Welcome to tips for
beginning breeders. This section of the site has been designed with
novice in mind, though even experienced breeders can probably find
something of interest here. The information here is based primarily on
my experience with peachfaced lovebirds, though many of the ideas and
principles will apply equally well for the other common species.
Spoon-feeding baby Nyasa lovebirds
this section by general topics. You can read through each one in the
order they are listed, or simply pick and choose the ones that interest
you. If you are totally new to breeding birds, I would strongly
recommend that you read the first article "Do I really want to do
this?" before moving on to other topics.
These articles are
built around the way I house, care for, and breed my birds. Many
breeders feel that their system is the only "right" way to do things,
and to some extent I am guilty of that prejudice as well. However, I
know breeders who manage aviaries which are very different from mine,
and have terrific success. Sometimes these differences are based on
simple preference, sometimes on the facilities, budgetary
considerations, or simply the location. My experience has been working
with a mid-sized indoor aviary in the American Midwest. A breeder
managing a large outdoor aviary in Florida, California, or elsewhere in
the world will certainly enjoy advantages, and encounter problems, very
different from mine.
There is an enormous
amount to learn about raising lovebirds, but you don’t need to
learn it all at once. There is a lot of material here for you to sift
through, and I hope to expand this section from time to time, as there
is so much to cover, and even after eight years of breeding lovebirds I
am still learning new things all the time. You can’t possibly
learn everything there is to know before you begin, but it definitely
helps to learn all you can.
Really Want To Do This?