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Question:

August 11, 2021

Why does my Female Cockatiel fight the male during mating? (Only during mating)


Why does my Female Cockatiel fight the male during mating? (Only during mating)
This usually happens each Time when the male is on top of her


Answer:

Hi Beny,

Is your female at least 2 years old? Is the male at least 2? If either bird is younger than 2, then you should separate them for now. You should not start breeding cockatiels until they are between 2-3 years old. They can breed at a younger age, but they are not fully mature and do not do well with breeding and sitting on eggs when they are too young. It sounds like your female isn’t ready to breed yet. If she is over two, then is may be that she really doesn’t care for the male as far as being a bonded mate. They choose a mate in the wild, so they do not always like the mate that we choose for them. You can’t do anything to make a pair get along. If she continues to reject him, and both birds are over 2, then you might need to split them up and try different mates for each bird.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,

Brenda

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