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Question:

September 14, 2020

Age limit


I want to ask also bec. African lovebirds life span is 12-15 years what is the exact age that lovebirds cannot be breed anymore ?
May i ask also what is the exact size of the nest box for albs2?


Answer:

Hi Jeffrey,

Life Spans can vary a lot based on genetics as well as nutrition and overall care. If the birds do start breeding, they should be limited to no more than 2 clutches per year. It’s hard to put an age limit on them. If a pair has been reliable with the same clutch size for years, and then suddenly the hen starts looking tired or in poor condition, lays fewer eggs, or fewer hatch or the chicks aren’t as robust, or chicks die in the nest when they haven’t in the past, these are all indications that the pair needs to retire. Many breeder birds simply stop breeding when they get older. It’s best to know your pair and as they age, look for the above indications that they aren’t in prime breeding condition anymore.

A lovebird nest box needs to be made of wood, and the entrance hole should be large enough for them. It is best to get one that mounts to the outside of the cage, as high as possible. They make them in different sizes so there isn’t an exact size. It seems that 12inches each side is the average. There are a number of retailers that carry them but the sizes do vary. I would search for lovebird breeders and ask for their advice.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,

Brenda

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