Lovebirds' Egg-Laying Process: A Personal Experience

Updated on June 3, 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.

In this article, the following common questions and topics about egg-laying in lovebirds will be addressed in detail.

  • When Will a Female Lovebird Lay an Egg?
  • How Many Eggs Will a Female Lovebird Lay?
  • Signs of a Pregnant Lovebird
  • Finding a Suitable Nest Box
  • Nesting Materials for Lovebirds
  • Egg-Binding in Lovebirds
  • Calcium Supply for Your Lovebirds (Table)
  • A Healthy Recipe for Lovebirds
  • Infertility in Lovebirds
  • What are the Causes of Infertility?

When Will a Female Lovebird Lay an Egg?

Many novice breeders have this question in their minds at some point in time. A female lovebird will lay an egg with or without a mate when she is around 9-12 months of age. Of course, without a mate, the eggs laid will be infertile. Sometimes people end up buying two females or two males. Housing them together may lead to a clutch of infertile eggs in the former case, while no eggs in the latter. When mating occurs between a true lovebird pair (male and female), the eggs laid will be fertile though infertile eggs are possible too, as it is in the case of my pets Mumu and Lulu.

How Many Eggs Will a Female Lovebird Lay?

Eggs will be laid within 7-10 days after mating. In my case, Lulu gave an egg exactly a week later, on October 6th, 2016. Interestingly, we had no idea that she was pregnant! Usually, a hen (female lovebird) lays a clutch of 4-6 eggs, in a gap of 1-2 days. She then broods over the eggs, usually after laying the whole clutch. The incubation period is between 21-23 days, after which the chicks are hatched. There may be exceptions too. The chicks may even hatch out by the 24th or 25th day. Make sure you count the days, so that you can approximately calculate the hatching date.

Lulu had laid 4 eggs continuously every alternate day. Then after a gap of 7-10 days, she had laid 5 more eggs.

Signs of a Pregnant Lovebird

• She walks slowly

• She is unable to fly/flies with difficulty

• She shows slight weight gain

• Her body shows a clear "baby bump"

• She looks tired

• She sleeps a lot, fluffing her feathers

• The male feeds her rigorously

• She may bob her tail

My Female Lovebird Lulu Laid Her First Egg

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Lulu, my female lovebird laid an egg on 6th October 2016. Mumu my male lovebird is going to see the egg laid for the first time. He wagged his tail out of happiness.
Lulu, my female lovebird laid an egg on 6th October 2016.
Lulu, my female lovebird laid an egg on 6th October 2016. | Source
Mumu my male lovebird is going to see the egg laid for the first time. He wagged his tail out of happiness.
Mumu my male lovebird is going to see the egg laid for the first time. He wagged his tail out of happiness. | Source

Finding a Suitable Nest Box

A nest box is an essential component in lovebird breeding. Upon learning that Lulu laid an egg, we immediately bought a nest box. The pet owner had mistakenly given a round nest made out of steel, which was actually meant for canaries. Surfing the net, I realized that lovebirds need wooden nest boxes. The exchange was made, and we bought a small nest box/English budgie nest, which my lovebirds readily accepted. Remember to provide your pets with nesting materials.

Placing the Nest Box

  • The nest box can be placed outside the cage, attaching it to the cage wall.
  • Attach the nest box inside (with S-Shaped hooks)

In my opinion, placing the nest box inside is better. My pets love to sit inside the box together, for warmth. They doze off too inside it sometimes; as the temperature here is cold. However, you can place it according to your wish.

(P.S. You can place the nest box wherever you want, according to your pet's comfort level. There is no hard and fast rule for that!)

Lovebird Nest Box

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We bought a canary nest assuming it to be a lovebird nest before. Lulu loves sitting on top her nest box.
We bought a canary nest assuming it to be a lovebird nest before.
We bought a canary nest assuming it to be a lovebird nest before. | Source
Lulu loves sitting on top her nest box.
Lulu loves sitting on top her nest box. | Source

Lovebird Eggs

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Picture showing my lovebird Lulu's eggs laid in her nest box.Close up of a lovebird egg.
Picture showing my lovebird Lulu's eggs laid in her nest box.
Picture showing my lovebird Lulu's eggs laid in her nest box. | Source
Close up of a lovebird egg.
Close up of a lovebird egg. | Source

Nesting Materials for Lovebirds

Lovebirds require nesting materials to make their nests. These are required to keep humidity in the nest, as it is essential for egg laying. Both males and females make long strips of whatever material is available, carrying them in the nest box. While the female tucks them in her wings and tail, the male tries to do so, though remains unsuccessful. However, there can be exceptions (Mumu has mastered the ability of shredding paper and tucking it in his tail)!

