On 2/03/06, Dee wrote:
> Hi Everyone,
> I will be getting two proven breeding pairs of Lovebirds
> soon. These pairs are currently housed in different cages
> and have never been together. I was wondering if you can
> house Lovebirds in breeding colonies in large flight cages
> with nestboxes in different locations for them to select.
> I have been breeding/handfeeding parrots for many years
> but have no experience with Lovebirds other then the
> single pet that I own. Any responses would be
> appreciated! I will also need help with color
> identification.....I am totally confused with the
> different color mutations. If anyone can tell me how to
> post a picture on the board, I will show a picture and
> hopefully someone can tell me if the colors of the pairs
> are correct....I have seen babies from both of these pairs
> and they have many different colors of babies. Thanks
My lovebirds are housed in flight cages, but only one pair
per cage. I know a couple who house their lovebirds all in
one large flight as you described, with a number of
nestboxes to choose from. They do have some successful
clutches, but they also have babies that are killed now and
again by either the other pairs or by their own parents,
maybe due to the stress of the colony environment (?). You
are taking that risk if you house more than one pair
together. From what I've read, the masked lovebirds do well
in colonies, but not the peachfaced. I'd be very leary of
setting them up in the same cage, it's just too risky.
There will be battles over favorite nestboxes, food and
water, and if some are intimidated by one there could be
battles even to the death.
As for posting pictures, I use Imagestation.com where you
can create your own account, upload pictures, and then link
to them from here. If you upload your pictures to a
website, you can right-click, choose 'properties' and
highlight the url to place in the box here. An excellent
site for lovebirds is The African Lovebird Society page.
There's a different link below where you can find exactly
what mutation you have. Happy hunting!