cockatiel hen spendinding alot of time out of the nesting box with eggs

by jack
(ireland)

im worried about my female cockatiel not spending alot of time in the nesting box with eggs in it and the male cockatiel to going in to keep the eggs warm should i be worried what should i do

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Aug 20, 2011
cockatiel hen spendinding alot of time out of the nesting box with eggs
by: Linda

Well, there are several things going on here and not sure how many are germane to your situation. I've raised a lot of Cockies, and the male does not sit on the eggs or feed the babies. He guards the hen and chicks, and that's his job.

Hopefully you have a nestbox that hangs on outside of cage with a hinged door in the back. You need to candle the egges to make sure they are fertile, and male may be breaking the eggs instead of sitting on them, so you need to have a box you can open. Candling eggs is just a matter of gently holding one up with a bright light behind it like a flashlight. If you see a mass in it, then it is fertile, and if you see nothing at all then the egg is clear and not fertilized and needs to be thrown away.

The nestbox has to go onto a breeding cage of some kind with a flap built in that can be open or closed when box is not there. Only the front part of the box is inside cage and the rest is outside cage where you have access to both eggs and babies later on.

If your hen is not interested in the eggs it can mean they are clear or she is simply not ready to be a mother. Birds hatched from incubators and handfed from moment one are imprinted with humans, do not know they are birds and do make good parents ever.

So, my suggestion is to candle the eggs and if all are clear, get rid of them a take down the box for now. Birds should be bred only one time a year, so wait until next season and start again with correct nestbox and cage.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

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