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COCKATIEL INFO

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General Info
Ten Things
The Bird Cage
Cage Placement

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Perches
Dishes
Feeding
Foods

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Plants
Hazards
Bathing

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Ownership
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Behaviors
Crest
Preening
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Lowers Head
Standing on One Leg
Stretching
Beak Grinding
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Fluffing Feathers
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PLANTS

When keeping cockatiels or any bird it is important to check everything it could possibly get into, especially plants. Cockatiels love to nibble and plants are perfect for them to shred.


Non-Toxic Plants
African daisy African palm African violet Airplane plant
Aloe plant Arcadia Asparagus fern Aster
Baby's tears Bachelor Buttons Bamboo Birds Nest Fern
Blood Leaf plant Boston fern Bougainvillea California Poppy
Camelia Chickweed Christmas Cactus Corn plant
Cotoneaster Crab apple Creeping Charlie Creeping Jennie
Croton Dahlia Daisies Dandelion Dogwood
Donkey Tail Dracaena Easter Lily Echeveria
Eugenia Ficus Fuchsia Gardenia
Geranium Gloxinia Grape Ivy Hawthorn
Honeysuckle Hoya Impatiens Jade plant
Kalanchoe Lipstick plant Magnolia Marigold
Monkey plant Orchid Palms Peperomia
Petunia Piggy-back plant Prayer plant Purple Passion
Pyracantha Rose Rubber plant Salal
Sanseverieria Schefflera Sensitive plant Spider plant
Swedish Ivy Tulip Umbrella Tree Violet
Wandering Jew Wax plant Yucca plant Zebra plant


Toxic Plants
Amaryllis Anemone Angel's Trumpet Arrowhead
Avocado Azaleas Bird of Paradise Cactus
Caladium Calla Lily Castor Bean Chinese Evergreen
Crocus Daffodil Daphne Delphinium
Devil's Ivy Dieffenbachia Elderberry Elephant's Ear
Eucalyptus Foxglove Heliotrope Holly
Hyacinth Hydrangea Iris Ivy
Jack-in-the-pulpit Jerusalem Cherry Jasmine Jimson Weed
Lantana Larkspur Laurel Lily-of-the-valley
Lobelia Lupine Marijuana Mayapple
Mistletoe Moonseed Morning Glory Narcissus
Nightshade Oleander Peace Lily Periwinkle
Philodendron Poinsettia Poison Hemlock Poison Ivy
Poison Oak Poppy Pokeweed Privet
Red Maple Rhododendron Rosary Pea Tobacco
Tomato(except fruit) Water Hemlock Waxberry Wisteria
Yew

HAZARDS

Many things in your home will look interesting, new and exciting to your cockatiel. It is best to know which can be hazardous and deadly to avoid a bad situation.

Your cockatiel will enjoy time out of its cage, especially spending time with you. Do not let your cockatiel out unless you can supervise it. Turn off all fans when your bird is out of its cage even if its wings are clipped. Always make sure all doors and windows are shut and will not be opened until your cockatiel is back in the cage. Your cockatiel will fly out without any reason or if it is startled. But once cockatiels realize they can keep flying they will. Check your local lost and found section in the paper, bet there are a few ads for lost cockatiels! Even if you keep your cockatiel's wings clipped, if one flight feather has grown in they can still fly.

Watch out for open containers of water. Cockatiels like water but cannot swim and can drown easily.

Avoid using air fresheners, aerosol sprays, candles, cleaners, perfumes, potpourri, and other fumes near cockatiels as these can be toxic. Even new carpet and non-stick cookware can let off fumes that can kill cockatiels in minutes. Put cockatiels in their cages when you are cooking. They could fly into a pan of boiling water or other hot items and really hurt themselves with a nasty burn.

Cockatiels rarely get mites. Do not use the mite protectors as they have been proven to be carcinogenic. By keeping the cage and surrounding area clean you should not be susceptible to insects.

Never feed a cockatiel food from your month or give them kisses. Human saliva contains a bacterium that is harmful to cockatiels.

Never hit a cockatiel. Once you use your hands in a bad way to a cockatiel they may never forget. You could also hurt them as they are so delicate. Tapping them on the beak is also a no, no.

Watch out for electrical cords. Birds will find them and chew on them. Do not let cockatiels chew on paint or treated wood. Houseplants are another favorite thing to chew. Make sure they are not toxic or important to you. Once cockatiels start nibbling they can wreck a plant in minutes!

Avoid placing their cage in a drafty area. Fresh air is great but make sure the weather is right. A cold draft can be a bad thing and cause your cockatiel to get sick. Cockatiels enjoy sunlight. Do not put the whole cage in the direct sun though, the cockatiel could become overheated. Always supply cockatiels with fresh, clean water.

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BATHING

Some cockatiels prefer to bathe themselves in a shallow dish. Others like to be sprayed with the fine mist of a hand sprayer. Try both and see which your cockatiel prefers.

It is easiest to let cockatiels bathe themselves by placing a shallow bowl or purchase one that fits your cage. Make sure the water is lukewarm and don't forget to remove it and clean it daily. This allows your cockatiel to decide when to bathe.

Another way to bathe your cockatiel is to purchase a special shower perch and place it in a sink or tub. Purchase a new plant sprayer. Do not use one that has had anything toxic in it, like fertilizer. Fill the new bird sprayer with only clean warm to hot water. Put the sprayer on the fine mist and spray the bird for a few minutes. The mist from the sprayer is like a rain shower cockatiels would get in the wild.

The final way to bathe your cockatiel is to put a shower perch with suction cups on a wall in your shower. A place that is eye level and that isn't in the middle of the water shower is best. Cockatiels should only get mist from the shower, especially if you take longer showers!

If you are lucky your cockatiel will do a bit of a shower dance for you by spreading its wings and rubbing its beak along the perch. Pure water works best to keep its plumage in peak condition. This helps in repelling chills or drafts that can result in sickness. Bathing your cockatiel regularly triggers it to preen, helps with the powder down it creates and gives them something to do. The powder down is responsible for protecting the cockatiel's plumage also. Either way you choose to bathe your cockatiel, make it available in the morning so it will have the whole day to dry out and put its plumage back in order. Mist cockatiels atleast 2-3 times a week or offer a bath in their cage everyday.

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