Hand Raised Cockatiel’s for sale sydney
Quarions as pets
Cockatiels are an extremely popular and affordable pet bird. Cockatiels are in fact the smallest member of the cockatoo family. They are small enough to comfortably fit in an apartment but hardy enough to become a member of any big human family. Due to their wonderful and outgoing personalities they crave human company. Once they warm to their environment they will follow you around like a loyal dog, they also love having their heads scratched. Cockatiels can be great talkers, they copy nursery rhymes and can even pick up everyday sounds such as the ringing of a telephone or TV commercials.
Availability at Birdsville
Hand Raised Cockatiel are available at Birdsville most of the year round. If you are interested in owning one of these birds give us a call or visit us for at chat at Birdsville.
Distribution and Habitat of cockatiels
Cockatiels are native to Australia, they travel in large flocks following food, settling in scrubby low desert vegetation, close to water, such as creeks and rivers.
Description of Cockatiels
Cockatiels are small in size, they has a slender body with a long pointed tail. The natural colouration of the cockatiel is mostly grey, with a yellow face and pale grey underbelly. They have a white wing patch, with orange cheeks and a distinctive pointed crest. The male can be identified by its bright orange cheeks. Young Cockatiels resemble the adult female, with a duller orange cheek and barring under the tail.
There are also now mutations in cockatiels, (a variety of colours). Colours include yellow, white, pearl and white faced plus many more. It is mind boggling array of mutations out there.
Diet For Hand Raised Cockatiels
These birds are also very easy to care for due to the simple diet they live on! Cockatiels are granivores, so most of their diet simply consists of seed but they do however require some greens and vegetables including spinach, broccoli, green peas, corn, spinach and fresh seeding grasses.
Pellets– some people prefer to have there bird eat pellets some Due to the specific diet of cockatiels not being big fruit eaters i would recommend vetafarm maintenance pellets for cockatiels. Do not give your baby cockatiel pellets without also having a separate dish for seed as your bird can starve to death if it is not used to eating pellets.
Seed– The biggest issue i see with cockatiel owner’s is the food mix they give their birds. This doesn’t take long to show in the birds as their feather’s look tatty and eventually the birds health will deteriorate. Poor diet will eventuate is many health problems from a fatty liver to fatty cysts. Even worse feeding a baby cockatiel on a low grade seed which has recently been weaned can kill the bird as they have to work to hard to find enouph to eat. This is because the bird has to pick through all the filler seed which cockatiels dont eat and the shell grit to find enough sustenance to survive. Please be wary of some super market seed mixes as some of then are of very low quality despite the fancy packaging promising vitamins etc. Good quality seed is usually found in most pet stores and produce stores. If you are unsure of your seed mix next time you visit a bird specialist or breeder ask them about the mix to use. Remember breeder’s must have healthy birds in order for a successful breeding program.
Greens– seeding grasses, carrot tops, broccoli leaves, bok choy, kale, peas, endive, spinach, parsley,
Vegetables– Zucchini, squash, corn, sweet potato, carrot, pumpkin
Fruits– Apples, rock melon, banana, pear, peaches, kiwi to name a fruit to not be alarmed if your cockatiel does not eat fruit as they do not naturally eat fruit in the Australian bush as they mainly feed on seed and greens aslong as they receive some greens and vegetables your bird will be happier for it.
Vitamin supplement– To add many essential vitamins that a captive environment does not provide. There is many great bird vitamin supplements available in Australia. Vitamins are not necessary if your cockatiel is fed pellets as they already contain them.
Protein– Cockatiel’s in the wild will eat insects and grubs they come across this is why many cockatiel owners are surprised when their pet will happily chow down on some cooked chicken. This is actually good for your bird we recommend freshly cooked chicken or turkey but be sure to remove any un eaten meat after 30 minuets before it goes off and possibly making your bird sick.
Soaked seed– This is fabulous for Cockatiels cockatoo seed is perfect for use in making your own soaked seed mix. Place some seed in a stainless steel dish and add aviclens to the mix to stop bacteria and fungal build up. The next day rinse the seed until the water is clear and place the seed in a plastic bag with some holes poked in the bottom with a fork. Leave somewhere warm for 24 hours in summer or 48 hours in winter to sprout. Place the sprouted seed in a container and rinse with water and aviclens again to kill any bacteria and fungal spores that may have developed. Aviclens is a very important step as the bacteria developed can actually make birds very sick.
Millet sprays – Cockatiel’s love millet sprays this is a fresh seed still on the stem. The best in my opinion is french white millet followed by pannicum
Grit– or Calcium and iodine in the form of a cuttle bone and a tonic bell with some shell grit will make sure your bird has good feathers and strong bones. Also make sure you add vitamins to their water once a week.
Cages for Cockatiels
Cockatiels are great apartment birds as they do not make much noise or mess, but they do need the appropriate cage for their size. They need to have enough room to spread their wings and move around the cage without hitting anything.
Toy’s are also very important, like all parrots and cockatoos, as they love to play. Ladders, swings and bells are ideal toys for a cockatiel. Things that they can chew on and interact with are also ideal for these birds. The happier your bird and the more mental stimulation they get the better they become as a pet.
Worming– have you wormed your Cockatiel?
Your cockatiel will need to be wormed in a few weeks to two month after being taken home check with the staff from Birdsville, when purchasing). Young birds that have been recently weaned have a delicate bacteria’s developing in there gut, worming at this stage could harm the bacteria’s development and your new bird. Worming will need to be done
every 6 month. Worming your bird is essential for the health of all parrots in captivity.
These are the two most common parasites of cage birds and their environment, but are easily controlled with a 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 avoid spraying in birds’ eyes. Your bird Lice and mite bottle will explain how to use, remember avoid the mouth and eyes. Your cockatiel should be sprayed every 3 months.
The first couple of days you should let your bird settle in especially if it is only a baby. The first simple training to teach is simply getting your bird to step up. This will not take long as your bird will form a bond with you quite quickly as long as your calm and spend time with your bird. More training information can be found on the Training page.