Lovebirds as evident from their name are birds that exhibit strong relationships between mates. Their love for each other is exemplary. Lovebirds are monogamous which means that they pair and live with the same mate throughout their life. This relationship is so strong that if one partner dies, the other partner may get into boredom, loneliness and potential health problems.
Pairing lovebirds is not an easy task. This is because lovebirds are almost identical in appearance and you can hardly differentiate the sexes merely from their physical appearance. The only reliable method for their sexing is through a DNA test. Not everyone has the resources to conduct a DNA test for his lovebirds. Sexing lovebirds is a guess work and it is not 100% accurate every time.
There are two different ways you can pair your lovebirds. The first one is to put a male and a female in a separate cage for some time until they pair together successfully. This method is not very successful because you are not absolutely certain about the sex of the lovebirds and the pairs formed in this way are not always compatible and may not be able to breed to their full potential.
In the second way, which is the best way in my opinion is to bring several unrelated lovebirds of the same species and put them together in a large aviary and let them make pairs on their own. The pairs formed in this way are compatible and are often proved to be excellent breeders because pairs have natural liking for each other. These pairs are always seen together in a large colony setting or aviary.
Later you can separate unpaired lovebirds from breeding pairs and make arrangement for their pairing. This is always a difficult task to perform because lovebirds of the same species are identical in appearance. A method which I use to separate my breeding pairs is that I approach my lovebirds at early morning before dawn when breeding pairs are inside their nest box. I remove the nest box together with the pair inside and put them into a separate cage.
If you can find some breeding pairs for sale who have already successfully bred and have raised healthy chicks is another option you can choose from. But finding a genuine breeding pair is difficult. The prices of breeding pairs are much higher and breeders are often reluctant to sell their proven breeding pairs. It is a matter of luck that you can find some good breeding pairs at a reasonable price.
There are two main types of lovebirds, one is called the eye ring lovebirds and the other is non eye ring lovebirds. Make sure you do not cross breed these two types of lovebirds. Pairing an eye ring lovebird with a non eye ring lovebird is a big mistake. If you do this, all your breeding efforts will go waste because the off-springs they produce are hybrid lovebirds. They are infertile lovebirds and cannot breed.
I have made three different colonies for my three different species of lovebirds. In the first colony I have put all the personata varieties which include some blue masked lovebirds, violet personata and mauve personata varieties. I let them make pairs of their choice because I know that the off-springs will be from the personata family and I will not have any difficulty when they will grow up.
In my another colony all the Agapornis Fischeri lovebirds are paired together. These are all eye ring lovebirds. Fischer’s lovebirds and yellow fischer’s lovebirds are put together to make their pairs on their own. In the third colony which I have, all the non eye ring varieties are paired together which include some Peach faced lovebirds, Lutino lovebirds and other mutations from non eye ring lovebirds.
I made separate colonies for all the varieties to avoid any inter breeding of eye ring lovebirds and non eye ring lovebirds. Also keeping them separate means you don’t have any possible tussle in the breeding season which may happen if you keep them together in a single cage because they are somewhat different types of lovebirds. Anyone who understands lovebirds pairing basics can breed their lovebirds without any difficulty.