Cockatiel laying on bottom of cage

by Donna
(Lakewood, Ohio USA)

My Cockatiel has been laying at the bottom of her cage in the corner. She taps on the side of the cage.
What's going on?

Thank You

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May 19, 2009
by: Anonymous

Well, for one thing, there is no need to put a nest box in unless you have a male to fertilize the eggs. My suggestion is to take her to an Avian vet to check for infections. If they deem her healthy, you may consider getting a male for her to mate with. Of course, you will need a larger cage and one with an opening for a wooden nestbox where front is in cage and the back is outside cage. You will also need to help feed the babies as well. Cockies usually lay 4 eggs, and the last two babies to hatch are pushed out of the way by the two older, larger babies which means the two little ones will starve or be crushed by the older siblings. It would be a great undertaking, and you'll need to do your homework on proper handfeeding methods using a high quality baby parrot feeding formula and how to use a syringe to feed them. Cockatiel babies usually can eat a 10cc syringe full 4 or 5 times a day when very small. Babies will need to be weighed every day, and if weight is not gained every day, then they need to go to Avian Vet as this usually means a bacterial infection.

Take your bird to vet first and then look into how much of a cash outlay you'll need to make before deciding to set up for breeding. If you work, it will be difficult to give the babies all they need. The mother will feed the two older ones, and you would just have to help with the smaller ones until they are caught up in weight and size so they have a fighting chance at the food. The smaller ones may need to be taken completely out of the nest box since it would be easier for you that way, and the older ones won't crush them. Baby birds have to have extra warmth if they are not with mother and siblings at least until they have feathers all over to hold in the heat.

Hope this helps.

Jan 28, 2009
Cockatiel at bottome of cay
by: Anonymous

She is able to get up and down her perches.
She will just lay sometimes at the bottom for a hour at a time.
She will get up on the perch and start spitting up her food, on her perch.
Should I get her a hatching box?
Thanks Donna

Dec 10, 2008
by: Anonymous

My cockatiel does this right before she lay's an egg. she may spend a few days doing this before the egg is layed. I do not have a male, so I believe she is just following her normal cycle. My vet said to make sure she gets plenty of minerals, calcium and plenty of water available.

Dec 09, 2008
What I would do
by: Anonymous

If he were mine, I would take him to the vet.

Is he able to get up off the floor?

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