Cockatiel

A bird owner's guide to the cockatiel

The cockatiel, the smallest species of cockatoo, makes an excellent pet choice. They have a long history of domestication, display a docile and quiet nature, and are resistant to many of the viruses that afflict larger species of talking bird, like the parrot.

Origins and Natural Habitat

Native to Australia, the cockatiel was first bred in captivity shortly after the species was first identified by naturalist Robert Kerr in 1792. Its scientific name is Nymphicus hollandicus, drawn from the bird's original connections with mythical nymphs (thanks to their beauty) and their Australian origins; the word hollandicus refers to Australia's historical name, New Holland.

Appearance and Characteristics

Size: A typical pet-quality cockatiel is about 12 to 14 inches in length; show-quality birds are 1 to 2 inches larger. Their weight ranges from about 3½ to 5½ ounces.

Plumage: The common domesticated cockatiel has gray feathers with a yellow chest crest and white patches on both wings. Males have white or yellow faces; females have gray or light gray faces. Both sexes also have orange cheek patches, which are brighter and richer in males and more subdued in females.

Song/Chirp: The song of the cockatiel is an important part of the bird's behavior and socialization, and ranges from a few shrill notes to complex musical phrases. Melodic and rhythmic, the songs of cockatiel birds are used by males in mating rituals and to establish dominance in the pecking order. Other common cockatiel sounds include mimicry, both of human voices and of environmental noises. However, these birds don't display the range or depth of human mimicry demonstrated by the parrot or myna bird.

Behavior

Cockatiel breeding experts note that these birds are among the gentlest domesticated birds in the world and are well-known for their sweet, social dispositions. Proper cockatiel care should include natural branches as part of the cage furniture, as these birds love to pick at and peel the bark off of wood. Good cockatiel cages also include perches of varying diameters, which help stretch the bird's feet properly.

Being intelligent, cockatiels also love to play with bird toys. Investing in a selection of playthings will help keep your pet happy and can prevent the development of problematic behavioral tendencies.

Health and Care

Feeding: Seeds, cuttlebone, millet, and fresh fruits and vegetables should all be incorporated into the diet of a cockatiel. Choose a bird food brand with the input of a veterinarian or bird expert.

Grooming: Like most other domesticated birds, cockatiels will look after most of their grooming needs on their own. Provide a birdbath with clean water, and trim the nails occasionally. Little else should be needed, other than perhaps an annual clipping of the wing feathers.

Health Concerns: Cockatiel birds need regular screening for chlamydiosis, a type of respiratory infection. Bear in mind that this illness can be transmitted to humans as well, so exercise care when handling a bird you suspect may be ill. Also, take care not to let cockatiels stretch their wings in your kitchen, as kitchens contain all sorts of potential hazards for birds.

Life Expectancy: The average life expectancy of a healthy, well-fed and regularly exercised cockatiel is 15 to 20 years.

Finding Cockatiels for Sale

Breeding cockatiels is a well-established science, and you should look for a bright-eyed bird with smooth plumage and good posture on its perch. Pet stores with cockatiels for sale generally charge between $20 and $100 for a bird. Also, bear in mind that cockatiel training is made much easier if you choose a baby bird that's been hand-fed and socialized with humans from the time of its birth.