You could buy nesting materials from a local pet shop or provide the following:

What Can Be Included in Nesting Materials?

  1. Palm leaves (Lulu simply adores these)
  2. Paper towels
  3. Dried grass
  4. Lovebird's own feathers (lost ones)
  5. Leaves of non-poisonous plants (lovebird safe)

Lulu Shredding Palm Leaves

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Lulu, my female lovebird loves to shred palm leaves and tuck them in her tail. It is the perfect nesting material for her. Shredding has been an all time favorite activity of my lovebird Lulu. She can do that anytime and every time.
Lulu, my female lovebird loves to shred palm leaves and tuck them in her tail. It is the perfect nesting material for her.
Lulu, my female lovebird loves to shred palm leaves and tuck them in her tail. It is the perfect nesting material for her. | Source
Shredding has been an all time favorite activity of my lovebird Lulu. She can do that anytime and every time.
Shredding has been an all time favorite activity of my lovebird Lulu. She can do that anytime and every time. | Source

My Male Lovebird Mumu Has Mastered Nesting Behavior!

Egg-Binding in Lovebirds

The most common egg-laying problem in lovebirds is egg-binding. This means that your bird is unable to pass an egg easily. This can be fatal to your bird. A vet must be consulted immediately when this occurs. If a vet cannot be consulted, you could do a few things to help your bird expel the egg.

In my case, Lulu had passed 9 eggs easily. The 10th, 11th, and 12th egg had been passed with difficulty, in a gap of 5-7 days. She didn't keep well, started vomiting, and slept a lot. She stayed like this for one day. The next day her egg would be passed, and she would be normal and active again.

Signs of Egg-Binding

  1. Straining
  2. Fluffed feathers
  3. Sitting at the bottom of the cage
  4. Tail bobbing
  5. Difficulty in breathing
  6. Weakness
  7. Loss of appetite
  8. Large droppings/Minimal droppings
  9. Sleeping a lot (in Lulu's case)
  10. Vomiting (in Lulu's case)
  11. Fever (in Lulu's case)

Curing Egg-Binding at Home

  1. Place the bird on a warm towel (heat allows the dilation of muscles, thus helping in passing the egg.)
  2. Place the bird in a bowl of warm water. Your bird is likely to pass the egg in water.
  3. Giving calcium supply (crushed egg shells and small pieces of egg-white).
  4. If your female bird is not eating, feed the male with the calcium supply mentioned above.
  5. Give plenty of rest without any disturbance.
  6. Keep the cage covered in a blanket for warmth.
  7. Keep the cage clean. Your bird is likely to pass large droppings which may wet the cage floor, making it colder.

Using Egg as a Quick Calcium Supply for Lovebirds

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Boil an egg. Crush egg shell and egg white into small pieces. Provide this to your lovebirds as it is a rich source of calcium. This helps a lot for egg-bound females too.Grind egg shell into a powdery form and sprinkle on your lovebird's food bowl. If your pets like to chew, crush the shells as small pieces as shown. It's up to you! Crushed egg shells sprinkled on seeds eaten by lovebirds.
Boil an egg. Crush egg shell and egg white into small pieces. Provide this to your lovebirds as it is a rich source of calcium. This helps a lot for egg-bound females too.
Boil an egg. Crush egg shell and egg white into small pieces. Provide this to your lovebirds as it is a rich source of calcium. This helps a lot for egg-bound females too. | Source
Grind egg shell into a powdery form and sprinkle on your lovebird's food bowl.
Grind egg shell into a powdery form and sprinkle on your lovebird's food bowl. | Source
If your pets like to chew, crush the shells as small pieces as shown. It's up to you!
If your pets like to chew, crush the shells as small pieces as shown. It's up to you! | Source
Crushed egg shells sprinkled on seeds eaten by lovebirds.
Crushed egg shells sprinkled on seeds eaten by lovebirds. | Source

Foods With Calcium for Your Lovebirds

Vegetables
Fruits
Others
Brocoli
Kiwi
Egg Shell
Cabbage
Dried Fig
Egg-White
Celery
Orange
Sunlight
Collard greens
Apricot
UV Light
Chinese cabbage
 
Cuttle bone
Kale
 
Mineral Block
Aragula
 
 
Turnip greens
 
 
Mustard greens
 
 
Spinach
 
 
The following table shows the different sources of calcium , which can be provided to your pets. Calcium is essential for healthy bones, proper feather growth and overall health of birds.

