Ask Lafeber


January 7, 2021

Female cocktail incubation

When the female leave eggs and exit nest for eating drinking and stretching, the male does not incubate eggs is it normal ?I mean their temperature will fall and they will die if they are fertilized?


Hi Omar,

Usually with cockatiels, one bird sits during the day and the other sit at night. If the female is leaving the nest for long enough to allow the eggs to cool, then the eggs are not going to hatch. If this is the same pair you asked about, again I urge you to take the nest box away and rest them for a minimum of 6 months. The male needs to help, so if you try to breed them again in the future and he still fails to help, I would not breed the pair again. It’s too hard on your female to do all the work. As I mentioned, not all birds make good breeders or parents.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,


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