feeding greens & number of fischer eggs

by Kelley
(Wisconsin)

I have a pair of fischer lovebirds. They have a nesting box & have been laying eggs. My concerrn is that I may have 2 females because we now have 8 eggs. I have been reading as much as I can about breeding them.

Some things say they can lay up to 8 eggs other say up to 6. Is it abnormal or unlikely that 1 female would lay 8 eggs? Also, I have offered them a number of diff. greens & they act like I am trying to poisen them.

I give them a powdered vitamin supplement, but I am assuming that is not enough. Do you have any suggestions for the picky lovebirds?

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Oct 07, 2011
feeding greens & number of fischer eggs
by: Linda

There are many things to consider before breeding. One is both birds have to be examined by an Avian Vet to make sure they are infection free. Parent birds with infections pass these directly onto babies who can die if not treated quickly.

The other thing is 4 eggs is the normal nest size for any of the parrots. These eggs are most likely infertile, so you can throw most of them away. There is always a danger birds will break eggs and eat contents which will poison them if eggs have sat for a few hours and are not fertile.

So, separate the two birds, take down the nest box and start over with this. Get them DNA sexed, and the Avian Vet can take the blood for this while getting them examined.

Feed a high quality organic pelleted diet and forget about the vitamins in the water. Birds do not assimilate man-made vitamins very well, and they need a high quality diet. It will be 6 months to a year before they are in breeding condition. Below is a link about how to go about changing from seeds to pellets, and there are several kinds of the organics here, and I recommend Harrison's as the best. Get the size grind for your size birds.

Switching Birds To Pellets article

Thanks for writing,
Linda

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