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November 3, 2022

Female cockatiel Egg laying

I have 2 young female cockatiels that live in a very large cage together. My daughter has a male in her bedroom. She brings the male in to to socialize and play on a big perch on the top of my cage. The male does sing to them and make heart wings but the girls run away when he does that. My question is will the males presence around them or in the other room cause them to lay eggs? I am terrified of them being egg bound and I am not interested in breeding. They are pets only. Thanks for your help.


Hi JJ,

With cockatiels, yes the presence of a mate or bird of the opposite sex can trigger hormones and with the female, egg laying. Since she is young, it’s best to keep the male away from her because she is at a higher risk of becoming egg bound.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,


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