How to Take Care of a Cockatiel?

How to Take Care of a Cockatiel?

Cockatiels are adorable, gentle, and intelligent birds. Cockatiels are popular as pet parrots because they are simple to care for and teach. Cockatiels can also learn to imitate speech and whistles. Cockatiels have come in a variety of color patterns. The cost of a cockatiel is roughly $200 in the United States. 

Cockatiels are more compact, quieter, and less disruptive than their larger parrot counterparts, making them ideal apartment pets. The Cockatiel birdcage takes up less space, and the birdcage accessories are more compact and inexpensive.

After Goffin’s cockatoo, cockatiels are the smallest cockatoos in the entire cockatoo family. Cockatiels are 2 inches longer than Goffin’s cockatoo; however, they are substantially smaller in height and weight. Cockatiels are tiny to medium-sized birds that make excellent pets. Despite their limited language, they’re social pets who imitate your voice. This post will teach you how to keep your Cockatiel happy and healthy!

Also Read: 5 Secrets You Should Know about Cockatiel

How to Care for a Cockatiel?

1) Give time for Adjustment

Allow time for your Cockatiel to adjust when you first bring it home. If your Cockatiel is a hand-fed baby, it could take as little as a few hours. On the other hand, Unsocialized babies will need two to three days to adjust to their new environment. Avoid handling the bird during the adjustment period. Instead, stick to the cleaning and feeding routines while speaking softly to it.

2) Give a Healthy Diet

Provide balanced food for your Cockatiel. Your Cockatiel’s food should consist of roughly 40% bird pellets. Seed is a tasty treat, but don’t overfeed it because it’s too fatty. You should also feed your Cockatiel nutritious vegetables and occasionally fruit; delectable treats include well-cooked beans and spaghetti. Organic fruits and veggies are advised for feeding your pet. Before serving raw fruits and vegetables, make sure they are thoroughly rinsed.

  • Avocados, chocolate, alcohol, onions, mushrooms, tomato leaves, caffeine, and raw beans are all poisonous to Cockatiels. High in sugar and fat, candy bars are also unhealthy for Cockatiels.
  • If you leave any uneaten fresh food in the cage for more than four hours, it may attract deadly bacteria.

3) Ensure Clean Water

Your Cockatiel has access to fresh water at all times. Your bird’s water should change daily. You should also replace it if you discover food or droppings. You should only offer your birds water that you would drink.

When cleaning the water bowl, use hot water with a bit of soap and rinse well to remove all soap traces. It will prevent the growth of potentially dangerous algae or fungus.

4) Handle Your Cockatiel Carefully

If your Cockatiel is already tame, you’ll need to spend at least 4 hours a day with it to keep it friendly. You may wish to interact with the bird on a towel-covered chair or in a room with an easy-to-clean floor unless you purchase a bird “diaper.”

5) Understand Why Your Cockatiel may Bite

When your Cockatiel bites, you may feel wounded or upset. But it’s important to remember that birds bite in response to a stressful circumstance, not because they’re trying to be unkind. It would help if you did not take bites personally because they indicate that a bird is nervous or upset. Consider what you were doing when your Cockatiel bit you and try to see things through its eyes. A Cockatiel, for example, may bite if you try to grasp it or if you are too rough with it while handling it. Furthermore, many Cockatiels are territorial and may be hostile if you try to put your hand in the cage.

  • If your Cockatiel attacks you outside of the cage, immediately return it to the cell and wait for it to calm down before releasing it.
  • Instead of placing your hand into the cage, teach your Cockatiel to walk up onto a pole or perch if it is cage hostile. You can have it step up onto the porch when you want to take it out of its cage.

6) Teach your Cockatiel to Whistle and Speak.

Males are better at speaking and whistling than females. Still, females can learn to whistle and occasionally acquire a few words. It’s best to start teaching your Cockatiel how to talk before teaching how to whistle, as the reverse is more complicated. Please speak to your Cockatiel frequently and repeat words you want to recall. Give your Cockatiel a reward and lots of attention whenever you hear the beginnings of a word or phrase.

  • Whistle in front of your Cockatiel frequently, and praise it if it begins to whistle.
  • Remember that teaching your Cockatiel to talk takes time and patience.

7) Recognize the Symptoms of Cockatiel Illness.

Keep a watch out for signs of disease in Cockatiels because they can disguise their illness until it is serious. Cockatiels that are sick will sit at the bottom of the cage with fluffed-up feathers. A bleeding Cockatiel is visibly injured as well. The following are symptoms of a sick bird:

  • An increase in your bird’s weight or the amount of food he eats
  • Unwillingness to eat or drink water
  • Irritability or biting
  • A reduction in your bird’s weight or the amount of food he eats
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing or abnormal breathing
  • Lameness
  • Lumps or swelling
  • Inflamed or crusty eyes and nose
  • Hazy eyes
  • A dirty vent or a drooping tail

8) Take Your Bird to the Veterinarian Regularly.

Your Cockatiel should have an annual “well-bird” exam with an avian veterinarian. If your Cockatiel develops any of the symptoms described above, you should call your Veterinarian. Remember that while going to the vet can be costly, birds can become quite sick in a short period, and waiting and seeing. Cockatiels are not a good option because they are fragile creatures.

9) Cockatiels Can Suffer from Night Frights.

Some cockatiels develop “night frights,” They panic out in their cages because they are terrified of the dark. Use a nightlight in the room. Where your Cockatiel sleeps, don’t cover the cell at night to avoid this.

Once you’ve figured out which perch your Cockatiel prefers to sleep on, make sure there are no toys strewn. If your bird has a night fright and becomes tangled in a toy, he could suffer serious injuries.

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