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Posted by khaiserj on May 28,2014 at 10:47 AM
HI , I brought a Pair of hand feeding cocktails yesterday Im a Beginner from India. I have started feeding them Cerelac Baby food(stage 2) is that food is fine to start with ? , but bird babies not showing much interested in eating. but still forcefully making them eat, I noticed one bird is standing support with its nose some time, and keeping one leg on another for support while sitting is that fine with baby birds or this any problem with bird need your advise. Thanks & Regards Khaiser
Posted by marny on October 26,2013 at 08:41 AM
my 18month old cockatiel has a problem with her feet, her back claw is forward and she can't grip, been to vets who think this will right it self but i'm not sure please advise
Posted by Ruth on July 13,2013 at 03:02 PM
Help!!!!! A bend nail got cought in my cocktail peak and went through her neck .... I took the nail out but there's a hole now going through her bottom peak and throat!!! She's not bleeding no more and she calmed but what can I put on her wound !!!! I'm so scared gonna get sick
Posted by UrsaDee on March 04,2013 at 02:45 AM
My youngest cockatiel who was approximately 21 years old died this morning, my husband was checking on our 2 birds & noticed Punkie stretching his neck & pushing his head forward he was making a tut tut noise,in all the years we've had Punkie, he's never been unwell, but in the time my husband had to answer his telephone & take the call, Punkie died, my husband found he had blood coming from his beak & nostrils, we are so sad our poor boy has died, but we're at a loss as to what has caused Punkie to die. We are also worried about our oldest cockatiel Birdee, he is 23 years old, he is now on his own, Birdee & Punkie were brothers & we could tell they loved each other. I'd be grateful if any one could give me any advice on how to we can help Birdee through his grieving for his lifelong cage mate. Also, does anyone have any idea as to what caused Punkie to die & if so is it infectious? What can we do to protect Birdee? I look forward to hearing from anyone who can help with advice or give an explanation as to what caused our boy to die. Thank you.
Posted by mrslefever on February 16,2013 at 09:48 PM
HELP!!!! Ok so my husband and I bought 2 Cockatiel's from an Auction literally last night. The crate they had them in, let's just say horrible. My husband has owned all sorts of pets and has dealt with these birds before. Me, not so much. I love my pets that I have had, always wanted a bird, but have been afraid of the flying factor. Well needless to say, this morning first thing we did was went and got them proper housing, minus a bird house, which we will do next weekend. He says we have a male and a female. I'll trust his judgement on this one. My question is, how do we handle these 2 without getting tore up???? My husband can train them and if I knew what to do I could too, but I'm deathly afraid of what I saw earlier this afternoon when he moved them to their new home. The male bit his knuckle so bad that it broken skin and bled for a bit, the other, no sooner did he get the boy in and ready to get the female, they started freaking out from being separated, chirping and she flew all around the room, took him 25 minutes to get her to settle in a place where he could catch her. How do we get these 2 to trust us and know that we aren't here to hurt them, how do we get them to settle down, how do we get them to not want to bite us if we go to hold them???? HELP PLEASE!!!!!
Posted by cindy on February 07,2013 at 08:42 AM
i just bought 2 grey cockatiels. They are not small but meduim size. they dont do much churping, but i want to move them to a bigger cage that i have, which is housing finches. Is it ok to move either birds to another cage,since the finches are so use to their cage.
Posted by Linda on December 24,2012 at 01:57 PM
I have a I think a 6months male lutiono cockatiel, i'm not sure if he's male or female he did chirp in his cage the day that i bought him on August 16, 2012. Should he be talking by now i talk and whistle to him everyday. His name is Elvis I also play cockatiel sounds and music for him. He also likes the sound of me pushing the buttons on the microwave.
Posted by carlykay on December 13,2012 at 12:19 PM
I have a new cockatiel. She flew into a tree in the backyard about two months ago. We do not know where she came from, how old, or anything. She had her wings clipped and we think she escaped. She will hiss and bite at your hands and does not want to even try and take a treat out of my fingers. I have tried different treats and different ways to get her to eat them or try them but she absolutely won't. The only way to get her out of the cage is to put a leather glove on and wrap my hand around her wings. After she is out of the cage she enjoys sitting in the Christmas tree but when it is time to go back in, all hell breaks loose. She does not seem to be making any progress. I keep her near me in the cage all day and I speak with her and turn on music and I leave the cage door open so if she would like to come out she can. I am lost about how to reinforce good behavior and punish bad if she will not take treats. I need help here, everything I have found is not helping. I thought about getting a second older one that is already friendly and enjoys being handled so maybe she will see I will not hurt her?
