First off, I know nothing about birds. I've owned some chickens in the past and own one now, but that's it. I run an independent rescue and a friend has two love birds. She wants to get rid of them because they keep having baby love birds. Again, I know nothing about birds. Does anyone know if this can be stopped, so she will consider keeping these birds. I hate to put animals though stress that is not necessary, but I would rather help rehome them if nothing can be done, than to just ignore the problem.
Didnt realise pm went to private.In regards to your question. I have never heard of birds being spayed or neutured but not to say it isnt possible, surely anything is. Considering the expense (which I am sure it would be) it is very unlogical.I highly doubt those kind of procedures are even performed on those small birds.However I would just seperate the birds, keep them in seperate cages.Its a shame to get rid of them because of something they will do naturally if kept together.
I don't think they can be spayed or neutered. Also if a bird is anesthetized it is very dangerous. Vets warn you before they do it. My Peach Faced Lovebird, Baby, was eggbound. She could die if it was removed and broke or she could die if it wasn't removed. I risked it and the egg was suctioned out and she was fine. Lovebirds can lay eggs even if they don't have a mate. They are just not fertile. Mine has done it. Once laid 9 eggs with no male. My Baby is 11 years old. Beautiful Bird. I had a mate for her, then decided to sell him. I kept her. That may seem cruel to some, but I noticed after I sold him she became more close to me. I have a 20 x 30 den that is closed off from the rest of the house. Her wings are not clipped and she flies all over the den. She has a basket on the wall that she can hide in, a toy with swing hanging down from the ceiling fan (which we do not use) Toys hanging from other places in the room. She is happy and when I first sold him I started talking to her. One day she repeated what I said. Since then she can say: You my baby, what's baby doing, What you doing, huh?, out, Hi Babe, and pretty baby. She doesn't just repeat it, she says it when she gets good and ready. She can be by herself in the room and she will talk. She can drink out of a glass when I hold it. When she wants to go into her cage she doesn't want to fly over there, she peeps for me and I get a perch and stick in front of her and she jumps on it and she goes into the cage. If I let her fly in the rest of the house or goes with me on my shoulder. When I say "Fly in your Room" she knows exactly where to go. She sits on my husband's shoulder and gets under his collar and goes to sleep. If I take a nap, I say "Baby lets take a nap" and she will fly to my chest and stay there while I nap. If I am eating something she sits on my chest and begs for it. She knows what "cracker,corn bread or cookie" is and I just put some on the table by me for her. If I turn on the kitchen faucet and she is on my shoulder, she will peep wanting a drink of water. It is unbelievable what she understands and can do. When I first taught her words my son said I was imagining her saying those things. Then one day he started to get up from the couch and she said "What you doin' huh? and he answered "I'm going home." That made a believer out of him. Never in my life would I have thought a bird, especially one that small, could be a companion, but I love her and she loves me and my husband and does not miss the male at all.
You can't spay or neuter birds because they're bodies are really fragile and they rarely live through surgeries. You can't really prevent babies other then breaking the eggs before the chick grows because they are already fertilized. It depends on what type of bird whether they will breed or not if they aren't a breeding pair.
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