Native to Australia the Cockatiel is 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 a tiny 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.
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. Calcium and iodine in the form of a cuttlebone and a tonic bell with some shell grit will make sure your bird has good feathers and strong bones because many are very reluctant to eat fruit. Also make sure you add vitamins to their water once a week, this will also help keep your bird in great condition.
Cockatiel Housing – Like all parrots and cockatoos having toys in the birds cage is very important 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. Cockatiels are great apartment birds as well as they do not make much noise or mess.
Cockatiel Mutations – cockatiels can come in a variety of colours. The main colour that is found is the natural colour of white grey and yellow. There are also yellow, white, pearl and white faced cockatiels. There actually is a mind boggling array of mutations out there.
Worming– have you wormed your bird?
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 can 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 for the health and vitality.
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, always 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 aviary environment is a perfect habitat for lice so spray regularly, every 3 months.
Most people that keep cockatiels get alot of joy in breeding them. Cockatiel nest boxes (available at birdsville) must be in the 3rd of the aviary as they do not like to nest close to the ground. Birdsville has cages available equipped with a small opening on the side of the cage to attach a nest box. It is essential to place parrot nesting material inside the nest box. If this is not done the babies will not have the support they need and will probably be deformed. If breeding is done inside an aviary then the box can be placed inside the aviary itself.