Cockatiel

Did you know? Cockatiels are one of the most popular and widely kept pet birds. They are hardier than their relative the Budgerigar, and have a long life span of around 15 to 20 years. This makes them an ideal first pet for the would-be bird owner. They are also quite inexpensive compared to many other birds, making them easy to acquire.

It’s best to get a young cockatiel, in order to raise it yourself and have it be as tame as possible. This is also a lovely way bond with your pet early on! Look for baby cockatiels who have just been weaned. You can then get it used to being handled and feed it a variety of foods in order to develop its diet preferences.

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White Cockatiel

Tips for Owning Cockatiels

Cockatiels can eat pelleted foods (these are great for ensuring your pet gets an optimal blend of nutrients each and every time. They can also eat seed mixtures, but these do come with the risk of the bird developing a preference and leaving behind a large amount at each feeding. If you want to give your cockatiel a treat, you can offer all types of greens, soft breads or muffins, corn or a handful of millet.

Do you want your bird to talk? Although they don’t speak quite as intelligibly as some larger birds, cockatiels can absolutely be taught to say simple phrases. Again, it’s best to get a young bird and teach it early on. Cockatiels are also excellent whistlers. Their whistles are sweet and not annoying or screeching, and they are good at picking up tunes. It makes for a lot of fun when your pet bird can sing along to your favorite music! Experts say that males are a bit more vocally-inclined than females, so this is something to keep in mind when searching for your bird.

In terms of size of cage, if you’re able to allow your cockatiel plenty of time outside its cage for exercise (and you should be realistic about whether this is possible in your home), you can house your bird in a cube-shaped cage with dimensions of approximately 18 x 18 x 18. If, however, your cockatiel will be spending more time in its cage, or you just want to offer more space, you should really plan to buy a bird cage that is at least 36 x 18 x 24 inches.

As with any pet bird, it is important to ensure you’ll be able to spend quality time with your cockatiel and give it the attention it deserves. These are extremely rewarding companions and worth every bit of effort!

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