A Healthy Recipe for Lovebirds

  • Boil 4-5 spinach leaves and an egg.
  • Dry the spinach leaves in the sun and crush them.
  • Crush some of the egg shell into tiny pieces/powdery form and add to it.
  • Take some egg yolk and egg-white too.
  • Take fresh corn and dry them till they are hardened. Mash them into tiny bits and add to the mixture.
  • Toss all of them and serve it fresh to your pet/pets. Either sprinkle it over their food bowl or give it separately. It solves weakness and strengthens your bird.

Infertility in Lovebirds

Infertility may be caused in a lovebird hen, leaving the eggs empty/without chicks. This is in the case of my bird Lulu. Till now she has laid 12 eggs in total, but there aren't any chicks hatched. She sat on all of them for a while, but her brooding wasn't continuous. It is very saddening yes, I had always wished to see what color would be inherited by their chicks. My male lovebird Mumu is a medium-green heavy pied peach-faced while the female Lulu is a white-faced violet roseicollis peach-faced lovebird.

A Clutch of Infertile Eggs

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We had placed Lulu's eggs in this small wooden square box, removing all of them from her nest box. This was done to check if Lulu sits on her eggs or not. I believe that a mother knows her eggs are not fertile, so she didn't even sit on them. Take an egg after it has been laid for a week and put it under flashlight. If the egg shows red veins, it means the chick is growing. If the eggs appear translucent or "empty" it means it is infertile. Sadly, all eggs were infertile.
We had placed Lulu's eggs in this small wooden square box, removing all of them from her nest box. This was done to check if Lulu sits on her eggs or not. I believe that a mother knows her eggs are not fertile, so she didn't even sit on them.
We had placed Lulu's eggs in this small wooden square box, removing all of them from her nest box. This was done to check if Lulu sits on her eggs or not. I believe that a mother knows her eggs are not fertile, so she didn't even sit on them. | Source
Take an egg after it has been laid for a week and put it under flashlight. If the egg shows red veins, it means the chick is growing. If the eggs appear translucent or "empty" it means it is infertile. Sadly, all eggs were infertile.
Take an egg after it has been laid for a week and put it under flashlight. If the egg shows red veins, it means the chick is growing. If the eggs appear translucent or "empty" it means it is infertile. Sadly, all eggs were infertile. | Source

What Are the Causes of Infertility?

  • Nutritional Factor: If the hen lacks minerals and calcium, her eggs will remain infertile. A healthy diet with all the essential minerals and calcium may help in reducing infertility.
  • Loose Perches: Ensure that the perches are fixed firmly. The hen needs support to carry the male on her back. If the perches are loose, mating won't happen properly.
  • Mutation: If your bird is a mutation, she may or may not be infertile.
  • Age: If your bird is too young or too old, the eggs may remain infertile.
  • Environmental Factors: There should be enough humidity for successful mating. Heaters and humidifiers may aid in creating such an atmosphere. A nest box is also very essential for mating.

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Conclusion

Lovebirds are a beautiful species and their reproduction and egg-laying process a wonder of nature. Unfortunately, I am not lucky enough to see the hatching of my pets's chicks. Nevertheless, I still hope that one day I might see their babies, hopefully...

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

  • I have a female lovebird who lays eggs. The eggs are fertile but the chicks are not able to break the eggs and die inside. Why is this?

    This is a common issue in lovebirds. Survival is difficult, so the probability of hatching is less in most cases.

  • It’s almost a month why are my lovebirds' eggs not hatching?

    Your bird might be younger than one year of age, might not be mated well, or may be infertile. Please throw those eggs away. The hatching period is 21-25 days.

  • How can I tell if a lovebird is male or female?

    It's really hard to distinguish between them, but a female lovebird is perched with wide legs and lays eggs. Females shred paper into strips and put them in their backs.

  • My lovebirds are six months old according to the shopkeepers. We took them in as family pets but they had a natural affair in their cage. What can I do and how is this possible?

    A lovebird of six months of age is mature enough to find a mate of his/her own. There's nothing to worry about.

  • I have kept a pot instead of a box. Will my lovebird's thrive in a pot or do I have to replace it with a nest box?

    If your birds are comfortable with the pot and the female is laying eggs in it, then it's fine. If they're not comfortable, please keep a nest box for them.

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    • SakinaNasir53 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sakina Nasir 

      4 days ago from Kuwait

      Hi Shane!

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      Shane Russell 

      4 days ago

      Hi sakina!

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      Sakina Nasir 

      4 weeks ago from Kuwait

      Please include a nest box in the cage.

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      Idil K 

      4 weeks ago

      Is it ok to stay at the bottom of her cage without a nest?

