my birds nesting issues

by ofelia
(nj ,usa )

I've forced my cockatiels to get into their nesting box. My female attacks my male cockatiel when inside of the box. I wanted to know why?

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Dec 05, 2009
Cocks DO enter the nestbox
by: Zane

Really sorry Linda but Male Cockatiels do sit in the nestbox. They may not necessarily sit on the eggs but they do accompany the hen. Males can and do sit on eggs from time to time.
Remember - the less interference from breeders with babies the better.

Jul 08, 2009
by: Linda

I don't think you have "done your homework" about breeding birds. First of all, the males do not go into the nest box as they DO NOT FEED babies and do not sit on the eggs. Only the female uses the nest box to lay, sit and later feed the babies. The male birds stand guard outside the nest to protect from intruders in and around the cage area. During breeding times, you are also considered an intruder into their space. Larger parrots become dangerous during these times, and cage must have cup holders that swivel out so feeding and watering can be accomplished from outside the cage. Nestboxes also have to be mounted from outside cage to allow access to check the eggs and later the babies.

Breeding is done outside the cage before the hen starts to frequent the nest. You can see them breeding, and even this does not mean eggs will be fertile. Eggs have to be "candled" to see if they are viable or not. It is recommended that you do as Tracie said and volunteer some of your time so you can learn from breeders how the cycle goes. You will also need to be trained in the art of handfeeding the babies. The last two are always very small, and can require some handfeeding until they catch up with the two larger babies. Hens lay eggs every other day, so the first two to hatch will be much larger than the last two little guys.

Forcing your birds to go into the nest box amounts to cruelty, and once you have lost their trust, you will have a very difficult time winning it back.Birds are small, have hollow bones and can be easily hurt by rough treatment.

Also, if your birds have not been to vet in a while, they need to see an Avian Vet for a checkup to rule out infections before a breeding program is started. Infections present at the time of breeding and laying will be transferred to the babies.There is much much more to the breeding process, and it is your job to learn everything you need to know BEFORE beginning a program.


Jul 08, 2009
Do not force birds to live together
by: Tracie

Please do NOT force your birds into a nesting box. You can not make two birds want to be each other's mate, anymore than I can send a "mate" to your house and force the two of you to live together and like it.

Please separate the birds and slowly introduce them in a neutral place and let them decide if they want to be mates.

Also, contact a reputable breeder and volunteer to help them for a year or so and get some experience before breeding your birds. Make sure that there is a demand for birds in your area, otherwise you will just be producing more unwanted birds that end up in shelters.

There are so many things that can go wrong with breeding birds, you might lose both the female parent and the babies if you don't know how to handle emergencies that sometimes arise.

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