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.

  • I heard that after a female lovebird lays one egg it should be followed up by the next egg after 1 - 2 days. In my lovebird's case, it's been a week since she laid her first egg. Up until now, her bottom is still big its as if she still has an egg in there. Is my lovebird having a hard time laying? What do I do? I am kinda worried.

    This can happen at times. It happened to my lovebird as well and she was perfectly healthy! If your bird is eating well and is active then you don't need to worry. If she is tired, looks puffed up, then please give her warmth. Cover her cage well and see if she is able to lay an egg.

  • My lovebird laid eggs four times, but she broke them herself. What needs to be done?

    Your lovebird must know that these eggs don't contain chicks. That is why she breaks them herself.

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    • SakinaNasir53 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sakina Nasir 

      2 months ago from Kuwait

      Hi Alya. If the lovebirds are not mating properly, eggs will not be laid. The female might not be of a proper age for mating. Please don't worry.

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      Alya 

      2 months ago

      I bought a pair of breeding lobe birds and it has been 2 months and the female lovebird did not lay eggs is she sick

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      Sakina Nasir 

      2 months ago from Kuwait

      Hi Nimiya. :)

      Yes, it can happen, but those eggs will be infertile.

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      Nimiya 

      2 months ago

      Hai,

      Does lovebird lay egg witjout mate?

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      Sakina Nasir 

      3 months ago from Kuwait

      @Ram Hi! :)

      It is okay. Sometimes, they don't incubate the eggs as they know they are empty or the birds might think they are spoilt.

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      Ram 

      3 months ago

      I have a lot of lesson I learned.But i want to know it is normal that my african lovebirds can't always incubate their eggs?because they are always outside, they are only sometimes in the nest/box.

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      Sakina Nasir 

      4 months ago from Kuwait

      Hi Veronica. :)

      Not all birds make use of nesting material. If even they don't, it is okay. Please don't worry. Let the lovebird do what is comfortable to her. Sometimes, mother lovebirds know if the eggs are empty and they stop sitting on them.

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      Veronica 

      4 months ago

      My lovebird has just laid three eggs and she didn’t use any nesting material she would chew it but didn’t use it and she goes back onto the eggs and also doesn’t so I’m not sure but again it is only the first day

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      Sakina Nasir 

      4 months ago from Kuwait

      Hi AK Bhardwaj. :)

      Please wait for a few more days. If the eggs don't hatch after 23 days, they won't be hatching then. You can discard them then.

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      AK Bhardwaj 

      4 months ago

      Hi Nasir,

      I have two budgies and my female budgie laid 4 eggs and 20 days are over but the eggs aren't hatching. Female budgie is sitting on the eggs. Shall I wait more for them to hatch. Please guide

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      Sakina Nasir 

      4 months ago from Kuwait

      Hi Pet Lover. :)

      Yes, the mother bird mostly takes care of her hatchlings and sometimes even the male birds help.

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      Sakina Nasir 

      4 months ago from Kuwait

      Hi Jasmine. :)

      Is she laying the eggs every alternate days? If that is the case, it's okay. Sometimes, lovebirds have swollen abdomens even if they don't lay eggs or after a time when they have laid eggs continuously (it happened to one of my female lovebirds).

      If you think she is egg-bound, please place her in a shallow vessel filled with lukewarm water. This will help in relaxing her muscles and please cover her cage so she gets warmth.

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      jasmine mistry 

      4 months ago

      Hi sakina this is jasmine here. one of my female lovebird ha skind of fluffed up. i checked on her n found out that the area below her stomach is swollen n the area from the eggs are released also seems swollen. is there a possibility that she is unable to release her eggs and if yes how do i help her

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      Sakina Nasir 

      4 months ago from Kuwait

      Hi Daisy. :)

      She is tired and aggressive because she will be laying the eggs. Is her bottom area bulged? She will lay one egg at a time. Only one egg is produced at a time and she will lay it and then another one will be laid after alternate days.

      Please place her in a vessel of lukewarm water as it will help in relaxing her muscles.

      Also, give her little warmth, keep her cage covered if it is cold outside. If not, keep laying her in lukewarm water (twice a day).

