On 2/12/06, Jessica wrote:
> If your birds appear to get along in every other respect (he
> feeds the female, they sit close together, they appear to
> prepare the nest together), then this could just be a bad
> habit. A friend of mine had a male that was this way, too.
> The problem was that he was a single bird until well after
> he was 1 year old, so once sexual maturity hit, he would rid
> himself of his frustrations on the perch. After a female
> was introduced, they got along great, but he would mate with
> the perch instead of her. She had a clutch of infertile
> eggs due to this, just as yours sound as though they had.
> My friend asked around to a number of reputable breeders in
> the ALBS, and one suggested that when she set them up for
> breeding, she should remove all the perches in the cage.
> That way, the male doesn't have his first choice for this
> behavior, and hopefully will figure out where to turn next.
> So he did! She is handfeeding three babies from this pair
> now. Might I suggest you removing perches from the cage
> when you set them up to breed again?
> After the eggs were laid, the perches were returned to the
> cage. I'm not sure what she will do next time she sets them
> up for breeding (they'll be on rest for a while now). Maybe
> she won't need to pull the perches out next time, since he
> now understands how to successfully breed? I don't know. I
> guess she'll cross that bridge when she gets there.
> Good luck!
> On 2/12/06, Evelyn wrote:
>> I have a pair of lovebirds who have never had fertile
>> eggs. The male would rather play "cowboy" on his perch.
>> They make wonderful foster parents, however. I was just
>> wondering if there is a possibility that the male would
>> take a different hen... or is this habit incurable?