My lovebirds keeps on laying too much eggs.

by Natalys
(Florida)

I have 2 peachface lovebirds. 1 male 1 female. 1 of them have laid 5 eggs already I separated them already,but 1 of them keep laying eggs. I'm not sure how to take care 5 babys lovebirds or more, I'm being doing some research they have to stay with their parent for 10 days after that. They have to be handfeeded, is this right? Or is best for the babys to stay with their parent? I work from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. Please give me some advices, And I Thank you for your time!

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Mar 07, 2011
baby lovebirds
by: Anonymous

leave them alone and they will o the rest. the parents wil feed them untill they are old enough to eat by themsleves. you dont have to hand feed them at all. handfeeding is mostly if you want your baby lovebirds to bond with you and be tame and friendly with you and not bite when grabbed.

Jul 18, 2010
young lovebird lays one egg
by: Anonymous

My gift of a pair of lovebirds, 1 male and 1 female 6 months old have laid one egg. Will she lay more? What will I do when it hatches?

editor's note: please post this as a new parrot question.

Sep 28, 2009
Lovebird keeps laying eggs
by: Tracie

As Linda said, you should not even consider trying to raise these babies because of lack of time and experience. It is possible that the eggs are not even fertile.

Please read the Chronic Egg Laying article on our Parrot Training page for more information.

Sep 26, 2009
egg laying
by: Linda

This is Tracie's site, and she has some links to information about egg laying which she will give you in another answer. Once birds reach breeding age, and are together as a pair, it is quite common for hen to lay, but not usually without a nest box for the eggs.

As for breeding and having baby birds, my heartfelt suggestion is to FORGET ABOUT IT!!! The market is literally flooded with parrots, and a lot of them end up in abusive and neglectful homes, so after spending time, money and pouring out your heart's love for them, they can end up in a home that could better be called HELL.

Since you work full-time, there is no way you could give them what they need anyway as it is time-consuming and expensive to raise baby birds. You'd need a breeding cage, nest box, formula and time to take care of them. Sometimes, you have to start the handfeeding right away as the two smaller babies will need supplemental feeding. Birds lay eggs every other day, and they hatch that way, so there will always be a couple of very young, small babies not able to get Mother's attention. The bigger babies get all the food, and the little ones get little or nothing. In the wild of nature, this "culling" is useful in keeping bird populations to reasonable levels. All baby birds born outside do not survive because the two larger babies will get whatever Mother brings.

I DO suggest you take both your birds into an Avian vet for a checkup to see if there is something physical causing your hen's behavior.

Thanks for writing, and Tracie will answer your questions about information on chronic egg laying.

Linda

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