Female Cockatiel questions

by Adara

Do they all lay eggs even if there is not a male? At what age is a cockatiel considered no longer a "baby"? When do they have their first molt?

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Mar 21, 2011
Female Cockatiel questions
by: Linda

Here are a few simple answers to your questions. One, birds normally molt twice a year when seasons change. Two, female Cockies have to be 2 years old at least before they are physically matured enough to for sure pass eggs without dying in egg binding. Yes, they will lay eggs without a male present if they feel like it.

You need to feed your bird organic pelleted diet, and there are several kinds on this site. The reason for organic is to avoid dyes, pesticide/fertilizer residue and preservatives found in most other commerical bird foods. Seeds will kill your bird slowly, so you need to start moving away from them entirely. Here is a link about how to go about changing from seed to pellets, and it takes time so do not try to rush your bird:

Switching Birds to Pellets article

Your goal is to get your bird off seeds. You can sprout seeds for a high quality, high protein snack, so don't throw them out. You will need to find books here and other places as well as a world of information found on the internet about your bird. You will have to do your homework about feeding, housing, even what kinds of perches and toys are safe.

Your bird will become your best friend, and just think of how good you would treat a best friend and go from there. Learning about birds is a lifelong job, and we all learn something new everyday, so enjoy the ride.

Thanks for writing,

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