The beauty of birds always seems to captivate us. Many times they are symbols of freedom, love and peace. Keeping them free is a major part of keeping them healthy and happy.
In your home you probably have a cage for your new bird, don’t worry this is a good idea…but, make sure that it is not a cheap cage coated with lead based paint from an auction or other such vendors, only buy from reputable pet stores. You should leave the door open to allow the bird to come and go as it wishes. There are play centers you can buy equipped with many perches, ladders and wooden bridges that parrots adore. This is good for any bird as it lets them know that you are not trying to keep them submissive.
The toys should be many, both inside the cage and out. Affix brightly colored toys or shiny metal chains inside the cage and on to the play area. This will show your bird that they can be comfortable in your home and show them that it is their living space as well.
There are many good foods for your bird but the best for them is the bird seed that is fortified with vitamins and nutrients. The honey/vitamin nutrition sticks seem to be a favorite amongst birds and are fairly inexpensive for us. Be sure that your bird always has water. Two dishes are sensible…one for it to bathe in and one for it to drink out of.
Clean your bird cage once a month so it doesn’t feel as though it needs to find another area to ‘potty’ in.
Cockatiels can be trained to eat from your mouth, and your hand. They can also be taught to speak simple words. Parrots learn words easier and comprehend more but Cockatiels can learn quickly with short simple phrases as long as you constantly repeat them every time you show the bird affection. This kind of training takes a commitment of every day, one on one interaction between you and your bird; but in the end the accomplishment feels overwhelmingly pleasing.
Clipping your bird’s wings is not necessary in most cases after a couple months of the above instruction with your bird. Constant love and kindness will show your bird that you are not a threat but rather a security. If it is left to be free and chooses to be in or out of the cage it will not be quick to fly out a window or roam around the house unless prompted. Cockatiels have also been known, along with parrots, to greet you when you come into sight. They begin to think you as a counter part instead of an “owner or master”. I hope this guide to caring for your bird has helped you and your adventures with your new found friend, the Cockatiel.