Posted by Carlykay on December 13,2012 at 12:20 PM
She does like to be spoken to and if in the cage will show her wings and whistle to me.
Posted by Katie on November 11,2012 at 10:16 AM
So I've had my cockatiel for about 11years now and shes never been sick or anything really but today when I was playing with her I noticed she has blood around her mouth and a a little on her side I thought she was just picking but she was sticking out her wings shaking and on my shoulder shes shivering. I've never seen her like this that I can remember and im worried my mom didn't know whether its anything seriuse or not but im scared please help!
Posted by Zee on November 30,2012 at 10:05 AM
You need to get your cockatiel to an avian vet as soon as possible! Cockatiels can die within a couple of days if they loose blood,your cockatiel is obviously sick and if you don''t do anything about it,it will die slowly and painfully.
Posted by Pam on October 18,2012 at 06:04 PM
Hi am new to this site, just got a cockatiel he is 11 weeks old, he has been home for almost a week, chirps a little, but the problem is he doesn't eat all day while I'm at work, then when I come home he eats like crazy, any ideas?
Posted by charity on November 01,2012 at 04:25 PM
uh how do u know he doesnt eat?? trying to figure that out. anyway you cant really tell after a days feeding. the food really doesnt move that much as in get lower after a day. They like to nibble on the food all day. their stomachs arent big enough to consume much at a time.
Posted by pam on November 01,2012 at 05:49 PM
i used a camera and watched from work, he seems to be doing better during the day. He still isn't chirping much, he likes to cuddle with me and seems to be really content. Do you know if it is normal for them to be so quiet. He will chirp once in a while, but not much.
Posted by Erin on October 15,2012 at 01:55 PM
Please help me i have a cockatiel and he has never been handled how do i get him used to being handled. He screams and screams and i dont know what is going on. If anyone can help please i need some advice
Posted by Zee on November 30,2012 at 10:15 AM
You need to be patient. When your bird starts screaming,talk to it very softly, approach it slowly (never let you finger/hand in the cage if it doesn't like it). Make sure your not sitting too close to the cage,but at the same time don't show your bird that screaming will make you go away (then it will start to use it as a way to make you go away when its afraid) Remember, cockatiels are not mean birds,they;re just scared.Give your cockatiel treats a couple of times a day,let it get it used to you (it may take a week or more,depending on how your cockatiel was treated). If you go to school or work,don't leave your cockatiel alone,buy another cockatiel because they will feel depressed.Read more about cockatiels at cockatielcottage.net,I hope this helps..
Posted by bibibook on June 24,2012 at 02:05 PM
Hi I have a healthy cocktail that when he tries to fly keeps crying about his left wing he seems fine otherwise but the next time he tries to fly the cycle starts over I don't know what could be the problem?
Posted by Aless on September 11,2012 at 01:14 PM
Please take him to a vet, he must be injured. Imagine that you had an injured foot: while seated you would be fine but once you wanted to walk...
Posted by Brenda on April 18,2012 at 11:42 AM
Hi I would like to know if cockateils can bleed inside an bruise inside like humans an still live or how long it would take for them to pass, also if they broke a leg an wing on same side will it heal on its own an will they eat again
Posted by Zee on November 30,2012 at 10:19 AM
No,they don't bruise the same way as humans.Birds,particularly cockatiels,get easily injured and when they do that area either breaks or bleeds. If a blood-feather on its wing or tail bleeds a lot,they can die and a matter or 24-48 hours.They cannot just heal themselves,please understand that a cockatiel's immune system is different than a human's. If you think your cockatiel is hurt,take them to a vet immediately.
Posted by Cindy on March 07,2012 at 05:03 PM
My cockatiel is one year old and has spent the last 5months with a friend, now that I have her back how can I help her adjust to being back home. She screams a lot and I keep trying to calm her but she still screams but softly while on my shoulder even when I let her hear my friends voice. She sleeps quietly at night (two nights) but all day when I am home she screams. Please help me to help her.
