Cockatiel laying unfertilized eggs

by Lorena


What is the best diet to give to my cockatiels? They both have been laying unfertilized eggs. Is the liquid vitamins good to put in food?

Right now, I give them the cockatiel seed mix, but they mostly only eat the millet. I read that pellets are the best to give cockatiels, but which kind? Also, is there a safe vitamin/mineral supplement to give cockatiels?

Thank You

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Jan 26, 2014
by: charlene

My female Cockatiel (Willie whom was rescued from a health care facility has been laying eggs. As of last spring laid thirteen eggs that were not fertized by the male.

Years ago I did breed cockatiels and do not know why he is not doing it. Looking for Viagra for the man (joking), what can I do to make him want to do it. He is great with the eggs even though they are not fertilize. any ideas are welcome

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May 20, 2010
breeding in the same cage
by: kike

can i have 5 or more pairs in the same cage and still hactch baby cockatiels

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Mar 07, 2010
egg ?????
by: tina lynch

ok i really thought about it an this is how it is.i got my male cockatiel in aug 09.then we got the female 2 weeks later.@ first we put em 2gether for about a month.then we seperated em.since then they have been in seperate cages but the cages r side by side.yesterday we found the egg on the bottom of the cage. we put the egg in a bed box for cockatiels and put the male and female 2gether.we left em like tat till bout 2pm 2day.they wouldnt sit on the egg.i dont know wat 2 do,is it alive or not.i dont want to leave it be and find out its alive.tat would break my please????

Editor's note: If the birds did not share a cage within a couple of days of the egg being laid, the egg is not fertile. A bird only has the egg inside for about 24 - 48 hours.

Mar 05, 2010
laying a egg
by: tina lynch

my cockatiels are in seperate cages,one male one female.when i was cleaning the females cage i found a egg,now she has had no contact with the male face to the egg alive aka fertile???

Editor's note: No, it can not be fertile.

Aug 08, 2009
my cockatiels
by: anna

i have two cockatiel a male and female she laid eight eggs they set on the eggs for 30 days and they didnt hatch out

Mar 07, 2009
Reply to Lorena...
by: Kendra

Lorenz...did you happen to read the post done by myself and Tracie below? The organic pellets we referenced is what is recommended. Millets are considered treats - not to be fed as the sole meal. Try offering veggies and fruit to their diet as well like uncooked broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, sqash, honey-crisp apple. Pre-rinse before feeding. Let me know how this works out.

Dec 05, 2008
Organic Pellets
by: Kendra

You can avoid the annoying man and save yourself $15 by visiting the bird supply website I just found:

Same product, but much better price!

Sep 23, 2008
no vitamins for birds
by: Tracie

I don't give my birds a cuttle bone because some studies show a high amount of toxins from the sea they swam in when they were alive.

We also do NOT give vitamins. You can easily overdose a bird, I did killed my first bird that way. :-(

The most important thing you can do is follow our instructions for switching your bird to pellets. You will find the article on our Parrot Training page.

The Vet suggests Harrison's pellets or Totally Organics Pellets and Seeds. If you choose Harrison's, order the high potency fine for your Cockatiel.

You can also put the Manu Mineral block in the cage instead of the cuttle bone.

Sep 23, 2008
by: Lori

I would be reluctant to give my birds vitamin supplements without a vets advice. If they really are deficient you have no way of knowing if they are eating the seeds that have the vitamins on them. I would bet not especially if they are picky eaters. Vitamins generally taste really bad. My cockatiel doesn't eat fruit either but she likes vegetables and also cooked rice mixtures such as beak apiteite (i probably spelled that wrong). She also eats hard boiled eggs. There are also bird bread recipes that you can hide all kinds of things in. I use a corn meal base and put applejuice ground up walnuts and almonds, eggs including the shell, organic peanut butter and a banana or sometimes frozen mixed vegetables. If you chop it up fine enough you can get them to eat just about anything if they like bread. I make them in minni muffin pans and keep a few in the fridge and the rest in the freezer. Getting them to eat healthy is really the best thing for them. Just keep trying.

Sep 22, 2008
Hi again
by: Lorena72

Thanks for the replies.

I have been giving them cuttlebone. I bought a product by Kaytee and will see if they eat some of them. I am aware of slowly introducing them to pellets, so will try that slowly.

I don't put the liquid vitamins in water, it says on the bottle that it can go in the food too. I was just wondering if the liquid vitamins are really any good or a waste. The brand is 8in1.

My bird don't eat apples or any other kind of fruit, they don't care for mushy foods. They love bread though and I give them some for a treat once in a while.

Any advice on the vitamins, or is there another kind that is better?

Sep 22, 2008
egg laying
by: Lori

I have a cockatiel who became very ill from cronic egg laying. She was on a seed diet. I tried various pellets with no luck but finally tried the totaly organic pellets sold on this site and she loves them. My african grey and sun conure prefer harrisons pellets. Be sure to follow the conversion reccomendations. You can't just take away the seeds until your sure they are eating the pellets. Don't give up it takes time.
Don't take their eggs away until they quit sitting on them or they'll just keep laying more.

Sep 22, 2008
Cockatiel laying unfertilized eggs
by: Kralice4u

First I want to say (with no intent of being comical in any way), there must be a male present to fertilise the eggs.

Note: female birds will lay eggs whether ot not there is a male present or not.

Now there are times when there is a male present to fertilize the eggs and some of them are still not fertile.
I breed Conures mostly and one thing I have always fed my breeding Conures is scrammbled eggs. There are pet foods out there that have Dried eggs in them. One that I suggest to other breeders is "Snack Attack-Protein 25" by Higgins.
I am sure though if you search this site you may find something suitable. I started offering all of my birds "Life enhancing Organic parrot food". That can be found on this site.
As far as vitamins in the water, you can try that, but be sure to monitor it closely because most of the vitamins turn the water yellow and many birds are reluctant to drinking it.

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