Ask Lafeber


September 20, 2021

When would they become compatible

I got a seems like molting female cockatiel that had been brought by a crow , it’s fine now so I decided to bring a mate for her . As I brought a male cockatiel (around 18 months) starts biting my female cockatiel….I think it’s due to the age difference which makes him biting the female can u suggest anything what should I do with them ?


Hi Akash,

The cockatiel probably needs more time to recover. A bird needs to be 100 healthy before you try to get them a mate or breed them. The female is molting and when through a trauma. Also, you have no idea how old she is. She might not be old enough, or she might be very old. She needs to be at least 2 years old to breed, and the same goes for the male. She may not care for the male because he isn’t old enough to breed. I wouldn’t try to introduce this pair until the male is 2 years old, and hopefully the female is old enough.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,


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