Posted by crc131 on May 09,2011 at 05:44 PM
please help - I had two cockatiels - male and female - i ve only had them a yr - I got them from a friend- but the pair have been together for yrs. This morning we woke up to the female had died. The male has been screaming all day- very sad.. what should i do .. should i replace the female or will he calm down. She had several eggs as well - which were over 21 days old - i actually was gettting ready to remove the eggs and the box so she wouldnt have any more- when i discovered she was dead in the box. So i feel like he lost his whole family.. Poor bird!
Posted by EVELENIA WILLIAMS on December 30,2010 at 03:24 PM
i live in beafort south carolina and i am looking to buy a yound cocktail where can i get one in my area. please respond asap thanks
Posted by Brigitte on December 29,2010 at 08:05 PM
My cockatiels was beatten by my cats. He lost a lot of blood and he is damage under one of the wing. We did try to wash it but he does not want us touch it. Today the blood as stopped, he drink water and have eat a bit but not a lot. Is there something special I should do to help him ill. Thanks
Posted by Fran on October 02,2010 at 05:17 PM
At what age do cockateils start repeat sounds or words.
Posted by Ciara on September 24,2010 at 11:53 PM
my male bird is trying to stand on my female bird. is this mating or dominance?
Posted by Holly on December 16,2010 at 08:34 PM
they r mating i have a pair going threw that right now you need to get a nesting box for them if you choose for them to mate
Posted by Donna Weller on July 20,2010 at 07:24 PM
Question, I have a male cockatiel that was my mothers, she has passed away. Barney has never really been taken care of, just left in dining room alone most of the time and covered when screamed. I am not sure how old he is, I'll guess 10 years old. Could Barney still be trained to socialize with the family, he hisses, and seems to want to bite. Can a bird be to old to learn?
Posted by Bird owner on June 26,2011 at 09:52 AM
I think Barney is not too old to try. When I got my cockatoo he would only pinch and hiss. I used "towel training" and he became the sweetest bird ever. You have to be extremely careful when you do it, but I found it to work very well. You can google towel training for all the details. Good luck!
Posted by denise on July 20,2010 at 04:29 PM
my cockatiel is two years old and recently started chew his tale up, why does he do it and how can i get him to stop?
Posted by ariesmom on May 02,2010 at 12:23 AM
I recently purchased a male cockatiel - 6 months old and then have bought another one that is only 16 weeks old. I just noticed tonight after covering them one of them makes a sound like a frog --did not know what this sound means or if they have picked it up -we put them on our back screened it porch so they could hear the other birds so did not know if it is something they heard or what this ment - can anyone tell me THANKS
Posted by Ed on June 08,2012 at 06:14 PM
Mine makes the tree frog noise as well. He is an only bird but does it in his mirror so I think it is some sort of communicating noise they make. He's very peaceful when he does it so I don't see it as a bad behavior. I found my bird a year ago on my back patio and maybe thought it was something he picked up as well but seems to be a natural chatter.
Posted by Autumn on May 16,2010 at 06:22 PM
That's their mating call. My female does that. The male usually romances.
Posted by Stephania on February 13,2010 at 12:21 PM
My bird has a sort of lump on his wing. I do not know what to do. PLease, inform me and if i can i will post a picture of my birds wing. I don't know where to post the picture , though. My bird is a cockatiel and he is a male.
Posted by crystal34 on February 16,2010 at 11:39 AM
if ur bird hurt, don't pick ur bird up and let it heal it own.. if it broke then tape the wing and make sure don't get too tight. or you can take ur bird to vet. let them check it for you..
Posted by kelly on February 07,2010 at 07:04 PM
i have a 13 week old cockatiel he bits my fingers all the time why is he doing that and how can i get him to stop and how can i teach him to talk.
Posted by Rodney on April 12,2011 at 01:45 AM
Conrad T Birdie (my male Cockatiel) has bit me twice. Brought blood , I allowed him to try again and carefully grabbed his beak and gently showed him I was in control..then let go. He did it again a few days later , I did the same again.... He hasn't bit be again for over a year. If he hisses at me I put him on my finger (he is finger trained) and I talk to him .... LOL yeh! He is a good boy and is friendly, but tries to be dominant. Sadie (his mate) is a lot friendlier and oddly dominates the male.
Posted by LINDA on June 26,2010 at 05:31 PM
take spay bottle tun to stream say no white spraying in face usaly works for all bad behaviors 1 draw back if use diffrent collor for giving baths say realy take bath bath time good girl or boy
