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coakatiel,friend for life
Member Name: gothic girl
Advantages: pretty to look at,can teach them to talk and can be very sociable,easy to look after
Disadvantages: feather dust gets everywhere!!Have to be dedicated to them,messy eaters
Cockatiels...a friend for life??
Well I am sat here at my computer and i am getting that feeling like i am being watched...my every movement feels followed.....then i look to my side and realise its not fred-the household ghost but Allie and Pepe....the two cockatiels that I seem to be seing more and more of since their owners started enjoying holidays in the sun!I thought seeing as i am now getting to be the expert in putting my hand in the cage without getting bitten every day and getting them to interact i feel i am now able to give a review.
Pepe and Allie (not names that i had any say in ,doesnt sound birdy to me!!) are two grey cockatiels,and by saying that i mean they are completely grey without the lovely orange cheeks you see in the picture above.It turns out - after research - that there are these grey faced cockatiels that do not carry any of the genetic material to give them their rosy cheeks!And that is what my father in law and his partner bought.
The cockatiels themselves are about two years old and came from one of the local petshop.They paid about £25 each,these are a couple and the shop owner sold them as such and wouldnt seperate them,well done there!!They also bought a cage which cost them about £50,it is about 2 foot by 3 foot- sold as recommended by the shop but they have since gone back and bought a huge cage,on its base it stands at about 5 foot,by 4 foot with about 3 foot width...now currently taking up a large part of the front room!!I would recommend that the bigger the cage the better ,no matter what the bird,this enables them to spread their wings a bit, now back to the birds.
Cockatiels are actually native to Australia but their pretty colours and ability to interact well with humans and other birds makes them ideal pets.Generally as far as pets go they are reasonably cheap to keep once the initial outlay of purchasing the cage etc is done.Just an added note,if you want a bird to interact well with humans then you are best to get one from a proper breeder or specialist shop,these will be hand reared not avery reared and will already be used to human contact.Costs around £50 each.Ideally they should spend some time out of their cage or live in an avery,if your bird is hand reared this should not be a problem however if yours are avery reared- like the two here- be prepared for hard work and lots of percerverance!!Once trained to come out of the cage and to your hand (start by them getting used to being hand fed,then make the food smaller and they should go onto your finger once trust is established.)you can buy a perch for them and they will happily follow you around and come for cuddles!!
Cockatiels can be very vocal birds.The female is the quieter one of the two.They chirp happily and react well to any other bird noises they hear.They do have the ability to mimic some words or noises.At present Pepe and Allie can wolf whistle and mimic the kiss noise,both of which the owners and my kids love to hear!!If you want them to repeat you need to be constantly repeating to them and they will eventually get there.Cockatiels love to be spoken to and love the attention!!they will quiet happily sit and listen to you talking and chirp back and they like to even watch the tv!!!
You can buy a good range of toys for their cages,they like bright things and are fascinated by their reflection.Pepe often talks to himself all the time.....(yes i know what you are thinking blokes!!)but this is to his reflection not just the mrs!If you have a single bird it is essential to keep him/her entertained as birds often pull their feathers out if they get stressed or fed up!Cockatiels are social birds.
Food wise,you can buy numerous complete cockatiel foods from your local petshops.It is easily available and affordable and a bag seems to last forever!!However note that these birds are messy eaters so position food accordingly to avoid seeds getting all over the carpet!!!You can give your cockatiel treats of certain fresh food but there are certain foods to be avoided.Chocolate,mushroom,cabbage,advocado to name a few,there are plenty of full lists of harmful foods available online so its best to google it.Allie is partial to a bit of apple herself...Pepe likes fresh broccoli...
For cleaning,the cockatiels are pretty much the same as any other birds,they poop onto paper that is easily changable especially if you get a cage with a wire grill above the collecting tray!just lay some kitchen towel under the wire and change everyday.They cant get at it since the wire is in the way.You will have to give the cage and perches a good wash every week or so.lovely!The messiest part about these birds is the dust from their feathers..its everywhere!!However if you bath (tray of water in the cage) or shower (fine water spritz bottle filled with warm water sprayed over their heads)them regularly this will ease the dust off a bit.Other than that be prepared to hoover and polish more often!lol
Generally these birds can be lovely companions and are seemingly easy to look after,clean regularly,change the food and water every day,thats pretty much all there is to it.Of course you will need to work at building a bond with your birds but persist and you will get there.I can now hand feed Allie and on rare occasions Pepe comes for a nibble too!!Hopefully i will be able to get them to a stage where they can be let out of the cage,they are not ready yet.But fingers crossed i will turn them into the loving cockatiels that people everywhere find a friend in!
It is worth noting that certain things can be toxic to the cockatiels,one being glade scented candles and paints!!There are full lists available online on speciality cockatiels sites.As with all pets,do your research before you buy!
Summary: lovable bird that comes from Australia,an ideal pet that can be very social with both humans & birds