Breeding lovebirds bald patches on chest

by Riyazul H
(Sri Lanka)

I breed African lovebirds. I have contacted you sometime back and your advice was indeed a help to me then. Now again a query has risen and hope you would help me find out the solution. I find bald patches on a few laying lovebirds, on the chest. Could it be that they aren't getting enough nutrition? Should I give them an extra dose of vitamin and nutritional supplement that I give to all the birds once a month. I need your precious advice on this issue and thanks in advance. Good Day!

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Nov 22, 2012
Breeding lovebirds bald patches on chest
by: Linda

Thank you for your kind comments and feedback. It helps us to know we are helping someone somewhere with their birds.

You say you are breeding, and if you are breeding a hen more than twice a year, she is becoming sick. Parrots can only be bred once or twice a year for each hen because to do more starts to use up the hen's energy and nutrition. Their bodies start eating themselves from the inside out and this results in death.It would be like a human woman having a baby a year forever. She would become weak, sick and eventualy succumb to an illness while her babies would be weaker and more physically challenged with each year that passed. Female bodies have to have a chance to recuperate from either childbirth or laying eggs and feeding babies because the young take what they need from a female's body, and will take everything she has if it keeps baby alive. A female with low reserves becomes sick and eventually dies from constant breeding. Same with dogs, cats, horses, pigs and so on. Controlled breeding is the correct way to do it.

So, with that said, a hen sitting on eggs sometimes has a little place that is thinner on feathers. As for diet, I recommend you feed an organic pellet that has no preservatives or other chemicals and dyes. Harrison's is found here and is the best, and don't know if you can get it into your country from the states. If you can, it is the best. The synthetic vitamins and minerals you are using are not used very well by bird's bodies, so a good, wholesome diet is what needs to be done for your birds. So, do not add more vitamins and minerals in the diet, because there are certain vitamins they can overdose on and vitamin A is one of them. Get them on an organic pellet, and changing from seeds to pellets takes time. Below is a link about how to go about it, and your birds will take however long they take to make the change.

Switching Birds To Pellets article

Overbreeding is a constant problem with people. Limiting a hen to no more than two nests a year really helps to keep them healthy. In fact, babies born to hens constantly bred without end, are usually unhealthy, and become more unhealthy as the cycle continues.

I hope this helps you some and write in anytime as we are here for you and your birds' well being.

Linda

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