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    A Guide to the Cockatiel

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    If you are considering buying a cockatiel then this article should tell you all the basics of what you need to know to look after cockatiels. 

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    Cockatiels make the best companions for people who enjoy interacting with their pets. If you have a very sociable cockatiel then it can become depressed if is left on its own for too long. Cockatiels can be easily trained but take a lot of dedication and time because they can live between twelve and fifteen years. 


    Cockatiels make a grinding sound with their beak if they are contented and they will hiss when they are frightened or feel threatened. Cockatiels will exercise by stretching out their wings. You might find your cockatiel banging its toys against the side of its cage if it wants attention or feels upset. 


    Cockatiels require care and attention and need at least twelve hours of sleep a night if they are to be healthy. Cockatiels are very sensitive to fumes created by household products, even Teflon pans can release toxins that can harm birds. 


    The larger the cage the better as your cockatiel will be able to fly freely. Cockatiels need to have perches inside the cage and it is also fun if you can give them wood, bamboo or rope to play with. You should also include a cuttlefish bone inside the cage so that the cockatiel can keep its beak conditioned. 


    You should always keep a cockatiel’s bird cage away from drafts (this includes air-conditioning). You need to give cockatiels a full spectrum of sunlight if they are to be healthy. If you put the cage outside on nice days you should make sure the cockatiel is not subjected to direct sunlight. 


    A cockatiel cage should be cleaned out twice a week at a minimum. Use paper towels to line the bottom of the cage as this will make it easier to clean. 


    A cockatiel’s diet is easy enough because you can buy pre-prepared cockatiel seed feed from pet shops. Cockatiels can also eat greens, vegetables and fruit in moderation. Never give a bird avocado to a bird because it can be deadly. Fresh drinking water should always be provided and you can add vitamins which are designed for cockatiels. Always clean out the water bottle when you refill it to stop bacteria from growing. 

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