First discovered in Australia in 1770, the Cockatiel is the smallest bird in the parrot family. They are very cute and smart pets. Moreover, they are very social. They can imitate your voice. They can move happily on your shoulder or finger. What more can you get! In this article, we will provide you with a satisfying Cockatiel guide from purchase to education.
Buying A Cockatiel
As you would before purchasing any pet, consider whether you really want this pet before purchasing it. First of all, remember that no matter how pet they may be, it is a wild bird and can bite you with its beak. Also, like all parrot species, the Cockatiel makes a lot of noise.
Also consider if you could really spend a long and productive time with him. Make sure it’s not a fad for you because these parrots can live for up to twenty years.
The cockatiel cage should be purchased considering the needs of the bird. The length, width and depth of the cage should never be less than 50 centimeters, but bigger is better. The spacing of the wires of the cage should not exceed 20 millimeters. Since this bird likes to climb into the cage, the cage better has horizontal wires occasionally. You can view the cockatiel cages in our Cage & Nest category.
Stainless steel parrot cages are recommended. Zinc and lead are poisonous to the cockatiel. Therefore, the cage should not contain these materials. Before mentioning its care, let’s also mention this: The smoke of your Teflon kitchenware can also be fatal for your bird. You can find cage and much more bird products in our category.
Cockatiel Feed And Other Needs
The cockatiel food should be nutritious. To understand that it is quality and nutritious, you can take some of the feed and try to germinate it like a bean germination in primary school. If less than 70% germinates, you need to try a new feed.
Apart from feed, there is a list of basic needs as in other bird species. Put a water bowl and two feeders in the cage. You can put dry bait in one of the bait containers (which you tested as above) and something like fruit or boiled peas in the other. A skirt is also necessary for the cage against the possibility of the baits being thrown. Also keep twigs and palm strands, as they love to chew.
Put a lot of perches in the cage. Since these birds love to climb, they will like the number of perches. But you will realize that he will choose one specifically as a home and sleep on it. You can also put toys that he can play with. If you change the toys occasionally, you can prevent the bird from getting bored.
We assume that you have read enough resources for cockatiel care and have spoken to other breeders. First, when you bring the bird home, give it a familiarization process. It can get used to it in a few hours, or in a few days. Spend time with him as much as possible and do not neglect regular cage cleaning.
Take care of healthy nutrition. In addition to feed, you can also give fruits, vegetables, well-cooked legumes and spaghetti. Make sure they are as organic as possible and wash fruit and vegetables very well. Never give them avocados, chocolate, spirits, onions, mushrooms, tomato leaves, caffeinated beverages or uncooked legumes; because these are toxic to them. Highly sugary and fatty foods are also unhealthy. Remove rotting, dried fruit and vegetables from the cage so that bacteria do not grow on them. Always keep the water clean and prefer drinking water.
Look for information about what could be signs of illness, and when you see one of these, go to the vet. Not every veterinarian looks after poultry. Therefore, it is useful to know the veterinarian in advance.
Cockatiel training takes time and patience. You have to tame it before you start training. Talk to him, make small treats. Get used to eating from your hands slowly. In a week or two he’ll get used to you and his new home. Remember that even domestication can peck you. Especially do not get too close to your eyes.
If you are looking for a talking bird, cockatiel males are recommended. Teach your bird to speak first and then whistle. The other way is more common, but it is actually more difficult. Talk to him often and repeat the words you want him to learn. Reward him as you learn new words. You can teach the whistle the same way.