View Full Version : breeding my birds

03-01-2003, 07:11 PM
i don't even know if that's what you would call it but i want my birds to mate. thing is, they don't seem to like eachother very much. sometimes they'll cuddle, but then you see them pecking at eachother :confused:
anyways, i was wondering what i would need to do to get them to mate. i have a nesting box and a book that talks a bit about it but other than that i am so lost on the whole thing. will they just...do it on their own? lol...someone please help :p
thanks! :D

03-02-2003, 04:52 PM
not sure.....:rolleyes:

But just make sure you do a ton research before you breed:)

yes its called breeding your birds. lol:D

03-02-2003, 06:51 PM
lol, okay thanks :D

*bump* :p

03-03-2003, 01:37 AM
I have no clue. I've never bred my birds and they've never mated on their own. They LOVE each other (as you can see in my sig) but they haven't mated once, which is good for me! I have no experience with raising chicks (because I would want them to be hand-fed if they ever get chicks). If they ever do decide to get chicks some day, I have no objections and I think it would be fun watching little baby tiels grow from an egg to a pretty bird. :)I just know that when breeding, the female needs LOTS of calcium, and she needs to have a comfortable nest to lay eggs. If the birds don't want to mate, I don't think you could make them. They do it when they want to hey! :p LOL Maybe your keets are not a bonded enough couple. I don't know, but my friends tiels decided to breed themselves for the first time one day when they were 6 years old. They never did it before that, but they got 6 healthy chicks that year and they were all beautiful! My friend handfed them! Then the next year they got 6 more! The next year 5 more! Then after that, a clutch of 7! Now they are 10 years old and so far have had 24 kids! My friend kept some, gave most to her cousins and friends. They all have loving homes and are very sweet tiels! Remember, you have to have LOTS of knowledge and responsibility when breeding your birds. You need to know signs of problems, when everything is fine, when the hen "may" need vet assistance (which may not be needed at all but sometimes is). Ps. Has your female keet ever laid eggs (even infertile ones)? If she hasn't, she probably isn't hormonal yet. My tiel has never laid eggs yet, but I KNOW Muffin is female because she's a pearl tiel and male pearls lose all their pearls after their first or second molt. Muffin has a back and wings FULL of pearls and she's 3 1/2 years old. She is also relatively quiet as female tiels are. Doesn't sing or whistle but has a very sweet "squack" and teeeeeeeeeee. She's as female as they can get! She's also a bit smaller than Popcorn as females are smaller than males.

03-03-2003, 08:01 AM
oh, okay :D thanks :)

no, sky has never laid eggs but she went through this time when she would squat over and seem to be pushing. i really thought she was going to lay some eggs :( oh well. no, i don't think my birds really like eachother. but i'll make 'em mate! :p jk...okay thanks :)

03-03-2003, 07:13 PM
all i kno is they ussually need a seperate mating "box" type straw thing to hang in their cage. i saw them in a pet store because they like privacy. hehe:D

03-03-2003, 08:37 PM
My mom had a male and female teil. The girl laid a bunch of eggs, but none of them were fertile. We think the poor old male was too old (he was almost12). Anyways, I've heard that birds are really picky about breeding. We knew this guy who bred teils and he said it was pretty hard sometimes, some birds never breed for whatever reason. Apparently the curcustances have to be just right, the perfect nesting and such. well, I know I'm not much help, but I tried LOL.

03-03-2003, 09:39 PM
Yep, they ARE very picky, and I hear they mate for life. Once their mate dies, they won't usually mate another. My birds are very bonded, but I guess they don't want to breed!

Ps. 12 is not old for a tiel. Most still breed at that age.

03-04-2003, 10:37 AM
when we were picking out our 'keets from the store, we saw a nice blue bird and a gray bird (she was very pretty but we wanted a sky blue one :rolleyes: ) we saw them feeding eachother. they would stay together in the cage and didn't separate. they were so cute :D