Raising Our New Cockatiels
We have two new pets. Who needs music when you have two cockatiels? They sing and whistle and make wonderful pets.
This is the first time in my life I have had birds as pets. I have been studying how to raise and care for cockatiels and I thought I would share some of what I have learned.
My lovely wife has decided to name them after our pen names here on hubpages. You can see each in the following pictures:
These birds are wonderful and they need a lot of space to move freely. It is very important to have the biggest cage possible. They need to move and feel comfortable, so they need a lot of space.
I have found that they like toys. We need to go purchase some. Like other pets, cockatiels like to play and have fun. Toys come in many varieties that you can hang in their cage.
These birds like attention. It is fun and good for them when you talk and whistle to them. They will know that you love them and you will have healthy birds that sing all the time if you pay attention to them.
I have found that it is recommended that you do feed them "people" food at times and not just an all seed diet. Experts say that feeding them just seeds all the time is like us eating at McDonalds every meal. All people food is ok except chocolate and avocado.
Like any pet, they need to have shots and care from a veterinarian. This can be somewhat costly, but you want healthy birds. See the vet and have a healthy pet.
You can teach these birds simple commands like step up and to come to you. Spend time with them and reward them with a treat when they follow your command.
Cockatiels can sell for descent money. It just makes good sense to breed your male and female.
You will need a nest box and they will get together. When you notice they have eggs, start feeding the birds a good supply of fresh greens.This will help fill them and keep them happy so they take care of the eggs properly.
When the hatching starts, make sure the birds are feeding the young. Some new parent birds do not understand and you may have to hand feed the young.
Do not separate the young from the parents until they are seven to eight weeks old. After this, the parents will probably start the breeding process again. You could make some good financial gain from this, as I see pairs of male and female selling for $100+.
Well, I need to go sing with our new pets.
I hope you learned something new; I did!
I will let you know when the babies come so you can purchase some Froggy and Lastheart babies.
© G.L. Boudonck
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