Information about Breeding Cockatiels
Being an animal breeder is a very hard task to accomplish, but can also be a very rewarding experience for those who love animals. If you work a full time job, it is strongly recommended that you do not breed any animals as they will require a lot of attention and care that a full time worker won’t have time to provide. If you are going to be breeding cockatiels, the chicks that are hatched will require just as much, if not more attention, than other animals, as they will be completely helpless for a while. Cockatiel breeding isn’t for everyone, but it can be rewarding for those with the time and money to devote to the endeavor.
Male cockatiels are fertile until they are around 12 to 14 years old and females are fertile until they reach 8 to 10 years of age. This isn’t bad when you consider that the average lifespan of a cockatiel is around 12 to 15 years. Sometimes, when a bird is exceptionally healthy and fed very well, it can be fertile for even longer amounts of time. Breeding birds that are held in captivity, even if they are well within those fertile age ranges, can turn out to be not so great parents. If you try to breed a pair of birds that are inexperienced, don’t be surprised if they eat, damage or abandon their young or even the eggs before hatching.
When picking out a pair of birds for cockatiel breeding, it is important to find a pair that are not related, that are well fed and are in excellent health. You should also take the pair of birds to a vet for a health screening before breeding them. This will check for any infections, lack of nutrition and will also include a blood test, to see if they are related or not. The age of your birds will also play a huge role in whether or not you will be able to successfully breed them. You should never try to breed any cockatiel that is not at least 1 and half years old, even though they a physically able to breed.
When still in the wild, cockatiels typically will breed either in the spring or early fall. These are considered the natural breeding seasons for cockatiels, so you should keep that in mind. If you plan on cockatiel breeding indoors, they usually can breed anytime of the year, although you should limit them to only laying eggs twice a year.