How do I introduce male to female?

We have a 2yr old f Rainbow Lori. Have recently purchased a male Lori 2 yrs old.
How do I put them together please? Our girl is very protective and bossy. I'm hoping they will 'pair'. Thank you.

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Apr 10, 2013
by: Alex


We can only go on the information given.

We are only trying t help from the limited information yu gave.

You gave us next to nothing to work with and we did our best.

Your last comment ca across as rude.

As we have stated they may never be able to share a cage or may take a bit of time.

You have been given information on how to introduce them and to keep an eye on them to decide when would be the best time to try the same cage.

We offer breeding advice and so many people do want to breed them or don't realise that they don't necessarily need a nestbox to mate and breed.

If we had more than minimal information we could have tailored our answers to your needs.

Apr 09, 2013
How to introduce male bird
by: Andrea

wow!!! Whats with all the breeding and vet answers!!! I simply want to put them together in One cage for company! If they do 'pair' and have chicks, I'm sure we will cross that bridge when and IF it happens! I am not ignorant to Lorikeets, Nor am I going to put breeder out of business! I am NOT intending on being a breeder...... simply wanted to know "How do I put the two Lori's together"!!!!! Thanks

Editor's note: We can only answer from the information given. If you don't fully explain why you are asking, then we have to make assumptions that may be correct or way off base. Peace

Apr 09, 2013
How do I introduce male to female?
by: Linda

As Tracie said, there is much more to breeding than having a breeding pair. There is not much, if any, money in breeding birds if it is done right, so if that is your motive, find another way to make money. Your pair of birds cannot be put together right away, and it may take a long time before they can be. They will need to be allowed to be out of cage at same time with you or another human right there in case things go bad. Both birds need to be examined right away by an Avian Vet only to make sure they are both healthy. Infections are common with new birds because of the stress of changing homes.

While at the Avian Vet's, I'd suggest their wings be clipped. Have ONLY the 4-6 primary flight feathers clipped, and these are the long ones at the ends of each wing. This will allow the birds to glide down to floor instead of falling like a rock, and will give you more control over them.

Breeding cages are special cages with flaps on one side that can be up when not in use and down to allow nestbox front into cage when breeding. Boxes do not need any kind of nesting material though you can put some UNPRINTED newspaper in there for hen to tear up later on. You get unprinted newspaper from your local newspaper office where they have ends of rolls that they sell for next to nothing. This paper is good for lining cage bottom trays and is safe for birds to tear up as well. Paper with newsprint on it is toxic and should not be used in nestboxes or as tear up toys.

As Tracie said, you will need to learn how to handfeed babies using baby parrot handfeeding formula with a syringe. This is a learned skill, and cannot be done without training in how to do it safely for babies. Baby parrots can easily choke to death if given too much at a time, and when they aspirate the food, they get pneumonia and will most likely die shortly. Baby birds have to be weighed everyday using a gram scale. If even one baby does not gain weight that day, it usually means they all have an infection. Avian vets are the only vets qualified to diagnose and treat birds of any kind.

Diet is also very important, and there are some organic foods found here you may wish to look into. It normally takes birds a year to get into breeding condition if eating high quality pellets and mixes. Breeding condition does not happen overnight, and everything concerning bringing birds into condition takes time.

So, while your birds are getting healthy and getting to know each other, use the time to study and apprentice yourself with a breeder who may be willing to train you in handfeeding baby birds.

Keep us posted and thanks for writing. Best of everything to you and your precious birds.


Apr 09, 2013
male and female
by: Alex

You may never be able to put them together, especially as the female is "bossy".

Some birds have to separated for some time and sometimes never put together.

Birds that are destined to live together should be bought at the same time.

Apr 08, 2013
Introducing birds
by: Tracie

Hopefully Linda, an experienced breeder, will see and answer this question.

Until then, I will get on my soap box. :-)

You are apparently new to breeding, so you really must find another breeder that you can help and get some experience before your birds breed. There are numerous problems that can come up with birds, and if you don't have the experience you may lose both the hen and the chicks.

The birds need to be seen by an avian vet to make sure they are in good health and ready to breed also. Practice feeding tiny babies with another breeder, so that if the parents decide not to feed the chicks or try to kill them you will be able to do this. (Hopefully you are ready to feed babies every few hours and have funds for vet bills when things go wrong.)

Thanks for writing, and hopefully an experienced breeder will give their suggestions for introducing mates. From my experience, you can't just put birds together and hope they will want to live together and make babies. Sometimes they hate each other and try to kill each other.

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