Like all birds, female Lovebirds lay eggs as part of their reproductive cycle. Lovebirds will lay eggs regardless of whether or not they have a mate. But how often do they typically do so and what does this all mean when keeping these birds as pets? Here is everything you need to know.
So, how often do Lovebirds lay eggs? Lovebirds lay groups of eggs, called clutches, 5-6 times per year. Each clutch will have multiple eggs laid over a series of days that make up the entire clutch. In captivity, these clutches can be laid at any time of the year, while in the wild, they tend to happen during the warmer spring and summer months.
Egg-laying in Lovebirds is certainly an interesting one.
Besides, it can vary so much between these birds.
As you will soon find out.
So, let us now see why and explore the topic of egg-laying in this species of bird much further.
That way, if you are to ever own one, you know exactly what to expect.
Or if you are just interested in these birds you’ll find a lot of value too.
So stick around; it’s fascinating!
How Frequently Do Lovebirds Lay Eggs?
A healthy breeding Lovebird will lay eggs 5-6 times per year. Birds who live alone without a mate may lay less frequently, and some birds may lay more.
Lovebirds lay their eggs in groups called clutches, with each clutch containing multiple eggs.
All of the eggs in a clutch are not laid on the same day.
Instead, the eggs are laid one at a time, spaced about two days apart until the clutch is complete.
During a clutch laying cycle, you can expect an egg about every 48 hours for 10-12 days.
Lovebirds do not lay on a constant cycle like a chicken which lays multiple eggs per week year-round.
Instead, they lay 5-6 clutches in a year with rest periods of no laying in between.
A bird that has a mate may lay more frequently than a Lovebird living alone.
Also, depending on conditions and hormone cycles, you may notice that your lone female Lovebird does not lay eggs even after reaching maturity.
Please don’t worry; the egg-laying cycle is unique for each pet Lovebird.
If you notice that your Lovebird is laying eggs continuously with no breaks or more than six clutches per year, you may want to contact your veterinarian.
Laying too many eggs or frequently laying for a long period of time is hard on birds and could affect their health.
There may be simple things you can do to help your Lovebird take a break from egg-laying, such as not removing eggs immediately from the cage to ensure she stays healthy and happy for many years.
What Season Do Lovebirds Lay Eggs?
When kept as pets, Lovebirds can lay eggs at any time of year. Although, they naturally prefer warm and dry weather with plenty of sunshine for laying eggs.
If your home is on the cooler side and hours of light are kept short, they may be less likely to breed and lay eggs.
This means that if you allow your bird’s cage to receive a lot of natural sunlight, you may see more egg production in the spring or summer than in fall and winter.
Wild Lovebirds breed during set times of the year and start laying their clutch within ten days of breeding.
The specific time of year that Lovebirds lay in the wild depends on their species.
In Africa, the Fischer’s Lovebirds breed from January to July when the weather is at its driest.
Peach-faced Lovebirds tend to breed from February to April and may breed again in the fall around October.
Your Lovebird’s age will also affect its laying.
A Lovebird can start laying eggs as early as 9 months old, but it is much more common for them to begin laying closer to 18 months of age.
Delaying egg laying can be good for young birds who need time to develop and mature. Egg laying is hard work, and nutrients that might normally go toward helping your bird grow and mature can be drawn away to aid in egg-laying.
If you are looking to breed your Lovebird, it is advised to give them at least one full year to mature before encouraging mating and egg-laying.
How Many Eggs Do Lovebirds Lay?
Lovebirds are known to lay and sit on a group of eggs called a clutch. A clutch usually consists of 5-7 eggs that are laid over the span of 8-12 days. They typically lay between 5-6 clutches a year for a total of 30-35 laid eggs per year if the Lovebird is not raising young.
A Lovebird who has finished laying a clutch of eggs will sit on her eggs for around 25 days of incubation.
This is the period of time where fertilized eggs will grow and develop.
If a female Lovebird’s eggs are unfertilized, she will still sit on her eggs but may abandon the clutch after the typical incubation period is over.
You can remove eggs from the nest and discard unwanted eggs.
When removing eggs, it is often best to let your Lovebird lay her entire clutch before removing the eggs.
If you remove eggs as soon as they are laid, it may promote continued laying by the bird, which can be unhealthy.
How Do I Know If My Lovebird Is Going To Lay Eggs?
Nesting behavior, less flying or movement than normal, a slightly swollen belly or slight weight gain, and increased territorialism or aggression; are all the signs that your Lovebird is getting ready to lay eggs and are all to watch out for.
Let us now take a closer look at each one:
Nesting behavior in Lovebirds includes the gathering of any available loose materials into one spot, especially the nesting box if provided.
A caged Lovebird may gather any loose feathers it can find along with pieces of cage flooring into its nesting box to build up a comfortable and safe space for its arriving eggs.
The process of creating eggs takes energy and time.
Less Flying Or Movement Than Normal
As a Lovebird’s body begins to focus on egg production, you may notice your bird flying less and spending more time settled in one spot.
Giving herself a chance to rest helps your Lovebird’s body to more effectively produce eggs.
A Slightly Swollen Belly Or Slight Weight Gain
The only physical symptom of a potential egg is a slightly swollen belly in some female Lovebirds.
This swelling should be minimal and would be hard to see unless you know the bird very well.
A trained veterinarian would likely be able to feel this swelling if examining a bird for potential egg-laying.
Still, it is a normal symptom of a soon-to-be-laid egg.
Increased Territorialism Or Aggression
The last thing to be on the lookout for is a sudden increase in territorial or somewhat aggressive behavior from your bird.
In the wild, a Lovebird needs to be prepared to defend her nest, eggs, and young.
A pet Lovebird, even one who is normally quite tame, may also feel this need as the time for egg-laying approaches.
If your bird has become more likely to bite or act out, it may be nearing time for it to lay eggs.
How Do I Care For My Egg-Laying Lovebird?
The best thing to do for your egg-laying Lovebird is to provide a healthy diet that is high in vitamins and minerals.
Your egg-laying Lovebird needs the support of a great diet to be able to make healthy eggs and maintain her own wellbeing.
If you are not intentionally breeding your Lovebird, you will want to provide a safe space for her to lay her clutch of eggs.
After the clutch has been laid, you can remove and discard unwanted eggs.
You can also discourage future egg-laying by lowering your bird’s light exposure for a while and allowing your bird to sit on her clutch (even unfertilized) for a few days to lower her body’s desire to produce more eggs.
While some egg production in female Lovebirds is normal, excessive and unnecessary egg production can take a toll on your bird’s health.
If you notice that your Lovebird looks unwell, is not eating or drinking, or appears to have an egg stuck or unable to be laid, contact your veterinarian right away.
Occasionally birds can become eggbound where they struggle to lay an egg.
This can be life-threatening, but a veterinarian can help an egg-bound bird.
Egg laying is a normal part of any female bird’s life cycle.
And for Lovebirds, it is no different.
By knowing that your Lovebird may lay eggs even if she does not have a mate, you can be prepared to provide her nutritional support and proper care during her egg-laying years.
Just be mindful, and all should be well.
I am a practiced pet owner with decades of experience owning a number of different pets. I am also the main writer and chief editor here at Pet Educate; a site I created to share everything I’ve learned about pet ownership over the years and my extensive research along the way.