Hand Raised Cockatiel’s for sale sydney
Cockatiels as pets
Cockatiels are the worlds most popular and affordable pet hand raised 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.
Bringing your baby cockatiel home care sheet, click on this link Cockatiel caresheet
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 and see them first hand 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
Diet for a baby cockatiel click on our like cockatiel caresheet
These birds are also very easy to care for due to the simple diet they live on! Cockatiels are granivores, I have found the healthiest cocktiels have a mix of seet and pellets, the seed has lots of protein and omega 3 and the pellets has many added vitamins. As with most birds many cockatiels will always eat seed before they will eat pellets. thats why we recommend having one bowl with pellets and the other with seed. the seed bowl will be eaten first then the second bowel of pellets will be eaten afterwards. its a very easy and cost effective way to feed them. Never feed baby cockatiels this way, they need to have an all you can eat buffet with lots of seed until they are at least 14 weeks old.
Pellets– some people prefer to have there bird eat pellets because of the specific diet of cockatiels not being big fruit eaters i would recommend vetafarm maintenance pellets for cockatiels. If your bird is used to seed and have not given your cockatiel pellets simply place both seed and pellets in different containers in your cockatiels cage. Over time increase the amount of pellets over seed. Many people come in and say their pet cockatiel wont eat pellets but thats simply because they are filling up on seed which is completely. remember goood quality seed still has great proteins and omega 3 and your pellets have many added vitamins.
Seed– The biggest issue i see with pet cockatiel’s is with low quality seed mix people 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 resulting in common fatty liver desease. Poor diet will eventuate is many health problems from poor general condition 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 them are of very low quality despite the fancy packaging promising vitamins etc. Good quality seed is usually found in all Avian stores and small animal produce stores. If you are unsure of your seed mix next time you visit a bird specialist or breeder ask them about the mix they use. Remember breeder’s must have healthy birds in order for a successful breeding program so they will need to feed their animals top shelf food.
Greens– seeding grasses, carrot tops, broccoli leaves, bok choy, kale, peas, endive, spinach, parsley, spinach, broccoli, green peas, spinach and fresh seeding grasses.
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 much if any 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. Links to popular vitamins are linked – ornithon – vetafarm breeding aid plus – multi vitamins, passwell multi vite your Local Bird specialist bricks and mortar store should stock all of these products.
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 or multi clens 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. This is probably our most popular product we stock in store. The best in my opinion is french white millet followed by pannicum but we sometimes have other varieties.
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. Calcium is unable to be absorbed without vitamin D, please read below. Remember birds have hollow bones unlike mammals so they can not store minerals and calcium as well and need alot from the feathers they grow. This can also be added to your birds diet in liquid form mntioned below.
Vitamin D – Birds need alot of calcium because of the hollow bones that can’t store much calcium and the feathers that cover their bodies that require alot of it. Without vitamin D your bird is unable to absorb calcium the exaxt same as humans. Birds naturally get vitamin D from the sun, interestingly when we do bird nail clipping for customers we can actually tell if your bird has a calcium problem. Birds lacking in calcium get a whole list of issues and a shortened lifespan. Many of these customers with birds that have a calcium problem say oh but my bird gets lots of sun. My bird lives next to the window and the sun shines on them everyday. Unfortunately glass filters the sun and you can’t get vitamin D through glass. Birds need around 10 hours a week of unfiltered sunlight to get the right amound of vitamin D.
listed Below are links to Avian vitamin D supplements we stock in store is – Vetafarm soluvite D – Vetafarm D Nutrical and Vetafarm Calcivet Liquid. If you are unsure which to use, visit your local bird expert store and they should be able to help you.
Cages for Cockatiels
Cockatiels are great apartment birds as they do not make excessive noise or mess as birds go, 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. 2 links show a standard variety of cages we have for cockatiels
Toy’s and Environmental enrichment
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. They should have at least 3 toys of different textures, bells, luffa, and possibly wood. A ladder and a swing, some also enjoy a place to hide in, depending on the bird
Links to our bird toys below
Worming– have you wormed your Cockatiel?
Adult cockatiels should be wormed every 3 months. Baby recently weaned Cockatiel will need to be wormed in a two or 3 weeks 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
Lists of wormers available at Birdsville if your unsure of what one to use, or your after a vet grade wormer which is what the vets use, Ask one of our team members when you are in store and they can help you. As a major distributor of avian products in Australia our prices are one of the cheapest in Australia. aristopet worming syrup with praziquantel – vetafarm wormout gel – avtrol plus bird wormer
Worming your bird is actually very easy it will simply go in the water supply for amounts simply check the label on the bottle, or on some bottles peel back the label.
Why are worms bad for your bird and you?
Worms cause a range of deseases, the severity of which depends on thespecies of worm they are infected with. Paracitic worms have an inderect lifecycle with many insects such as flys, beetles, other insects and feacies acting as intermediate hosts.
Worms cac weaken your birds immune system which inadvertantly can kill your bird from a virus that a bird with a strong immune system can fight off.
if your bird is not wormed regularly and after some time you do worm your bird, the dead worms can cause intestinal or respiratory blockages, in sick adult birds it may be a good idea to worm them with a half dose first. This is at Birdsville we recommend worming every 3 months at least.
Below is a common and wide variety of worms of worms including Tapeworm Worm (Choanotaena spp, Raillietina spp), Thread Worm (Capillaria spp.) Roundworm (Ascaridia spp.), Ceacal Worm (Heterakis gallinarum), Hook Worm Acuaria spp.) in both Aviary and caged Cockatiels.
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.
Why is lice and mites bad?
It can eventually kill your bird in severe cases, as it adds stress to your bird through sucking its blood and making your bird anemic. Lice and mites can cause plucking and skin conditions due to itchyness. These things can weaken the immune system and make your bird susceptable to desease that yur bird would normally fight off.
list of lice and mice medication below for cockatiels, if your unsure of which one to buy, visit your local bird store, vetafarm avimec – inca pestene powder – aristopet scaley face and leg treatment – avitrol bird mite and lice spray – mite and lice spray
Liquid majic for keeping budgies healthy. Aside from certain illnesses that these mild antibiotics are good for i recommend anyone who gets a new young or older budgie to treat them with this anytime they move as stress can often give them the runs. Sulphadim or sulfa 3 calms them down and stops them from getting the runs and therefor stops them becoming de hydrated.
Its important to keep your cage clean as the environment and condition your birds live in playes a big role in your birds health
Using bird friendly cage cleaner comes ready to use with no need to dilute it. Simply spray onto your pet’s cage and wipe with a cloth to remove stains, soiling and odour.
Aristopet or vetafarm cage cleaner designed to keep your cage clean safe, non toxic and easy to use.
Removes dirt and debris easy as well.
Gently deodorises without strong fragrance that could upset your bird.
Another great way to keep your cage tidy is using shellgrit as a substrate, this is what we use for our birds and it makes cleaning your cage very easy. Visit your local bird store and they will have this is a regular supply.
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.