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All About Cockatiels

Have you considered getting a pet bird? Birds make wonderful pets. These beautiful animals come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, and can have very different temperaments from one another, so you’ll want to do a bit of research before selecting a pet bird. In this article from your North West London vet, you’ll read about cockatiels, one of the most popular pet birds.

Cage

Cockatiels are fairly large birds, and require, at the very least, a cage size of 18x22x18″. Bigger is better, however, so get the largest cage you can. The cage will need to be large enough to accommodate your bird’s full wingspan, so your pet can stretch and climb easily. You’ll need a minimum of two perches at different heights. Remember not to place perches over food bowls or dishes. The perches should be of various width, height, and materials, to keep your pet’s feet in good condition. You can use corncob bedding, recycled paper pellets, or aspen shavings for bedding.

Diet

Cockatiels can be rather sloppy eaters! Your pet may drop quite a bit of food while dining. You’ll need to keep his cage very clean to prevent any of the drop bits from rotting. Some studies show that an all-seed diet is actually not ideal for cockatiels, and that seeds coated in vitamins are a much better option.

Treats

In addition to his basic diet, your bird can enjoy several treats. Some acceptable choices include cooked lean meats, chicken, and turkey; veggies, such as beets, carrots, and Brussels sprouts; fruits, including mango, peaches, papaya, pears and oranges; and herbs, like oregano, cilantro, and basil. Fruits and veggies should be either fresh or frozen, as canned foods have a higher sodium content and lower nutritional value. Your cockatiel may also enjoy certain types of crackers, whole wheat toast, unsweetened cereals, and even pretzels. Avoid giving cockatiels rhubarb, coffee, tea, salty or sugary foods, fruit seeds, potato leaves, tomato leaves, and eggplant leaves.

Activity

Cockatiels love attention! These beautiful birds may get sad or irritable if they don’t get a proper amount of care and stimulation. Plan to spend at least an hour a day with your bird. Your feathered buddy will also need at least two or three toys at all times. To keep your pet from getting bored with his toys, you should change them out frequently. Chew toys, hanging toys, and puzzle toys are a few great options. You can also make your own toys!

If you have any questions about caring for your pet bird, please feel free to contact us. To read more articles from your vet clinic North West London, click here.

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