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what would you do.

My tiels are fed in an indoor part of the aviary.
Unfortunately 2 of them have decided to breed and are stopping anybody else from going in an eating.

I shouldn't really breed them as they're rescues and I told the rspca I wouldn't.

Would you

A) put the food outside.
B) put a nest box on and remove the eggs.
C) leave things as they are and remove eggs
D) put box in and let them breed?

Just as interest she's a lutino he's a white faced pearl.
What mutations could they be? I can't figure it out my brain won't do it.

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I would keep the food inside and maybe put a nestbox outside and remove the eggs... but removing the eggs could make her just keep laying.



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Hmmm, yeah the food could come outside and you could let them breed on the inside. Tiels are persistent!

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Yeah, I don't wanna make her chronic.
Maybe 1 clutch wouldnt hurt? after all they can't complain if its for their health right?

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Are they just mating? if they are just mating and there is nowhere for her to nest she may not lay at all, cockatiels can mate for recreational purposes without any eggs being the product. Many females wont lay without a nest, in my personal opinion I wouldnt jump to getting a nest if you dont want them to breed, unless she lays an egg.

If there is only one feeding area maybe adding more food bowls will help...

If you do go about removing the eggs do not remove them until she has abandoned them or she will likely lay more to replace the ones you took, you can shake them or boil them to stop them from developing if they are fertile. Or you can let them breed, since I dont know your birds I leave that decision to you


As for mutations, all females will be pearls and all males will be normal greys unless there are other splits. Good luck with whatever you decide



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Thanks Sarah, I did remove a cracked egg tonight as it was smelly!
I expect more eggs over the next few days.
I may well boil them. It is worrying they'll not let the others eat and I hate putting food outdside as the mice get in.

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The other thing I've done to get chickens to stop wanting to brood, is take her real eggs, and replace them with dummies (fake plastic eggs usually). When they dont hatch, it should discourage her from the idea. As for the food, do what the others said, I agree with putting more food bowls out, maybe different heights, places where its harder for more than one bird to reach, etc..



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I would get some fake eggs and replace her eggs. You don't have to worry about them cracking (and smelling) as well as she will eventually realize they won't hatch and abandon the fake eggs. I honestly wouldn't go against what you told the RSPCA. That is just me though.
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What a tough situation for you Kate . I know with my female if the eggs were cracked or removed or didn't hatch she just kept laying more and as soon as I took the chicks she layed more, fake eggs didn't help at all either. The only way I was sucessful in getting her to stop was too let her raise a chick. So far she is just taking care of that chick and hasn't layed anymore yet. So you may have to let her raise a chick if she won't stop, hopefully it won't come to that though

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Thanks all, the pair are behaving today.
But tomorrow who knows!

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Because of the eating issue I put in a nest box but then I couldn't get the eggs to shake or bake em!
The adults are sitting tight!
The photo is of my two boys sitting in the box, together!
It's strange but cute, my girl and the boys won't leave the eggs and they will bite hard if you put your hand in there.
So I'm just hoping that the eggs wont hatch.
However after seeking the vets advice he has written me a signed note for the RSPCA to say that this is in the birds best interest.
Sometimes it is better to let them breed as they will suffer otherwise.
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Hahah! So they all love the eggs? Chicks will never go hungry haha!

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Definately don't remove the eggs, I've heard that would make them make more little eggies. I'd just move the food to the outside.


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Well, I am nervous to post this.
I removed all but 2 eggs before the nest box went in.
Today only the whiteface male Tamba was sat on them.
I just lifted the lid to make sure he's ok.
I'm sure I heard a faint cheep.
So maybe one has hatched.
The eggs were shaken but after the box went in I couldn't get to them.
The parents wouldn't get out and I got bit bad when I tried and it didn't go well.
So maybe that little cheep is a little chick.
I'm excited but won't check til tonite or tomorrow.
I feel guilty as well as I never meant for them to breed but couldn't stand all the fighting and worrying incase they hatched a chick out if a nest box.
At the end of the day its what's best for them.
I dont want a chronic layer.
And to add to my problems, horrid mice ate back.
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That sucks about the mice but the chick is good news! How come the others were removed? Infertile?

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Rspca not supposed to breed, so trying to breed as few as possible just to keep parents busy.

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Yeah I get what you mean. It's hard to stop them though!

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It's cruel, this is easier and the pet shop want some tiels. A local lady has just lost her feathered friend of 22! And would like a replacement tiel.

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