Ask Lafeber


March 12, 2020

Not babies

I have two cockatials, has had eggs for a couple of years, but never have babies.
Male is 4 female is 3. I feel bad they have the eggs and nothing comes about it. Both lay on the eggs when they have a clutch, the male likes to most of the time.
Why aren’t they having the eggs hatch?


Hi Arlene,

One of the birds may not be fertile. Some birds never make good breeders. They may not be keeping the eggs warm all of the time. It would be best to take the nest box away and don’t let this pair breed again. You can try resting them for about 6 months and then letting them try again. But if the eggs still do not hatch, then take away the nest box for good. It’s too hard on them physically to go through the breeding process and then have nothing to show for it.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,


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