cockatiel mating

I have a pair of male and female cockatiels. I'm not sure how old they are, I bought them from someone that did not tell us whether or not they have laid eggs and or had babies before. They mate at least 3-4 times a day and she is the one that tries to get him to do so because she seems to want to get pregnant.

Lately she has often been in her water bowl bathing and doesn't want to come out, she has been acting strange and moody, she has spent a lot of time on top of the cage staring at the wall and on the bottom of the cage ripping the paper which she didn't do when we first brought her home.

A worker at a pet store said she might be pregnant so we bought a breeding box yesterday. He seems to spend more time in it than she does. Does it seem to be a correct assumption in your opinion that she is pregnant? Do they still mate often after she is pregnant?

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Mar 12, 2010
by: Anonymous

My male coaks all day while she is on the nest. I can't figure out what he saying either he is trying to her out to eat and drink.

Or he want to breed some more but he is screaming the eggs are ready hatch anyday now.

He would stand there with his head in the box screaming his head off. I also heard he can get jealous and kill the babies. I'm keeping a close eye on him. If anyone could tell me what's on

Thank you

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Feb 15, 2009
Cockatiel mating
by: Anonymous

I agree with Tracie. There are so many unwanted birds in rescues, shelters, and being advertised in the papers. I keep my quakers in seperate cages. There are so many Q's homeless due to their loud and boisterous attitudes. I do not want to add to the problem. If you did have babies, would you be willing to keep them all forever? That is a good question to ask yourself.

Feb 15, 2009
Breeding Cockatiels
by: Tracie

The pet store person does not know about birds if they told you the bird might be pregnant.

Birds do not get pregnant like mammals. They produce an egg which takes about 25 hours. The egg is laid and she is no longer "pregnant." This occurs about 4-6 times per laying cycle over a 7-10 day period. When she is "with egg" she is gavid.

It does sound as if your bird is hormonal, but this does not mean she will even lay an egg. Each egg must be fertilized by a male to even have a possibility of hatching.

I would like to encourage you to NOT encourage your birds to produce offspring at this time. Since you know nothing about being a breeder or how to care for the babies, your birds and their babies could suffer and/or die from your lack of experience.

Another thought, is do you even know if there are people waiting to take the babies, assuming they will be healthy, or if you will just be adding to the already long list of unwanted birds waiting to be adopted?

I suggest you find a reputable breeder and help them for several months. Learn all you can about caring for babies and see the tremendous responsibility that comes with being a good breeder.

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