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      Sakina Nasir 

      4 weeks ago from Kuwait

      Hi, Idil K. :)

      Please get her a male as soon as possible. I feel she might be lonely. Please don't worry. Egg-Laying is normal and safe in birds most of the time. You need to let her be part of the process in a natural way.

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      Idil K 

      4 weeks ago

      Dear Sakina,

      I have only one female lovebird who is currently sitting at the bottom of her cage. She looks healthy, she is eating, drinking, flying normally. Her voice and the energy is the same. But she is almost always at the bottom. My other love bird's empty egg got stuck and I had to to go vet. I'm afraid to experience the same :( I don't allow her to bite/chew materials that may cause her to make nest. I only caress her head because otherwise she tends to open her wings all the time. What can I do now?Should I go to avian vet?

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      Sakina Nasir 

      6 weeks ago from Kuwait

      Hi Patty! :)

      Give her time. Nesting periods and egg laying differs from bird to bird. Males feed females a lot when they're pregant.

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      Patty070147@aol.com 

      6 weeks ago

      I have 2 Fisher love birds she has been building a nest for 2 weeks now. it has a funnel look to it she never seems to quit he is regurgitating to her he has fed her but never like this. She will not let him in the nest box. Is this normal why so long to build a nest. It is her first time I understand that but all I read says 6 days. It has been 11. She is always on the move then she will go into the box and he will feed her from the opening. Thanks for any help you can give, Patty

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      Sakina Nasir 

      2 months ago from Kuwait

      They must be having low calcium in the blood. Please include crushed egg shells in the birds' food.

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      Rahman 

      2 months ago

      Why love bird eat their own egg

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      Sakina Nasir 

      2 months ago from Kuwait

      It depends on the bird, but she should be sitting on them for most of the day.

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      staqn 

      2 months ago

      how much time a day does the female sit on the eggs

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      Sakina Nasir 

      2 months ago from Kuwait

      Hi Syed! :)

      Please wait till 10 days have passed after egg laying. Then you can use a torch or your mobile's flashlight to see if there's any red vein inside the egg. If there is, it's a sign that a chick is growing.

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      Syed Daniyal Ali 

      2 months ago

      I bought a pair of lotinos about an year ago. I wasn't confirm that either its a pair or not. But one of tgem laid 8 egg s but none of them hatched. This year about 10 days ago she laid 2 eggs i have(i have seen them mating earlier). Female is sitting on the eggs but not continuously. How do confirm that the eggs are fertile and will hatch.

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      Sakina Nasir 

      2 months ago from Kuwait

      A lovebird lays eggs after a week of mating.

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      Niz patel 

      2 months ago

      My lovebird pair making a nest i want to know after howmany days femal will ley the eggs ???

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      Sakina Nasir 

      2 months ago from Kuwait

      @Sam Hi! That might happen but it's not always the case.

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      Sam 

      2 months ago

      Does male lovebird sits on egg?

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      Sakina Nasir 

      3 months ago from Kuwait

      Either the birds know the eggs arr infertile or maybe they think they are contaminated. I think the liquid must be from a broken egg. What was its color?

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      Jasmine Mistry 

      3 months ago

      Hi Sakina i wanted to ask you that why are my love birds breaking their own eggs even after they are sitting on it for 1-2 days after they are laid and today i saw liquid in my birds pot in which she laid an egg, so can i know what that liquid actually is?

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      Sakina Nasir 

      4 months ago from Kuwait

      @Bird Lover Hi! :) I'm sure your bird must like you as well. Yes, it is totally fine to put the nest on the bottom of the cage. Please do get a male lovebird for her.

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      Bird lover 

      4 months ago

      is it okay to put the nest box in ground because one of my female love bird has damage wing since I found it.if not please suggest me with an idea.

      She cannot fly she can only climb with her mouth and leg.she is show adorable to me i don't want to get rid of her not for her wings.

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      Sakina Nasir 

      4 months ago from Kuwait

      Hi Lynn. :)

      I'm sorry to hear this. I think Oliver may or may not be a girl. I think he/she is going through their first molt (they lose old feathers and gain new shiny ones). Molting really depresses them and angers them as well. It's also accompanied by loss of appetite, loose motions, beak rubs and scratching of feathers.

      Please keep a bowl of warm water (with little aloe vera gel) near the cage. If the bird takes a bath, he/she will calm down for a while. Is your bird eating well? Do you find him/her scratching a lot? Are the feathers falling more than normal? Then it's sure that a first molt is going on.

      Please include 2-3 drops of multivitamins in the drinking water. It helps with the molting process. Hope this helps. I've written about molting as well. If you'd like you can go through it. Hope your bird feels better and gets through the molt finely.

