Male lorikeet not fertile

by Lesley
(Ngongotaha NZ)

Is there any way that I can get my male lorikeet fertile? My female is having eggs twice a month, and still no chicks, they are both 3 years old.

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Feb 12, 2010
Lorikeet breeding problem
by: The Avian Vet

The eggs will not be fertile if they are not copulating. If they are not copulating it may be because hey are incompatible, or they have not been together long enough. They are a little young, but old enough to reproduce.

There could be many factors affecting reproduction.

It may be a health issue with one or both, so you will want to have medical work ups done to ensure their health.

It may be a nutritional issue. They need a specialized diet and it should be a good commercial nectar and pellets along with fresh fruits.

They may not have the right amount or good quality of light. IF they are indoors they need a full spectrum light.

The perches may not be appropriate and the female may not be able to hold on during copulation.

They may not have enough privacy.

They may not have a suitable nest box.

If they are hand fed domestic birds, they may not know how to behave like birds and have no clue how to reproduce. This is a very common problem.

It could be any one or a combination of all of these things, or something else entirely.

Dr B

Feb 10, 2010
Male lorikeet not fertile
by: Linda

Well, fertility in all birds and animals depends a lot on a healthy diet and good exercise.

Are your birds eating an organic, high quality pelleted diet like Harrison's? Tracie also carries several other organic ones out here as well. How the organic pelleted diets work is to bring your birds up to optimum levels as for their nutrition. Exercise is a matter of birds being in a flight large enough to be able to fly from one side to the other to get back and forth to the perches. If you are not providing a quality diet and exercise plus regular at least yearly trips to see an Avian Vet, then your male is not healthy enough to fertilize the eggs.

In a case like this, you need to kind of start over, and getting birds into good breeding condition takes a year or more, so get started now. They need to be changed over to organic pellets with a few veggies and maybe some Birdy Bread that Harrisons makes. If your cage is too small for your birds to fly, then you need to either buy or built a much larger one. One big enough so they can actually fly from one side to the other. Up and down is not where they get their exercise. It is the horizontal flying that will bring them into good breeding condition as well as just good, healthy condition all the time.Taller cage is NOT better as birds need more room horizontally than vertically.

If your birds were not examined by an Avian Vet before this breeding endeavor, then they need to be seen by one now before changing diet and all. An unhealthy, sick bird will also not be in good breeding condition. Birds are prone to bacterial infections, so you need to make sure they are healthy before trying to change their diet.

Hope this helps,

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