I just started breeding. I have a female who is really friendly and I just got an older male who whistles and speaks. I placed them in a cage and then a few weeks later offered a nesting box and now I have an egg. Do you have any advice I can do? Other then cleaning the cage and box every day and offering bathing and drinking water. and soft foods? Thanks
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If you're asking this group for advice, after* you've tried to breed your 'tiel, you're putting the cart before the horse. Buy a *very good book on cockatiels. Do your homework, hang out at 'tiel websites and newsgroups and do your research!
Then put the pair together with a breeding box (that is the correct dimensions, has the right amount of curve on the bottom of the box, etc.).

There are many considerations: Nutrition, water, vitamins, number of hours of daylight, humidity, etc. By being ignorant of all of these considerations, you're putting the hen and
the babies at risk. There's more to breeding healthy birds than just seed, water and soft foods.
Don't mean to be a grump, but raising healthy birds takes a lot of time and consideration and knowledge.
~Kimberlee
I just started breeding. I have a female who is really friendly and I just got an older male who whistles and speaks. I placed them in a cage and then a few weeks later offered a nesting box and now I have an egg. Do you have any advice I can do? Other then cleaning the cage and box every day and offering bathing and drinking water. and soft foods? Thanks
If you're asking this group for advice, after you've tried to breed your 'tiel, you're putting the cart before the ... foods. Don't mean to be a grump, but raising healthy birds takes a lot of timeand consideration and knowledge. ~Kimberlee

Good post and put more politely than I would have.
One problem with it though, the cat is already out of the bag(birdsare reproduceing) why not offer the help the poster is asking for rather than politely kicking her in the teeth.
Dave
Jump right in, then, Dave!
I researched and read up...then I decided I didn't have the time to breed and hand-feed the birds.
So, I did the best I could, which was to strongly urge her to figure out what she was doing.
~Kimberlee

> "Kimberlee" wrote in message >
> > If you're asking this group for advice, after you've tried to breed your
> > 'tiel, you're putting the cart before the horse. Buy a very good book
> > on cockatiels. Do your homework, hang out at 'tiel websites and > newsgroups
> > and do your research!
> > Then put the pair together with a breeding box (that is the correct > > dimensions, has the right amount of curve on the bottom of the box, etc.).
> > There are many considerations: Nutrition, water, vitamins, number of hours
> > of daylight, humidity, etc. By being ignorant of all of these > > considerations, you're putting the hen and
> > the babies at risk. There's more to breeding healthy birds than just > seed,
> > water and soft foods.
> > Don't mean to be a grump, but raising healthy birds takes a lot of time
> and
> > consideration and knowledge.
> > ~Kimberlee
> Good post and put more politely than I would have.
One problem with it though, the cat is already out of the bag(birdsare reproduceing) why not offer the help the poster is asking for rather than politely kicking her in the teeth.
Dave
Jump right in, then, Dave! I researched and read up...then I decided I didn't have the time to breed and hand-feed the birds. So, I did the best I could, which was to strongly urge her to figure out what she was doing. ~Kimberlee

Breeding Tiels is not my cuppa tea, thats the reason I didn't offer any help. But then again I'm not the one who politely kicked her in the teeth now am I.If the OP
Wanted to know something about Senegals or Yellow Napes, I'd have been glad to share what I know.After that she might have gotten a finger wagging.

Dave
your

How difficult would it be for her initially to buy more than one book, or search the internet for even the basic advice.
It appeared that she didn't so much as need reassurance, but needed nursemaiding through the whole process as she had done no research at all, and to top it all, knew little about caring for tiels in a non breeding situation.
It seems as though here was another too idle to do any research herself, but who wanted people to drop the info right in her lap. I for one think that there are already too many low value tiels and not enough good homes and when a complete novice decides to add to the problem by breeding tiels which will probably not even be hand reared, it makes me depressed.
The best I could have done was politely referred them to : http://www.google.co.uk/search?sourceid=navclient&q=caring+for+breeding+cock atiels
and hope that they would be dedicated enough to actually look at some of the very informative sites, printing off the pages which they found useful. Other than that, what can anyone do?
How difficult would it be for her initially to buy more than one book, or search the internet for even ... even be hand reared, it makes me depressed. The best I could have done was politely referred them to :


atiels and hope that they would be dedicated enough to actually look at some of the very informative sites, printing off the pages which they founduseful. Other than that, what can anyone do?

Pam, you make some valid points. However you missed my point. Being, the op already has birds that need help..whats more important? trying to help the birds by sharing what you know or giving links or helping in what ever way you can or kicking the poster in the teeth for her stupidity? I vote for doing what I can to help right a wrong.
Bye the Bye your name sake(Molly YNA) is hollering "want some" my son is eating chips in front of her :-)
Dave
Hi first off i did do research on the internet bought 2 new books as well as already had one and talked to the breeder who had the male before i got him. I would not try to breed birds if i did not have atleast some experience with birds and have hand raised birds before wild and tame. I just wanted some more advice from people who have been breeding birds for a longer period of time.
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