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Hand-Raising a Baby Lovebird: A Personal Experience

Adorable, isn't he? Mumu is my baby lovebird. He is waiting to be fed.

Adorable, isn't he? Mumu is my baby lovebird. He is waiting to be fed.

Hand-Raising Is a Huge Responsibility

Hand-raising a baby lovebird is a huge responsibility. It is just like raising a child. Given proper care and attention, hand-raised birds make the most loyal and loving pets one could ever find. It is like having a constant companion with you every day.

In this article, I have written about the following main topics, under which several pictures, videos, and callout capsules are included. Read on below to find all about hand-raising your baby pet:

  • Getting Started: Feeding
  • Preparing the Formula
  • How to Feed the Baby
  • What to Do After Feeding
  • Baby Lovebirds' Growth Progression (Weeks 3–6)
  • What Do Weaned Lovebirds Eat?
  • What if Your Lovebird Is Scared of New Foods?
  • Important Points to Remember
  • 10 Unique Facts About My Lovebird, Mumu

Getting Started: Feeding

To be honest, I was literally scared to touch my baby pet named Mumu. We had bought him from a pet shop on March 12th, 2016. I had never raised a baby bird before; therefore, I was clueless. The internet proved to be an immense help, guiding me in my worried state.

Nevertheless, I gathered my courage and decided to feed him. I opened the brooder and gently lifted the sleepy baby out. He was clearly surprised and lunged forward to bite me. I stifled a laugh at his trivial attempt to scare me off. Eventually, I started feeding him.

Preparing the Formula

You will need boiled water, baby bird food powder, a syringe and feeding spoon (when your baby gets older).

  1. Boiling the water is essential to kill germs that could harm your baby bird.
  2. Mix a little amount of powder and water till the consistency is fine (neither too thick nor too watery). There shouldn't be any lumps in the formula.
  3. Fill the syringe between 6–8 ml. Check the temperature of the formula on your palm. (Caution: high-temperature formula could burn your baby's throat).
  4. Feed this amount of formula every 3 to 4 hours depending on your baby's need. Check your baby's crop (the area around the stomach, check the image below).
The picture shows the full crop of my baby lovebird Mumu. See the bulging crop in this image. It indicates that your baby doesn't require anymore feeding.

The picture shows the full crop of my baby lovebird Mumu. See the bulging crop in this image. It indicates that your baby doesn't require anymore feeding.

How to Feed the Baby

You need to be very gentle while feeding your baby bird. The technique is simple, but it should be done with utmost care and caution.

  1. Feed your baby when he/she is the most hungry. You will know this when you show him/ her the syringe. He/she will make crying sounds and jump forward eagerly.
  2. The head of your baby bird should be tilted upwards.
  3. Gently place the tip of the syringe in your baby's beak and start feeding. If done properly, you will see your bird swallowing food. While swallowing your bird will bob his head or show body movement. Do not rush, always feed slowly.
  4. Check the crop; if it has bulged, you should stop feeding your bird. You will also notice two bubble-like formations at your baby's back. Do not feed after this.
This is the correct way of feeding your baby bird.

This is the correct way of feeding your baby bird.

What to Do After Feeding

  1. Clean your bird's beak with a clean towel.
  2. Put your bird to sleep by gently caressing his/her feathers.
  3. Give your bird plenty of rest.
Put your baby bird to sleep gently.

Put your baby bird to sleep gently.

Baby Lovebirds' Growth Progression (Weeks 3–6)

It is important to note the growth progression of your baby bird. It helps to understand feather growth and your bird's health. Given below are details and pictures of the growth progression of my pet, Mumu.

Three-week-old peach-faced baby lovebird sleeping in a brooder.

Three-week-old peach-faced baby lovebird sleeping in a brooder.

Week 3

Mumu was a little baby with minimal feathers. His tail was blue in color and like a set of plastic darts. His stomach was bare, and his skin was showing. His back just had a line of feathers. Inside his wings, the skin was featherless but there were slits from which his wings would grow.

Three and a half weeks pied peach-faced baby lovebird.

Three and a half weeks pied peach-faced baby lovebird.

Week 3, Day 4

Tail endings were prominent and had a mixture of colors. More feathers started appearing at the back and on his wings. His wings were growing.

Beautiful pied peach-faced baby lovebird at four weeks old.

Beautiful pied peach-faced baby lovebird at four weeks old.

Week 4

His size had increased. His wings were almost fully feathered. The tail was growing longer, and tail endings were taking the shape of leaves. But his cheeks and head still had some spots left to be covered.

Cute peach faced baby lovebird sleeping. Here, he is about four and a half weeks old.

Cute peach faced baby lovebird sleeping. Here, he is about four and a half weeks old.

Week 4, Day 5

He was almost completely feathered at this stage. He looked like an adorable little fur ball. He was onto becoming fledged (having wing feathers that are large enough for flight; able to fly).

Cute peach-faced baby lovebird Mumu sleeping on my leg at five weeks and three days old.

Cute peach-faced baby lovebird Mumu sleeping on my leg at five weeks and three days old.

Week 5, Day 3

He was fully feathered and his beak was properly formed. Tail and wing feathers were finely developed.

Beautiful peach-faced lovebird sitting on a perch. He is six weeks and two days old in this photo.

Beautiful peach-faced lovebird sitting on a perch. He is six weeks and two days old in this photo.

Week 6, Day 2

Fully grown and fledged.

What Do Weaned Lovebirds Eat?