      I hope your bird feels okay soon. All female lovebirds get aggressive (even mine does, because they tend to display protective behaviour) during this stage. It is normal.

      Regards,

      Sakina

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      Daisy 

      4 months ago

      Hi my lovebird has I think about 4 eggs in her, but she isn’t laying them, she looks tired and is sometimes aggressive towards the male. Why is this occurring, is it because of the age? The female is 1year and 3 months old, while the male is just half a year old. Please reply soon, the coronavirus is really bad here, so I can’t get her a vet

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      Sakina Nasir 

      4 months ago from Kuwait

      Hi Keerthi! :) She will lay an egg after she and the male lovebird mate. The egg will laid after a week or within 10 days maximum.

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      Keerthi 

      4 months ago

      Hey!! I got a pair of love birds almost a week ago. When we were on the way back home she laid an egg. And unfortunately it was broken on the journey. But its been a week since she laid that egg. She is been in and out of her nest. But she isn't laying an egg. When will she lay an egg soon?

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      Sakina Nasir 

      4 months ago from Kuwait

      Hi Hanan. :)

      From what you've described, I believe that she has laid a clutch of 4 eggs. If she would have laid more, she would have done so after alternate days or within 2 days.

      You will know she has stopped laying eggs when she doesn't lay any.

      Regards,

      Sakina

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      Hanan 

      4 months ago

      Hi,

      I have a query regarding my lovebirds.

      My lovebird laid 4 eggs every alternative days, but it has been four days, but there is no more aggs n she start sitting on them.

      How should I know she stopped laying eggs?

      And is there any possibility of laying more eggs?

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      Sakina Nasir 

      5 months ago from Kuwait

      @Reymark Hi!

      The mating must not have been proper. Birds mate many times, but only successful matings result in egg laying.

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      Reymark Benedicto 

      5 months ago

      why does my lovebird cant lay eggs after 10 days of mating?

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      Sakina Nasir 

      5 months ago from Kuwait

      @Izzy Hi!

      She might get weak eventually. Please make sure she's eating nutritious food like apple, corn, banana and spinach leaves. Crushed egg shells also help a lot to replenish the calcium levels.

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      Izzy 

      5 months ago

      Can a female lovebird die if she constantly lays eggs without mating ?

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      Sakina Nasir 

      5 months ago from Kuwait

      @Janer Hi! :) The lovebird doesn't mind if you take the eggs out. I do the same when I see the female not sitting on her eggs or if they haven't hatched.

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      Janer 

      5 months ago

      Should I take my lovebirds eggs out of cage, cause we know they are not fertile? What affect does it have on the love bird when i take them awat?

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      Sakina Nasir 

      6 months ago from Kuwait

      @Anthony Gomes

      I don't live in India, so I'm not aware, but you may get colourful lovebirds in a local pet store.

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      Anthony Gomes 

      6 months ago

      I want to buy love birds of different colours please suggest me right breeder from were i shall get it .I am from New Delhi.

      Thanks

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      Sakina Nasir 

      6 months ago from Kuwait

      @Rose Nicholls Hi! Since females get hormonal after laying eggs, they tend to be aggressive and protective of the eggs. I think the male understands that. Have they been fighting by any chance? Give them time, they will get back together.

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      Rose Nicholls 

      6 months ago

      Hi i have got 2 lovebirds one orange and one black. They laid eggs in December and both attended to eggs. Been away for 2 weeks now c they have more eggs but the black one on nest most of the time the other one sleeping in different house. Dont like that what should i do.x

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      Sakina Nasir 

      6 months ago from Kuwait

      @Tabatha Hi! :) I'm so glad to hear that! If she's comfortable that way I think it's okay for her, but then the eggs won't be safe. Please introduce a nest box to her. Let her get used to it and then transfer her eggs inside it with a spoon. You'll know if she is okay with it. If not let her keep the eggs in the nest she has made at the bottom of the cage.

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      Tabatha 

      6 months ago

      Hi, my lovebird has laid a clutch of 4 eggs. Yesterday was the 4th that one is fertile... yay.

      Thing is she doesn’t have a nesting box and has laid them in a nest she made at the bottom of her cage. Should I leave it as is or should I get her a box and transfer the eggs?

