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Question:

October 12, 2020

Love birds breeding problem


My Fischer love birds mate for 15 days and after that they start nesting and complete nesting I give it plenty of calcium and vitamin and they are confirm male and female and age is 1 year but they don’t lay eggs reason?


Answer:

Hi Aqib,

Your birds really are not old enough to be breeding, especially the female. Birds will become mature before they are actually ready for breeding. The male needs to be at least 18 months old and the female should be about 2 years old before you set them up to breed. When you let them breed too early, the female is at a high risk of becoming egg bound and dying and the male is often too immature to settle down and take care of the female, eggs and chicks. Young pairs will make mistakes like breaking or eating eggs, not feeding the chicks, or even killing the chicks because they want to breed again. I would take the nest away and wait another year before you set them up again. When you do set them up, it still will take time before you see any results and there is no guarantee that they will be successful. Breeding birds takes a lot of patience and you need to be prepared for failures. You can do everything right and provide everything they need and still never see any chicks. Al you can do is wait until they are old enough, keep feeding them a good diet and then hope they figure out what to do when the time comes. Not all birds will make good breeders, so you just have to be patient and hope for the best. Once you have given them everything they need, it’s all up to them.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,

Brenda

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