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Linda Pries - 2013-05-21
I have been breeding cockatiels for several years now and am currently setting up pairs from my own breeding. I have normals, pied, albino pearls and what I have always called lutino pearls. I'm not sure if this is the proper name for these as I have seen them also referred to as opaline pearl. The birds are soft yellow with the grey pearling. Last year I purchased a pair consisting of an albino hen and a whiteface pearl cock. They produced all whiteface pied chicks until their last clutch which also produced a gorgeously stunning whiteface pearl hen. I am keeping her and breeding her back to a normal male who is split to pied. Also will be starting a pair who is a whiteface pied split to albino hen bred to a lutino pearl cock. I'm very anxious to see what these pairings will produce. Does anyone have any ideas? Also, is lutino pearl the proper classification for my yellow birds with grey pearling?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-21
    That Whitefaced Pearl hen must truly be a beauty! A Lutino Pearl Cockatiel has white plumage with yellow pearling, not grey pearling. Lutino's lack all grey pigment. It's probably either a normal pearl mutation or a cinnamon pearl mutation (which has a lighter coloring than the normal). Also males do not retain the pearling, it molts out as they mature. As these birds are crossbred, specific characteristics can become less distinct, so a good knowledge of the genetics as well as the birds lineage (who were their parents/grandparents, etc) is helpful in choosing crossings to get the results you are looking for.
  • Geoff Larsen - 2013-08-30
    I am new to cockatiels and was given a pair for breeding. The female got egg bound and died so now my male is very lonely. What I would like to know is what type he is and how to locate a suitable mate. He is a white face (no cheek markings at all) and a few dark grey patches on the top of his wings. His mate was also white faced but had quite a bit of grey markings all over her body and wings. (My kids named them Peter Pan and Tinkerbell.)
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Connie - 2014-09-24
I have 4 cockatiels. The 2 I'm wondering about do not have white faces nor orange spots! They are very very light gray with white around their eyes. Can anybody tell me are they considered white faced or what? Thanks!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-26
    They sound really pretty! If you check out the description section above, it has a discussion on the various types of white-faced cockatiels, with their coloration so you may be able to determine if your's are indeed white-faced birds from that. There are a lot of interbred birds, so it would also help if you could talked to the people you got them from to get their breeding information.
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Ruth - 2012-08-12
We have a white face cockatiel, it is only very young. When can you tell if it is a boy or a girl

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-13
    I have no idea how you can tell the gals from the boys without DNA sexing.  However, they do breed very young and if it lays an egg - it is a gal.  They will usually lay 5 eggs - one every other day.  If you get 8 - 10 eggs - you have two females.  Sexual differences - there are some that will give you a best guess but just no accurate way to determine sex on these fellas without DNA.  If you are real concerned you can purchase a DNA sexing kit in the back of the Bird Talk magazine in the classifieds.
  • Donna - 2014-05-30
    A male whiteface's face will turn white. A female won't. I have one of each.
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paula - 2014-05-09
I have two, male and female. She has one egg, sitting on it, how long will it take it to hatch? she doesn't want me around the cage at all.

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  • Anonymous - 2014-05-15
    The incubation period is 17 - 22 days.
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christine barak - 2012-04-17
I found a bird at work, don't know what kind. Had an orange spot on the side of its head. Looked like a young bird.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-17
    Does it look like the one in this photo? What are you going to do?
  • Roni - 2014-04-02
    Cinnamon pearl cockatiel mean, he's cinnamon grey color bunch of yellow on him only 11 weeks now, turned 11 weeks today. Born on Jan 15 this year. Have two males.
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Anonymous - 2010-05-04
Please help why is my cockatiel plucking out his feathers he is nearly bald?

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  • Julie - 2010-05-10
    Cockatiels (particularly females) can develop this terrible habit. In some birds it is nerves, they are uncomfortable about something in their surroundings. In some birds it is lack of stimulation from friends, family, playmates etc. They are very social creatures and need companionship. In some, it is due to hormones - this is mostly the female birds. Of the four females I've owned, three plucked to some degree. If I were you, I would definitely find a knowledgeable avian vet and have your bird checked for mites or a skin condition. A good avian vet can give you suggestions for curbing the plucking.
  • Sarah werner - 2010-09-14
    Maybe give it some more toys to get his mind off it or some fresh leaves that are not toxic or if that does not work there is a bottle of liquid for sale called AVITROL FEATHER PLUCKING FORMULA and you spray it on the cockatiels back and they don't like the taste of it so they wont pluck themselves!
  • Lexi - 2011-08-10
    You might want to be careful if a bird is really stressed if can kill itself by plucking it's feathers
  • Sandra - 2012-09-06
    I have a 7 year old female lutino cockatiel and the bald spot on the top of her head seems to be speading down the back of her neck. She has been plucking her feathers for quite some time. She is also a very picky eater and only eats the small seeds in her food. Any information anyone can provide would be appreciated.
  • robert - 2014-02-23
    Cockatiels are that kind of pet that always need stimulation in some way or form. When left alone always leave a radio or TV on. They can get frustrated and pull all their feathers out if they're alone too much. Have a great day.
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Alfred Carter - 2014-02-13
My male cockatiel Wedgie is around 11 years of age, he is in fine shape, but Ellie May is around three years of age. At first for around a year she could fly very good, but over the weeks she started to fly less and less, till she stopped flying. Her tail feathers became very untidy then she started pulling them out or they just fell out. I have moved now to another house and she seems very happy her tail feathers are just the same and wings very scaggy, she tries to fly but lands on the carpet. She eats, drinks, and preens and gets on with Wedgie, is there anything I can do about her feathers to get them back how she used to have them?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-16
    Make sure her cage is very roomy. I'm assuming you are already offering her a great diet, with pelleted foods as 75% for balanced nutrition, and offering fruits and veggies as treats. So in addition, you may want to try adding some vitamins. Vitamins for birds are available at a pet store.
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Anonymous - 2014-02-09
Hi I'm from malta, hello, I have a problem. How do you recognize albino cockatiels, from hen to cock? Thanks ...joseph from Malta.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-12
    Albino Cockatiels can't be visually sexed. The only reliable way to tell male from female is to have it DNA sexed via a blood sample which is very reliable, or you can have surgically sexed, which is somewhat intrusive but extremely accurate.
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Cockatiel lover - 2014-01-18
hi, I bought a female cockatiel, she was kept with male birds, and she is 2 months old. Is there a chance that she will lay eggs, and if she does can she raise them herself ??

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-19
    Cockatiels should be 18 months to two years old to breeding. Any female parrots can lay eggs even if they are kept alone, however the eggs will not be fertile.
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Anonymous - 2013-11-19
My son gave me a cockatiel then a week later gave me a parakeet so the cockatiel would have a friend. They get along fine. Would they do okay in the finch aviary ?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    I personally never mixed parrots (Psittaciformes) with finches (Passeriformes) as the hookbilled parrots can do a lot of damage to these smaller birds. If the aviary is very, very large, you may be successful, you would have to try it to see. But I would still be cautious as the situation could become unstable at any time, especially when any of the birds go into breeding mode.
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