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  1. Moving Chicks from Brooder to Flight Cage

    Cockatiel Breeding
    I have 3 adorable chicks, about 5 weeks old and have been hand fed for over 4 weeks now. They are all fully feathered and have been doing very well without a heater (took it away about a week ago when they were pretty much fully feathered). All 3 fly and have started to pick at millet and other...
  2. When should I move babies to a cage?

    Cockatiel Talk
    I have 2 4-week old cockatiels and they're inside a glass aquarium when they're not being held, but they seem very active and flutter around so I'm wondering when it'll be okay to move them into a cage. The one I have doesn't have a grate on the bottom.
  3. Parents Plucking Babies - Might Have Possible Solution...

    Cockatiel Breeding
    My question is about feather plucking (by both parents) and whether the solution I've come up with for now would be a good idea. I know people have sometimes suggested the babies be pulled and hand fed, or just left alone and plucked since the feathers grow back, but as I don't want bald babies...
  4. Socializing Babies

    Cockatiel Breeding
    Hello Everyone! My two cockatiels (both first time parents) have been raising their four chicks wonderfully! I've been letting the parents feed them and I've been handling them daily; starting for a couple mins when they were very young and becoming longer as they turned two weeks. I've been...
  5. Weaning and Fledging - newbie!

    Cockatiel Breeding
    Hiya! I hope this is the right place to be posting this! Three days ago I brought home my 5 week old handreared baby, Benji. The lady I got him from said he was down to one feed a day and was grazing on seed throughout the day. (Please, I know *now* that there are a lot of people who object...
  6. About Fledging

    Cockatiel Breeding
    Hi there, I was reading about fledging, which normally occurs when the babies are 4 weeks; the oldest baby now is 19 days old, however, I do want to be prepared for their fledging :love: My question is, if the baby went out of the nest, and stayed on the bottom of the cage, shall I get him...
  7. When do i not put the babies in the box at night ?

    Cockatiel Breeding
    When is it safe to let the babies sleep outside the nestbox at night ? Page and Moondoggie really don't like being in there anymore and comes out when i put them back in lol
  8. Lowering the nest box?

    Cockatiel Breeding
    As there are several who are going through their first time with chicks, this question has been popping up and I am not qualified to guide on it. For those that have their nest box high up on the cage.. should they lower it when they see babies are poking their heads out/getting curious about...
  9. Babies sleeping on the cage floor?

    Cockatiel Breeding
    Hi all As I wrote in my other thread I removed the nest box today because the parent birds got hormonal again. The 5 babies are all fledging but i noticed they sleep on the bottom of the cage on the newspaper. Is that okay and normal???
  10. Uh oh...trouble...please help!

    Cockatiel Breeding
    Hello :) Well our 5 babies are fledging but still sleep in the nest box, and the parents still feed them....but today Skye started to be hormonal again and Sam likes the idea as well! Oh my what am I supposed to do? I cannot move the babies out yet and I cannot remove the nest box either..or can...
  11. Updates on development

    Cockatiel Talk
    Hi everyone :) I thought I would write about my babies...some facts and observations or even ideas :p Please share your opinion or comments if you have any :) Kiwi is 1 month and 3 days old. She came out of the nest last friday and tried to fly on saturday. She is very calm and kind of lazy...
  12. Time for nest away?

    Cockatiel Breeding
    Hey there. My cockatiel pair have 2 babies. They are around 4-4 1/2 weeks old. They are not handfed. They are parent fed. The babies have not begun weaning, but they have begun to walk out of the nest and explore the cage. They have also started to lose weight and begin to flap their wings. But...
  13. Weaning and fledging newbie.

    Cockatiel Breeding
    Hi. My 2 baby cockatiels have grown up so fast. They are about 4 weeks old. They have begun to flap their wings and pick at their nest. But I'm not sure when/how fledging or weaning begins for them. They are parent fed. One of the babies have begun to step out of the nest and start to stand on...
  14. Fledging a clipped cockatiel?

    Training and Bonding
    Okay, so I know the whole "clipped vs flighted" thing is highly controversial. I've read a lot on the pros and cons to both in the last year of research but I just can't bring myself to accept that clipped is the way to go. So here's my question. I'm a new bird owner, and I know it's going to...