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Old 12-15-2016, 01:57 AM
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Default Cockatiels Pair Not Breeding or Interested in Breeding

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- I want to discuss a problem i have with my cockateil pair. Male is a heavy pied and female is a pearl.

- Pair is confirm as Male whistles and female is always silent.

- Not sure of age but I have them for last 6 months.

- Male looks inside the breeding box but never goes inside.

- I once put my tame cockateil inside so he started defending the breeding box and looked inside more like sometimes he does but never went inside.

- I think he is afraid of breeding box.

- Please any suggestions
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Old 12-15-2016, 02:16 AM
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1) whistling or lack thereof can indicate sex, but does not confirm it. I have had females who whistled often, and males who were mostly silent.

2) tell us how the pair treat each other

3) tell us about the diet you have them on

4) tell us about the cage set up, size, perches, placement in the house, activity in the area, etc.

5) tell us about the nest box, construction, placement, bedding, how long they have had it, etc.


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Q. 2) tell us how the pair treat each other
A. They are really good to each other. Sit together. Eat together. Both follow each other in doing things.

Q.3) tell us about the diet you have them on
A. They eat, Oat seeds, Millet Spray, Sun flower seeds, green leafs, Kaytee calcium, and Nekton Supplement.

Q.4) tell us about the cage set up, size, perches, placement in the house, activity in the area, etc.
A. Picture has been attached that tells about it and perches. Using breedingbox that is normally used in my country successfully. Its outside the cage with a hole opening inside the cage.

Hight: 12"

Width: 9"

Depth: 9"

Bedding is wood shavings again successfully used in my country.

P.S : The second picture in which they are in a round cage was their first day. It is not their cage anymore. It was just for reference.
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Old 12-15-2016, 08:03 AM
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Hen looks to be a cinnamon pearl, maybe. It's harder to see cinnamon in pearls.

Breeding takes time. It's not going to happen overnight and if they aren't even mating yet, giving them a box won't make them. That being said, some pairs just don't want to have babies together. The male has to attract the hen and if she's not interested in him, it's not going to happen. Does he do any beak banging on the bars or heart wings or anything? This would show that he wanted to mate with her. If he's not, it means that he's not interested and you don't want to force them. You want them to figure it out on their own. It's also going to take them a while to go into the box, they have to accept it as a good place to breed first.
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Said exactly what I was going to say! They may not end up being a bonded pair that mates. Not all birds that you put together will breed. They may hate each other, they may bond closely and mate, or they may just tolerate each other or just "be friends" for lack of a better description...

I also would not guess sexes based on whether the bird is vocal or not, this "confirms" absolutely nothing. You could easily have two females or two males together... DNA testing is the only confirmation. If you do actually test them and they are confirmed to be male and female, then you have to be patient and give them time to become closer, to start preening each other, then feeding each other. When you see them feeding each other then they may mate soon, but not until.

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First of all thank you very much for the generous replies. The male does makes heart wings and I have heard her whistling. As I live in other city my parents take care of their food etc and I visit every 15 days to take care of other major things. THey dont fight, they eat together, sit together and I have spotted them preening together but yes never go in to box.

- I have few questions arising from it.

1) Do we have to install breeding box once they mate ? What if they mate and I dont see ?

2) What is best way to pair up birds ? I just bought a new normal grey hen for a lutino male who is more than an year old. The pair is not happy together and in last 2 days they have spent toghether beak fights are normal. Male does not allow female to eat if he is down there eating etc. I still have to see weather they get together along.
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1. Trust me, it's very hard to miss a pair of birds mating. They are very loud about it, so your parents would definitely hear it. Giving them a nest box before they're mating/bonded can cause a bondage pair, which is never recommended.

2. The best way to pair up birds is to let them choose their own mates. I have bought birds to mate with particular birds before and they never seem to pair up the way I want them to. They always chose whoever they wanted. Mine were all housed together so they could choose whoever suited them.

As for this new pair, I'd separate him. Sounds like the male is too aggressive and if he's keeping her from eating that's not a good environment for her. The fighting is also a bad sign and it can get dangerous if they aren't separated.
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Ohhh I see. But a little confusion. My uncle's cockateils did mated and gave eggs 2 times but I never heard them lol . Though eggs are infertile always. She layed two times and both times just useless. I think they are on a seed diet thats the reason. I always try to give them different food like egg food, corn, Kaytee Hi Grit calcium but they dont like it. Only corn is eaten sometimes.
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Just because she laid eggs doesn't mean they mated. An all seed diet would not make the eggs infertile, not mating would. Until the last 20yrs cockatiels were mostly kept on an all seed diet. Were you around the cockatiels most of the time? Because not seeing them mate is very odd. It could mean that while the female was hormonal the male wasn't and so he didn't mate with her.
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Not really around them 24/7. They are my uncles and because I live with them I love birds I just take care of their everything cleaning, food changing etc. I never saw them mating in my last 8 months here but she did laid eggs. In first ever cluth they laid 2 eggs and both incubated it. Both infertile, later on a single egg on floor after 6+ months. I kept it cage and it was infertile too. Then in 3rd cluth again two eggs. Though one got missing as per the family but i think they might have seen incorrectly as they are afriad of their cockateils lol . Later on, I saw another one in the nestbox. Both infertile.

- Its a normal grey pair and visually can be sexed. Pair is very bonded as they eat together sit together sleep together etc.

- How do I know male never mated with her ?

- Moreover, any good free books on reading more about pair making etc.
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