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Taking Care of a Cockatiel

Updated on November 29, 2007

Taking care of a cockatiel can be lots of fun! The only thing you need is patience. Always make sure you will have time to play with your cockatiel before you get one. Cockatiels can get very lonesome. Usually it's best to get 2 if your're gonna be gone most of the time. That way they can interact with each other.

Every day you must clean the bottom of the cage. You should use paper towels to spoil them or you can just use a newspaper. Cockatiels tend to stay on their perches more than they stay on the ground. You can also tear up some paper and put it in there.They love it. You must also clean their water once a day .You can get bird vitamins and just put a few drops in there. Then you will need to give them some grid and some bird food.YOU MUST PUT A STONE GRID IN THERE! Or else there beaks will be to sharp . Cockatiels are very curious. You should always put toys in there. For instance a :

  • bells

  • ladders

  • rope rings

All that stuff. There are many other toys out there for your bird. So just keep looking.

Cockatiels love to sun bathe. You should always put the cage near a window or put the cage outside for about twenty minutes. After that , cool them down. Get a spray bottle and stand back about 10 inches. Don't spray them to harsh. They won't enjoy it, just nice and slow. The water should be warm, not cold, not hot. Or you can always just get a bowl and fill it up with warm water. That way they don't get a chill. After that let them sit out there for another 5 minutes. But ,please remember , don't soak your bird. It will be hard for them to dry. Then there is a chance that they will get sick. : (

You should always let them fly everyday for at least a 30 minutes. Becareful of your wallpaper my cockatiels use to chew it, until I repainted it.

ALWAYS talk to them soothingly .They love it! It's best to get them when they are real young. They will just hang around you most of the time. Watch out though those sweet inocent looking birds will get a nasty temper out of no where. Just sit it out and leave them alone! If you don't they will bite! But at the end, they will be the happiest living thing on the block. Just let them chill.

So there you have it . I hope you learned something. Please tell me if I have forgotten anything. : )

By ,

Krysta 07

2 of  my cockateils Sunny (left) and Cloe (right).
2 of my cockateils Sunny (left) and Cloe (right).

Sunny is outside gettin some sun.

Cool Toys For your Cockatiel

 NOTE: they love these rope rings(above)
NOTE: they love these rope rings(above)

Toys For Your Cockatiel

Toys are very important for your bird. Let them have some fun. Here are some toys I found on the internet. You can get:

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      frances felan 2 years ago

      I have two cocktail birds last night they mated and I need to know if I need to put the boy cocktail in another cage are if

      Its ok for them.to stay together are when to separate the parents.frances

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      Udoh 4 years ago

      Well you know how you comment that bird has to fly in30 min but if your bird got wing clipped is that OK for my bird or not but I dont have it yet am getting it next week and another thing is how can I hand tame my bird plz answer please thank you

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      Darci123 5 years ago

      I want a cockatiel but my ceilings are kinda low… how high does a ceiling have to be for a cockatiel to fly

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      marley 6 years ago

      your cockatiels look so happy. i hope my new little friends will be just like yours

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      Donna 7 years ago

      I have a 4yearold male cockatiel and he has started masterbating on the side of his plastic food dish. I took the food dish and moved it around the cage to different spots but he keeps going back tit. help

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      Jim 7 years ago

      What is the life span of a cockatiel?

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      turdle man 8 years ago

      i was thinking about getting one... but after i read this i think i might get one

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      nicko guzman 8 years ago from Los Angeles,CA

      Is one of them a pied.It is very cute.

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      nicko guzman 8 years ago from Los Angeles,CA

      They are so adorable together.I used to have one.Is it true that there is only room for one cocatiel/person in a cockatiels life.Does that mean they will not be as loving to you if it has a mate.

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      Groovy Greeks 8 years ago

      I have the same pet but different colors and mines a male and he bites. I am kinda like a animal lover and I love pets, and I was starting to get a snake as a pet.

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      Groovy Greeks 8 years ago

      I have the same pet but different colors and mines a male and he bites. I am kinda like a animal lover and I love pets, and I was starting to get a snake as a pet.

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      Ariadne 8 years ago

      Your page answered quite a few of my questions, and I love the pics of your birds! They're so cute!!! That top one of Sunny and Chloe cuddling is just adorable!

      Ari

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      N. Longstocking 9 years ago

      thank you for this hub, and for the great pictures! Your bird is so cute. I also wrote a hub about birds. This article addresses how to care for birds, ensuring a safe and healthy environment for the most rewarding bird-owning experience. It also outlines some potentially fatalistic mistakes bird owners can make, and summarizes signs of healthy and sick birds.

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      Krista 07 9 years ago from Europe

      oh and one more thing cockatiels are lesser parrots and cockatoos are greater parrots.

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      Krista 07 9 years ago from Europe

      A cockateil are the birds I have a picture of at the top of comments. A cockatoo is a white large bird,relative to the parrot family. Check it out at google!

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      MrMarmalade 9 years ago from Sydney

      liked your Hub.

      What is the difference between a Cockatiel and a Cockatoo?

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      Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

      they are cute together. Aren't they? Nuzzling. Ha.

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      compu-smart 9 years ago from London UK

      Ohh, and thanks for being my new fan and leaving me nice mail, that was very kind of you:)

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      Krista 07 9 years ago from Europe

      Thankyou! ;)

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      compu-smart 9 years ago from London UK

      Your cockatiel looks very happy and I hope this is the first of many hubs;)