African lovebirds do not breed

by BABU
(BALISSERY,INDIA)

hi i own a pair of African lovebirds and in my observation they are male and female pair.I bought them before one year .But they do not breed and no intention to do so.I provide millet and sunflower seeds.Do i need take an other precaution to get a result .Any help is very much appreciated .Thanks in advance .

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May 29, 2012
African lovebirds do not breed
by: Linda

The diet you feed is very unhealthy. You cannot feed parrots only millet and sunflower seeds because they are slowly starving to death. Millet is no more nutrition than a human eating candy bars and thinking they are healthy. Sunflower seeds are mostly fat. So, you are not even touching what they need for a healthy diet. Your birds have to be eating a high quality, 100% nutrition pelleted diet like Harrison's carried here. Harrison's is organic and the extrusion method for making the pellets is cold processing instead of heat which burns up valuable proteins, vitamins and minerals. If you cannot get this food into your country, then you need to contact an Avian Vet ONLY in your area so they may suggest a comparable organic pellet that you can get there.

Your birds are slowly dying which is why they are not breeding. Their bodies are dying for nutrition, and you are feeding them garbage. Sorry to be so blunt, but this is something you could have researched on the internet way before now. Your birds must be put on a high quality diet that provides all the proteins, vitamins and minerals they need to survive and be healthy. I'm surprised they are not already dead eating this low quality diet. Breeding birds have to be in almost perfect condition to breed. It will take a year or more to get them into breeding condition once you begin feeding a real parrot diet. Below is a link about how to go about changing from seeds to organic pellets written by an Avian Vet. It takes time to make the change, and birds have to be examined by an Avian Vet ONLY before any changes are made because I suspect your birds are sick and possibly getting close to death from starvation.

Switching Birds To Pellets article

Take your birds to an Avian Vet ONLY because they are the only people licensed and trained in the care of birds. Once they are diagnosed and treated for any infections or vitamin deficiencies, you can begin to wean them from seeds to organic pellets. Do not buy pellets full of dye, sugar and preservatives because these are poison and will not do your birds much good. Of course, considering the starvation diet you are presently feeding them, anything with any proteins, vitamins and minerals would be an improvement. You cannot provide vitamins and minerals with bottled vitamin and mineral supplements because these are not used properly by the bird's body and are a waste of money.Avian Vet may prescribe something, and this is okay to give them for the short term until they begin to eat enough good food to start on the long road to health. Forget all about breeding until you fully understand what it takes to have birds in breeding condition which will be a couple years' away if you begin a better diet now.

Linda

May 29, 2012
Lovebird breeding
by: Anonymous

I have/had a pair of small lovebirds, blue, but not sure where they came from. Anyway, they did breed. Female was laying eggs. Noticed female recently had abdominal problems and avian vet tried to treat, but she just died. Told birds frequently develop reproductive cancers. In hindsight I would have kept them apart, had her ovaries removed, etc.
Good luck.

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