Everything you need to know about Cockatiels!

grey cockatiel
09 May 2020 Pets4Company

The ideal friend for beginners: everything you need to know before purchasing a cockatiel.

Being one of the birds that we most commonly find as pet , this little Australian friend, endowed with an head crest and a matching personality, cuts off any moment of monotony of a home with its various whistles. It is considered a low maintenance, social, and easily domesticated, gentle and somewhat comical bird that can learn a series of whistles and tricks. When kept in the most suitable conditions it can live up to 20 years.

Housing and Hygiene:

The cage provided should be tall and wide so that the cockatiel can climb and flap its wings comfortably. Some owners prefer cages with an opening at the top and letting the bird spend some time outside of it so that it can socialize and fly a little. These periods outside the cage should be done with all care and supervision, away from other animals and small children as adverse situations and even serious injuries can quickly occur.

Inside the cage there must be a feeder and a water dispenser, of material that is not easily destroyed once the cockatiels have a strong beak and are therefore capable of gnawing. These, as well as the perches must be placed in such a way that the bird can move and turn without tightening and without prejudice to the wings and tail. Non-toxic wooden toys should also be available for you to play and spend time with.

The bottom can be covered with the appropriate substrate which makes the cage easier to clean and maintain.

Food:

In nature the cockatiel feeds on seeds of trees and grasses, but also small insects , eating, like any wild bird , what you can find. In captivity, we can find several mixtures based on seeds and granules for breeding or maintenance.

We can also bet on fresh foods such as fruits and vegetables in order to provide a varied and complete diet so that the bird do not suffer from nutritional imbalances.

Health and well-being:

The cage must be kept clean and free of dust released by the feathers. Too humid environments in which molds, fungi and parasites such as lice may proliferate should also be avoided. All of these can be detrimental to the respiratory health of the bird.

Sometimes females will be able to lay eggs even if they are not in a breeding situation with a male and nest at their disposal, which leads to a greater need for vigilance and care for calcium levels so that, over time, the bird will not suffer from descaling. For this purpose, we can provide you with a mineral block so that you can recover the lost calcium .