Cockatiel Breeding

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Important things to consider

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:

• Best Friends Birds

• PetFinder.com

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.

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Is it hard to breed cockatiels?

Cockatiels are easy birds to breed, but it is important to breed responsibly and make sure that you will be able to find homes for the cockatiels you breed. Before you get started, you will need to make sure that the male and female cockatiels are suitable for breeding and that the birds will have everything that they need to brood their young.

Make sure your cockatiels are old enough.

For breeding purposes, your male and female cockatiel should be at least 18 months old. Younger females may experience problems like egg binding and younger birds also may not take good care of their babies.

Ensure that the pair is not related.

Related birds have a higher chance of having weak or deformed babies. If you are not sure if your birds are related, then contact the person who bred your cockatiels to find out if they are related. Do not breed them if they are related.

Inspect your birds for signs of good health.

it is a good idea to bring your birds to an avian veterinarian to get a clean bill of health before breeding. This is will help to protect against any diseases or defects your birds may have.

Keep in mind that not all cockatiels make good parents.

You may have to hand raise the babies if the parents are negligent or treat the babies poorly. Make sure that you have the time and energy to devote to hand raising baby cockatiels before you decide to breed them.

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.