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Signs of a Pregnant lovebird?

I bought 2 lovebirds from a petstore about a week or 2 ago and for the past 3 days one of them has been laying in a corner on the floor and I think has been trying to shred the newspaper also.I read that those are signs of a "pregnant" lovebird.Do yall know if theres any other signs?They lived together in the petstore together but If she is pregnant then were they just too stressed to lay eggs in the petstore?
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Re: Signs of a Pregnant lovebird?

Shredding paper is being used as a nesting material. I've seen Lovebirds laid eggs at the petshop regardless of the place. IF a nest box is up, they will shred paper and tuck it on their back end and carry it back into the nest box where they shred it in fine pieces to use it as a nesting material.
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Hm, funny because my male love bird often layed in a corner while shredding paper all around him. Surprisingly, I herd that both love birds can go into nesting. Males supposedly pluck feathers for nesting, and females shred paper. However, my male did both. He wold shred paper and stick them in his tail feathers and in his tent. As I recall, I think I read or heard somewhere that they were actually named love birds because both go into nesting while caring for the chicks… Then again, I'm not certain on that statement.

However, assuming that you may have a male and female there's a great possibility that your lovebird may go into nesting—laying fertile eggs! Though you should keep in mind that females will lay eggs regardless of a male. So congratulations if your birdies pregnant! As for stress relating to egg laying, that sounds like a possibility. Now that they've found a stable environment maybe they'll be able to produce offspring!
Congrats on the possible babies!
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Re: Signs of a Pregnant lovebird?

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Which bird is the female? This is one of the reasons I suggested you not bring them home, since one is a hybrid it is completely infertile. So no matter what you will have no chicks, just eggs. This can be dangerous because your bird could become a chronic layer (constantly laying eggs) which can lead to death. Since these birds have not been properly fed, laying eggs would be a very stressful event on the bird. You need to remove the nest box, or anything like a happy hut that resembles one.

You need to bump the food up, seed, pellet, egg food, fresh fruits, veggies, and millet as a treat. You also need to either use a cuttle bone or calcium supplements in the water. Make it so the bedding (paper) is not reachable by the hen, it will make her want to lay eggs even more.

Your goal is to STOP the egg laying, since no babies can be produced it will do nothing but deplete her calcium and nutrients which she does not need from the diet she has been on. If she does end up laying eggs, let her have them for a few weeks and then remove them.
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Re: Signs of a Pregnant lovebird?

Quote: Originally Posted by Kawaii View Post

However, assuming that you may have a male and female there's a great possibility that your lovebird may go into nesting—laying fertile eggs! Though you should keep in mind that females will lay eggs regardless of a male. So congratulations if your birdies pregnant! As for stress relating to egg laying, that sounds like a possibility. Now that they've found a stable environment maybe they'll be able to produce offspring!
Congrats on the possible babies!
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No chance of chicks, one is a hybrid.
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Re: Signs of a Pregnant lovebird?

I think they just like to shred the paper because they haven't really made a nest anywhere and she hasn't laid any eggs, if "she" is even a girl.When I save up some money i'm going to get both of them and my hand fed baby dna tested to see what they are.

I usually have wire on the bottom of the cage where they can't get to the paper but I bought this cage from someone and they didn't have the wire to the bottom of the cage.Do they sell just the wire things that sit above the paper some anywhere?
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Re: Signs of a Pregnant lovebird?

Yes you can buy grates online or in most pet stores.

You can also pendant sex Lovebirds, it's free and painless. It's always been accurate for me, and it's how I do all my Lovebirds. If you do by chance decide to breed the chicks, remember you will need to wait until the hen is a year and a half.
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Re: Signs of a Pregnant lovebird?

You do mean pelvic bone sexing right? That's the way I do it with Lovebirds before. Always accurate for me!
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Re: Signs of a Pregnant lovebird?

How do you do that??
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Re: Signs of a Pregnant lovebird?

  • Yesterday my beloved sun conure, Tinga, died of a sudden, mysterious illness. Signs point to some type of poisoning from an undetermined household source. I am bereft at losing this special friend. I’m hoping that by recounting some of my recollections it will lessen the pain. If not, at least I will commit to memory notions that otherwise would surely fade away over time and be lost forever. For those of you who may happen upon this essay, I’m certain that it is more than you would ever want to know about me or my pets. If you choose to proceed, know that I appreciate your interest. Maybe you will find something of value here for you and your pet.
    I was living in the Los Angeles suburb of Hawthorne, California in the spring of 1994 when my step-daughter, Sarah, and I purchased a five-month-old lovebird, that we named Asha, after an African goddess. Shortly after acquiring Asha, Sarah and I were back at the same pet store and saw a sun conure. We decided we must have one of those as well. We put in an order with a local breeder to deliver us a 6-week old baby that we could hand-feed.

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