Posted by crystal34 on February 16,2010 at 11:35 AM
ur bird don't bite you, he want you to pet him and nothing wrong with it.. my bird do same ..they get used to it when you hold him, pet him, and also you can talk to him a few word, teach him over over again because he can pick up the sound.. said to him " I love you, pretty bird, laugh, and etc.. " Don't teach him a bad words. that is no-no!!! Why?? because bird can be a smart mouth to you.. if you have dark orange with yellow face, it is a boy.. he can talk anything, if a girl then it will be light orange with grey..girl don't talk but she can whistles.. you have to make sure what color their face and see why the different between girl and boy.. any question?? please write back. thank
Posted by bob on January 28,2010 at 03:28 PM
I just got my first cockatiel. my house is sometime alittle chilly in the winter months.any sugestions on keeping my bird warm,and how warm do they need it?
Posted by crystal34 on February 05,2010 at 01:50 PM
cover the cage with blanket and it will keep bird warm.... if it cold inside the house and warm outside then put the cage on the porch if it warm outside.. it will be alright
Posted by bobbi on January 23,2010 at 07:09 PM
I have baby cockatiels that i am hand feeding. If anyone is interested please contact me bellafawn4yahoo.com
Posted by abby on March 30,2010 at 11:43 PM
hi my name is abby i was waundreing if you can e-mail me or call me when you can i was wundering if you have any more birds left that i could take off your hands plase let me know my family and i are hopeing to grow and are faviort birds are cockaitiels please let us know when you can thank you and have a great night. my number is 509-218-4881.
Posted by linda on March 16,2010 at 11:21 PM
i have raised baby cockatiels if you are interested of giving iot a good home please email me.
Posted by barbara anderson on February 03,2010 at 09:34 PM
what state are you in
Posted by Nilsa on January 21,2010 at 04:41 PM
My sweet 15 year old cockatiel died and I just can't bury her. Can I place her in a sealed container and keep her in the house? Tears....
Posted by sunnyfla on February 21,2010 at 01:56 AM
Hi Nilsa, I am sad to hear about your little bird and can relate to your sorrow. My female cockatiel which was just about to turn 16 suddenly died. I am heart broken. I don't know what happened to her. I couldn't bury her either so I wrapped her up in a white cloth and put her in a metal container for a while. As the days went by I felt horrible because I felt I had to make a decision with her remains which brought me to tears. Finally I found a pet cemetery who does cremations of all sized animals and gave them a call. For $85.00 they said they would cremate my little bird. I will be getting the remains back also, so I feel much better that I have resolved this sad situation and my little bird wil not be in the ground but home with me in an urn. I hope you find a good solution for you and your little bird. Good Luck.
Posted by jonh on January 29,2010 at 07:11 PM
im sorry about that;( but u should bury it because it will be in a better place
Posted by crystal34 on January 23,2010 at 02:52 PM
maybe you should ask pet store if they can do for you.. it is up to you whatever you want to do with ur bird.. I am sorry about the bird.... the question is: how did ur bird died?? Is it old or health?? please response. thank
Posted by Rita Jefferson on January 12,2010 at 02:48 PM
Hello, if i'm on the wrong page please forgive me!!(new to this kind of thing!) i have been tryeng for weeks to find a hand fed cockatiel, and all i get is pet supplies and or comercial pet stores!! could someone help me find my new friend please? i'm in arizona near phoenix
Posted by crystal34 on January 16,2010 at 12:53 PM
Hi, Are you hand feeding to ur baby cockatiel?? It is not hard to do with hand feed... All you need is to go buy " Exact foods and use suction ".. you have to burp the baby every time you hand feed them and clean cloth with hot water so you can wipe the face and neck off the food.. It take you 6 month to feed the baby cockatiel till they are on thier own. you can buy anything from the pet store or supples from walmart, etc.. If you have any question then please response back.. Thank
Posted by Crystal on January 07,2010 at 09:36 PM
Hi, It's not hard to do.. if you have 12 babies, you can put in to the little box to keep them warm with newpaper ( rip the newpaper a piece ), then you have to go buy a babies Exact food and you can use suction to feed the babies.. if you can't do it then you can take them to pet stores and they take cares of it... no you can't take the birds to the woods they will died with foods... If you want someone to do it then please let me know, I would love to take cares of them... I have cockatiels and they are pretty good... Where are you from?? let me know thank... any question??
Posted by gregory goodrich on January 26,2011 at 02:33 PM
