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The tiels new cage is getting ordered on Thursday and im finished school tomorrow so I have a week off for the October break and with that week off ill be doing a little bit more work with Rio and ill be getting most of the stuff ill need (Nest Box,Cuttlebone etc)
 

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So you are planning on breeding them? How old are they exactly? Because the ideal age for a hen is about 18 months. Also have you saved up some money for vet visits? I spent quite a bit at the vet while breeding when i had sick babies. Its always best to be prepared.
 

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So you are planning on breeding them? How old are they exactly? Because the ideal age for a hen is about 18 months. Also have you saved up some money for vet visits? I spent quite a bit at the vet while breeding when i had sick babies. Its always best to be prepared.
Rocko is 17 months old and Loki is around a year old yes I read that thats why I mentioned in one of my old threads I have to wait until Loki is ready.Yes ive saved up for vet visits it wasnt specifically for the babies I just started saving money for vets incase any of my birds got sick.Im still researching I wanna make sure im ready and have everything before I start.How many eggs do first time mothers usually lay?
 

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First time cockatiel mothers lay 42 eggs. Then it decreases with each subsequent breeding until they get to their standard laying amount, depending on the hen. This is usually somewhere from 3-6 eggs.
 

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First time cockatiel mothers lay 42 eggs. Then it decreases with each subsequent breeding until they get to their standard laying amount, depending on the hen. This is usually somewhere from 3-6 eggs.
Are you messing I dont think thats true 42 eggs in one clutch how could two cockatiels take care of so many babies at once.
 

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Rocko is 17 months old and Loki is around a year old yes I read that thats why I mentioned in one of my old threads I have to wait until Loki is ready.
Well, it will be another 6 months if you want to wait for her "ideal age"...
 

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I didn't think it was true at first either. But every one of my hens laid 42 eggs the first time. The second time was around 35, then 22, 12, and then most of my hens were laying around 3-8 eventually. That's why diet and lighting is so important. The amount of eggs they're going to lay and the babies they raise take their toll on the birds' health.
 

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I didn't think it was true at first either. But every one of my hens laid 42 eggs the first time. The second time was around 35, then 22, 12, and then most of my hens were laying around 3-8 eventually. That's why diet and lighting is so important. The amount of eggs they're going to lay and the babies they raise take their toll on the birds' health.
I think this is a joke, right? Not the part about the diet and lighting obviously, but this 42 eggs in one clutch thing?

My hen Murray just laid her first clutch and there were three, laid at intervals of 48 hours. If your hen did the same she would need to lay - non-stop - for three months straight to produce 42 eggs. Either you had more than one female on that nest, or it's April 1st and someone didn't tell me!
 

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Have you had Loki DNA'd? She is still too young to breed safely. What are you going to do while you are in school and can't be there for them?
 

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What type of diet are your birds on? They need to be used to eating foods they will need to feed the chicks and will need food and water often thru the day when they have chicks in the nest... I feed my birds 6+ times a day, every few hours and change their water at least 4 times a day cuz they make a mess of it by drinking with food on their beaks... I feed them so often because I feed cooked and fresh foods that will spoil if left out too long, and they eat massive amounts of it also... I feel like a birdie slave! It is almost as demanding as handfeeding.
 

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Have you had Loki DNA'd? She is still too young to breed safely. What are you going to do while you are in school and can't be there for them?
I know Loki is a female and I know shes young thats why im waiting (do people not read) the chicks will be raised by their parents so they be ok while im in school and they will be supervised by my mam and shes home all the time.The babies will be socialised at a young age with humans so they can be tame.
 

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We just want to make absolutely sure that you know how long you need to wait before you can safely breed your hen. Aside from all of the possible health issues, the risk of immature parents abandoning a nest is also greater. As an example, the baby i'm currently hand raising was given to me at 3 days old because his parents (father 14 months and hen just over 12 months) abandoned the nest with the baby and two unhatched eggs in it.

Is your mum ok with the possibility of 2 hourly round-the-clock feedings just in case the parents become unreliable early on? Or assist feeding a few times a day every day? Because even though you're waiting until Loki is old enough physically, first time parents can often be a bit clueless and there's a high possibility that they may need some help.
 

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Have you had Loki DNA'd? She is still too young to breed safely. What are you going to do while you are in school and can't be there for them?
I know Loki is a female and I know shes young thats why im waiting (do people not read) the chicks will be raised by their parents so they be ok while im in school and they will be supervised by my mam and shes home all the time.The babies will be socialised at a young age with humans so they can be tame.
People do read. Generally when you use the word "almost ready," it implies that you are going to do something in the near future.

Have you found someone who can teach you to hand feed? And do you have a vet equipped to handle possible egg binding or sick baby birds?
 

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Most hens do not lay 42 eggs ever in their lives. That's for heavy egg layers that are hard to stop laying. My hens always laid between 4 and 6 eggs depending on the hen. I had one lay 8, that was the most I ever had in a clutch.

Everyone is just making sure you have all the info needed. Have you looked into making a brooder? That will be needed if the parents abandon the babies. It's much easier to have one ready before hand then get one ready last minute. What kind of bedding will you be using? Breeding was like having another full time job for me, that's for sure.
 

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Pikachu laid 15 the first time. They were all infertile because I was not trying to breed her. These days she only lays 2-3; there's some truth to the belief that some mothers lay more their first time, but that doesn't mean they're going to lay 42 eggs.
 

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I've never had a hen lay more than 8, so 42 would be absolutely shocking if it were to happen to one of my hens. Oh my god lol.
 

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We just want to make absolutely sure that you know how long you need to wait before you can safely breed your hen. Aside from all of the possible health issues, the risk of immature parents abandoning a nest is also greater. As an example, the baby i'm currently hand raising was given to me at 3 days old because his parents (father 14 months and hen just over 12 months) abandoned the nest with the baby and two unhatched eggs in it.

Is your mum ok with the possibility of 2 hourly round-the-clock feedings just in case the parents become unreliable early on? Or assist feeding a few times a day every day? Because even though you're waiting until Loki is old enough physically, first time parents can often be a bit clueless and there's a high possibility that they may need some help.
Yeah shes ok with that shes excited too she misses when Tiko was just a little baby.
 

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People do read. Generally when you use the word "almost ready," it implies that you are going to do something in the near future.

Have you found someone who can teach you to hand feed? And do you have a vet equipped to handle possible egg binding or sick baby birds?
My mam knows how to hand feed she had to do it when we took Tiko home.I have a few questions to ask my vet most of the things you told me like asking do they do blood work and stuff and ill tell them ill be breeding soon.
 

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Most hens do not lay 42 eggs ever in their lives. That's for heavy egg layers that are hard to stop laying. My hens always laid between 4 and 6 eggs depending on the hen. I had one lay 8, that was the most I ever had in a clutch.

Everyone is just making sure you have all the info needed. Have you looked into making a brooder? That will be needed if the parents abandon the babies. It's much easier to have one ready before hand then get one ready last minute. What kind of bedding will you be using? Breeding was like having another full time job for me, that's for sure.
I never knew you could make a brooder how do you do that? I read that its best not to use bedding what should I use.
 
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