      Females lay eggs when they're about a year old. They do get aggressive that time as well.

      Regards,

      Sakina

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      Lynn Russo 

      4 months ago

      Hi Sakina,

      I’ve spoken to you in the past how are you? My question for you is I had 2 hatchlings from two different clutches. my first peach faced lovebird, who I thought was a boy turns out to be a girl & is five months old. the second one is Phoebe who turned out to be a boy is three months old. they’re in separate cages & I take them out all the time, for interaction, handling & playtime. I’ve hand raised both of these babies since they’re three weeks old & yesterday all of a sudden Oliver the five-month-old started very seriously biting me and drawing blood. I can’t go near the cage right now as the bird just wants to attack me what do I do? Any suggestions? Could Oliver, who is really a girl be ready to lay eggs even though she’s only five months old & has not bred with anyone in order for her to turn so nasty? I’m so upset about this.

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      Sakina Nasir 

      6 months ago from Kuwait

      Happy Eid to you too, Ahmed. :) Oh no... that's sad to hear. You can buy a brooder and transfer the chicks there. That will keep them warm. Feed them baby lovebird formula, which will be available in a local pet store. There are a lot of videos on the net, which will help you.

      Good luck! :)

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      Ahmed Hussein 

      6 months ago

      Hi Sakina. I hope very happy Eid for you & your family and friends.

      You answered me about breeding Budgie but the mother bird Rose (Lovebird) don"t feed babies after hatching and then died.

      Mt question is: what are the possible care breedings of all kinds of birds?

      thanks a lot

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      Sakina Nasir 

      6 months ago from Kuwait

      Hi Ahmed Hussein. :)

      Yes, you can breed the budgie in the other nest if the mother is not taking care of the newborn.

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      Ahmed Hussein 

      6 months ago

      I have a pair of Budgie after laying egg the female don't lay in nest .. after one day she break the egg and take it out of nest.

      To be sure of fertilization I put 2 eggs at Rosiecolis and the eggs hatched but mother Rose don't feed the offspring till die.

      my question: can I breed Budge at other bird nest .. thanks Dear Sakina.

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      Sakina Nasir 

      6 months ago from Kuwait

      @Adnan Hi! The female will probably lay the eggs after a week if the mating is successful.

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      Adnan raza 

      6 months ago

      aoa i my fisher pair mating and how many days female lay eggs after mating

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      Sakina Nasir 

      8 months ago from Kuwait

      Hi, Aravindh! It mostly depends on nature. Please don't get disheartened.

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      Aravindh 

      8 months ago

      My love birds pair had been laying eggs around six months 30-40 eggs till now..none of them were fertile eggs and iam providing them high nutritional feeding.but it doesn't giving results

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      Sakina Nasir 

      8 months ago from Kuwait

      @Marziya Ramakdawala Please remove the chick once the female moves out of the cage.

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      Marziya Ramakdawala 

      8 months ago

      The female bird isn't allowing me to touch the baby.. How will I remove it? The baby is dead dead I think in the box

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      Sakina Nasir 

      9 months ago from Kuwait

      @Vindya Hi! It's okay if one bird has laid all the eggs. Feed the bird dried bread if her poop is loose. Give her a piece of banana. She's not have watery poop then.

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      Vindya 

      9 months ago

      My love birds laid thr first egg on 24/feb.. but that egg was broken i was worried.. and later.. it laid 2 more eggs, then other 2.. then other 2... then other 2.. now it actually laid 9 eggs one of wch was broken earlier..

      I actually 3 love birds, whr i thought 2 birds were male... now i came to knw it was female... 2 birds are warming up the eggs... i dunno if 2 birds hav aso laid eggs or only one.. is it ok if only bird hav laid all the 9 eggs...

      The bird's mother is like liquid and more in quantity whn compared with previous... is it normal..? Should i take serious action to take care of them..

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      Tiffanypreete 

      9 months ago

      My love bird lay 4 eggs and if not have baby lovebird come out eggs. Not been good at all

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      Sakina Nasir 

      10 months ago from Kuwait

      @peaches-jingles I think this arrangement is fine. The male's attention will be diverted gradually, I hope. :)

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      peaches-jingles 

      10 months ago

      He wanted to get back to its nest.. just now I let the female to be with the male in a separate cage and they both are all cuddly. But I'm scared to leave them together in the cage that hosts their nest. What do you suggest?

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      Sakina Nasir 

      10 months ago from Kuwait

      @peaches-jingles This is worrying me too. How did the male react when you isolated him?

