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How long before cockatiels can safely mate?

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I have 2 cockatiels, both around 7 months old, and they've recently started to mate. I read online that they are too young to mate and it can be unsafe/unhealthy for them and their potential babies so I have separated them. At what age is it safe for them to start mating and making babies?
 

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They can mate, but it is not a good age to breed. So all eggs would need to be switched with dummy eggs or boiled (allowed to cool) and put back.

Breeding age is 18+months old, though if you are asking this question it means you´re not knowledgable enough yet to allow breeding, and still should remove those eggs.

So it´s ok for them to be together, unless it leads to lots of egg laying which cannot be controlled with the usualy methods (rearranging the ccage regularly, 14 hours sleep, increased foraging, decrease food easily avail).
 
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