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Owing a cockatiel will be rewarding. It is much different from having a cat or a dog. Cockatiels require a lot of attention. If you decide to bring a cockatiel into your life it will be a long commitment. They can live 20+ years. Cockatiels are great companions. You can teach them tricks, to talk and to whistle. Once you have a bond with your cockatiel it is a very rewarding relationship. Cockatiels are flock birds. They prefer to be around other cockatiels. Buying two birds of the same sex is best. They get along just as well as a mixed pair and you won't have to worry about breeding and what comes with it! If you do not have two cockatiels then it will choose you as its flock. Sometimes it will call out to you to see if you are around. Just whistling back reassures them that you are there and okay.
Bird toys play a large part in the well-being of your pet bird. A bird without toys is deprived of the stimulation that it needs to stay psychologically healthy. Toys are not an accessory they are a necessity! Cockatiels love toys! They provide exercise and busy work to them. Cockatiels require many forms of social activity. Bored cockatiels will scream, pluck their feathers and can become depressed. Birds are very active and busy in the wild. So as your pet they depend on you to provide fun activities such as chewing and shredding. Providing such activities for busy beaks is a never ending challenge. Birds enjoy chewing and destroying things plus it keeps their beaks in good condition and also exercises their powerful facial muscles!
Cockatiels enjoy colorful and fun toys to chew and shred. Toys with lots of color, chewable parts, knots to untie, and various textured parts work best. Always make sure the parts are all bird safe:
BUSYBIRD.COM provides toys that contain lots of different parts to shred and various parts to chew. Cockatiels toys sold in stores do not hold their interest. A lot of stores allow all their customers to touch their toys, so imagine how many germs are on those toys! Toys sold here are not around other birds and not handled very much at all. Cleanliness is best!
As toys are being rotated in your cockatiel's cage, they should be washed and cleaned before they are put in the new location. Also check your bird's toys daily. Since your cockatiel will be chewing and pulling on their toys, parts can change and may need trimmed or replaced. No toy is 100% safe so checking daily is the best way to keep your bird safe. Cockatiels enjoy swings also. They move like branches do in the wild. Most tiels like to take their afternoon nap on one!
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