cocketeil breeding

by Rebecca
( Fariview Park, Ohio)

My baby boy (6 mos) just mated with my female cocketeil. I do not want to breed them. I was planning on moving him in the the other male this weekend. I guess I thougt I had until he was about 18 months old. The female is about 3 and has never layed an egg. Can I remove the egg once she lays it and separate them? She is definitely a girl.

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Aug 23, 2011
Unwanted cockatiel breeding
by: Tracie

Just because they mated does not mean she had an egg inside to be fertilized. Hopefully you have already removed the male.

If she does lay an egg, you can go ahead and take it way. The first egg is the only one potentially fertilized. If she lays more eggs, then you should let her sit on them as long as she is interested and as long as they are not cracked or laid at the bottom of the cage where poop and filth is.

Do NOT provide a nesting area, this will help discourage the urge to lay eggs. Please read our Chronic Egg Laying article written by the avian vet for information on caring for birds that lay eggs.

If your birds are eating a healthy pellet, like Harrison's or Roudybush, as 80% of their diet, you won't have to worry about egg binding. If they are eating colored or cheap pellets, or only seed, then please take your bird to an avian vet right away if you see her sitting and straining for hours to lay an egg.

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