You discover that your baby lovebird is weaned (accustomed to managing without something which they have become dependent on) from hand-feeding formula. What should you do? Here is the answer:

Offer seeds, fresh fruits, and vegetables every day. Corn is especially important in their diet. Your baby can eat almost anything you can.

Fresh Foods for Lovebirds

A lovebird's favorite fresh food list includes:

  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Grapes
  • Mangoes
  • Plums
  • Broccoli
  • Peas
  • Corn
  • Beans
  • Pasta

Remember: How you care for your bird will determine how healthy and loyal he/she will turn out be. Lovebirds are playful and sociable. Give them loads of attention and love them for who they are.

What if Your Lovebird Is Scared of New Foods?

Once you feel that your baby needs weaning, introduce new foods to him/her: feed corn, bananas, and seeds. Your pet may be scared and cry (make small short sounds) as a result. He/she may fluff out their feathers and try to attack the new food. Show the new foods daily and attempt to feed them. They will reject it initially. Continue trying to feed them till their fear is removed. This happened in my case and can happen in yours, too.

Important Points to Remember

It is very important to remember these points for the safety and well-being of your lovebird.

  • Leave fresh water for your lovebird. It only takes a second to change water.
  • Keep perches and dishes scrubbed clean as birds nibble on everything. Be sure to rinse very well after using detergent or disinfectant.
  • Never use Lysol, etc. It is difficult to get all the residue washed off.
  • Take your bird outside with you if the weather is pleasant.
  • Supervise your bird with children or strangers.
  • Supervise all animals when they are around your bird.
  • Do provide a cage large enough so that your bird has MORE than enough room to move and flap its wings.
  • Provide different and stimulating toys for your bird to chew.
  • Do not cook with Teflon; when overheated, the gas emitted could be fatal to your bird.
  • Do not smoke around your bird. Nicotine is deadly to birds.
  • Do not cook with a bird on your shoulder. Kitchens can be very dangerous.
  • Do not let your bird chew on surfaces or plants that can be fatal or toxic if ingested. Be aware of lead and zinc toxicity.
  • Do not purchase toys for your bird that have dog leash type clips or jingle type bells. (Toes can be caught easily).
  • Do not bring any other bird that has not been tested first by an avian veterinarian into contact with your bird.
  • Do not assume that a bird is 100% healthy because it has never been "sick".

Baby Lovebirds May Bite in Their Defense

Baby lovebirds are not mean; rather, they may be frightened. They use aggression as their defense. Never hit or yell at your bird. They have feelings which get hurt, too. Always talk calmly and ignore bad behavior if it occurs.

10 Unique Facts About My Lovebird, Mumu

  1. He has been an unusually fast runner since the beginning.
  2. He used to walk backwards to pass poop.
  3. He used to follow us whenever we were going away.
  4. He had a heart-warming way of snuggling to my stomach when he felt sleepy.
  5. He understood commands even though he was so little.
  6. He used to chatter a lot, making different sounds. Currently, he has the rare ability to say 2–3 words.
  7. He imitates kissing sounds even before we kiss him. Adorable!
  8. He mimics our actions. If we hold a mobile phone, he jumps on the screen, pretending to use it himself. Yeah, we love his silly antics.
  9. He has an obsession with the metal gold. He holds the record of breaking two chains and one ring! (It's a pun.)
  10. He is very curious and loves to explore his surroundings. There is this cute questioning look on his face whenever he sees something new.
Peach-faced baby lovebird wearing a cute hat.

Peach-faced baby lovebird wearing a cute hat.

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.

Questions & Answers

Question: At what age can I stop feeding the baby formula?

Answer: That is when the baby is 1.5 months old. After that, wean your baby by introducing seeds, fruits, and green leaves.

Question: If I touch the baby lovebird to feed it when I go to school, can I put it in the cage with its parents? (The eggs haven't hatched yet.)

Answer: The baby lovebird should be fed by the mother lovebird till it's two weeks old. You can hand-feed the chick when it's around three weeks old.

Question: How many days does it take to hatch a lovebird egg?

Answer: It usually takes around 21-23 days for an egg to hatch, but my lovebirds' chick was born after 25 days.

Question: Should I leave fresh water for the baby lovebird or the slightly grown ones?

Answer: You need to keep fresh water available for both baby lovebirds that are at least a month old, and mature lovebirds.

Question: Should I keep the baby lovebird away from the mother once I start feeding it?

Answer: No, you can feed the chick and place him/her near the mother lovebird after you're done.

Question: My love bird is 2 weeks old. What to keep under the bird to keep it warm?

Answer: Please keep the bird in a brooder. That will be enough to keep the chick warm. Put a towel at the bottom of the brooder and spread dry grass on it.

Question: My lovebird dropped an egg at the bottom of the cage. I picked up the egg and put it in an incubator. My pair doesn't show interest in this egg. Will my lovebirds accept/feed the chick after it hatches?

Answer: You would have to keep the chick near them and see what happens. If the mother lovebird doesn't feed the chick, you would have to do it yourself.

Question: When can I start offering water while hand feeding a baby lovebird and how do I do it?

Answer: You can start offering water once the chick is around 1.5 months old. Take a small bowl and fill it with little water. Whenever your chick is fed, offer it. Continue doing this and your chick will starting drinking it on a daily basis.

Question: How many time should I feed a baby lovebird in a day?

Answer: If the chick is a newborn, you need to feed a watery formula at least 4-5 times in day. As the chick ages, reduce the formula feeding to 3-4 times every 2-3 hours. Please check the crop (area of the stomach) as shown in the pictures of the article.

