Here are some important points to consider when breeding African lovebirds.
Selecting the Birds
♥ Purchase birds only from well-established dealer or recognized breeder.
♥ Start with a single pair—male and female.
♥ Learn about the birds’ color, age and health before making a choice.
♥ Pick out lively birds that sit actively, are proud and react to movements.
Care and Housing
♥ House African lovebirds in bigger cages for comfort as well as for easy and frequent cleaning.
♥ Prepare individual cages (24 inches long, 30 inches high, and 24 inches wide) made from wire mess or metal.
♥ The cage should also be provided with perches and trays for the birds droppings.
♥ Near the perches, put a piece of dried cuttlebone to keep the pet’s beak in good condition.
♥ Elect a regular feeding schedule (once a day only) for the birds.
♥ For each pair, the feed consists of two small cups of millet seed and one teaspoon of salad (mashed hard-boiled egg, chopped carrots, birdseeds, or sunflower) placed in separate cups.
♥ Clean water should also be provided and changed twice dayly.
♥ Lovebirds mate anytime of the year. Prepare for nesting boxes with woodshavings for the young.
♥ Eggs are hatched 23 to 25 days. After 1 ½ months, the young birds can be transferred to other cages.
Source: Roa-Ilan, Mabelle, Raising African Lovebirds
Photo courtesy: birdtrader