“Like lovebirds” is a phrase used so commonly to refer to couples who are in love. The beautiful birds which are to credit for this phrase are indeed great at love.
Lovebirds are colorful birds that are commonly kept as pets. They form bonds with a single mate.
After coupling, a male lovebird takes great care of his partner and is known to feed her well. They build the nests and brood over the eggs soon after.
If you are planning to breed lovebirds or have a pregnant bird on hand, read on for more information on how to care for them!
How do lovebirds get pregnant?
A female lovebird will get pregnant when it mates with a male lovebird. This will happen if both birds are living in the same nest and are of a suitable age to reproduce.
The female lovebird will lay eggs around five to twelve days after she mates with the male. In most cases, lovebirds lay one egg every day till the 3-7 eggs have been laid. The incubation period for these eggs is between 15 and 30 days.
Pregnant lovebird symptoms and behavior | How to know if a lovebird is pregnant?
Most animals, when they are pregnant, display clear physical changes. They may start to lose their fur, start eating more food or you may witness growth in their mammary glands. It is not difficult to identify that the animal is pregnant.
However, lovebirds are a little bit more secretive about pregnancy. They do not show any distinct physical changes.
To find out whether or not your lovebird is pregnant, you will have to observe carefully the following subtle behaviors.
Lower energy levels
Pregnant lovebirds prefer to move around less. You may notice that your bird is spending most of its time in a single spot and is not as excited as it usually is.
The bird may stay on the same perch or seem to be hiding in a corner. This helps them conserve the energy needed for making and laying eggs.
A pregnant lovebird, like all animals, will start displaying nesting behavior. This means that in anticipation of the coming hatchlings, the bird will begin to create a nest in its area.
This is a biological phenomenon that ensures that the parents have a cozy and safe place to take care of their young.
You may notice your bird finding bits of material like scraps of paper or cloth and collecting them in a single spot. If you want to breed your lovebirds, you can help them out by providing suitable nesting material.
Change in behavior
Pregnant lovebirds tend to become more aggressive than normal. This aggression may also be a sign of other issues or illnesses so make sure you find out why your bird is distressed so you can provide suitable care.
This is a little difficult to discern but for some time before a pregnant lovebird lays eggs, her belly will seem a little rounded or swollen.
If you notice any change, it is best to consult a vet who will be able to examine the bird’s reproductive organs as well to confirm pregnancy.
It doesn’t take long after mating for a lovebird to lay its first egg. So, you won’t have to wait for too long to confirm your suspicions.
After about 10 days of mating, the lovebird will lay her first egg. Since they lay around 5-6 eggs in a single clutch, the rest of the eggs are laid in the next 3-4 days.
Some other signs to watch for –
A pregnant lovebird should show a slight increase in weight. This might make it difficult for the bird to fly and even walk.
Your bird may be tired and sleeping much more than normal. It is also common for the male lovebird to oay much more attention to her. He will try to feed his mate as much as possible during this period of pregnancy.
How to take care of a pregnant lovebird
To ensure that you have healthy chicks growing in your home, you can take some simple steps.
Provide a nest box
This is the most basic but most important thing for a pregnant lovebird. She will need a nest to lay her eggs in. The nest needs to be of a suitable size and made of soft, safe, and warm materials for the chicks.
Lovebirds need wooden nest boxes. You will be able to find these at any pet store. Further, you should provide your birds with some nesting material like scraps of cloth, bits of paper, cotton balls, palm leaves, tissue paper, dried grass, and so on.
Depending on your preference, you can place the nest box either inside the birdcage or just outside it. It should be securely attached to the wall of the cage and you can do this by using S-clips.
Watch your birds see if they like the nest you provide and accept it. If not, you may have to switch things around a little bit to see what works best for your lovebirds.
While a lovebird is pregnant, special attention should be given to what you are feeding it. The bird needs more nutrients during this time and extra calcium as well.
You can fulfill these needs by providing food items like –
- Crushed egg shells
- Boiled brown rice
You can also find nutrient supplements suited to your bird’s needs.
When do female lovebirds lay eggs?
It is important to note that just because a lovebird lays an egg, doesn’t always mean there is a baby coming.
All female lovebirds lay their first egg between the age of 9-12 months. This happens even if it does not have a mate.
Without a mate, the egg will be infertile which means that it will not hatch. When mating occurs and eggs are laid, the eggs are much more likely to be fertile. But infertility is still a possibility then too.
Do lovebirds face any problems during pregnancy?
Lovebirds are quite prone to egg-laying issues, some of which can even be fatal for the little birds.
One of the most common and difficult issues is called egg-binding. This is when the bird is not able to lay the egg – in other words, it is stuck inside the bird.
This can be very painful for the lovebird and you should immediately take your bird to the vet. The vet can administer muscle relaxers to help the bird pass the egg.
In extreme cases, the vet may have to break the egg inside the bird so that it can pass out. If none of this works, surgery may be required to save your lovebird’s life.
The best way to prevent any mishap is to feed your lovebird a lot of nutritional food and watch it very closely while it is laying eggs so you can intervene as soon as possible if anything goes wrong.
Lovebird chicks are loved by pet owners and breeders. These colorful birds breed with their mate and after a period of a few days, a female lovebird lays an egg and more eggs on consecutive days.
To make sure the chicks are born healthy and without harm to your adult lovebirds, you will need to take very good care of them. This includes catering to their nesting needs and providing a lot of nutrient-rich food.
If all goes well and according to plan, you will have a cute brood of lovebird chicks very soon!