Question: Will the lovebird parents feed the baby while I’m at school?

Answer: Please observe if they do so. If not, one of your family members needs to do so.

Question: I'm hand raising four baby lovebirds; the youngest is about three weeks old while the eldest is about 4-5 weeks as the breeder had said. While the three younger ones do eat quite well, the eldest doesn't want to be hand fed at all. We tried giving Biggie (the eldest) some mashed bananas and even though Biggie tries them, Biggie never seems to want to eat big amounts or it. Biggie just wants to ask food from her siblings but her siblings only give her so little. How can I feed her better?

Answer: I think Biggie (even though the eldest), will take a bit of time to get weaned (get accustomed to eating on her own). Do try giving the mashed bananas but for a change, try apple bits, grape bits, boiled spinach leaves (in small pieces) or celery. Please make sure there are no fruit seeds in her food.

See what she likes. Birds can be picky at times. Keep changing the food you give her if you think she's bored of it or eating less. Do try giving her seeds for lovebirds (which will be available at a local pet store).

Question: My female lovebird has laid 7 eggs. One hatched last night while I was asleep and I only noticed this morning. I went to school and came back but I haven't seen her feeding the baby yet. What should I do? Should I just let them be and wait for the baby to be older to begin hand feeding? Or should I step in?

Answer: If the female lovebird is not feeding the baby, you need to feed it yourself. Is the chick active? Do you see it moving?

Question: What happens if your baby lovebird is a slow developer?

Answer: It's okay, but if it's too slow, it would mean the baby is not getting enough nutrients.

Question: Should I feed my baby lovebird chicks at night? When did you feed Mumu?

Answer: Feed them once before you sleep. The time between morning till night can be divided into a feeding pattern of every two to three hours.

Question: I have two baby lovebirds being hand-fed. I've noticed they do not eat as eagerly as my previous lovebird did. They eat, but it takes longer to feed and they do not eat more than 5ml in feeding. What might be the cause of my lovebirds eating?

Answer: They might have smaller appetites I think. Has this been the situation since they were born?

Question: Which formula do you feed baby lovebirds? I can only find it for lorikeets.

Answer: I feed A21 Nutribird formula feed for lovebirds.

Question: At what age/stage should I remove the baby lovebirds from their parents in order to hand-feed them?

Answer: A lovebird of three weeks of age can be held and fed comfortably.

Question: Can I feed a four-week-old baby love bird fresh water?

Answer: You can give a baby lovebird water once he or she is 1.5-2 months old.

Question: What do I feed a baby lovebird? Is there special formula?

Answer: Yes, there is special formula for lovebirds. It will be available in a local pet store.

Question: How many cc to feed African lovebirds?

Answer: That depends on your lovebird's age and diet. You need to feed every hour if it's a newborn (till it's around a week old). You can feed it every 2-3 hours if it's three weeks old or more. This can differ according to the lovebird's needs.

Question: When should I feed a one-day-old lovebird? What food should be given? How should it be given?

Answer: The mother lovebird will feed the chick. It's easier to handle the baby when it's three weeks old. You can feed it bird formula, which will be available at a local pet store. Feeding is done with a syringe.

Question: Will the father lovebird take care of the baby if the mother has passed away?

Answer: Father lovebirds take care of chicks when they are older--that is by the 6th or 7th week. The fathers then feed the chick till they are fledged (capable of feeding themselves). In this case, you need to feed the baby lovebird yourself.

Question: If I leave water for my baby lovebird, will it accidentally drown in it?

Answer: No, the bowls made for a lovebird's cage are small; your pet won't drown in them.

Question: When will the lovebird mother start feeding her chicks? Is it after they all hatch or when the first one hatches? And is it ok to leave the first bird alone without food before the other bird hatches? What to do with the eggs that are not going to hatch? (I have a baby lovebird and the other one hasn't hatched yet. Out of the four eggs, I know that only two would hatch because I had handled them.) Could you help me, please?

Answer: The mother lovebird will start feeding the chicks immediately after they are born. Please don't leave any bird without food. They will not survive. If by chance, the mother lovebird is not feeding her chicks, please do so yourself. The eggs, which do not hatch 25 days after laying, should be thrown away.

Question: How long can a baby lovebird survive without food from its mother?

Answer: It cannot survive. Please feed the chick if the mother lovebird is not feeding it.

Question: My baby peached face lovebird snuggles when she is in her cage. She is ok for a while when she is out, but then she starts snuggling. How can I train her not to snuggle?

Answer: Do you mean she snuggles with the cage? Pull her close to you when she is out. Pat her head and make her feel loved.

Question: At what age can you move a lovebird into a cage?

Answer: It is okay to move a 2-month-old lovebird in a cage. Give them time to settle in it.

Question: Is it okay to pick out the baby lovebird (27 days old) to feed them?

Answer: Yes, it's okay to feed them once they are around three weeks old.

Question: When should I start hand-feeding baby lovebirds after they hatch?

Answer: You can hand feed them once they are around three weeks of age. It is easier to hold them at that age.

Question: Why does a mother lovebird pretend to kill her offspring when they leave the nest box?

Answer: Are the offspring around three weeks of age? If so, the mother lovebird wants them to become independent. That is why she pushes them out of the nest box. If you think she is hurting the chicks, please transfer them to a brooder.

Question: So I have a baby lovebird with me. How much sleep should she get everyday? She's at least 4 weeks old. Also, her mom flew away, and since I have school, I have no one to watch my lovebird. Is it ok to leave her alone for at least 8 and a half hours?

