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my cockatiels have been in the nest box for quite some time now and the female just laid an egg today. I haven’t seen them mate so Im a bit worried about the shell because it looks thin, is it ok? I know that candling won’t show any signs of fertility now but do i have any chance? they have eggs and veggies frequently.
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Look normal to me. At this point is a pure waiting game. Wait a week, then candle again.If you 'r not experienced, you will not see difference at first 2-3 days after incubation, plus, bird may not incubate egg right now. Mark the large end, so you know which one was laid first. I would use more bedding material,to prevent eggs dented

Even this clutch eggs were infertile, let them finish the whole incubation process, until they loss interest, that is good for birds, especially you want to breeding them in future.
 

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Look normal to me. At this point is a pure waiting game. Wait a week, then candle again.If you 'r not experienced, you will not see difference at first 2-3 days after incubation, plus, bird may not incubate egg right now. Mark the large end, so you know which one was laid first. I would use more bedding material,to prevent eggs dented

Even this clutch eggs were infertile, let them finish the whole incubation process, until they loss interest, that is good for birds, especially you want to breeding them in future.
thanks for all the advice you have given me on my posts. i have experience with budgies. i have two pairs one laid four eggs and three hatched last winter. they started mating today wout of the blue even without nestbox today. another pair who lay a lot but are infertile. the problem is that it hasnt even been 15 days after i put up the nest and i havent seen them mate. I know that candling will show nothing now so im gonna try again next week. i will try to add a bit more but all my birds seem to hate them and throw them out. thanks for the advice again.
 

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When cockatiel makes nest, the will push bedding material around o make a dent about 1 to 2" deep on bedding, but, the box entrance is too low, so, the bedding looks like being thrown out. I don't think cockatiel hat the bedding, they just can't make decent nesting cavity in the nest box. The low side of entrance should be a few inches higher to the bottom a the nest box.
 

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When cockatiel makes nest, the will push bedding material around o make a dent about 1 to 2" deep on bedding, but, the box entrance is too low, so, the bedding looks like being thrown out. I don't think cockatiel hat the bedding, they just can't make decent nesting cavity in the nest box. The low side of entrance should be a few inches higher to the bottom a the nest box.
hi again, my cockatiel laid the second egg on the 24th. the eggs are fertile. I added more bedding after your suggestion, but I have seen an egg go under the bedding twice now would that be a problem? the male is the one incubating and the female is mostly just standing outside he doesn't go out when I try to check the nest but sometimes stands on the entrance hole for a short period of time, how long will it take for the chicks to die if not incubated? I assume it's because the male moves that the eggs wind up under the shaving in the side and fixes it later. sorry for all the questions I ask :)
 

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I don't think egg under bedding is a problem. Male may incubate day time and female usually do the night shift. Egg is left cold for short period time less than 48 hours is fine, especially in early stage.
 
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