Breeding cockatiels

Discussion in 'Caged Birds - Finches, Canaries, Cockatiels, Parro' started by 98Luna, Oct 2, 2013.

  1. 98Luna

    98Luna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I have three cockatiels in an aviary, two males and a female. There are two hollow wood breeding 'boxes' (like the ones they have in the wild) and they have a varied diet of fruits and vegetables. What else can I do to encourage them to breed? The female is over a year old, and the intended male about a year old.
    (And why does my spellcheck not like the word 'cockatiels' lol?)
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I wish I had your problem. My poor girl does not have a mate and I don't want her to lay eggs, but she does anyway. Warm indoor living, ample light, ample food is what I think keeps her in breeding condition despite attempts at both light and diet restriction. My guess is if they are happy and feel like there is enough food to feed chicks, they'll breed when ready.
     
  3. Tony K T

    Tony K T Overrun With Chickens

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    They will not breed until they are 2 years old.I have mine in a 6x12x8 aviary and they breed whenever they want to.This year they only hatched 1 clutch,but they are in the nest again.
    In N.H.,Tony.
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  4. 98Luna

    98Luna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh I see. It's still only early spring here, and if they don't want to breed, then that's okay. There's always next year. But they do seem interested in the nesting boxes.
     
  5. 98Luna

    98Luna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've caught Jay, my male, in the breeding box four times today! :D And not just perched in the entrance, fully inside! Maybe there could be babies after all?
     

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