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Raising Our New Cockatiels

Updated on February 10, 2013
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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:

Lastheart- Our female cockatiel
Lastheart- Our female cockatiel | Source
Froggy213-Our male cockatiel
Froggy213-Our male cockatiel | Source

Raising

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.

Breeding

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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      revivor 

      5 years ago

      Love the names!!

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      Debra 

      5 years ago

      Thank you for the interesting hub. Since you were writing about the care of the birds and cage size being important, I was rather disturbed that the cages in the pictures were is such bad state. I would not house a dead rat in a cage with that much rust, never mind a sweet little feathered friend that I cared about! I hope it is not their permanent home!

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      QudsiaP1 

      5 years ago

      Oh I absolutely love cockatiels and yours look so very beautiful! As Nettlemere said, they have to be watched when flying, they can be curious little critters. :)

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      Greg Boudonck 

      5 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Thank you very much.

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      Nettlemere 

      5 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      The once bit of advice I would give is be very watchful if you allow them out to fly free around the room. I used to do that with mine and just leave them to it, but whilst I wasn't watching they chewed through the plastic coating on the wire of my room light and blew the fuses! They survived the experience, but it gave me a fright!

    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      5 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      So what is their names now? thanks honey.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Interesting hub, sad I am not able to enjoy them for now like you will. I am happy you made some assignment. I didn't tell you that I was going to change their names....sorry! Very informative article I did enjoy reading!

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      Greg Boudonck 

      5 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      billy, tell Bev she will love them; thanks for the visit my friend. Nettlemere, we just got them yesterday, so I am not sure how they will take to a toy yet, I was just quoting so called experts.

      Thanks for stopping in. Do you have any good advice?

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      Nettlemere 

      5 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      Interested that yours enjoy toys, the two I have at the moment don't seem interested, but they are both older boys of around 10 years old. They earnestly whistle away to each other.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I've never owned any, but have had friends who did, and they loved them as pets. Great information; maybe one day I'll give it a try, if I can talk Bev into it. :)

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