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Caring For A Cockatiel

September 15, 2022
September 17th has gone to the birds: it’s Pet Bird Day! This is a perfect chance to pay some attention to one of the most popular pet birds: the Cockatiel. You’ll read about cockatiel care in this article from All About Animals Veterinary Services, serving the Villa Rica, GA, area.

Basics

Cockatiels are the smallest birds perching on the Cockatoo family tree, rarely growing beyond a foot long. They can live about 15 years, and are smart enough to learn words and tricks.

Get At Two

While Polly may do okay as a sole bird, she’ll be much happier with a buddy. We recommend getting two.

Play With Your Pet

Polly is super cute and playful. Take time to play with her every day! You may also be able to teach your feathered pal a few cute tricks. Aim to spend at least an hour a day with your colorful little friend.

Choose The Right Spot

Cockatiels get very attached to their owners, and are happiest when they can see, hear, and interact with us. Keep this in mind when choosing the spot for Polly’s cage. Ideally, the birdcage should be in a spot where she can see and hear you without feeling too exposed.

Offer A Varied Diet

Polly can eat commercial bird food, along with safe, organic produce and, of course, treats. Ideally, your cute pet’s diet should be about 75% pellet and 25% seed. You can also give your pet dark leafy greens, as well as some fresh fruit, such as papaya, berries, and melons. For treats, honey sticks and millet spray are good options. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Get A T-Stand

T-stands are basically portable perches. Cockatiels love these! Keep a few around, so Polly can hang out with you more easily.

Baths

Cockatiels love warm water baths! Offer your winged buddy a shallow bowl a few times a week. You can also mist her with spray.

Sickness

It’s important to know how to tell if something is wrong. Some red flags include lack of appetite, lethargy; unkempt or broken feathers, from a lack of preening; discharge; sensing; unusual behavior or vocalization; listlessness; strange posture; and changes in the color, texture, or odor of your pet’s waste. Call your vet immediately if you notice any of these. As your Carrollton, GA animal clinic, we are here to help. Call us anytime!
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