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      peaches-jingles 

      10 months ago

      Yes Sakina, the Fischer is a male and yes, I have seen them mating many times. Yesterday I had kept the male isolated and tried letting it in together.. but the female was too scared to go in while the male was around. So I had to keep him seperately again. This is really worrying me..

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      Sakina Nasir 

      10 months ago from Kuwait

      @peaches-jingles Oh... this is really unusual. Is there any chance the Fischer is a female? Did your birds mate? Have you seen them mating? I wish to know all the details. I hope I can be of help. :)

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      peaches-jingles 

      10 months ago

      Hi, yes I've seen it lay eggs. Bcoz I used to have only one bird initially. So when it started laying eggs all by itself, that's when I got a male Fischer..

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      Sakina Nasir 

      10 months ago from Kuwait

      @peaches-jingles Hi! That is unusual. Have you seen the peachfaced lovebird laying the eggs? (I had had been mistaken between the male and female too, the shop owner had given us wrong information.) If they are of the genders, you have mentioned, this seems unusual. Is the Fischer lovebird sitting on all the eggs?

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      peaches-jingles 

      10 months ago

      Hi, I have a peach faced female along with a fisher male. Both are usually good companions. The female has laid 12 eggs and both used to incubate the eggs. Since yesterday, the male seems to be very aggressive and is avoiding the female to enter the nest. So the female is sitting outside while the male is incubating. I dont understand what is wrong..

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      登录 - 简书 

      10 months ago

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      Jello 

      11 months ago

      How come that your bird laid 12 eggs? I think they are both hen

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      Sakina Nasir 

      11 months ago from Kuwait

      The hatching time is 21-25 days. We can wait and see what happens.

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      Zara 

      11 months ago

      My love birds have only given 2 eggs and it has been 3 days since the last egg was given will those two eggs hatch

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      Rana Karatas 

      11 months ago

      Thank you sooo much, such a relief!

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      Sakina Nasir 

      11 months ago from Kuwait

      @Rana Karatas Hi! :) I understand your concern but it's normal. My male lovebird, Mumu used to kick and play with the eggs too. Cracked eggs are the cause of low calcium levels in the female's body. Please include crushed chicken egg shells in her food.

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      Rana Karatas 

      11 months ago

      Hello, I had an emergency question. So my birds laid an egg 2 days ago, but I found it cracked :( (btw I have a male and female, so it was fertile). Today, she laid another one and was sitting on it in the nesting box. I thought everything was going fine, but just saw the male go inside and start kicking the egg around. Is it normal for the male to go inside the nesting box during this time? I’ve been watching for half an hour now and am worried because I was looking forward to baby parakeets for yeaaaaars. Please let me know if I should be doing anything about it, or if it’s normal. Thank you sooooo much!

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      Sakina Nasir 

      12 months ago from Kuwait

      @Achu Hi! :) Mating isn't successful all the time. There can be reasons (like age and loose perches) which might interfere with successful mating.

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      Achu 

      12 months ago

      Madam i need to know about the african love birds egg laying process. Our birds started to make nest around 15 days but not yet layed an egg. What is the reason

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      Sakina Nasir 

      13 months ago from Kuwait

      There's nothing we can do. They might be younger than 1 year of age or might not be mating properly. Give them time and see what happens.

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      Sakina Nasir 

      13 months ago from Kuwait

      @Emile Hi! :) The chicks won't hatch, that's why the mother lovebird isn't sitting on them properly. She knows they won't hatch. An egg can hatch between 21-25 days after it is laid. After that, it dries up.

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      Sakina Nasir 

      13 months ago from Kuwait

      @boboosy I have answered your question. Please check the Questions and Answers section.

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      boboosy 

      13 months ago

      please help me my female lovebird is biting on her male mate until blood comes out so I gave the male to my aunt and he's happy now but the female won't eat and she has two eggs why she's not eating please help me I don't want to lose her

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      Sakina Nasir 

      14 months ago from Kuwait

      @Janelle Andrews Hi! Thank you so much! :) A lovebird of three weeks of age is easier to handle and hand-feed. Good luck!

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      Janelle Andrews 

      14 months ago

      Hi Sakina, I think your awesome. My love bird have layed 3 eggs, I don't really want to hand feed them as I am new to this. However My daughter wants to bond with one as soon as possible. When would it be safe to take them out of the nesting box with out hand feeding them.

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      Sakina Nasir 

      14 months ago from Kuwait

      @Junita Hi! That's really sad to hear. The legs might be not steady because the babies might be weak. If the parent lovebirds refuse to feed the chicks, you can do so.

