months ago

      Hi the oldest bird gets bit by mom now when in the brooder or when returning to brooder or begging for food should I intervene? I have a cage that can be separated should I separate or put him/her in own cage? Also the male bird keeps getting out I don't know how but when I come in he's out and can't get back in.

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      Sakina Nasir 

      23 months ago from Kuwait

      @Mimi2008 You can put the baby lovebird in the cage for little periods of time.

      And no, the parents lovebirds won't abandon the chick. Do let interact for a few hours every day. They will feed the chick as long as they find it necessary. You can feed formula during this time period too (make sure the bird is 3 weeks old, that way it's easier to hold them).

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      Mimi2008 

      23 months ago

      @Sakina Hello and thank you for your prompt response. If I move the baby bird to a brooder now, how will the parents access it?and will the parents continue to feed it until the 3rd week passes and I can feed the formula. Also if I start the baby on formula on the 3rd week will the parents abandon feeding it?

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      Sakina Nasir 

      23 months ago from Kuwait

      @Mimi Hi! :) You can take out the lovebird chick from the nest box and place him/her in a brooder now. Once the chick is around 3 weeks old, you can feed lovebird formula then.

      The parent lovebirds will stop feeding the chick and will encourage him/her to feed themselves (the weaned stage) when he/she is around 1.5-2 months old.

      You can throw the old eggs away since they're not fertilized.

      Hope this helps. Good luck!

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      Mimi 

      23 months ago

      I have 2 adult love birds and 1 layed 7 eggs and only 1 hatched. It hatched on May 21st .i have a couple of questions.I am wondering when I can take out the baby chick from the nesting box and if I feed it formula will the parents continue to feed it or will the parents abandon the baby and stop feeding it?And what should i do with the eggs that did not hatch should we keep them or throw them out?

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      Sakina Nasir 

      24 months ago from Kuwait

      @Dfair13280 I think the mother lovebird wants him/her to become independent and get used to the cage.

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      Dfair13280 

      24 months ago

      The mom keeps trying to bite or block him/her from the box but eventually let's him her back in should I do? The dad feeds him/her mom doesn't.

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      Sakina Nasir 

      24 months ago from Kuwait

      @Dfair13280 That's nice to hear. The lovebird might want to explore the cage. You can put him/her inside it and observe the activity. If the bird likes it, he/she will stay inside. If not, you'll notice discomfort.

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