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      Sakina Nasir 

      6 months ago from Kuwait

      Hi Bell. :)

      Even if nesting is stopped, she may lay the eggs. Please get a male lovebird for her.

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      Bell Brown 

      6 months ago

      I have a peach faced lovebird who is making a nest in her cage. She has no other bird in her cage with her. I think she might lay eggs. Should I stop her from making the nest to prevent her from laying eggs?

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      Sakina Nasir 

      7 months ago from Kuwait

      Hi Kate! :) Even if she is stopped from displaying nesting behavior, chances are she will mate with her partner and lay eggs eventually.

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      Kate Peterson 

      7 months ago

      Hi! I have a love bird that we think is a girl because she is making a “nest” on the bottom of her cage. Should I stop her from doing this to keep her from laying eggs?

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      Sakina Nasir 

      7 months ago from Kuwait

      Hi Vijay. Please don't give antibiotics. Your bird is pregnant, that's why she has the bulge near her bottom and has heavy breathing. She will lay the egg soon.

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      Vijay 

      7 months ago

      My African female chick has layed 5 eggs and has a bulge near anus .Also seen with heavy breathing.Already giving tetracyclin antibiotics since a day.Still i am seeing heavy breathing.Could someone help with any information?

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      Sakina Nasir 

      7 months ago from Kuwait

      @birdlover1114 I'm so sorry to hear this. It may affect the babies if the disease is genetic.

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      birdlover1114 

      7 months ago

      Hi, my bird has a disease something like stargazing syndrome, and her neck is always bending back, will that affect her babies?

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      Sakina Nasir 

      8 months ago from Kuwait

      Hi Shane!

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      Shane Russell 

      8 months ago

      Hi sakina!

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      Sakina Nasir 

      9 months ago from Kuwait

      Please include a nest box in the cage.

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      Idil K 

      9 months ago

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

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      Sakina Nasir 

      9 months 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 

      9 months 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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      Patty070147@aol.com 

      9 months ago

      Thanks for answering me so quickly. I did see them mate 1 time in early morning on the 25th but that is it she has changed her nest like 3 times in 2 weeks of building. I thought once they mated that one time that would have started the ball rolling , but all that happens is he feeds her with his head bobbing all the time but no mating. I am also very concerned because all the good things I have tried to feed them they just won;t eat. I give them a good seed they eat and she and he eat egg shell all the time. Just worried about the diet. I do put vitamins in the water. I don't want to mess up I want babies so bad. Thanks so much for your help your birds are beautiful. P.S. I have 2 peach faced as well but I think they are brother and sister . I am not encouraging mating but wish I could they are beautiful. I got them by chance. Patty

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      Sakina Nasir 

      9 months 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 

      9 months 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 

      10 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 

      10 months ago

      Why love bird eat their own egg

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      Sakina Nasir 

      10 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 

      10 months ago

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

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      Sakina Nasir 

      10 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 

      10 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 

      10 months ago from Kuwait

      A lovebird lays eggs after a week of mating.

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      Niz patel 

      10 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 

      10 months ago from Kuwait

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

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      Sam 

      10 months ago

      Does male lovebird sits on egg?

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      Sakina Nasir 

      10 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 

      10 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 

      12 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 

      12 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 

      12 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 

      12 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 

      14 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 

      14 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 

      14 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 

      14 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 

      14 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 

      14 months ago

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

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      Sakina Nasir 

      16 months ago from Kuwait

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

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      Aravindh 

      16 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 

      16 months ago from Kuwait

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

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      Marziya Ramakdawala 

      16 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 

      17 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 

      17 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 

      17 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 

      18 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 

      18 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 

      18 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 

      18 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 

      18 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 

      18 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 

      18 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 

      18 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 

      18 months ago

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      Jello 

      19 months ago

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

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      Sakina Nasir 

      19 months ago from Kuwait

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

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      Zara 

      19 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 

      19 months ago

      Thank you sooo much, such a relief!

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      Sakina Nasir 

      19 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 

      19 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 

      20 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 

      20 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 

      21 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 

      21 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 

      21 months ago from Kuwait

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

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      boboosy 

      21 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 

      22 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 

      22 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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