Put the egg in the box and eventually they will go in it. Get rid of the
stuff at the bottom of the cage. They aren't like wild birds. I handles my
cockatiels eggs quite a bit (when I was checking to see if they were
fertile). They are really protective but I would squirt them lightly with a
spray bottle and then grab an egg and hold it up to a bright light. They
were infertile for years but my other male just decided it was his turn with
the female and now I have 2 baby cockatiels. I made a cardboard egg checker
by taking a thick piece of cardboard and cutting a hole in it smaller than
an egg and then I set the egg on the hole and shine a bright light under it
to see if it's fertile. It's called candling. You should look it up on the
internet. Also I'd but a book on cockatiels. I have almost every book there
is. Fertile eggs are really solid and after 2-3 weeks you can't hardly see
through them at all. Infertile eggs are see through. You can see the liquid
in them. It takes about 3 weeks for the eggs to hatch and they lay an egg
like every other day. Sometimes they don't sit on them till they are all
laid. How old is the couple? It's so fun to watch them feed them after they
are born! Good luck! My female laid eggs about 15 times before they amounted
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> We have three cockatiels, two of which have 'paired up'. They had
> been acting weird the last few days (shredding the newspaper at the
> bottom of the cage, chasing the third tiel out of the cage
> altogether), so last night we bought a separate cage for 'Spike' and
> added a nesting box to 'Sunny & Simon's' cage and replaced the
> newspaper with wood shavings.
> Sunny and Simon spent most of the morning rearranging the wood
> shavings at the bottom of the cage (not the nesting box) and I just
> noticed there's now an EGG at the bottom of the cage. Neither bird is
> sitting on it. They're both sitting on a perch taking a nap. Does
> this mean the egg isn't fertile? Should I try to move it to the
> nesting box?
> HELP?? PLEASE???
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