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All About Cockatiels - Information and Tips




PERCHES

Perches should be thick enough that the cockatiel's toes cannot touch all the way around. They cannot be put too closely to the sides of the cages as the tail feathers will become broken and fall out. A variety of perches are important. Natural untreated wood perches are best. The irregularities provide a kind of massage for the feet and cockatiels enjoy nibbling on the bark and wood. Cotton rope perches are soft for their feet. They are great to rest on. Calcium perches provide minerals, which are important to the cockatiel's health. There are a variety of perches that help with wearing the nails down so you don't have to trim them as often. They are great, just make sure the bird has other perches in the cage as well. Some are made from cement or sand products and can dry the cockatiel's feet out. Put the softest perch up in a high place. Cockatiels tend to sleep and sit there the longest. Cockatiels like to sit high up in order to have a good view of their surroundings. Too many perches can interfere with the cockatiel's movements. Make sure each one is spaced far enough away from the other so that the cockatiel's tail does not touch it. Swings are another great place for cockatiels to sit. They can sit with a friend or swing alone with a toy.
Most perches can be placed in the top rack of the dishwasher where they are easily sanitized and even dried for you. Or you can use a scrub brush and clean those dirty perches in the sink with some hot water and a little soap or vinegar. Rinse well. Then dry them in the sun. Every month or so you should switch the perches into a different configuration, replace old ones or add new, stimulating ones. Use a variety of perches so the cockatiels have multiple areas to hang out and ways to move around the cage without having to climb on the cage bars all the time. Remember: An active bird is a happy bird! Don't keep everything the same, simple or boring. Change things in their cage and provide busy activities to keep them occupied while they want to be.




DISHES AND FEEDING

It is important to give cockatiels fresh, clean water everyday. You may not see them drink water a lot but they need to have it available to them at all times. You may end up giving them fresh, clean water several times a day. Some birds dunk their food, take a bath, put toy parts, and even poop in their water dish. There are many different kinds of dishes, choose the best type for your birds habits, your budget and the cage set up you have. You will need a seperate dish for pellets, seeds and water. Another for fresh foods but that can only be left in the cage for as long as the food is still fresh. Wash the dishes with hot water and a little apple cider vinegar often. Or have more sets of dishes so some can be sanitized in the dish washer and ready whenever you need them. Dishes can be made from a number of things. It is important that they are easy to clean. Also, the dishes need to be the correct size. Cockatiels cannot go very long without food. Check the seed daily. It may look like the seeds are still uneaten when they are actually eaten through. They eat many times in one day.

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FOODS

A seed mix for cockatiels is great. Not only does it provide them with nutrition but also they enjoy nibbling and breaking seeds apart. Pellets contain the complete amounts of nutrients for a cockatiel but alone they are boring as they require no work. A mixture of seeds and pellets work best. Millet is another great food for cockatiels. They enjoy picking it off the spray and munching on the little seeds.

Offer your cockatiels fresh fruits and vegetables. Learn which ones they can have and give them some daily. Make sure cockatiels only receive unsprayed plants. Remember to take any fresh foods away when they are not so fresh. They can make the cockatiel sick. It may take your cockatiel a few times before it will eat any new fruits or vegetables. Give them a chance to learn what they like too. A cockatiel eating only seed will end up unhealthy or overweight.

Offer some of the following vegetables daily: asparagus, broccoli, brussel sprouts, carrots, celery, corn on the cob, green beans, kale, peppers, romaine lettuce or spinach leaves(in moderation). Iceberg lettuce has little nutritional value. Make sure everything is thoroughly washed. When eating greens cockatiels may get diarrhea. Make sure they have a mixture of seed and pellets available so they do not over do it with the vegetables as too many can act as a laxative.

Fresh fruits you should also offer are apple, apricots, banana, cantaloupe, cherries, grapes, honeydew melon, kiwi, mango, papaya, peaches, pears, pineapple, plums and watermelon. The seeds from apples, apricots, cherries, peaches, pears and plums are toxic, do not offer them to the bird. Make sure everything is thoroughly washed. Cockatiels also enjoy well-cooked scrambled eggs, especially as you are eating yours!

Never give cockatiels the following: avocado, chocolate, coffee, lima bean sprouts, milk, soda, sugar or tea. They all may be toxic to your bird. Offer your cockatiel a cuttlebone. It provides calcium, which helps the cockatiel develop strong bones. Plus helps keep their beaks and nails in shape.


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