Answer: Baby lovebirds sleep a lot. After you feed her, she will fall asleep again. It's not okay to leave her because she'll need to be fed at least 2 times in those 8 hours.

Question: I am not sure about my baby lovebird's age. When I got it the breeder told me he is less than a month old. He looks older than birds 3 weeks of age when compared to pictures. I read that I should feed him around 4 times a day, but he ate only 2 cc at a time, so I started feeding him 3 times a day with no timing just when I feel he is hungry. Is that right?

Answer: You can feed your bird in a gap of 2-3 hours. To feed him when he's the most hungry is okay, nothing wrong in that. Please make sure the crop (stomach) is empty (not bulged) while you're feeding him.

Question: Do I need to provide a lamp to a baby lovebird for warmth?

Answer: It is not necessary if you have a brooder for the chick.

Question: My baby Lovebirds are 2-weeks-old and you wrote that I can start hand feeding them at about 3 weeks. Does that mean I have to remove them from the parents? Or can I feed them once or twice a day and return them to the nest for the mother's lovebird to keep feeding too?

Answer: You can do both, actually. Please check whether the mother lovebird is feeding the chicks after you have fed them. If not, please separate them and feed them yourself.

Question: Is it normal for the mother bird to step on a baby bird?

Answer: No, it's not okay if the mother lovebird steps on the baby. She should sit beside the chick, not step on it.

Question: I have 2 four-week-old Fischers. Is it okay for me to give them toys to chew? They love the very first toy I gave them, but I realised that they're way too young.

Answer: It's okay to give them as long as the material is safe.

Question: How can I teach a lovebird to eat sunflower seeds?

Answer: If the lovebird lets you touch him/her, you can place sunflower seeds on your palm and encourage your pet to eat it. If not, place the seeds in the seed bowl (outside and inside the cage).

Question: I have baby lovebirds that hatched a week ago. I was told to start feeding them separately but the parents are still feeding them, should I still do this?

Answer: If the parent lovebirds are feeding the chicks, let them do it. If they are not feeding them, then you will need to do it.

Question: My lovebird’s feathers only started looking good at two months and a week, and I got her at two months. I’m still hand feeding her! Is it normal? She’s tiny so obviously, I named her Tiny. I somehow think the girl lied about her age, could that be?

Answer: Hi! Have the feathers completely developed? You can compare with the weekly stages and the fully matured one to know. Hand-Feeding isn't an issue until the chick is 1.5 months old. After that, he/she has to be familiar with seeds, fruits, and green leaves.

Question: After feeding the baby lovebird, should I put it back in the nest?

Answer: Yes.

Question: What should be in the formula for a baby lovebird and how do I make a homemade formula?

Answer: A formula is available in the local pet store. That has all the requirements. I'd advice you to use that.

Question: How do you know the female lovebird from the male?

Answer: A female lovebird lays eggs, sits with a wider stance and is slightly heavier than the male.

Question: Can a 6-week old baby lovebird be taken in and out from the parents' cage to be hand-raised?

Answer: Yes, that can be done.

Question: How would I know if a baby lovebird is not alive anymore?

Answer: You will see the baby lovebird kicking its legs in the air and hear small "crying" sounds. Apart from that, the mother will feed it and clean its body.

Question: How did you keep your lovebird warm?

Answer: I placed my lovebird, Mumu in a brooder (filled with 2-3 fistfuls of hay) to keep him warm.

Question: How did you avoid splayed legs in your baby lovebird?

Answer: I made sure the brooder had a somewhat rough plastic base (it shouldn't be slippery). If it's slippery we can add materials (sand, hay, bird-safe wood shavings) to make the base rough and to give the chicks a fine grip.

I had spread 2-3 fistfuls of hay in the brooder and my bird had a good grip. You can do the same if you have a nest box instead of a brooder.

Question: Mumu, my lovebird, used to chatter a lot making different sounds. Currently, he has the rare ability to say 2-3 words. Do you have a video where he says the words?

Answer: Yes, I do. It's uploaded on my YouTube account (Sakina Nasir). Mumu can say "Step," "Ai aaw" (means come here in my native language) and he used to say "come here."

Question: I am wondering if your bird just had an egg and you have not noticed it. If you leave it on the table by accident, will it die if it is not warm?

Answer: If the egg is fertile, the chick won't grow unless it is given heat.

Question: When can I start bathing the lovebird babies?

Answer: Baths can be given once the babies turn 3 months old.

Question: Hi I have 2 baby lovebirds, one is 22 days old and another is 28 days old. He has started to eat seeds but I noticed that the younger one has started to nibble too. Is that ok? And how should I reduce time between feedings from 4 to 3?

Answer: Nibbling fingers should be discourage. Just stroke the bird's beak and tell a firm no. The feedings can be reduced to 3 times in a day and incorporate seeds, fruits (without seeds) and veggies in the diet.

© 2016 Sakina Nasir


Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on September 02, 2020:

Hi Talha! :)

I feel the bird doesn't like fruits or veggies. Was she brought home from a local pet shop? If that's the case, these birds are happy with seeds/millets and don't like eating other foods.

My female lovebird, Juju does the same thing. She doesn't understand what fruits and veggies are. Try giving a blanched spinach leaf and see if your bird eats it (Juju likes green leaves).

Fear of water is normal, but shouldn't be the cause of an unclean bird. Try spray bathing the bird with lukewarm water. Be very gentle. Hope this helps. If the bird gets comfortable with spray bathing, try to put a shallow vessel near him/her and encourage bathing.

