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How do I clip my birds toe nails?Clipping toe nails is fairly easy, I personally feel it is a two person job though. Have one person hold the bird in a towel, belly up, it is even easier if the holding person sits at a table with the bird laying on his back on the table top. The person clipping can then reach into the towel and take out the leg and clip each nail on that foot. Then replace that leg into the towel and hold out the other leg and clip the nails on that foot. When you clip the nails be careful not to clip past the bend of the toe nail, this is where the vein is and if clipped the bird will bleed. Sometimes if the nails have not been clipped for a while the nail will still bleed a little. Have on had silver nitrate sticks, "quick stop" or flour, just incase.
My bird is laying eggs, how many will she lay?Cockatiels will lay on an average 4-6 eggs. The laying cycle for cockatiels is every other day. If your cockatiel lays more than 8 eggs check to make sure you have a male and female paired.
I don't want to breed my cockatiels, what should I do?If you do not want your cockatiels to breed, keep you males and hens in separate cages. If your hens lay eggs while separated from the males the eggs can be discarded after allowing the hen to sit on the eggs for about 1-2 weeks. This will help your hen to cycle off of laying, during this time she will slowly grow tired of sitting on the eggs.
Should I get a nestbox?If you want to raise cockatiels yes. Cockatiels naturally nest in the wild in dead trees, the supplying of a nest box will allow for the proper incubation of the eggs, a sense of security for the nesting pair and also offer some protection for the chicks from drafts. For additional information read our article "The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread".
The eggs just hatched, can we touch the babies?If your breeding pair doesn't mind you looking into the nestbox, yes. Cockatiels are not like wild outside birds, outside birds do fear the "sent" of humans, while our domestic cockatiels do not. If you handle the babies be very careful you do not drop them, even a very slight drop can kill a young chick.
What should I do if a baby dies?Remove the body from the nest box. Many breeders will have an Avian Veterinarian autopsy the body to make sure that the chick didn't die from a disease that could be contagious to the other chicks in the nest. You might also read our article "The Answer Box."
How can I stop my bird from laying eggs?Cockatiels lay eggs because of: proper nutrition, proper conditioning and exposure to 12 plus hours of light, also the supplement of vitamin E will help in increasing the laying cycle. To stop your hen from laying, you will need to evaluate your surroundings. If you have the hen paired with a male, separate the pair into different cages and remove the nest box from the cage if you leave on of the birds in the breeding cage. (Cockatiels do not mate for life and will soon forget their "spouse" once separated) Stop feeding high protein foods such as eggs, wheat germ or wheat breads. (Don't feed cockatiels meat of any kind). Stop adding vitamin E to the water or food, this includes cod liver oil or wheat germ oil or flakes. Decrease the amount of total light that your hen is exposed to to 12 to 10 hours of light. If your hen continues to lay after doing all the above, contact your avian veterinarian for help. A hen that continues to lay will deplete her calcium stores and cause damage to her internal organs. For additional information on this topic read our article, "Ask the Vet".
Will the eggs hatch if there is no male in the cage with my hen?No, for the eggs to be fertile there must be breeding activity between a male and female.
Should I purchase mate to keep my new bird company?If your new bird is a pet, purchasing him a mate will make him more interested in the mate than in you. If you have purchased this bird as a pet don't mate the bird, you will loose the pet. If you purchase another bird with the idea of company for your pet regardless of the sex of the new bird, your first bird will want less to do with the people in your household and will "bond" with the new bird in time.