Young Male Cockatiel Seems Not to Know How to Mate
by Jim S
Hi, Our 9-month old male lives with our 18-year old female. The female is chirping at me and making her back flat. I know what this means and so does my male cockatiel. He wants to mate with her but all he does is climb on her back and stand there picking at her head or standing sideways (not aligned with her body).
First question is should we let her mate? Everyone says she is in great shape, but she is 18.
Second question is will the male figure out how to mate?
He's on her back many times a day recently and they are falling all over the place. I don't want them to get hurt and try to "assist" him by stabilizing the pair but it's just a funny situation (to me).