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      Junita 

      14 months ago

      My three baby love birds died after parents rejected to feed them and I was unaware. The baby birds legs were not steady to stand before it died. I want to know why ?

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      Sakina Nasir 

      15 months ago from Kuwait

      @Mustaq Hi! :) You can place driy grass in the nest box.

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      Mustaq 

      15 months ago

      Should we keep any thing in the cage pot for nesting??

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      Sakina Nasir 

      15 months ago from Kuwait

      @Firdos.memon Walekum assalam. :) Yes, you can keep the baby lovebirds in the nest box after each time you feed them.

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      Firdos.memon@yahoo.ca 

      15 months ago

      Salam..i have 4 baby love birds n i started to hand feeding.can i put back them in nest after hand feeding ..if yes how often i can do that in a day?

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      Ariana 

      15 months ago

      Thank you sakina!:)

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      Sakina Nasir 

      15 months ago from Kuwait

      @Ariana Hi! :) It means the other eggs are not fertilized. They won't hatch.

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      Ariana 

      15 months ago

      Hi my love bird has layed 5 eggs, only one egg has hatched and its been about a week and then other 4 still haven't hatched. Is there somthing wrong?

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      Sakina Nasir 

      16 months ago from Kuwait

      @Lupe Hi! :) I think the egg is infertile, maybe that's the lovebird might be kicking it out. You can check it under a flashlight. If red veins appear, it means it is fertile, if it's empty, you will know.

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      Lupe 

      16 months ago

      my lovebirds have three chicks, about 10 day s old" last week I saw an egg out f the tent, I put it back inside, and today I See an egg out . I don’t know if accidentally came out or f nest....I am plannng to return to the tent. Any comments

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      Sakina Nasir 

      16 months ago from Kuwait

      @Anil Joshi Hi! :) That depends on when the lovebirds mate again.

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      Anil Joshi 

      16 months ago

      How long does it take for a bird to relay eggs after the first brood has matured.

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      Sakina Nasir 

      16 months ago from Kuwait

      @Kavishkar Hi! You can put dried grass in the nest box or give your lovebird some paper to shred. :)

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      Sakina Nasir 

      16 months ago from Kuwait

      @Mirza Amir Baig Walekum assalam. :) Yes, they can mate, they don't have to be from the same family.

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      Kavishkar 

      16 months ago

      I made a nest out of coconut husk for my love bird( it layed 3 eggs) but I did not put any fillings (eg shredded paper ) what should l do

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      Sakina Nasir 

      16 months ago from Kuwait

      @pushpadushanth Hi! :) Lovebirds lay eggs a week after mating.

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      pushpadushanth 

      16 months ago

      HOw many month the lovebird lay egg offer first baby love birds after.

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      Sakina Nasir 

      17 months ago from Kuwait

      @keatmeat Hi! :) That's really nice to hear. It depends on the clutch, eggs can be 4 or 6, or more than that. The female lovebird will lay one every alternate day.

      Yes, you can put crushed egg shells for them--either sprinkle them over their seed bowl or fruits.

      If the mother sits on the eggs, a lamp isn't required. And yes, infertile eggs are common.

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      keatmeat 

      17 months ago

      i have six lovebirds which i bought 2 weeks ago i'm guessing they are all at least one year old and i have a nice big aviary with nest boxes.

      one pair took to a nest box immediately and made a nest of coconut fiber, feathers and dried grass. i have been checking for eggs and i found one today. how many more do you think they will have and if i put the calcium diet in for them would they eat it?

      also i have an insulated indoor area which is where they are do i need to do anything further to make sure they hatch like a heat lamp or sumthing.

      Finally is it very common for the eggs to be infertile

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      Sakina Nasir 

      17 months ago from Kuwait

      @Jabastin Hi! :) Lovebirds are fully matured after 6 months of age. For breeding, lovebirds should be at least a year old.

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      Jabastin 

      17 months ago

      I had bought four baby love birds may I know how many days it will take for my baby lovebirds for breeding stage

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      Sakina Nasir 

      17 months ago from Kuwait

      @SandyShivu Hi! :) Keep the eggs as they are. Please don't mix them. Your female lovebird isn't sitting on that particular clutch because she knows they won't hatch. Let her give warmth to the other clutch of eggs.

      I don't know if Finches and lovebirds can stay together without fighting/screaming. It's better if you can bring another cage for your lovebirds and attach a nest box in it.

      Also, two males and one female are bound to get hurt. Please buy a new female lovebird for the male who isn't bonded. Hope this helps. Good luck!

