About The Galah
Galah’s have always been one of my favourite birds, maybe because they are one of the birds I always had growing up. In my opinion Galah’s have the beautiful nature when trained properly. They are the most suitable of all the cockatoos in a human family environment (excluding cockatiels the smallest member of the cockatoo family) as they are not as noisy as other members of there family. But remember, if you are after a completely silent bird there is no such thing they all make noises. Galah’s are generally quiet during the day but most will get a little excited around dusk and dawn as the sun goes up or down.
around 14 inches
Average Weight of galah’s
300 – 400 grams
Nature of galahs
Galahs make great pets and are good talkers they are generally not noisy. Despite these birds being synonymous with the word fool or idiot (Alf stuart from the tv show using the term “you flaming galah!”) these birds are deffinetely not a fool or an idiot on the contrary these birds are very inteligent and there is deffinetely something going on up stairs in the brain department any owner of a galah will be able to attest to this. this saying probablly came from the fact that they are quite playful even in the wild clowning around upside down and playing with eachother.
Availability of galahs at birdsville
Galahs are available all year round but hand raised galahs are generally only available from november to febuary as these birds only breed in the warmer months.
Cage for galah’s
Unlike the old days when people had the old cocky cage which used to be very popular these cages are a dinosaur in todays aviculture as these cages are very unsuitable for a bird this size and more suited to a budgie. Galahs require a large cage for many toys, perches, food/water dishes, as well as significant space for them to move around and spread there wings, this eliminates boredom while in the cage.
Behavioural enrichment toys are very important for the well being of your pet galah, choose toys that they can work hard at destroying, if your bird destroys a toy that means he liked that toy very much, also touph toys for longevity, swings and natural branches are great for there feet.
Diet for Galah’s
Galah’s when young can have an all you can eat buffet but when birds become older than 9 months you have to be careful not to over feed your bird and not to give them too much oily food such as sun flower seeds.
At Birdsville we recommend a combination of seed, pellets, fruit and veg.
- Pellets, the only pellets for cockatoos we recommend are Vetafarm Maintenance pellets and Passwell parrot pellets. Despite so many pellets available at birdsville some pellets are unsuitable for cockies due as there dietary requirements are quite different compared other parrots which have a high fruit based diet.
- Seeds, Cocky mix would have to be by far the best for galahs as it has the best grains for galahs to eat however this mix does have alot of sunflower seeds. For over weight birds the birdsville parrot mix (mix with no sunflower seeds) is highly recommended. As a treat we also recomend passwells fruit and nut mix (which has no sun flower seeds) or avigrain fruit and nut mix (which does have sunflower seed).
- Fruit and vegetables, such as broccoli, carrot, sweet potato, green beans, zuchini, squash, apples, snow peas and spinnach. Vegetables are especially important for galahs as they have many vitamins in them they are not big fruit eaters in captivity or the wild.
Fresh water should be provided throughout the day.
Once you have taken your bird home you should keep it in a seperate cage and allow the bird to adjust accourdingly. Always allow atleast 2 weeks befor introducing the bird to an existing bird. During this period ensure the birds can see eachother through the cages without the cages touching.
When mixing species try to get similar sized birds, There is always an element of risk mixing different species together and even the same species. At birdsville we have whitnessed that all the large cockies mix together quite well and even become friends. We have a customer who has a galah which is best friends with there lorikeet but in saying this always be cautious.
The cage requires regular cleaning and old food should not be allowed to accumulate in the cage. Water should be changed on a daily basis and do not allow fruit of veg to go mouldy, should be taken out at the end of the day.
Your bird will need worming in a few weeks to 2 months after being taken home (check with staff from Birdsville, when purchasing). Young birds that have been recently weaned have a delicate bacteria developing in their gut, worming at this stage could harm the bacterias’ developement and your new bird. Worming will need to be done every six months. Worming your bird is essential for the health of all birds in captivity.
Lice and mites
These are the two most common parasites of caged birds and their environment, but are easily controlled with Mite and Lice spray, available at Birdsville. When using spray, spray bird, entire cage, perches, nesting box and toys, remember to remove all water and feed and avaoid spraying in birds’ eyes. Your bird Lice and Mite bottle will explain how to use it.
This is an important factor of having a well behaved hand raised bird. The bird needs to be handled in a quiet, relaxed situation. spending time with your bird while watching tv or reading is perfect, but dont over stress your bird in the first few weeks to months of taking it home, babies need rest. The more time you spend with your bird, the better your bird will become. There is more information about training on our training page.