I HAVE 8 EGGS IN MY CAGE . I NEVER HAD COCKATIELS AS PETS BEFORE. I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO .WILL NATURE TAKE ITS COURSE . IF I DO NOTHING. IF STAY OUT OF THE WAY WILL MY COCKATIELS BE ABLE TOO TAKE CARE OF THERE BABYS
Posted by Crystal on January 07,2010 at 04:45 PM
Hi, I have a question.. I have 2 cockatiels, one is gray with yellow face-- always loud, talk, whistles, sing, and acting cocks. other is pure white with red eyes-- it is quite, sweet, love to play the bells, and whistles. I was wondering if they are boy and girl.. Please explain to me about cockatiels and I am trying to firgure about them to breed. Both birds are in same cage and they are getting along each other but I want to know to make sure if they are boy and girl... Please help me to understand... Thank you, Crystal
Posted by linda on June 26,2010 at 05:29 PM
ive been showed how to tell its realy difficuly but heres 2 ways seriously use the old gypyssy way needle and thread hold over its head rocks back and forth male cicrle female or have patance and gloves use un gloved finger feel pelvis bone if realy close togeather male little gape female
Posted by Autumn on May 16,2010 at 06:21 PM
Male cockatiels are very vocal. Females usually aren't but they do whistle some. I have a male pearl face and a female latino. They just hatched their second egg. The baby I believe is about 4-5 weeks old and is almost has a full crop. It's white w/ red eyes and I was wondering if this is it's permant color.
Posted by Sally on January 03,2010 at 03:31 PM
How do i trim the wings on my cockatiels. I would like them to come out of the cages. Without the woory of they hitting the windows or patio doors.
Posted by crystal on January 07,2010 at 09:13 PM
if you can't do it.. then you can take ur bird to the pet store and they cut the wings for you.. It's free... where did you get that bird from the store and ask them to do it for you.. alright
Posted by Crystal on January 07,2010 at 09:10 PM
you hold the bird's neck and cut the back of the wings ( count 6 feathers then cut half of the feathers ), both wings... the bird won't fly away, and make sure you do it right.... any questions??
Posted by barbara on January 01,2010 at 10:46 PM
My cockatiel has laid three eggs. She will not set on them . What should i do to keep the eggs warm so that the eggs can hatch ? I believe she is still going to lay more eggs.
Posted by john on January 29,2010 at 07:15 PM
that person is carzy u Should get a blanket
Posted by Donna on January 23,2010 at 06:07 PM
Do you have the male with her? If not you should put him back with her. He will help sit on the eggs and help feed her while she is sitting. Give her a diet for female laying birds, lots of heatthy seeds, with bread and greens, along with chopped hard boiled eggs. Remove the eggs after a few hours. Give a bath tub and and plenty of fresh water all of this daily. If you ever want to sell any birds please contact me.
Posted by wanda lariviere on November 29,2009 at 11:30 PM
I have a cockatiel, I clean her cage all the time. BUt my house still smell like her cage. What can I clean her cage with that will help to get that smell out of my house?
Posted by Donna on January 23,2010 at 06:13 PM
What do you line the cage with? You should only use newspaper. Not kitty litter or any other granular material. News Paper only. Replace paper each day Make sure you clean the bowls and water each day. Wash with soapy hot water and rinse very well. If you do all this and still smell the cage, you may be allergic
Posted by Crystal on January 07,2010 at 09:20 PM
if you have extra ( 2 ) or more cages for ur birds, then put them other cage while you clean bird cage with Dish soap, bleach and water.. Don't put too much bleach and wash it with brush.. It will come off the bird poops, etc.. then let it dry outside .. After clean the cages you can use newpaper or use wood chips to cover so the birds can poops with out making the mess.. then you can put ur birds back into cage... this what i do all the time and I cleans every once weeks.. any questions????
Posted by carol center on November 05,2009 at 07:55 PM
my sisters cockatiel flew out her door will he come back home they can hear him inyhe trees but he will not come down what can they do to get him back please help us if you can Thank you Carol
Posted by Shirley Allen on January 07,2011 at 02:35 PM
I have a cockatiel that flew out the door, stayed overnight, as it was getting late in the evening when she flew out. Next morning we could hear her whistling , way off in the distant trees. I started whistling back to her in the same way she was whistling. She kept moving in closer, but didn't know how to come down where I was. I brought her cage outside and kept on whistling to her, in the same way and she kept hanging around where I was and getting lower and lower in the trees. Finally she droped down to me and lit on my head. I had her cage right there with me and put her in it. Fortunately she was very attached to her cage and could see it from the trees. The cage is a "safety" to them.
