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Re: Infertile Lovebirds - Jessica

Posted by Evelyn on 2/12/06
(6) Comments

    On 2/12/06, Jessica wrote:
    > Evelyn,
    > 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!
    > Thanks Jessica.... I hadn't thought about actually removing
    ALL of the perches. I did try removing the one he seemed to
    prefer, but it didn't take long for him to fall in love again
    with a diferent perch. The pair have been together for nearly
    two years, but I believe they were very young when I got them.
    They both molted out to a deeper and darker color than they
    were when I got them. Maybe I'll get babies after all! THANKS

    > Thanks.