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Old 02-11-2017, 01:58 PM
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Hi! I have a pair of Lutino cockatiels that I got from a lady who was reducing some of her flock and she told me that she kept them indoors and let them have 1 clutch of babies. I have had them since october of 2016 and cannot understand why they haven't reproduced yet. I give them an abundance of food, greens, cuttle bone, mineral, etc. I placed the nest boxes a good ways above their perches. I try not to go into the aviary to much as I wanted to see if it was a privacy issue (they aren't tame). I have another pair of cockatiels that is utilizing the nest boxes just fine and reproducing. What am I doing wrong? Do they need more time??
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Are you sure that they're really opposite sex birds? Their previous owner had a flock, so it's always possible that they're a couple of girls and one of them got together with a male long enough to lay some fertile eggs. It's totally possible for two females to raise a clutch peacefully together.
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Another possibility is that they're just not ready yet. They may not feel completely secure yet in their new home, and the days are still fairly short in the northern hemisphere.
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The original owner claimed they are male and female. When I went to see what conditions they were in she had them in a large parrot cage together with their nest box. She was an elderly woman. No other birds were with them. I believe she bred birds in individual cages. She had some in her living room.

Anyway maybe your right maybe they just need more time.This is my first Lutino pair is their any obvious things to look for when determining sex? I know one bird seems a little smaller in size than the other...
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If she had them separated from the other birds then they're probably a true pair.

Lutinos have the same markings as the normal greys, but it's a lot harder to see because it's different shades of yellow rather than yellow on grey. If you hold the bird near a strong light (like a window) and look at the flight feathers and tail feathers, you'll see spots and barring on the hen and you won't see them on the cock.
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Perfect! Thank you for your help!!
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P.S. If the hen happens to be lutino pied it will make sexing more difficult. There are no markings on a pied feather.
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Oh boy, well they lady claims they are 100% Lutino. They got their red eyes!
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If they're all yellow and have red eyes they are lutino. But they could be more than that. Lutino makes it hard to see many of the other mutations, and lutino pied in particular can be hard to identify.
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Also, it is usually recommended NOT to breed lutinos together as it can result in issues like baldness also, if she got them from the same source there is an extremely high chance they are siblings, so it may actually be good if they decide not to breed.


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