Cockatiel Breeding

As always the information offered here is to provide guidance and is not intended to be a substitute for the good advice provided by your own avian vet. When in doubt always consult your own veterinarian.

Cockatiel Breeding

Do you have the time to feed each baby cockatiel every 2 to 3 hours?. We do not recommend that you breed cockatiels unless you think you have the time, money and resources to do so, besides, in the past few years there has been an explosion of cockatiel breeding in captivity that further exceeds the demands for the bird. Please do try to adopt a cockatiel rather than buying one or breeding one. Check out the following adoption resources:

 

Adopt a Tiel  
PetFinder.com  
Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue  
Florida Parrot Rescue  
Cockatiel Rescue  
   

Breeding cockatiels can be expensive as well, you will need the proper space for it, special food formula for the chicks, special lighting, and most of all time, lots of time.

If your cockatiel laid eggs and your tiels does not have a mate, chances are the eggs are infertile. You can hold and look the eggs close to a bright light, a tiny little red streak will indicate if the egg is fertile, this is called "candling the egg."

If your cockatiel has a mate and the eggs are infertile, there could be an underlining cause, such as poor nutrition, reproductive issues, or even excessive breeding.

If the eggs are fertile but they do not hatch, it could be that the parents are not seating long enough on the eggs to achieve the right temperature.

The perfect condition for a cockatiel egg to hatch is the right temperature and proper humidity.

The eggs usually hatch in 18 - 21 days.
Even if you plan to hand feed, it will be wise to leave the chicks with their parents until they're at least 2 1/2 to 3 weeks old.  This allows them a healthy start and makes them less inclined to having crop problems.