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Breeding Parrots, Cockatiels and Lovebirds.

Specific care

Breeding Cockatiels is not difficult, but it demands time, commitment and some special cares. First of all you need an adult couple. Cockatiels are physically ready to start laying eggs after 9 to 12 months old, but you canít let them stay together before they are 16 months old. When they are young they may not have the force to lay the eggs correctly, and may not sit the eggs properly. Even donít give food to the babies.

The female may have some problems to lay her eggs (it can be fatal!)or lay abnormal eggs. The problem is that if they make too much effort to lay eggs and feed the babies, they will have problems with the calcium they lose, and wonít finish their complete development. When you use mature birds, they are ready to start the procreation and wonít suffer.

The advisable to start the procreation is a pair of adult birds a good large cage, a large nest with two parts and plenty space for their long tails and for the babies. It must have a minimum size, about 25cm deep x 25cm high x 30cm wide. The nests should be outside the cage because you donít lose internal space inside the cage and they can be seeing and touched by you (with perfectly clean hands) so, they will grow tamed and not scared. Be careful with too thin wood, they have powerful beaks and can open holes on the nest. Donít use paint or papers printed at home, they can have toxic paint.

They need 10 to 12 hours to sleep and the same amount of sunlight, or artificial light in some cold places. Their 12 hours to sleep are absolutely necessary to have a healthy bird. They must have ALWAYS fresh water to drink and bathe. Fresh, clean and balanced food, dried egg shells, sand, mineral blocks, and fresh corn are essential when they have their babies. In general the male bird check the nest first and them, the female bird gets inside it. And if they like the space, in about three weeks later they start their new family. The hen lay about 4 to 6 eggs, but sometimes they lay a lot more. Be careful, the hen may be weak after so many eggs. You can try to add some liquid vitamins in the water.


They lay eggs in alternate days, but pay attention at your hen! If she stays on the floor of the cage breathing with difficulty, you must act instantly! She may be with the egg in the wrong position! It is highly dangerous! And she can die in hours! If this ďtragedyĒ happens, you will have to help her! At home or take her to the Vet. At home you can help by putting her cloacae near a bowl of hot water and make some very gentle massage down, you have also WARM baby oil and drop into her cloacae. It will help her to lay the egg. After this procedure, put her inside the nest and wait for some short time, if she didnít lay the egg, do it all again, but she must be perfectly well, if you see some strange reaction, run to the Vet!

You can check if the eggs are fertilized after 7 to 10 days in a dark warm room, you light a flashlight or a candle. If you see some veins or a shadow inside, you have fertilized eggs! They are heavier than the non fertilized eggs. And in 19 to 21 days the eggs will hatch! Near the day of hatching you must improve the feeding habits, a lot more fresh corn, green leaves, fruits, and all they love. The male bird will practise feeding by giving his ďwifeĒ some food in her beak. And will also feed her when she is spending her time sitting the eggs.

-A lot of attention daily. Check aviary birds at least twice a day, for signs of illness or injury.
-Fresh, high quality formulated diet, with daily supplementation of fresh, clean vegetables.
-Don't forget grit.
-Give fresh, clean water daily. This includes cleaning water and food dishes daily.
-Give your cockatiel a bath or shower at least three times a week in the morning. This will allow time for him/her to be completely dry before bed time.
-Avoid spraying insecticides in your house! If you must spray use a pyrethrum based product and remove your bird from the room being sprayed.
-Offer different size perches, made from clean pesticide-free tree branches. (Maple, apple, ash, or dowel rods of different shapes)
-As large of a cage as possible, try to stay away from round or oval shape cages.
-Position perches so droppings can't fall into seed or water dishes.
-Make sure your cage wire has no spaces in corners or at the top or bottom. (Solid cage construction is very important)

For safety sake prevent access to:
-Ceiling fans
-Hot foods, oil or water
-Teflon coated cooking utensils including toxic fumes from other sources
-Tobacco and/or cigarette smoke
-Toxic houseplants
-Chocolate, Avocado, Salt, Alcohol or Caffeine
-Lead or Zinc
-Cedar, Redwood and pressure treated wood (including shavings)
-Leg chains
-Sandpaper-covered perches

DONíT MISS THE LOVELY PAGE: ďMAGIC MOMENTSĒ about the hatching of a Cockatiel egg!

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