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Old 04-26-2017, 06:56 PM
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Default Housing cockatiels and parakeets during breeding season

Does anyone have any issues? I have a fairly large aviary with both breeds. My cockatiels are on eggs and my parakeets haven't laid yet. They would much rather spend their time outside the cockatiel nest box looking in.

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Never bred, but heard budgies can be quite vicious and have been known to destroy cockatiel eggs. Don't hold me on that though
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The budgies are a danger. When they want a nest they will stage a violent takeover, and have been known to kill cockatiel chicks as well as breaking eggs.
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Sigh. So much to learn.

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Please never house two species of parrots together while breeding. It invites violence.


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Sometimes housing more than one pair of the SAME species invites violence. Even cockatiels, which are one of the most mellow species, usually don't like it when another bird gets too close to their nest.
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Are you able to separate the parakeets from the cockatiels?
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No. We have an outdoor aviary with everyone in it. I can build another aviary but that's going to take time, and more importantly, money. I don't see any aggressiveness as of yet. They just spy in on the nesting couples. The parakeets have boxes of their own, 2 unused cockatiel boxes, and two planters the females have been digging in.

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Oh okay. There's not a lot you can do then except keep a close eye on them and watch for signs of aggression. I do know of breeders who have the two species together without problems as long as the nest boxes are a fair distance apart. Best of luck and let us know how they get on!
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For future: try putting your breeding pair in a regular cockatiel cage. Much more simple than building a new aviary. Remove the nest boxes when your pair finishes the clutch.

I guess you can probably hang up a few more nest boxes in your aviary. That can help the budgies to use a different box then to bother the tiels.
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