Thursday, May 20, 2010

Things Humans Should Know About Their Love Birds

By Eduardo Gonzalez
If you handle your love bird properly, you will have a great home companion.  Love birds are sociable.  They enjoy communicating with people.  They are active, charming and beautiful, too, with their amazing colorful feather coats on their backs and tails.  These tiny birds can sweep you away.
They do well in small homes--condominiums, apartments and small houses because they are so tiny.  But if you want to get the best out of your love birds, you must treat them well from the very beginning.
Here are some pointers for dedicated humans who would like to breed their love birds and start well with the birdies:
1.     Do not allow contact between unlike species.  Love birds are curious and if they hear other bird sounds they will investigate their neighbors.  Don’t presume they’re safe because you have partitioned the species.  Love birds can move partitions that separate them from other birds.  This can spell disaster.  The other birds may get agitated and fight.   If you partition your birds, keep sturdy clips on so the love birds can’t move them. It’s alright for them to hear each other, but they should not see each other to avoid confrontation.  Also, put cloudy coverings between the cages.
2.     Be nutrition conscious for birds and birdies.  If your love birds are well fed with nutritious foods their birdies will be healthy, too.  Always give love birds fresh food.  The best green veggie for them is wheatgrass, which is packed with vitamins and minerals.  Also feed them pellets, but ask other experienced bird owners and breeders, and research on pellets—there are so many in the market.  Include veggies, grains, spouted beans, seeds, brown rice, and corn mixed with grain. Fresh veggies arouse love birds’ enthusiasm to mate. It is their aphrodisiac.  Fresh food and sunlight give them energy.
3.     Use the right perches.  Don’t make them too dense—that will have a major effect on the male’s ability to make contact with his mate.
4.     Unhatched eggs.  The female usually lays six eggs, and if only four hatch, that’s a good batting average.  If no eggs hatch, that could mean the female did not receive the right nutrition beforehand, or she may have acquired a bacterial infection.  Another possible reason is the female doesn’t like to sit on her eggs because they are cold.  
1.     Refrain from having splay legged babies.   This happens when the legs of the newborn birdies are spread straight out from the body and they cannot get a firm hold in order to sit up. To stop splay legs, put two to three inches of nontoxic bedding substrates into the nesting boxes.  This will stop the birdies from winding up at the bottom of the nesting boxes on a slippery wooden flooring where they can’t get a hold of themselves. It also protects them from their overenthusiastic mothers who sit too firmly on them. When the birdies are hitting the wooden floor they must be taken out, and then the nests must be taken out, too. Do this very carefully—don’t destroy the nest.  Just add two to three inches of nontoxic substrate and lay the nests on top of the substrate so the birdies will not be splay legged.
If the birdies are splay legged, double band their legs.  Use dental floss to tie their legs jointly so that they will be in the right position under their bodies. Then put the baby birdies into a cup with soft padding to help them have the right position. To do this, take the baby birdies from their nests and hand feed them away from the other baby birdies.  Do this to prevent incidents such as baby birdies getting strangled because of the strings attached under the bodies of the baby birdies afflicted with splay legs.
 With the right information your love birds and love birdies will truly develop in a way that will delight you.

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