Hope this helps. :)



Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on September 02, 2020:

Yes, there is a food formula mix available for baby lovebirds. Please check in a local pet store for birds. Nutri A21 for lovebirds is a good brand, I had used that for my lovebird, Mumu.

Talha on September 01, 2020:

Hello :)

I hope you still reply, I have a 10 months old Fischer Love bird. She/he loves to eat her seeds and spray millet, but she can't eat fruit. If i give her a piece of banana or carrot, she will chew on it but wont swallow. Just spits out the carrot pieces no matter how small they are. Also the baby is still afraid of water, is that normal?

Thanks in advance :)

Yaswanthnaidu on August 31, 2020:

What is the food for baby love birds is there any food formula to mix and feed them

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on August 17, 2020:

It's fine if the parents feed it. They will feed when they want to, but please keep an eye on the chick's stomach.

Angie on August 16, 2020:

Hi, thanks for your reply earlier. Would it be a problem if I feed it and put it back into the parents cage, and the parents feed it again? Or will they know if the babies are full?

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on August 15, 2020:

The age of the lovebird should be at least 1.5 months old when you want to give him/her a bath.

Marivic Macalla on August 13, 2020:

What do you mean 1.5 months?

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on August 11, 2020:

Hi Jovita! :)

You can let your baby lovebird have a bath once she turns around 2 months old. They can bath daily in summer and occasionally in winters. Also it depends on the bird's mood, if you place a bowl of water next to her, she will bath if she feels like. Always use water which is warm or at room temperature. Never use cold water.



Jovita on August 10, 2020:

May i know when can i start letting my baby lovebird to shower n how often can she shower??

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on August 05, 2020:

Hi Ellieva! :)

They will be able to do so when they are around 2.5 months old. Give them time getting used to the cage and perches.

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on August 05, 2020:

Hi Angie! :)

No, the birds will sleep as you sleep. Feed them just before you go to sleep and first thing in the morning.

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on August 05, 2020:

Hi Angie! :)

You can feed them and play with them for a while, then place them back with their parents. Once they turn around 2.5 months old, you can place them in a separate cage with safe toys.

angie on July 29, 2020:

Hi :-) I would like to know when it is time to hand-raise or hand-feed them, do I start to separate the chicks from the parents into another cage or do they still stay together in the same cage?

angie on July 28, 2020:

Hi, you mentioned that we have to feed it every 3-4 hours, may I know do we have to feed it at night too when they are sleeping? Thank you!

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on July 17, 2020:

Hi Kaybugs. :)

You can mash banana and apple into a soft pulp and put in glucose (for birds) and feed the chicks.

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on July 17, 2020:

Hi Shuba. Please buy some glucose for birds and give warmth.

Kaybugs on July 12, 2020:

Hi i have three baby lovebirds and all my local pet stores don't have baby lovebird formula is there a homemade formula i can feed them with?

Ellieva on June 24, 2020:

When can a baby love bird sit on a perch in their cage.

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on April 06, 2020:

Hi Saba! :)

Please get hay. It's soft and lightweight too. He must be scared of the new brooder. Pet him for a longer time. His bond with you will also increase (no harm in it).

Saba Haroun Mahdavi on April 06, 2020:

Thank you! I managed only about 3ml sadly...

Another thing - he seems to be super distressed in the little brooder I got him. What sort of grass should I get? Is the larger kind of wood shaving ok? He tends to calm down in my hand and sleep... is there any danger in this?

Thank you again :)

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on April 06, 2020:

Hi Saba! :)

Thank you so much for the positive comments. I used to feed my lovebird around 10 ml of the formula (3-4 times per day, as needed) when he was 3 weeks old. I used to make a thin paste (but not watery). Put a little formula powder and mix a little lukewarm water in it. Fill this in a small, plastic syringe and feed your bird.

You should feed until the bird is around 6-7 weeks old (if he doesn't stop). Introduce fruits, veggies and water when the bird has become 5 weeks old. Show these food items daily and try that the bird eats it on his own. Hope this helps.



Saba Haroun Mahdavi on April 06, 2020:

Hello Sakina! I love your page, thank you for all the great advice

I just got a little beautiful lovebird of my own. S/he is about 3 weeks old now and I'm about to hand feed him. He's been fed by his parents up until now. I'm wondering how much of the NutriBird A21 I should give him - the instructions itself is going from a lovebird's hatch day 1 onwards... but stops to weaning at day 5 on...

What do you suggest I do? How much do I mix in... by how much water... (I'll observe the crop) and for how many more days?

Thank you so much in advance! I wish you good health :)

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on April 01, 2020:

Hi Sarah! :)

If the parents are taking care of the chick, please let it be with them for another week or so. You will notice if the parents want the chick to be on its own. Then you can handfeed it and pet it yourself. Hope this helps.

Sarah on April 01, 2020:

Our lovebird chick is 16 days old,all going well so far, do I just leave it with the parents if it seems okay,how long should I be safe to leave it with them

Lori Youngash on March 14, 2020:

Thank you.

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on March 14, 2020:

Hi Lori! :)

Please keep the baby lovebirds in a separate brooder. If the parents are plucking the feathers, it might affect the feather growth. You can feed them 4 or 5 times a day as long as they are comfortable. Some birds eat fully at one time, some don't.

Lori Youngash on March 14, 2020:

I am caring for two 3 week and a few days old lovebirds. Their parents were plucking out their feathers so they are behind schedule with their feather growth. Will this affect their development? Should I feed them 4 times a day? Ive been feeding them 5 times a day, mostly because they havent always eaten until absolutely full.

