Ask Lafeber


September 14, 2021

Mating birds not laying eggs

My female cockatiel is 2 years old and my male cockatiel is over 1 year. They have been mating for a month now but the female is not laying eggs.


Hi Zoya,

Your male isn’t old enough to be set up for breeding yet. Both birds should be at least 2 years old before you set them up as a pair. I would split the birds up until the male is 2 years old. Most likely the female doesn’t view him as a viable mate. A young male often just wants to mate, and if the hen lays eggs, the male may not help her. Some young males get aggressive to the female when she tries to sit on eggs, because he wants to mate instead. He may even destroy the eggs or hurt any chicks. He really needs the extra year to finish developing physically as well as emotionally. You are more likely to have positive results if you are patient and wait another year to put the birds back together.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,


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