Ask Lafeber


June 7, 2019

Breeding tiels

Hello. I have a pair of cockatiels which is a male and female. But the problem is that the male is smaller than the female and she sings and dances infront of him. She wants to mate with him but he doesnt want to. I also see them fight all the time when they get close to eachother. I wanted to breed them and it became 5 months since they are there. They fight alot which means they dont look like they are going to breed. I have no vets near my area and I couldn’t buy any other cockatiel. So I was wondering if you could help me breed them. Thank you!


Hi again,

It sounds like you may not have a male and female, or the male is much too young for the female or they simply do not get along. Both birds need to be at least 18-24 months old to breed. If both or one of the birds is younger, then you need to separate them until they are old enough. If both are at least that age, you might still try separating them and give the male some more time to mature. Put them back together in 6 months or so and see if there is any difference. If the birds still do not get along, then I would split them up and give up on getting them to breed. You can’t force them to bond or breed. Many birds do not make good breeders and some pairs do not like each other. There is nothing you can do to change this. If both birds are mature and fail to get along, they should be separated for good.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,


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