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on February 10, 2020:

@Nunma Hi! :) Thank you so much for sharing this with me. I can feel your love for the bird and it's more than enough. Please don't overthink or worry. Young birds need lots of rest, so please don't keep him out for more than 2 hours in a day. You can always play with him for longer time periods when he/she turns 6 weeks or older.

Nunma on February 10, 2020:

Hello! thank you for writing this article, it helped me so much with my baby lovebird

at the start it was hard to feed him since he was given to me right after being taken from the nest, but I got him to slowly get used to being handfed!

it's a huge success but I'm getting anxious..

I'm scared he slowly doesn't like me, how to make sure he doesn't dislike me?

after I feed him I wrap him in a towel and cuddle with him on the couch for an hour or so before putting him back to sleep on his own.. is it not enough?

sometimes when I'm playing online with friends I keep him next to me so he doesn't feel lonely but ahhh Idk if it's enough :"(

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on January 29, 2020:

Please add 1-2 drops of multivitamins in the water or on the food. This will help with the feather growth.

Thasneem Fathima on January 29, 2020:

One of my baby lovebird's feathers are not growing properly. It's about 5 weeks old. What to feed it??

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on January 26, 2020:

@Dante Hi! You feed the chick whenever it is hungry. Please check the crop (stomach area); if it's flat, it means the chick is hungry and if it's bulged means the chick is well fed.

You don't need to feed it overnight. Feed it before you go to sleep and first thing in the morning.

Dante on January 25, 2020:

Hey, how often do you have to feed a baby lovebird and do you have to feed overnight? Thanks

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on November 19, 2019:

You can start hand-feeding the baby when it is 3 weeks old and stop it when it is around 2 months old. Nutribird A21 Formula is good for lovebirds. You can feed your bird using a small plastic syringe.

Birdlover on November 19, 2019:

Hey! When can i start and stop hand feeding my baby bird(im only feeding it for a better way for me and the bird to bond) i dont know if the eggs are fertile though. They are supposed to hatch this week. Will any formula be good? And one more thing, what do you use to feed your baby birds?

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on October 13, 2019:

You need to clean the nest box and the cage. Please remove the babies and place them on a clean towel when you clean the cage. Please remove the unhatched eggs. You can start placing the chicks in the cage once they are 2 months old. The mother will feed the baby for some weeks and then you can feed them yourself. I don't know if birds accept big animals that easily. Please give them time.

Hi Im Paige on October 12, 2019:

My tropical love birds are color of a colorful big parrot. The male is blue and white. She has one hatched black and pink chick.shebhasbbeen setting on the other3 eggs for 29 days when should I remove other 3 unhached eggs. The male is feeding the fall. Am I able to change the dirty bedding in the nesting box? With baby in the box? Can I clean the rest of the cage.or should I leave it be for now? To clean the nesting box,can I handle the baby? Thank u Paige ray.oh can I put the new baby in a cadge at 5 weeks ? Will the mom quit feeding the baby ounce I start? My birds are only A year old frankly I was shocked they had eggs and a baby so young them self's . Do love birds like dogs? Thank u paige


Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on July 31, 2019:

@Jennifer Dollmaier Hi! Thank you so much and welcome! You have no idea how glad I feel right now. Give your birds and their little ones all my love and they are welcome too. :) ♡

I'd be honored to help. All the very best! :)



Jennifer Dollmaier on July 31, 2019:

My lovebirds surprised me with five eggs that have just started hatching today. I had no idea what to do but your articles are so thorough, so informative, and such a pleasure to read that I feel much more confident now. I just wanted to comment with my heartfelt thanks. I'm sure my birds thank you too. My best to you, Sakina! (And you may hear from me again if I start to panic about something. ;) )

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on July 18, 2019:

@Audrey Hi! :) You're most welcome. The heating pad is not required if you get a lovebird who's 3 weeks or older in age. Chicks younger than that may need a heating pad. You can keep a small lamp near the brooder, that works as well. The paper towel can be placed for support. You can spread that and put hay over it so that the chick is most comfortable.



Audrey on July 18, 2019:

And what is the paper towel thing? And thank you Sakina for answering my first question so fast...

Audrey on July 18, 2019:

Thank you Sakina. I have one more question though, the picture that you linked to me the brooder had a heat pad under it. Is that needed as well?

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on July 17, 2019:

@Audrey Hi! :) Thank you so much for your kind words. A brooder is a plastic box which helps keep a lovebird baby warm. The lid has various slits for the passage of air but otherwise is packed. There's no lamp or tank connected to this, it's only a plastic container with a lid having slits.

You can view the image I've included of Mumu sitting in his brooder in this article (under Four Weeks Five Days Old Baby Lovebird). Here is another image of a brooder:

Please include nesting materials like hay (I think my birds love it the most) or pine shavings. Please keep changing the nesting material once it's soiled. Young birds tend to digest food a lot quicker than older ones.

Hope this helps. Good luck!



Audrey on July 17, 2019:

Can you explain more in depth about what a brooder is? I'm thinking about hand-raising a lovebird but I just don't know what a brooder is... Did you have a heat lamp on a tank or was it already connected or something? Great article, it is really informational. I can tell you took really good care of Mumu and that he is very happy :)

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on July 11, 2019:

They stay warm when we place them in our hands. Feed quickly and place them in your hands and pet them.

Sharon on July 11, 2019:

When taking the babies away to hand feed how do you keep them warm

Alisa on May 11, 2019:

Thanks sakina

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on May 10, 2019:

Hi Alisa. :)

You can introduce fruits and veggies once the chicks are around 1.5-2 months old. Please begin with mashed items.



