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Cockatiels

This is the hatching of a cockatiel, the pictures have been enlarged to show a little more detail. Cockatiels take about 18 days to hatch depending upon when incubation began.

From the yellow down on this baby we can tell it is not going to be of the white face variety, as the down would be white not yellow. Nor will it be Albino, Red Eyed Silver, Fallow, we know this because the eyes are visible even at day one under the skin and are dark not pink or red.

In the pairing of two normal gray cockatiels, it is possible and always exciting to produce a red or pink eyed baby and means that somewhere down the line (generation) there was a gene for this.

This baby will not eat right after hatch as it is still living off of the nourishment from the egg sac. It must not be handfed at this time either if you are planning to handfeed from day one. You must wait and can visibly see when the GI track is clear than it is ready for the first feeding.

 

A 4 day old cockatiel chick leaning over an egg, just like the one he came out of just days ago. This chick wouldn't fit back in the egg now and is growing rapidly. It is always an amazing transformation to watch there development as the eyes open, pin feathers come in and the color comes into view.
Here are some 4 to 5 week old baby cockatiels just starting to come out of pin feathers. It is always exciting to start to see there colors start to show underneath the shafts of a pin feather as they begin to color up. The questions that swirl through your mind! I think it is? It might be? Cockatiels are such a fascinating species and because they grow and mature so fast it can be an exiting endeavor for anyone as a learning experience of the how and why genetics work. It can even be a very rewarding experience as a child's science project that can be shared by the whole family.
Here we have a group of 8 week old baby cockatiels, and a mature (heavy pied) pair. Heavy pied always refers to more light color than dark on the bird and generally is better than 50 percent of the bird to be considered heavy pied. Here these heavy pied's are also clear faced which means absent of dark feathering on the face. Considered much more desirable than those with dark feathers on the face. Originally it took selective breeding of birds that showed a small amount of dark feathers until total absence of dark feathers were achieved. Any trait that a bird portrays can be breed for, it always the hope to improve color, size, wing carriage, crest and more.
Cockatiels have long been a passion of mine, their gentle ways and resemblance to the cockatoo is what drew me to them at first. They did not prove to be a disappointment, they are still a species I breed, and probably always will. I still have one of the very first cockatiels I bred. Just a normal gray, that is worth his weight in gold only to me. He was hatched in 1981, and looks as good as his two year old son, of course he has many off spring. And is on his second wife, the first was lost to an accident. If it had not been for that he would still be by her side, nice to know something's are ever after till death do they part. I would like to tell you all cockatiels are faithful, unfortunately many are not, (an unfortunate human quality I guess). Remarkably this fellow is still fathering off spring, it will be interesting to find out how long this will continue. I hope his good health has something to do with how we have cared for him. When breeding he and his wife are set up in your typical 24 inch, by 24 inch, and 18 inch high, breeding cage, with a nest box. When we are not breeding this pair they are housed with other cockatiels, in a cage of 20 feet long, by 5 feet wide, with a height of 6 foot which slopes up to 8 feet. Few perches are low, as to give lots of flight room, since cockatiels are very fast Australian flyers. Originating in Australia, where they live on wild grass seed, buds, and yes even bugs.
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