How Many Days Cockatiel Egg Hatch?

How Many Days Cockatiel Egg Hatch?

Welcome to my blog! Today, we’ll be discussing a very important topic: how long it takes for a cockatiel egg to hatch. We’ll explore the various factors that can affect the hatching process, and hopefully by the end of this post you’ll have a better understanding of what to expect. So let’s get started!


Cockatiels are very friendly, social birds that enjoy human interaction. They are also relatively easy to care for and make great first-time pets. One of the most fun parts of owning a cockatiel is getting to watch it grow up, and one of the milestones of cockatiel development is hatching. So, how many days does it take for a cockatiel egg to hatch?

Cockatiel eggs take about 18 to 21 days to hatch. The incubation period (the time it takes for the egg to hatch) can be shorter or longer depending on the temperature of the room where the eggs are being kept. The ideal incubation temperature is between 82 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit.

What to expect during the hatching process

Cockatiel eggs typically hatch between 18 and 21 days after being laid, although the hatching process can take up to 30 days. The cockatiel egg hatches when the embryo inside the egg absorbs all of the yolk sac, at which point it becomes strong enough to break through the eggshell.

During the hatching process, you will see your cockatiel chicks start to chirp from inside the egg. This chirping is a way for them to communicating that they are alive and well. The chirping will continue until they have fully hatched.

Once they have hatched, you will need to provide your cockatiel chicks with a brooder box that has been outfitted with a heat lamp to keep them warm. They will also need access to fresh water and food. Cockatiel chicks should be kept in the brooder box until they are fully feathered, which usually takes between 6 and 8 weeks.

The incubation period

The incubation period of a cockatiel egg is generally 18 days long, but can be as short as 16 days or as long as 21 days. This can make it difficult to determine when exactly the eggs will hatch. The best way to be sure is to candle the eggs regularly (about once a week) and mark the date of each candling on the calendar. This way, you’ll have a good idea of when the eggs are due to hatch.

How to tell if your cockatiel’s eggs are about to hatch

If you’re incubating cockatiel eggs, you’re probably wondering when they’ll hatch. While the incubation period for cockatiels is usually 21 to 28 days, there are a few ways to tell if hatching is imminent.

First, check for pipping. This is when the chick breaks through the shell with its beak. You’ll see a small hole in the shell, and you may hear chirping. Once pipping occurs, hatching is usually 24 to 48 hours away.

Second, look for internal pip. This is when the chick breaks through the inner membrane of the egg but not the shell. Internal pip usually happens a day or two before pipping, so hatching should happen within 48 to 72 hours after internal pip is observed.

Finally, check for external appearance changes. The day or two before hatching, chicks absorb the yolk sac into their bodies and their veins and down become visible through the eggshell. If you see this, hatching should occur within 12 to 24 hours.

Cockatiels typically hatch early in the morning, so if you see any of these signs late in the day, hatching may occur overnight. Keep an eye on your eggs and enjoy watching your new baby cockatiels enter the world!

What to do when the eggs start hatching

As your cockatiel’s eggs start hatching, you may notice the chicks begging for food more frequently. Chicks need to be fed every few hours at first, and then every couple of hours as they grow. Once they are a week old, they can start eating seed and other food like their parents. If you have any questions about what to feed your chicks, or how much to feed them, talk to your veterinarian.

Helping your cockatiel care for its chicks

Once your cockatiel lays its eggs, it will take 18 to 24 days for them to hatch. During this time, it is important to make sure that the eggs are kept at a consistent temperature of about 32 degrees Celsius. The female will do most of the incubating, but the male will also take shifts.

Once the chicks hatch, they will be completely helpless and will need their parents to care for them. For the first few weeks of their lives, they will be unable to thermoregulate their own body temperature and will need to be kept warm. They will also be born without any feathers and will need their parents to keep them clean.

As they grow older, they will start to develop their own feathers and will be able to thermoregulate their own body temperature. At this point, they will no longer need to be kept as warm and can be moved into a larger cage. They will also start eating solid food and drinking water.

Once they are fully feathered and are eating solid food on their own, they can be moved into a larger cage and slowly introduced to other cockatiels. They can then start living independently from their parents

How to tell if your cockatiel’s chicks are healthy

If you have a cockatiel that has been broody and has recently hatched chicks, you will want to know how to tell if your chicks are healthy. Here are some signs to look for:

-The chick should be alert and awake, with its eyes open.
-The chick should be able to stand on its own, and move around easily.
-The chick should be free of diarrhea or any other type of drainage from its body.
-The chick’s feathers should be smooth and sleek, without any gaps in the plumage.
-The chick should be vocalizing normally, without any difficulty breathing.

When to wean cockatiel chicks

As a rule of thumb, I start weaning my cockatiel chicks when they are about 4 1/2 to 5 weeks old. This is usually just a week or two after they start eating on their own. I find that if I wait too much longer, the chicks tend to become more attached to their food and are less willing to try new things.

At 4 1/2 to 5 weeks old, the chicks should be eating on their own and drinking from a bowl. They should also be fully feathered. I like to start with soft foods like scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, etc. I will also offer them some chopped up vegetables and fruit. I will give them some pellets as well, but not too many as they still need some time to adjusting to them.

I slowly start decreasing the amount of formula or mash that I give them while at the same time increasing the amount of soft food and pellets. By 6 to 7 weeks old, they should be weaned completely onto a healthy diet of soft food, pellets, vegetables, and fruit.

What to do if your cockatiel’s chicks die

If your cockatiel’s chicks die, there are a few things you can do to help your bird through this difficult time. First, make sure that the nesting area is clean and free of any debris that could have caused the death of the chicks. You may also want to consider moving the cockatiel to a different location, as some birds will become stressed if they are kept in the same area where their chicks died. Finally, be sure to provide your cockatiel with plenty of love and attention during this difficult time.


On average, it will take between 18 and 25 days for a cockatiel egg to hatch. This is a broad range, so it is important to keep a close eye on the eggs. Some eggs may hatch a few days earlier or later than others in the same clutch.

Tammy Slater

Tammy Slater is the founder of, a home and garden blog that provides inspiration and resources for homeowners and renters alike. A self-taught DIYer, Tammy loves nothing more than tackling a new project in her own home. When she's not blogging or spending time with her family, you can usually find her rooting around in the garden or at the hardware store.

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