Wanting violet lovebirds

by Riyazul
(Sri Lanka)

How do I get violet African lovebirds? Do you think that, when two particular color lovebirds are paired we might get a violet chick? If so what are the colors that you recommend?

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Nov 08, 2014
violet masked lovebird
by: vince

Just to add to previous comments,I've just had one nomal blue and two marve(black) out of violet cock bird and blue hen, am still trying to perfect breeding violets.

Apr 25, 2012
totally wrong
by: Anonymous

You can so breed 2 violets together Its done all the time It doesn't do any harm . it is not a "lethal" gene its a mutation just a color it does no harm what so ever. Really if people would stop putting out wrong information, people would understand better. If you don't know something then don't give an answer on it. Because this is how people get so misinformed! I know for a fact breeding two violets together is perfectly fine For one I am a breeder, for two how else would Double Factor Violets be a mutation if you don't Breed two violets together? They can't be split to violet so both parents Have to visually be violet! some things should just be left up to professionals!

Jan 23, 2012
Wanting violet lovebirds
by: Linda

Sorry to have been confusing. All the native colored lovebirds are a basic green with various head to body colors. The black masked lovebird is a natural species and would work for breeding with the violet. As for what will come out of this breeding, I cannot be sure. It's easier when working with birds of a basic color as natural species like with the Cockatiels who come in natural gray with orange cheeks and some yellow in crest. Lovebirds are very diverse as for natural coloration, so I cannot be specific about them.

Your best source of information will be an actual Lovebird breeder, and make sure they understand the genetics of breeding the mutations. If they do not seem to understand that, then move on to someone else who does.I'd do a search on the Violet Lovebird to start and see if there is breeding info about them.

I do know that any natural colored species of Lovebird should work fine with the Violet, I cannot tell you with 100% accuracy what will come out of your first and/or subsequent nests. This is something you'll need to research with other breeders.You can find lots of information on the internet about parrot mutations and proposed safe breeding possibilities. Lots of people take the quicker road and breed mutation to mutation, and this is not a good way to go because of recessive genes. Since all the different colors of lovebirds, ringneck parakeets, and parrotlets have evolved from mutated coloring, it is difficult to tell you what to do to have the best chance of the Violets. With Cockatiels, breeding normal gray with the white/yellow mutation gives one baby who is white/yellow with the others "linked" to the Lutino coloring meaning they will produce more solid white/yellow Lutino babies than their white/yellow with gray parents did when bred with a normal gray bird.

I wish I could be more helpful to you, and fact is, I've not bred any Lovebirds during a very long lifetime of working with the parrots.

I hope I've not confused you further, and keep in mind to look up a breeder or two who has bred for the Violet and find out how they went about it.

Linda


Jan 23, 2012
Missunderstanding!
by: Anonymous

Dear Linda,
Thank you for the comment, and I do not intend to pair two violets together. I like to have one and I need to know what color parent should pair to have a violet chick? Like you said in the previous comment "It is not a good idea to do this kind of breeding because of both being lutinos. The best way to breed with the lutinos and other mutations, is to breed a lutino to a normal colored bird". Does this way of breeding apply to violet lovebird or can I pair a lutino with a normal black mask in order to check the mutayion?
yours truly,
Riyazul

Jan 20, 2012
Wanting violet lovebirds
by: Linda

You cannot breed two violet birds together. This is a bad breeding because the violet color is called a mutation. The mutations carry a lot of recessive genes, and these cause trouble with the babies when bred together. You'll need to breed the violet with a normal green lovebird.

Linda

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