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I have had my cockatiel for a while now and have just found out that it is a female! However, I do not see it laying any eggs so that is a little concerning since my cockatiel was found I do not know if she is at the right age for it or if this is a big deal or not.

I also want to get my bird another friend because I am afraid she is becoming lonely. However, I do not know if they will get along or not, which I desperately want them too. Is there any way to have them share a cage with them getting along as well. I want my bird to have a friend because she does not like interacting with me at all, no matter how hard I try so I think getting a friend would be good for her but I want them to get along instead of me just having another cockatiel by itself.

I need advice

thank you !:wf cinnamon:

Also my cage is very large for one cockatiel so would that help?
 

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Sexing Cockatiels can be tricky depending on the age. If he/she's young there is a possibility the person who sexed your pet could be wrong. At an early age they all look like hens. If he/she is as you say not interacting with you well, getting a friend might be best. Just understand it will need to be a very large cage to house two birds comfortably.
 

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I recently got a friend for my cockatiel and the vet ( specialised bird vet) advised me about how to manage the transition. Plus there's some helpful notes in the sticky notes section here on the forum. My vet said when bringing a new bird into the house it needs to remain in its own cage on a quarantine situation (separate room and fed separately) from your current tiel. After 6 weeks you can begin to introduce them slowly, starting in the same room then moving them closer and so on. When I got my new tiel I made sure they were hand raised so that it would be easy to transfer particularly since my first tiel is only partially comfortable coming out of the cage. After a few times watching them together outside the cage, they will now sit comfortably and preen themselves about 15cm apart. Preening is a sign that they are comfortable and my vet says they are ready to start putting them together in the same cage, in addition to this they can't bear to be in separate rooms even though they are in separate cages. So the vet has advised to do this slowly by putting them together for a few minutes then gradually increasing the time. As my new bird is hand raised she is very keen for company and rushes over to my other bird who at first is still getting used to her so sometimes they have a bit of a hissing session but then they back off and are comfortable.
 

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Not sure what you are trying to do to get to know your teil but just begging in the same room can be a good place to start, talk to her and offer her treats from the hand. If she wasn't hand raised it may take her a long time to adjust, you simply need to be repetitive and present, my first tiel wasn't hand raised correctly so he is very afraid of hands so I keep my hands hidden and put my face up to the cage to talk to him and he comes to me. You could try this but again persistence with the same process regularly is the way to go.
 

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The only sure fire way to sex any bird is DNA sexing from a drop of blood or a feather. Depending on the birds age, most times males will be more vocal and strut around while females tend to be a little more quiet but will generally make the same squawk or chirping noise.
 
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