I have a huge problems. Feeding my breeding pair of cockatiels last night the male flew away. The female is now sitting on 5 eggs. Do I put her and her eggs into the main aviary or do I leave her alone, do I put another male in with her? Will she leave the eggs and I loose them all? Please help me.
I think Lin would be the best one to help here, personally i would think she would be fine to leave her there, i wouldnt put another male in incase he attacks the chicks, she will leave them to come out for food then go back in to them, just make sure she has a good supply of things with vitamins and nutrients in and i feel she would be fine, like i said though i think lin will offer best advise
Have to say I can't add more to it than Dawnie. The female should be able to cope on her own. Adding another bird will cause problems, he may very well attack the babies so he can mate with the Mummy. If for some reason you do manage to catch the male, I would put him into quarantine, not back in with her. He could have caught something from wild birds
I'm not sure if this is going to be helpful, or even if it's the right advice, but I wrote it on your other post about this, so here goes...
Quote from my reply: "Brenda, do you have other brooding tiel hens? If you do, you could transfer this hen's eggs to them, and allow them to incubate them. That would take the stress of this hen. She would be stressing, as the male usually sits the eggs through the day, while she feeds herself, and at night, he comes out, and feeds himself, while she sits on them. The cock also will feed her while she's in the nestbox.
If you don't have other nesting pairs, then it's a bit more difficult. If you have a single cock, you could try either putting him with her (she may reject him completely) and see if he will help feed them. Or, (and I would do this myself, and have) take the box out, and dispose of these eggs. I know that is sad, but the hen would be stressing anyway, and put a single cock in with her for a few weeks for them to bond. If they do bond, then introduce the nestbox again, and see what happens.
Just my thoughts. I hope it all goes ok, and the cock comes back." Unquote.
I sincerely hope the cock comes back to you. Do what you think best. My thoughts are with you. ((HUGS))
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