Alisa on May 10, 2019:

Hi Sakina, I'm hand raising 3 baby love birds and I was wondering when I should introduce fruits and veggies, Thank you.

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on March 23, 2019:

Hi Emy! You can put the baby next to the parent lovebird.

Emy on March 23, 2019:

Hi sakina, i wanna know if when i feed my baby lovebird i can put it back with his parent or should i put him away?? Thnx

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on March 20, 2019:

@Lynn Russo Hi! :) This is so nice to hear. Thank you so much for sharing this with me. I wish for the chick's well being.

Lynn Russo on March 20, 2019:

my lovebird laid 5 eggs every other day starting on 1/20/19, up intil 1/30/19 & the first hatched on 2/20/19. Gradually, the other four eggs were candled and checked for fertilization & were not. Therefore, I have one hatchling. The baby is now 4 weeks old today and doing great. I did take the baby away from the parents at 3 weeks old, some people say that is too late, but I do work full-time and wanted to make sure that the baby was taken care of up to 3 weeks by the parents to make sure that I am doing the right thing for the baby. It is now 4 weeks old today and doing wonderfully with hand feeding still the Exact baby bird formula with a little bit of oatmeal flakes in the mix to give some consistency along with Classic Egg Food granules for added vitamins. I will be keeping this baby as the other ones never hatched. The next time around I was told that there will most likely be more fertile eggs as this was my females first time being mated with our male.

It is very exciting to see the stages of the babies from day 1 to when they will be able to go to their new homes. I cannot wait to do this full-time when my boss retires. Thank you for all the great information, as you have helped answered many of my many questions.

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on September 19, 2018:

@Kamalam Hi! :) You will get the baby lovebird formula in a local pet store near you.

Kamalam on September 19, 2018:

Hi sakina

Can you pls say what powder is used for food making (suggest for baby ).......

Ada on July 08, 2018:

How old should they be in order to drink water?

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on June 19, 2018:

@Rahul Janghel Hi! :) That's wonderful news. Congratulations! I'd suggest the mother lovebird to feed the chick till he/she is 2.5-3 weeks old. This is because the mother regurgitates essential enzymes and nutrients to the chick, which is necessary for his/her healthy growth.

Mumu was 3 weeks old when we had brought him home. Also, it's safe to handle the chick (since we can hold them well) when he/she is 3 weeks old.

Rahul Janghel on June 18, 2018:

Hi Sakina, Thank you for writing this article, it helped me a lot to understand about bird care.

Since yesterday I am very excited as my love bird's egg has fetched, at the same time I am worrying about chick's feeding. I believe Mumu was more than a week or two old when you started feeding him. Could you please suggest how and what I should feed to under week chicks, it will be really helpful. I am expecting few more chicks may be today or day after as my lovebird is with 4 more eggs now. :-)

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on June 11, 2018:

@Ahmad Hi! :) Thank you. The feeding totally depends on your lovebird's requirement. You will know when to feed him/her when the crop is flat (the image can be found in the article). You need to feed your lovebird every 2-3 hours (if he/she is three weeks old) approximately, but it may differ from bird to bird. As the bird grows older, get him/her used to eating seeds and fruits.

ahmad on June 10, 2018:

Good method but tell me how many times a love bird need feed

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on June 06, 2018:

@Christopher Thanks! Lovebird babies make awesome pets. What do you disagree with?

Christopher on June 05, 2018:

Nice article, disagree with a few things but overall its pretty good!

Amanda on June 04, 2018:

Good day!! What is necessary to make a brooder? Thinking of getting a baby lovebird...

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on May 08, 2018:


What is the brand name of the formula? Some formulas are thin/thick even after adding water. If they're thick and heavy (it takes time for them to digest). If the formula is thing and light, they will digest it quickly and get hungry after 2-3 hours.

Do you check the crop of the babies before feeding them? You will notice bulging stomachs and two bubble-like formations on the back if they're full (You can see the crop's picture in the article). Do no feed after this.

If they are hungry, their crops will be flat and they will make small crying sounds.

They will be tamed, they are babies still. :) Give them a little time to get used to the injection and formula.

If they don't eat even after their crops are flat, a vet might help.

I hope this helps. Good luck!

Rhubberie on May 08, 2018:

I have a serious issue right now. I just got 4, 4 weeks old love bird. I am having problems feeding them. They won't open their beaks voluntarily and I have to forcefeed them. I am afraid that I might dislocate their beaks, break it, or I can cause wounds on their beaks. The seller told me they are fresh from the nest. So that means he haven't tried handfeeding them. Someone also told me that they can't be tamed anymore and can be stubborn. I'm afraid they'll die. Currently they are eating only 1ml of baby bird formula. And I can forcefeed another 1ml so they won't be hungry. I have handfed a budgiekeet(I got her when she was 2 weeks old) and 2 cockatiels(I got them when they were 3 weeks old). And all those baby birds haven't acted the way my new babies have acted. Was it because of the age? Was it because they're still adjusting? Please of you can help me it'd be great.

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on May 02, 2018:

@Melody Hi! :) That's really sweet of you. Lovebirds are fun to observe and make amazing pets. They love playing!

Melody on May 01, 2018:

Good information! I want a lovebird tooooooo they are so cute unfortunetly I don't have time I have a dog. Keep writing, love Mumu.

