lovebird babies

I have a pair of lovebirds that have ,I think 2 babies in the avairy nest box.My problem is ,that last night a tree fell onto the avairy and knocked the nest box onto the ground.I have repositioned it and felt inside to feel if the babies are still alive.All okay!But now the parents wont go inside the nest box.Babies appox 3-4 weeks old.

Have the parents abandoned them?How long can the babies go without a feed from mum?.This is urgent as I am afraid of them starving.Hope you can respond to this a.s.a.p as I am desperate to save these babies!

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Oct 11, 2011
lovebird babies
by: Linda

The babies are probably already dead. They cannot go but for a few hours without food which also contains their water.

Why did you not open the box and see how they were. If they fell very far down, the fall killed them which would explain why parents seemingly abandoned them.

In future, know that you have to check babies everyday because they have to be weighed from day one on a gram scale and their weight recorded. If a baby does not gain weight everyday, this points to an infection, and they have to be taken to Avian Vet to determine what kind of infection and treatment.

Parent birds are supposed to be checked by Avian Vet before breeding to make sure they are infection free as these infections are passed onto the babies.

You also need to know how to handfeed baby parrot handfeeding formula using a syringe. If you don't know how to do this, find a breeder and ask them if they would mind showing you how to do it from mixing and heating the formula to feeding with the syringe. This is a learned skill, so you need to know how to do it in case parents do not feed the babies.

These babies might have been saved if you'd first looked in the box and second known how to handfeed. Possibilities are the babies were dead when they hit the floor. If not then, they are now from lack of food.

Sorry for your loss, and please learn what you need to know BEFORE breeding again.


Oct 10, 2011
Baby Lovebirds
by: Anonymous

They have to be fed at least 4 - 5 times a day at that age. You must feed them with a dropper. Go on-line to see how to hand feed baby birds. Exact baby bird formula is the best food to buy for them. You will have to warm it up to a certain temperature and feed them through the left side of their beak with the food entering down the right side of their throat. This is because their trachyia is on the left side and you don't want food to go down their airway. You need to do this as soon as possible or they will die. You feed them until their crop is full. The crop is inside their necks and you will see it fill up as you are feeding them. You will need to keep them warm in a brooder box. This is a plastic box with holes in it. You will need to put Aspen shavings as a base in the brooder box to cushion them and you may also cover these wood shavings with paper towels to remove as needed when soiled. It is important to research this on-line or give them to a bird store that knows how to do this. I learned on-line and it is easy and rewarding to do if you do it correctly. I handfed a baby Lovebird from 2 days old. I didn't think she would live, but she did and I love her so much. Good luck and please do something right away....they need to eat and be kept warm....about 90 degrees at this age.

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