Cockatiel.com provides help, aid and responsible counseling to cockatiel pet owners. We strive for avian care with the purpose to educate the community about respect and kindness to all animals. We take every opportunity to keep our visitors up-to-date on the ever-increasing effectiveness of bird care and educate them about the importance of preventive health care.
Taking care of a bird actually starts before you choose one. Cockatiel.com will help you determine if a cockatiel bird is the right pet for you and your family. We feel that the more our visitors know about the health of their pet, the better they can be about keeping their pets healthy.
Cockatiels do have a reputation for demanding attention of their owners on a regular basis so make sure you do have the time and dedication to own a cockatiel.
Cockatiels are very sociable birds and will get depressed if they are left alone for long periods of time. They may hit their heads against cages, pull their feathers, refuse to eat, or become angry.
A cockatiel is a friend for life, think twice before you assume the responsibility of caring for an animal that has a life span of up to 25 years.
It's important to know that cockatiels do come with their own issues that might affect your decision in choosing a cockatiel as a pet
Cockatiel Dust: cockatiel can create an abundance of bird dust. This dust comes from white powder-down feathers that grow close to the bird's skin. These feathers emerge among the down feathers, and both are used to help insulate the bird. What's unique about the powder down feathers is that the tips crumble into a fine dust as the bird preens, spreading the powder throughout the feathers and helping to waterproof the bird. The dust isn't a problem for most people, but it can create respiratory issues and even aggravate asthma for others.
Egg Laying Cockatiels: Even if there's no male around. Frequent egg laying is a problem in cockatiels, and though egg laying is biologically innate, many female cockatiels will lay way too many eggs in short succession, causing potential health issues. Just because she's laying eggs does not mean that your cockatiel needs or wants a mate or to have babies. It means that her body has been sent external signals that it's time to nest, and she can't help her instincts.
Sensitive Respiratory System: Cockatiels have a very sensitive respiratory system, it can succumbs to fumes easily. Fumes from non-stick coating pans like Teflon, candles, air fresheners, aerosol sprays and fumes from chemicals use to clean your house, can be deadly for a cockatiel.
You will need a larger cage: Cockatiels have long tails and need a larger bird cage, otherwise its tail will rake against the bars and dip into the water cup, or worse injure itself. Cockatiels also need to exercise, or they risk becoming "perch potatoes." An overweight cockatiel can develop fatty tumors, gout, heart disease and general illness.