Lovebirds Breeding Period


Lovebirds Breeding Period

Lovebirds Breeding Period

Prior to laying, the hen will take more cuttlefish bone, which must be freely available, and her droppings often become larger. Eggs are usually produced every other day, and the clutch may vary in size from one to eight eggs, although between four and six is usual. The hen incubates alone, but the cock may join his mate in the nest for periods and feed her during this time.

The incubation period is approximately twenty-three days for all species, but this is somewhat variable, depending partly on when incubation actually began in earnest. Many hens do not start sitting until they have laid two or three eggs. This in turn ensures that the chicks are of a more even age when they hatch, and thus improves their chances of survival. If the weather is cold, it is likely that the incubation period will be prolonged slightly.

The youngsters generally fledge when about six weeks old but are still fed, largely by the cock, for a short time until they are eating independently. If the hen is preparing to lay another round of eggs, she will almost certainly attack, and may even kill.

Problems During the Breeding Season

Failure of eggs to hatch is a relatively common problem, which can occur for two reasons, either they were not fertilized or the embryos died in the shell. In the latter instance, the egg appears opaque, rather than relatively clear, when viewed in a good light. The degree of humidity may have been at fault, or mineral deficiencies could be responsible. Indeed, any shortcomings in the diet will be emphasized when the birds are breeding, so that poor hatching, sickly chicks and feather plucking may result from poor nutrition.

As a suggestion, a diet of seed alone is deficient in various respects, especially with regard to protein, therefore it is preferable to offer supplementary foods throughout the year, and simply increase the quantities when chicks are in the nest.


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