Posted by Donna on January 23,2010 at 06:09 PM
Put his cage outside and sit and call to him. All he wants is to get back in his cage.
Posted by Crystal on January 07,2010 at 09:25 PM
the bird will not come back home because the bird know how to fly away... you have to tirm ur bird both wings and they won't fly away... I have 3 birds, they fly away out of the door and i can't find them. they are gone. let you know and keep tirm the wings all the time when the wings grow back.. any question
Posted by Christine Romine on October 14,2009 at 03:18 PM
I don't have a reply or question about eggs but I do have a question about my 9week cockitele that is always scratching. I know about the baths and spraying. I also have a bird protector for mites. The only time he doesn't scratch is when he's asleep. With all the scratching we can't spend time together teaching and learning. Help!
Posted by Donna on January 23,2010 at 06:02 PM
You will need to put a bath tub in his cage, and make sure the water is clean and the tub is washed each day. Use cool water, never use hot. He may ignore at first but continure to have it for him. Do not spray him with anything unless a vet reccomends it. You Can mist him from a mister bottle with JUST water. Start out slow and let him get use to it. Most birds love water and baths. Spend lots of time with him, never let little children hold with out supervison.. Birds have hollow bones and easily hurt. . If you want to sell him, I will take him if he is not too expensive. contact me at donnagard@hotmail.com
Posted by Bev on September 12,2009 at 02:33 PM
Hi... I have a baby cockatiel about 3 1/2 weeks old (mother would not look after it) it has a large air bubble on the inside of his leg - it is starting to spread over his body... the skin is lifted off... it is becomming huge, it seems to get worse when he eats, but the food seems to stay in his crop, but he is still hungry. Please help me, I don't know what to do. I have called vets, but they don't deal with birds where I live. I have phoned pet stores... I am going crazy... I don't know what to do. I am afraid that there might be a major organ underneath. Should I pop it, it is getting bigger. Please please help, asap....
Posted by Annie on September 11,2009 at 09:43 PM
How menny eggs DO they lay and how long to hatch.
Posted by ginger M. on September 11,2009 at 01:06 AM
He could have choked on something. Keep them warm... have them out of cold breezes or air conditioning vents. have a standing lamp near their cage ... To feed them use an eye dropper and EXACT food from the pet store.. it is a big container for only around $10... there is a scoop inside and directions... good directions that you should read before you start feeding. The Birds have a food pouch that can stretch quite large in the front below the beak. Feed them for about 3 weeks... but the mom should be feeding them also... so make sure you put extra food in the cage for her... she has to replenish her food pouch so she can give it to the babies. the mom will go to the babies beak and baby will open for her then she will start the feeding process. they can make a lot of noise doing this. It is ok to still feed the baby the EXACT even though the mom is feeding ... normally the mom and dad both feed ..... By the way that you had 4 out of 12 is very good. Try to handle the babies as much as possible so they get used to human contact. They actually like being held close to your heart. with your hand around them for warmth. they will open their beak to the eye dropper and you can put it into the mouth and then squeeze the food into the mouth.... they will ask for more.... and tell you when they have had enough... but you will also notice that their food pouch gets big and when it should be enough.
Posted by bailey on July 19,2009 at 01:21 AM
yes you can take them out and you can feed them real food that you would feed to an adalt but feed them from your hands also handle them alot so they don't cry so much1 they cry so much because htey are so cold and lonly
Posted by dave on July 05,2009 at 08:42 AM
we have 10 eggs and she sits on them but no babies how do we wait
Posted by ginger M. on September 11,2009 at 12:53 AM
From what I've read It should take 10-14 days for them to hatch.... but I had one hatch just before I was going to give up on it. Have you had any hatch before....? Look up cockatail egg hatching. there are some videos of birds hatching.
Posted by Stacy on July 02,2009 at 07:39 PM
I have four cockatiels and out of those four the had a total of 12 eggs and four only survived . Monday my males started breathing very wierd and within two hours he died. I dont know what happen to him? As for the little babies they cry alot I don't know what to do how to I feed them can I take them out of there little wood house please help me .
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