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Date:10/20/2014 3:11:06 AM
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Hi Danielle!
Poppy here, and it is completely normal for Caitlin to be protective of her eggs, especially when she has another cagemate. That would help her to become aggressive. It is good that your mom put her in her own cage and gave her more privacy. How big is it? Perhaps it would be better to keep her in her own cage as that would stop her aggression.

How many eggs does Caitlin lay? Does she sit on them? It takes about 3 weeks for a 'tiel egg to hatch, so if she is sitting on them, let her have them until she loses interest. Mom left mine in for the month of Sept. I sort of got restless in early Oct. so mom decided to remove them and I was fine with it. I am getting flirty and chomping on cuttlebone again and mom is hoping that I am done with eggs for the season. Make sure Caitlin has lots of cuttlebone and mineral blocks to chew on as she will need them so her calcium levels aren't depleted. As for the stopping her hormones.... 'tiels can be notorious for egg laying and you don't want her to become egg bound. One of the main factors is daylight hours. Start to cut them back. Also, how many nutritious veggies and other foods is she getting? The more green food she has the more it can induce those sorts of behaviors. Cockatiels live in an arid climate and go to nest when the rains come as there is an abundance of green food for nestlings. Mom blogs with a friend who has a 'tiel that gets egg bound and her vet said that one of the factors is also weight. She has to cut her birds diet to about 1 tsp of seeds and 1 of pellets for the whole day to get her birds weight to 88grms. He said that it stops the hormones. That is something that your mom should talk to her avian vet about. The easiest thing to control is the daylight hours. Hope this is helpful! Mom knows how frustrating it can be when you have a 'tiel intent on laying eggs. Sassy was like that. Hopefully Caitlin will be ok! Squawk later you guys! I am leaving a vote for you!

Hugs and Snugs,

Poppy and flock
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