Breeding lovebirds is fun and a hobby for most birders. If you are planning to breed lovebirds then you have two options, you can breed them in small cages with individual pairs or you can put all your lovebirds in single large house or aviary and breed with pairs and you can call this. a colony for breeding lovebirds.
I have cared for beloved birds since I was a child when I was a school going child. I first bought lovebirds when I was in eighth grade and this was one of Fischer’s lovebirds. I have experience keeping lovebirds as pairs in individual cages and small colonies of four pairs. By far I can say that the breeding results I have had in colonies are better than in individual cages.
The results of breeding in individual cages and aviaries largely depend on the type of species you breed. Common lovebird species such as Fischer’s lovebirds, Peach faced lovebirds and Masked lovebirds breed well when kept and raised in colony types. This affects their natural way of breeding in the wild and this behavior is further affected by captivity.
Other species of lovebirds like Madagascar lovebirds, I have no experience in breeding, best breeding is kept in single pairs. So you need to know what kind of lovebird you want to keep and choose the type of wall according to it. The amount of bonds you want to keep is the deciding factor in choosing the type of bond you should buy or build yourself.
I have experience of breeding lovebirds in aviary sizes. The first colony I built for my beloved Fischer birds was a four foot square and I kept four breeders in that house. Breeding results were good with four pairs and each pair reared 4-5 chicks per clutch. But that size of birdhouse has its disadvantages because it is difficult for me to watch my birds because the height of the house is too short.
Currently I use aviary sizes of 4’x6’x7′ high with ten or more pairs in one large flight. The size of the cage with the number of birds gives them a sense of security and a stress-free environment and the best breeding results you can get. What I have seen so far is that the aviary is much deeper and taller than the front of the colony. The deeper the cage, the more they focus on breeding.
The environment and location of the colony is important for their long-term health and reproduction. Make sure the aviary is well ventilated where air can flow in and out of the colony. Do not put your bird cage where there is too much heat and sunlight on the bird house, especially in South Asian countries where summers are very hot.
The ground must be well covered with a roof so that rainwater does not enter their feeding boxes or pots because you can wet the chicken with rainwater. The roof should be on a slope so that rainwater does not collect on the roof and seep into the house. I made drainage holes at the base of the colonies for drainage in case rainwater seeps into the breeding colonies from the sides.
Wire mesh with spacing no larger than 1/2 inch is ideal for pet birds. The wire must not cut the lovebirds and fly away because their beaks are very strong and can cut through weak wires. Wire is better than bars because they can be scaled easily. Houses with dark colors give a better view of the birds inside.
Make sure you build a birdhouse that is easy to clean. I have made two entrances in all my colonies, the smaller one for storing food and water bowls and the larger one for house cleaning and inspection. Colonies with new birds should be cleaned as often as once per week to prevent any bacterial or viral infections from developing in your birds.
I cover all my colonies with green cloth so that no sunlight can penetrate in summer. It also helps to lower the temperature around the colonies and protect my birds from overheating during the day. It provides a great sense of safety and security for my birds from predators such as eagles and cats. It also protects the colonies from wind and heavy rain.
The trees you put in the baskets are of different sizes and shapes to keep their feet in good shape. The sticks should be thick enough to hold them firmly while sitting. If you can, put real tree branches in the aviary because they have a different diameter and are good for their legs. They also provide a natural environment for your lovebirds. Keep food and water bowls away from perches so they don’t become contaminated with bird droppings.
The fence must be made from iron, steel or similar materials and must not be made from soft wood. Lovebirds have very sharp beaks and have a habit of biting anything and everything in the cage. They can easily bite into cages made from wood and the like and you can have your birds bite into the cage and fly away in no time.
I made all my columns with angle iron and separate plates for each side. I secured them with screws to give them extra strength and they wouldn’t move. All my baskets have three sides of wire and one end is attached to the wall. I can easily remove the frames and move the baskets to another location whenever I want. It’s also easy to carry around because each image is separate.
If you want to breed lovebirds in a colony first decide the number of birds and the types of lovebirds you want to keep. Then choose the size of the plate according to your specific requirements. And finally decide on the location of the colony so that your beloved birds can live happily and reproduce to their full potential.