Top 10 Cockatiel Tips

Tip #1Is a cockatiel a parrot?
Cockatiels ARE Parrots. Many people are surprised by this fact. Cockatiels (Nymphicus hollandicus), have the features of parrots such as a curved hookbill and two toes pointing forward and two pointing backward. The cockatiel is a small parrot and is native to Australia. The cockatiel is closely related to cockatoos. This is why cockatiel noises are parrot noises.




Tip #2
What should I feed my pet cockatiel?Recommended servings for cockatiels are a teaspoon of quality bird seed along with cockatiel pellets and sprouted seed. You can also add healthy vegetables and healthy table foods such as wheat bread, pasta, sweet potato (mashed), and small bits of fruit.DON’T feed them chocolate, apple seeds, avocado, onions, alcohol, mushrooms, tomato leaves, salt, caffeine or dried beans. All of these are either poisonous or dangerous in various quantities.


Tip #3 Do cockatiels talk?Although cockatiels don’t say as many words as other parrot species, cockatiels can learn to mimic words and phrases. Male cockatiels are more talkative than female cockatiels. Find out how to teach your bird to talk here. Cockatiel noises should be mostly pleasant!  Cockatiel Tips


Cockatiel Cages Tip # 4
What type of cage do you recommend for my pet cockatiel?Cockatiels are very busy and active birds, so make sure you get them the largest cage you can afford. The very minimum size would be 24 by 24 inches. Make sure it has a pull out tray for droppings. Just put plain paper towels in the tray and change this daily. Food and water dishes need to be easy to get to from the outside the bird cage. The cage will need lots of things your bird can play with. They are very intelligent and need lots of things to do.


Tip #5.
Is my pet cockatiel male or female?In normal gray cockatiels, male cockatiels have a richer gray color and brighter orange cheek patches than female cockatiels. Female cockatiels also typically have barring on the tail feathers. There are also some behavioral differences between male and female cockatiels. Male cockatiels tend to talk and whistle more and female cockatiels have a reputation for being more docile.
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Tip #6
Which makes the better pet bird: a male cockatiel or female cockatiel?Both male cockatiels and female cockatiels make great pet birds. Typically, male cockatiels are better whistlers and talkers than female cockatiels. With a female cockatiel, be aware of potential parrot health issues, such as chronic egg laying and egg binding.


Tip #7
How can I tell if my pet cockatiel is sick?The biggest sign that your pet cockatiel might be sick is a change in behavior. A healthy pet bird is active and alert: eating, playing and making normal cockatiel noises. A pet cockatiel that sleeps a lot or sits fluffed up in the corner of the bird cage could be sick. If there is even a slight change from normal cockatiel behavior or if your cockatiel shows other signs of illness, your pet bird could be sick. If your pet cockatiel is sick then take it to an avian veterinarian as soon as possible.




Tip #8
Can I get a pet parakeet (budgie) for my cockatiel?If you want to have a pet parakeet (budgie) and a pet cockatiel in the same bird cage, you will need to go very slow in introducing them. Never put 2 birds into the same cage until you know whether they get along. This means keeping the parakeet (budgie) and cockatiel in separate bird cages, and trying out the friendship first. Are they interested, do they interact, do they hiss and peck at each other? If you put them together, watch very closely for the first couple of days.


Tip #9
How can I get my pet cockatiel to stand on my hand?This depends on how much you have handled the bird to begin with. If your cockatiel hasn’t gotten use to your hands, you must gain your cockatiel’s trust. Start by getting your cockatiel used to you being close by, either by sitting near the cage and not making eye contact, or talking to it. Pay attention to the cockatiel noises he makes when you come near. Does he whistle, say hello or hiss? Once your pet bird gets use to you, offer him a treat. From there, you can start encouraging your pet bird to step up onto your finger, and then work on petting it. Take it slowly and you will have a great new friend! The best way to train your new pet is using an expert training program. Here’s an opportunity to get a free sample of training.




Tip #10
Will my cockatiel be okay with my dog? Cats and dogs are natural predators and their hunting instincts might kick in with your active cockatiel. Never leave your other pets alone with your pet cockatiel while your cockatiel is outside its bird cage. My cockatiel rides on our lab/boxers back and they sun together by the front door but that doesn’t mean yours will be the same. USE CAUTION!

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