When To Separate Baby Lovebirds From Parents?

One of the most sociable birds out there, lovebirds are known for their affectionate nature toward each other and toward their owners as well. 

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However, baby lovebirds are known to be quite sensitive in nature. This means that not only do they get frightened easily, but they also tend to get aggressive at times. This usually happens when they feel unsafe or threatened. 

While they can be easily raised in captivity, these birds require undivided care and attention. Baby lovebirds are known to grow quite well when kept in the care of their parents, than otherwise. 

Do baby lovebirds leave the nest on their own?

The majority of the lovebirds are known to leave their nest by the time they turn 8 weeks old. They usually leave their nest on their own. 

However, in some cases, a lovebird can get too attached and try to stay in the nest for a longer time. In such cases, the mother of that lovebird plays a huge role in making sure it leaves the nest. 

The mother tries to scare the chick enough to make it leave the nest on its own by threatening to harm it. 

However, some mother lovebirds are actually capable of harming their offspring if it refuses to leave the nest even after the threats.

When to separate baby lovebirds from their parents?

Baby lovebirds can be removed from their parents’ side and kept separately after they turn 8 weeks old. 

By this time, the birds are known to develop properly and are known to become capable of taking care of themselves.

However, baby lovebirds should not be separated from their parents, especially their mother, in the first couple of weeks after the hatching of eggs. 

Why should the baby lovebirds be kept with their mother in their first week?

Even when raised in captivity, they should be kept under the care of their mother for at least the first week. This is because the mother is fully capable of providing for her offspring. 

She provides them with an enzyme-nourished clear liquid for the first few meals and then chooses food from her own dish to be fed to her chicks. 

The mother not only provides them with nourishment but also teaches them to eat properly.

What happens if you separate baby lovebirds from their mother within their first week?

Baby lovebirds are known to develop issues related to food and consumption if they are separated from their mother within the first week of their existence.

They also tend to become more sensitive and aggressive in such cases. 

Moreover, if they are removed from their mother’s side before they are ready, they tend to not eat properly and then suffer due to a lack of nutrients in their body. 

Can baby lovebirds be moved to a separate nesting box?

Baby lovebirds can be moved to a separate nesting box after their bodies have developed fully, which takes about 7 to 8 weeks. 

It is not recommended to move them to a separate nesting box before that because they tend to develop issues related to their growth.

When can you hand feed baby lovebirds?

Baby lovebirds can be fed by hand after the first week of the hatching of eggs. 

It is recommended to wait for around 10 days before feeding the lovebirds by hand when they are kept and raised in captivity.

After they have outgrown the stage of only consuming the enzyme-nourished liquid fed by their mother and have started learning to eat, they can be fed by hand.

Baby lovebirds should only be hand-fed by people who have enough experience in hand-feeding birds. The birds at this stage are extremely delicate and fragile and must be treated with utmost care.

Moreover, in order to remove them from their mother’s side for hand feeding, all the chicks should be removed at once, instead of removing them one by one. Then, they should be kept in a warm space and fed one by one. 

Removing them one by one from their mother’s side can make the mother want to reject her own chicks.

When do baby lovebirds eat on their own?

Baby lovebirds start eating on their own by the time they turn 8 weeks old. By this time, not only do they eat on their own, but they also start to become independent of their parents and their owners. 

Different stages of a baby lovebird’s growth:

The changes that occur in the different stages of a baby lovebird’s growth are explained in the following table:

StageAge (in days)Characteristics
I (Newly Born)0-1 dayNewly born lovebirds do not have any feathers on their body. Their body is underdeveloped at this stage.
II 1-7 daysTheir body is still underdeveloped at this stage. They have no feathers, they can’t open their eyes properly, and they can’t even lift their heads on their own. The mother feeds them enzyme-nourished liquid at this stage as their daily meal. 
III8-14 daysDuring their second week of existence, lovebirds learn to open their eyes and lift their heads on their own. Their bodies also start growing feathers. At this point, the father also starts taking part in feeding and raising the chicks. It is also at this point that the chicks can be hand-fed by their owners.
IV15-30 daysDuring this stage, the body of a baby lovebird grows enough feathers to completely cover itself. The chick starts chirping and learning to use its body and wings. The chick also starts learning to eat other foods (like spinach) from its parents. 
V31-55 daysDuring this stage, the chick starts to eat solid foods like seeds, and its body is in its final stages of development. The feathers also become thicker than before, and the chick starts learning to fly. 
VIAfter 55 daysAt this stage, the baby lovebird’s body becomes fully developed and it becomes more curious about nature. It tends to leave its nest on its own at this point. However, if kept in captivity, this is when many owners tend to clip their feathers in order to stop them from flying away.

Takeaway:

The whole journey from the hatching of the eggs to the growth of the baby lovebird is an exquisite one.

The way they are cared for in the early stages of their life determines not only the growth but also the behavior of these distinguished birds. 

When raised with proper care and attention, it becomes obvious just how loving and affectionate these birds can turn out to be.

Even when they are raised in captivity, it is extremely important to follow their natural cycle of growth and treat them accordingly in order for them to grow with ease.