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Genus/Species: Nymphicus hollandicus
Size: Ten to
up to 25-plus years.
Diet: Feed cockatiels a seed or pellet mix
specifically designed for them. They should also recieve fresh
vegetables and fruits. Cuttlebone is also recommended for calcium, as
well as fresh clean water everyday.
Housing: Medium to large-sized cage with half
inch bar spacing .
or Female?: Males
have bright yellow cheeks with
a dot of orange in the middle, while females are basically all gray.
Breeding: It's the male's duty to prepare the
nest box. He will go inside, move around the pine shaving, then he'll
chew on the nest box hole. He'll work on this diligently for about a
week. Then and only then will he allow the female to enter. She'll go
inside, and decide if it's up to her specifications. If both are in
agreement, by the end of the second week the egg laying process will
begin. It is important that the hole be large enough, but areas exposed
for the bird to chew on as this is part of the mating process and is
common in all birds. The eggs usually hatch in 18 - 21 days. All chicks
are born with white down on them. Their eyes open in about 10 days.
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