Cockatiels are native Australian birds, as pets they are extremely social and have a need for daily social interaction. A single bird will get more attached to its keeper but if you are not at home often, it is best to get two birds. Cockatiels that are introduced while they are still young will get along no matter what sex they are.
Males are generally more talkative and affectionate than females but both sexes respond well to training. Cockatiels can live between 15-22 years so they require a long time commitment from their owner and make a wonderful life-time pet.
Things you might need
- Bird Cage
- Food – seed mix, grit, treats
- Food and Water Containers
- Perches and Stands
- Iodine Bell
- Wormer/Mite and Lice Spray/Sulpha
- Perch Covers and Grit Sheets
- Vitamin Supplements
Looking After Cockatiels
It is best to house your cockatiel in largest cage you can afford but it should not be smaller than 2 feet tall with a 20-inch width and 18-inch depth. You should provide your bird with a couple of horizontal bars to perch on and a water and food container that is easy to access. Cockatiels are very playful so toys are a must and will keep them amused for a great part of the day. For bathing, use a mist setting on a water spay bottle and give your cockatiel a gentle spray each morning especially in the summer months.
The most important factor to consider on your cockatiel’s nutrition and diet is variety, in addition to seed you may like to offer sprouts, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, grated carrots, corn and cooked pumpkin, sweet potato or potato. When serving your cockatiel fruits and veggies, it will be best to serve small amounts, either chopped, shredded or in very small pieces, this will motivate them to grab them and give them a try. Seed and water should be changed daily, wash the containers with arm soapy water and rinse and dry well to keep the free of bacteria.
Cockatiels can scare easily at night so make sure you cover the cage and move it away from possible moving objects or light sources that might create shadows.