Lovebirds breeding

DeProOfGod

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Hello, I just got my male lovebird he's around a year old and he alway show sign that he need his partner. And later I brought a female lovebirds for him right now my male lovebirds show sign that he want to mating with female
( they are in breeding preparation)
the male singing and feed the female. But why the female alway run away from male when he want to mating? male did chasing her but not harming just chasing a
 

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Welcome,

Lovebirds are a parrot quite particular. There are many possibilities to answer what you are observing. I will go from the most common to the least:

- She might be a male, unless you have already DNA sexed her and is sure she is a female. Most lovebird species don´t have sexual dimorphism.
- She might not have bonded enough with the male. Since when they are together?
- If you are in the southern hemisphere, it is winter here and days are short which is not their preferable time to breed
- Something is missing in the cage as paper to chew, calcium supplements or even a diet proper for breeding with protein and vegetables
- She might not feel safe where the cage is located
- She might have had a previous partner and does not accept the breaking up and the new male. Some lovebirds can bond for life and resist new partners even if they are solo.

I hope this helps.
 
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DeProOfGod

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Thank you for the info.
I got the female from local breeder and she never breeding or bonding with another male before. and comfirm sex by local breeder. I put her in the cage witht my male Lovebirds around a month now and they never agression with each other.
The male just start showing some mating mating behaviour around this week like step on female and feeding the female. I provide them cuttlebone and fresh veggies every day. But the female is not Hand rasing like the male when I got her from local breeder until now she barely singing and a bit afraid of me.
 

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Kitekeeper

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Budgerigar (Bud), Pacific Parrotlet (Sam), Roseicollis lovebird (BJ and Turq), Linneolated parakeet (Charlie and Emma)
Hi,

Thanks for the additional info!! First thing that came to my mind is that one month of relationship with a new bird is way too little time for a lovebird bond to another, even more so to mate with a "stranger" :)

Things seem to go very smoothly for your birds, so I guess it is just a matter of time, patience is key here.

I would add that the species of lovebird you have is a quite sensitive and shy species. It may take time for her to feel comfortable to mate. Looking the pictures, I could not be sure if you have birds from the same species. The blue bird is definitely an Agapornis personata but the yellow one seems to be an Agapornis fisheri. The fisheri is more slim and both species are smaller than the peachfaced lovebird. The personata species has a brown forehead and the fisheri an orange forehead. Even in the dilute mutations it is expected for both species to retain that difference. Unfortunately they can produce hybrids, BUT if they are indeed different species it is common to be somehow a barrier for mating as the birds don´t feel that prone to accept each other. It does not mean they will not feed each other and preen one another.

Last but not least, how old is she? If she is less than one year old, she is just not sexually mature to mate.
 
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DeProOfGod

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Thank you.
As I saw on reddit many new lovebird that brought to new captivity act the same as mine ( being shy napping a lot) and hand feeding to the female (blue one) is my hand feeding to her since I got her. These bird are around one year old I got them from two different local breeder. I think it take more time for female to stop being afraid until she can accept mating with the male.
 

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