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on March 14, 2018:

@Anthony Emmanuell Hi! :) Oh my! I'm so sorry to hear that. You can buy a brooder for the babies, they will stay warm in that. You can hand feed the babies once they are 3 weeks old. I used to feed A 21 Nutribird formula to my lovebird. It was really healthy. I don't know if it's available there, but you can consult and buy the best formula available for lovebirds.

Hope this helps. Good luck! :)

Anthony emmanuell on March 13, 2018:

Hi my question is this for the third time my agapornis love birds killed all the babies just when they are about to leave the nest so I need help finding a good food or formula so I can hand rise the babies let's say from week 4 there after and avoid their parents killing them I like them not like a pet really so my intention is only to save their lives right now the hen has 7 eggs last time she had 6 lost 1 and kill me 5 so I am pretty sure this time she will have the seven so I do not want them to go the way of the dynosours please help thanks

bookpaw on March 09, 2018:

hi i wood love to have loyal and loving lovebird and i sure that they are great company

bookpaw on March 07, 2018:

i would love a loyal and loving lovebird

bookpaw on March 07, 2018:

i would love a loyal and loving lovebird

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on February 22, 2018:

@bookpaw Hand raising lovebirds is a beautiful and learning experience. Hand raised lovebirds are loyal, loving and a great company. :)

bookpaw on February 22, 2018:

i would like to raising a baby lovebird or to have a grown up lovebird

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on February 09, 2018:

@bookpaw Hi! Thank you! :) Mumu is all grown up now.

bookpaw on February 09, 2018:

i like mumu he is cute

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on January 27, 2018:

@Carolina Hi! :) That's great news. Thank you so much for sharing this with me.

You can start hand feeding lovebirds when they are 2.5-3 weeks old. :)

Good luck! :)

Carolina on January 26, 2018:

Hi! This is a very helpful article! I just found out my one of my tuki’s eggs hatched. When can you start hand feed baby love birds?

Zahin Abtahi on December 16, 2017:

whats an ultra red lamp?where can i find it?

Engineer on October 28, 2017:

Make me meet him!!!

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on September 17, 2017:

Hi Normunds! That's a good thing. Do you find the eggs changing color from white to a light gray? If the mother lovebird is sitting on the eggs regularly, there is no need for an ultra-red lamp. Thank you for asking this question. Please let me know the progress. Good luck! :)

Normunds on September 16, 2017:

Hello, I also have two love bird ! Mom sit on the eggs ! Is there a need for an ultra-red lamp for heat?

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on July 27, 2017:

Thank you so much Mrs. Jean Kanoff! :) I'm happy I could be of help to your friend. Lovebird babies are really sweet and require patience, love and care to raise into amazing pets. They're just like human babies. Please let me know the progress of your friend's pets. :) Mumu is doing great and so is his mate, Lulu. :) Thank you for asking. Have a nice day!

Mrs. Jean Kanoff on July 17, 2017:

Ps, I couldn't have put this together any better and I'm sure this will help my new friend,

Also it has refreshed my mind if what it was like to have babie birds.

Mrs. Jean Kanoff on July 17, 2017:

Thank you so much for your insight and information, i sent this to a lady who has a pair of love birds and they have a baby, I remember all this great worktat went into loveing our lovebirds, you put it all together awesomely.

Thank you again and I hope you and mumu are doing great.

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on February 07, 2017:


That's sweet! Cockatiels are pretty gentle and quiet birds. I had the pleasure of petting a male cockatiel once. They are very sweet. Lovebirds are great too but they can be very naughty at times. They are playful spirits and love to try out new things. :) Thanks for sharing my article with your sister.

carolynkaye from USA on February 04, 2017:

My niece is raising baby cockatiels now and also likes Lovebirds, so I told her about your article.

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on February 04, 2017:


Thank you so much! I am so glad you could find my article helpful. Do you have baby lovebirds at home?

carolynkaye from USA on February 03, 2017:

Great article about baby Lovebirds, Sakina. There's so much helpful info here. Thanks for sharing.

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on January 18, 2017:

@SA Williams

Thanks a lot for stopping by and reading my work. I will give your compliments to Mumu. LOL. My lovebirds react the same way when they hear sparrows or pegions chirping.

simplehappylife on January 18, 2017:

I loved this ❤ Mumu is so cute and sweet! LOL...I played the videos and all of my dogs started going nuts, barking and running around the house :)

Ashi on October 09, 2016:

Al right :)

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on October 06, 2016:

Yeah, I will write it soon... :)

Ashi on October 06, 2016:

Oh wow that's awesome :)

I am eagerly waiting for it :)

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on October 04, 2016:

Thank you so much Ashish! :)

Yeah, I am planning to write another hub; you will get to see more photos of Mumu in there. ☺

Ashi on October 04, 2016: that's awesome. I would love to see more photos of Mumu :) :) Please with me :)

I really admire the way you are taking care of this lovely birds. You are so beautiful, soul. :)

Bless you my dear :)

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on September 29, 2016:

Thank you so much! This means a lot. Mumu is a like a baby to me. ☺ God bless you too. ☺

Ashi on September 29, 2016:

Dear Dr. Sakina ;)

You are such a beautiful soul. I can't believe you are raising a baby lovebird by yourself. That is soo beautiful task to do that. I am sure you will be God for Mu mu. You will be so blessed to such unique work and on top of that, you are sharing your experience with everyone. I am soo pleased to see that you have given step by step guide for their food and preparation and stuff.

You are sooooo skilled lady.

May God bless you give you lots of success in your life :)

Bless and regards,


Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on September 11, 2016:

Thank u so much !