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      SandyShivu 

      17 months ago

      Hi Sakina,

      I have 1 female and 2 male lovebirds, recently laid eggs in 2 different places(3 & 4 eggs) and sits on 2nd place only. 4 eggs are not getting warmness of mother bird.So, can i mix these eggs with those eggs or should i keep it like that only. Please let me know soon.

      One more thing i want to know i have a big size cage for them made out of iron and kept bird pots, do you think should i keep a nest box inside that ?

      I do have Finches also in the cage, do this have any problem?

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      Sakina Nasir 

      17 months ago from Kuwait

      @Joseph Lee Hi! :) Do you mean my lovebird is eating her egg? They don't eat their own eggs.

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      joseph lee 

      17 months ago

      Why shes eating her egg

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      Sakina Nasir 

      18 months ago from Kuwait

      @Ruchi Lovebirds can't withstand extremely high temperatures. Please put them in AC and cover their cage with a thin cloth or pillow cover. Don't place them in direct sunlight.

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      Sakina Nasir 

      18 months ago from Kuwait

      @kayleb.dockary Hi! Yes, that means your lovevird is dead. I'm sorry. Please try to hold him/her and see if there is any movement.

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      kayleb.dockary 

      18 months ago

      My lovebird chic

      k is not moving what does that mean is it sleeping or is it dead

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      Sakina Nasir 

      18 months ago from Kuwait

      @Rana abi nader Hi! :) Mating is totally upto the lovebirds, we can't do anything about it.

      You said you have two females and one male, do you see any pair formations?

      If not, bring another male lovebird and see what happens. Bonding takes time, give them time.

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      Rana abi nader 

      18 months ago

      Hello i have a problem . My love bird don't give me eggs . I have 1 male and 2 female and i don't get eggs .how can i help females to get eggs and when?

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      Rana Karatas 

      19 months ago

      Alright, thank you so much!

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      Sakina Nasir 

      19 months ago from Kuwait

      @Rana Karatas

      Aww! Well the cage size doesn't matter. And you let them out! That's more than enough space to mate. :D I hope they mate soon and give birth to chicks.

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      Rana Karatas 

      19 months ago

      No, they haven't mated yet but they've been together for over 3 months now and do show closeness to each other. The male does feed the female and they preen each other's feathers. I was just wondering if a small cage had any affect on it. Well it's not that small but not too big. But the cage is open so they have my whole room too ahahha. Well thanks then! I'll just have to wait for baby parakeets :) super excited already!

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      Sakina Nasir 

      19 months ago from Kuwait

      @Rana Karatas Hi! :) That's so sweet of you to say. Lovebirds, parakeets and all kinds of birds are my favorite as well.

      Okay, I think your birds might need a little more time to reach the stage of mating. Have they mated?

      Have you seen the male feeding the female by any chance? That's a good sign of their bonding.

      There really isn't any speeding up process for mating. They are like humans; they take time to build trust and affection between them. :)

      But, if you see them getting too close, preening each other's feathers, regurgitation (male feeding the female), and activities timed together, chances are they will mate soon.

      My lovebirds: Mumu and Lulu took around 3-4 months to become mates. :)

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      Rana Karatas 

      19 months ago

      Hello Sakina! I genuinely enjoyed reading your article, (because I love birds!) but was wondering if you could answer an additional question for me. I currently have 2 parakeets, a male and a female, and they clearly love each other. I already attached a nesting cage, and have been waiting for months for baby birds; however, there's still no sign of them. :( My cage isn't that big, but I'm not sure if that matters. I usually open the top part of the cage and they are free to fly around as they like. But do you know what I could do to speed up the process? I would really like baby parakeets xD thanks! :)

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      Sakina Nasir 

      19 months ago from Kuwait

      @Maryam Yahya Hi! :) If the three-week-old egg isn't broken, keep it close to the mother lovebird. If it's cracked and the female isn't sitting on it, then you can throw it.

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      Maryam yahya 

      19 months ago

      My bird had one egg and after three weeks it was gone so what I should do because she have a new egg

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      Sakina Nasir 

      19 months ago from Kuwait

      @Avi Hi! :)

      That's so cute to hear. They might be of the same sex. If they aren't, the perches might be loose, so the male can't have a better grip.

      Do give them paper. Check if one of them tears it and places it in her back. My article-"Lovebird Courtship And Mating: What We Learnt" will hopefully answer most of your questions.

      Hope this helps. Good luck!

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      Avi 

      19 months ago

      Hi Sakina, I've a loving pair of lovebirds (older than a year and half) and they started mating since few months. Both are healthy but there's no egg. Are they of same-sex?

      One do exhibit the behavior of a male, feeds the other one etc. Once I kept a nesting box attached to the cage just in case.. but no eggs so far.

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