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Discussion in 'Birds - all breeds / types' started by ilovemycockatiels, Apr 21, 2005.

  1. ilovemycockatiels

    ilovemycockatiels New Member

    hey I am making a breeding food for my cockatiels and I am wondering if celery leaves or celery in general are okay for them and romain lettuce. What are some other things to put in with egg?? Tell me some things that can be dangerous too please so I don't get them sick or anything. Any advice would be cool. Thanks :)
  2. charmedagain

    charmedagain New Member

  3. ilovemycockatiels

    ilovemycockatiels New Member

    Thanks for the website.. they list a fruit called date?? Whats that? I've never heard of it. Also they don't list romain leaves but it is a type of lettuce and they have iceberg lettuce under dangerous foods. Does that include romain leaves? I made a mixture of eggs, carrots, a romain leaf, and baby cereal. I seen my female picking at it so I think I might stick with it and maybe add stuff as a breeding food.

  4. charmedagain

    charmedagain New Member

    Dates are like prunes, I have never come across Romain leaves to be toxic to birds so i would not know about that.

    What your feeding them is fine you will know if it does not agree with them as they will get diarreah (sp) if it upsets there digestive tract.
    Make sure the baby cereal does not contain milk as birds are lactose intolerant and even dried milk cause stomach upsets.

  5. ilovemycockatiels

    ilovemycockatiels New Member

    Hi, the baby cereal I have has only one ingredient listed and thats oat flour so I'm sure there is no milk. So far I haven't had any problems with them having diarrhea and I've been giving that to them for I think 3 days. My male shows no interest in breeding. I had a breeder come over yesterday to sex him and he is definately a male and we thought that we may have had 2 females. How much light should the birds have in order to breed? What other things could be wrong? I also bought an albino day before yesterday he is so pretty. She told me he is a boy also. she said she had never seen a male albino and that they must be rare. I got a good deal though he was hand fed, he's 3 months old and he was $100. I 've already got him "stepping up" onto my finger, he is learning fast. Anyways, what can I do to get my cockatiels to breed?
  6. charmedagain

    charmedagain New Member

    Hi what i usually do is put my birds in a quiet room when its breeding time, They need 12 -14hours of light but they also need 10-12 hours sleep so this will needed to be worked out.

    I hang millet spray in there cage also dark leafy greens as this has been proven to be fertility food.

    The temp of the room should be the same at al times, a bird bath or a shallow dish of water should be placed in the cage or you can use a mist spray bottle and gentle mist the birds this indicates warmer weather and time for breeding.

    I give them EMP egg food which is designed for handfeeding and weaning of chicks this also helps stimulate breeding.

    Usually the introduction of the nest box is enought to stimulate them buut if you have not seen them mating this would just stimulate the female to lay eggs that are not fertile.

    Do the birds have a bond and have they been in the same cage for about 6months as this gives them some time to bond together.

  7. mchat

    mchat New Member

    I'm not sure if this will confuse you or not but the vet I go to (shes an avian specialist) recomends not feeding your cockatile lettuce as its mostly water and they don't get much nutritional value from it. I have found that snow peas and snow pea shoots are a favourate among my birds but as with all birds it take a bit of time and patience to get them to eat anything new.

  8. charmedagain

    charmedagain New Member

    It states in the list lettace is safe to feed but is recommended not to because of the amount of water it has in it.

    Dark leafy greens are better for birds

  9. ilovemycockatiels

    ilovemycockatiels New Member

    My birds have been together for about 6 months but they haven't really bonded and my male still seems to be kinda mean to the female. I am going to move their cage today next to a window so they have more light, thats what the breeder that I talked to said might help as long as there are no drafts. My female seemed interested in breeding last time I had the nesting box in the cage but I have never seen them mate. My female did do the little chirp noises and bobbed up and down on the perch but my male didn't do anything. She hasn't laid any this time and I hope she doesn't unless my male does mate with her this time. I just wanted to make sure that the romain leaves weren't toxic or anything cuz I did give them some. I am gonig to try to get some snow peas to mix with the mixture I have now. What green leafy veggies are best? What do you use? What is the difference between snow peas and snow pea shoots? I will see if moving the cage will help and I will try to get some snow peas or EMP food. Thanks
  10. charmedagain

    charmedagain New Member

    I used Cabbage leaves which are proven to boost fertility in birds.

    Birds need atleast 12-14hours of light per day and also need about 10-12 hours dark so they can sleep.
    I never introduce the nest box until i have seen them mating a few times, As giving the nest box before they have mated will result in the female being eager to lay and will end up laying a clutch of infertile eggs which is not what you want ...

  11. kitty-kyra13

    kitty-kyra13 New Member

    I checked out the link above, but eggplant is listed in both safe AND dangerous. Which is it?? :?
  12. charmedagain

    charmedagain New Member

    Egg plant should not be in dangerous foods.

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