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How do you take care of baby lovebirds?

My birds just laid 4 eggs and I don't know how to take care of them when they hatch. Do I feed the babies or will the parents?
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Re: How do you take care of baby lovebirds?

I'm assuming you have a pair of lovebirds sharing one cage??? Do they have a nest? What were the eggs laid in if there is no nest?
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Re: How do you take care of baby lovebirds?

Yes they have a nest in a box with bits of newspaper. do you know if the parents will feed them themselves or should i get formula?
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Re: How do you take care of baby lovebirds?

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Yes they have a nest in a box with bits of newspaper. do you know if the parents will feed them themselves or should i get formula?
If the parents are mature enough, they should be able to raise the chicks all on their own.

Is this their first clutch?
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Old 11-05-2013, 02:55 PM
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Re: How do you take care of baby lovebirds?

You should have formula on hand just in case! Learn how to hand feed now if you don't know how! This is what happens if you give them a nest box, you should be expecting this already....also do you even know if they're fertile???
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Re: How do you take care of baby lovebirds?

Kind of. The first time they only laid one and it was cold because they didn't have a nest.
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Re: How do you take care of baby lovebirds?

Thanks. And I don't know if they are, but I guess I will find out!
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Old 11-05-2013, 03:31 PM
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Re: How do you take care of baby lovebirds?

it's up to the female to sit on the eggs. the male will eat, digest his food, then regurgitate it to the hen while she sits on the eggs.
once the eggs hatch he will do the same, and she will then regurgitate it to the chicks.
hopefully things will go smoothly, and the parents won't injure the babies.(which can happen if they are young)

try not to disturb them at all, only to give them water and food daily.
provide plenty of calcium,veggies, leafy greens for added nutrition.

If you have never hand fed there are plenty of videos on you tube, but I don't recommend it. there are plenty of things that can go wrong, if not done correctly.
in other words let mother nature takes it course, they know better than we do!!!

if you want to check and see if the eggs are fertile, try and wait until the hen is out of the box when she is eating, after 7 days of the last egg is laid, you can get a small flashlight and place it gently right up against the egg.
If you see red veins(blood) within the egg, it is fertile, if you only see yellow, it is not fertile.

be careful when you do this, and make sure the hen cannot get back into the box when you are checking. plug up the hole temporarily, and do this as quickly and SAFELY as possible.

@Mikey- not everyone understands if they put up a nesting box, birds will breed, it may seem obvious to us, but not to other people.
some people think they will just sleep in the box, and not mate.
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Re: How do you take care of baby lovebirds?

Crimson,

On every site that discuss about nest boxes is mainly on raising chicks! It is that obvious! On certain stuff I understand. The poster did say they laid one prior but it got cold cause they weren't sitting on it so hence the nest box.
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Re: How do you take care of baby lovebirds?

I understand, if she wants to breed them without any prior knowledge, then that is her choice, not a good one!!... but hers to make.
we can only offer advice and it's up to her if she takes it or not.
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