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racing_gurl07
05-28-2007, 10:07 AM
Not sure if you all remember my Cockatiel, Spike. But I would like to mate him, hes 2 years old or so. Is that too late for him to mate? Im trying to find a female bird now but cant seem to find one. There is one in Alexandria, Mn (where i used to live) at their pet store, but that pet store is so bad that i dont know if i get her if she will live or not. If I can mate him does anyone know where I can get a female cockatiel??

Hellow
05-28-2007, 10:09 AM
I only know that it is not too late to mate your cockatiel.

racing_gurl07
05-28-2007, 11:28 AM
Another Question....He has been SO LOUD latley, hes done moulting, he was like this last spring too. Why is that?

Hellow
05-28-2007, 11:34 AM
Because this is their natural breeding season.

racing_gurl07
05-28-2007, 11:50 AM
Since i cant get him a mate right now, It would take a while for him to get used to her, could i get him a fake bird to sit on the perch? would that help the noise at all?

tikeyas_mom
05-28-2007, 01:12 PM
It is very hard to breed Tiels. And chances are he will not breed with just any female tiel. Do you know for sure that he is a male? Have you got him DNA tested to find out? Because that is the only real way to tell. I had a male and a female Tiel and they lived together 10 years, and never once bred. the reason he is being loud, could be cause of several different reasons.. He is bored, lonely, hungry, thursty, singing, playing, wanting out, needs his cage cleaned, needs a mist bath.. Out of all my years of owning birds, they usually get noisy just because they feel like it. And cockatiels are notorious for that!

racing_gurl07
05-28-2007, 03:35 PM
I'm sure hes a male, i didnt never get a DNA test but Im positive on it, He can not get anymore yellow on his face. And if he was female he wouldnt be as nosiey as he is now. He is just this nosey during the spring after moulting.

Genny
05-28-2007, 09:37 PM
Hey racinggurl07,

Two years isn't too old. Is he singing or screaming??? My cockatiel sings all the time because he's happy, but he never just screams.

My cockatiels Peaches & Sunny had 2 babies in January this year. They are already grown now, but they are so sweet.

You can get a cockatiel from a pet shop or from a breeder.

I really don't know why he's screaming--it can be for many reasons like tikeyasmom said.

Let us know if you need more help.

racing_gurl07
05-28-2007, 10:12 PM
I thought he was screaming because we moved last night, we drove 2 hours in the car, but hes been in the car alot from moving alot. But even before we moved he was loud in our other apartment. He was loud all day today but this afternoon he calmed down a bit, i misted him, he didnt like it but im sure it felt good. And i also bought him more Millet, so hopefully hes not stressed.

Husky_mom
05-29-2007, 12:08 PM
Females can also have yellow faces......... my Maui has a yelow face and crest......but she┤s a Pied Tiel.......

You can try searchinh online for a breeder, I wish I could help more but I have no clue where you live, ═ am also member on a bird forum where Tiel owners have clutches or young birds for sale....... you may wanna look there....PM me if you like

can you post Spike pics??

Genny
05-29-2007, 01:05 PM
yeah posting pictures would realy help out :) I'd like to see him anyway; I love to see cockatiel pictures!!

racing_gurl07
05-29-2007, 01:28 PM
I do have pics of him, but they are OLD. he doesnt have much yellow at all in the pics i have. If can find some recent ones i can post them.

racing_gurl07
05-29-2007, 03:56 PM
Here are some pics of Spike i found, they were taken last year, he a little bit more yellow now.

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa87/jenhenderson/spike3.jpg

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa87/jenhenderson/spike2.gif

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa87/jenhenderson/spike.gif

3muttsandaboston
05-29-2007, 04:12 PM
Yeah he is definalty a male. I would suggest not breeding him unless you know what you are doing. You will need to find a female who is at least a year old. breeding any time before a year can be dangerous for her health. Also you can't just throw the two birds together you will need to have them in separate cages for a while and slowly introduce them, just like people they may never get along. You will need a large cage with a nestbox attached. Also males scream for different reasons, sometimes they want more attention, sometimes they are hormonal, and sometimes they are just doing it for the heck of it. Good luck!

Zippy
05-29-2007, 05:24 PM
Form the pictures I would say he is a male normal grey tiel.

Husky_mom
05-29-2007, 05:53 PM
yup, grey male........

Genny
05-29-2007, 09:21 PM
Definitely a male! He's gorgeous.

Yeah really make sure it's what you want to do because sometimes you have to be prepared to hand feed the babies (if they have any) because sometimes the mother won't. It's really a lot of fun though if you're really
100% into it :) I love my tiels and wouldn't trade them for anything, and the babies are wonderful too!

TamanduaGirl
05-30-2007, 03:00 PM
Surely he's smart enough to have noticed you packing boxes, ect and know what that meant from moving before. Surely he's smart enough to know he's in a new house/apartment?


I thought he was screaming because we moved last night, we drove 2 hours in the car, but hes been in the car alot from moving alot. But even before we moved he was loud in our other apartment. He was loud all day today but this afternoon he calmed down a bit, i misted him, he didnt like it but im sure it felt good. And i also bought him more Millet, so hopefully hes not stressed.