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Does this mean it's mate time??????

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Hello my bird friends,
Thank you all for your help in my current birdy journey. It hasn't been easy but you guys have helped a lot
My current question now is... Is it time for a new mate for my Lovebird Pepita???
I went to the vet yesterday and she is fine just needs to eat more because the chicks are soaking her up. Babies are GREAT!! Turns our I have an Albino Lovebird. My Vet did mention I can get Pepita mate because she will get bored but is it time already?????
Will the new bird affect the babies???
Will the mama reject the babies???
 

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I personally wouldn't just because you have babies and a mama bird. They are a big responsibility and adding another new bird will add unexpected variables.
@Zara could add more insight, as she has experience with baby birds and lovebirds.
 

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Turns our I have an Albino Lovebird.
I'm sorry to say but you do not. It is not possible with the birds you have.
Plus, you can see in the pic that the bird has a yellow hue.

just because you have babies and a mama bird.
Exactly.
Let the hen raise her chicks, let them fledge completely and grow up. Once the chicks are approx 6-7 months old and your hen is back to her usual self, then you can ponder the possibility of bringing home a new friend for her.
Keep in mind that contrary to their name, they don't bond as easily as you would expect when given the choice of just one bird. So if you bring a second bird home, they would have to be housed separately during the quarantine period, but also while introductions are made.
You can only house the two birds together once a bond is made, if it is made.
 

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Your babies are gorgeous

what are you going to do with babies keep them find them a good home etc

I say this because if you are keeping the babies mum won’t be lonely even if caged separately she will still have other lovebirds

I personally wouldn’t get another lovebird definitely not yet

I didn’t listen I thought pico was lonely I got indie they get on but aren’t bonded I got mango I thought mango and indie were bonded but when housed together indie bullied mango I got apple pie mango and apple pie instantly bonded when introduced everything was brilliant until summer hit and pico started plucking due to mango and apple pie constantly harassing him I had to make sad decision to rehome mango and apple pie still breaks my heart I feel so guilty

you have to get another because you want one not for mum as if they don’t get on it’s hard
 

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I say this because if you are keeping the babies mum won’t be lonely even if caged separately she will still have other lovebirds
It makes sense to keep the chicks, or at least one rather than bringing home a new bird unless OP wants to continue breeding.
In theory these birds are sterile as they are hybrids. Though, personally if I had them and eggs appeared, I would be boiling or using my dummy eggs just to be 100% sure.
Even if both chicks are kept and they bond with each other and Pepita is still housed alone, she can benefit from their sounds, and also during shared out of cage time together.
Lovebirds don't "need" a partner to live good lives, as long as they have enrichment in the form of toys and foraging, a balanced diet including veggies and other fresh food, are housed near other birds to talk to, and get one on one time with the human to be sure they never get lonely.
My youngest is housed alone. I know he would love a little friend, but I have travelled that road before, and it is a long journey! So for now he is a single pringle, and when I wake the flock in the morning or settle them down for the night, I am sure to get him out of the room and he spends a few extra hours just me and him.

Take your time to decide what you want to do.
These birds are too easy to acquire, but can live for up to 20 years, so you have to be considering the long term and not just the right now.
You still have the next few weeks to decide while the chicks are growing and weaning :)
 

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It makes sense to keep the chicks, or at least one rather than bringing home a new bird unless OP wants to continue breeding.
In theory these birds are sterile as they are hybrids. Though, personally if I had them and eggs appeared, I would be boiling or using my dummy eggs just to be 100% sure.
Even if both chicks are kept and they bond with each other and Pepita is still housed alone, she can benefit from their sounds, and also during shared out of cage time together.
Lovebirds don't "need" a partner to live good lives, as long as they have enrichment in the form of toys and foraging, a balanced diet including veggies and other fresh food, are housed near other birds to talk to, and get one on one time with the human to be sure they never get lonely.
My youngest is housed alone. I know he would love a little friend, but I have travelled that road before, and it is a long journey! So for now he is a single pringle, and when I wake the flock in the morning or settle them down for the night, I am sure to get him out of the room and he spends a few extra hours just me and him.

Take your time to decide what you want to do.
These birds are too easy to acquire, but can live for up to 20 years, so you have to be considering the long term and not just the right now.
You still have the next few weeks to decide while the chicks are growing and weaning :)
Single Pringle makes me chuckle just they saying haha

Pico doesn’t need a friend at all I don’t know if he’s just a werid one but he just loves being him and having time with me I do think he likes indie company but only to a certain extent but I definitely think he could have been happy just him
 
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