Bird/cockatiel owners.. A couple questions

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raysgal
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Posted: 11/16/2013 9:30:13 AM
Today I am rescuing a cockatiel I am over the moon excited!! I have had one in the past.. But still have a couple questions.
1. Is it safe for me to still use my candle? It is on a warmer in the kitchen... And my bird won't have access but will the fumes hurt him?
2. He is a bit unruly.. Which is why I am going to take him.. I plan on teaching him to forage.. As most of his behavior problem sound like they are stemming from boredom. Any great websites that will teach me to make great foraging toys for cheap?
3. His diet sounds like it is consisting of pure seeds.. Which is not healthy for him.. My other bird came to me loving a variety of foods.. Any tips or trick to help him try new things a little easier?
I am just sooo excited! I lost my beloved Hunter (lab/vizsla) a month ago. He was my companion during the day.. I miss him terribly! And while I do not want another furry friend I really think a feathered one is going to help with the hole in my heart and lonely days. I'm open to any and all tips and tricks to make jojos (that's the cockatiels name) transition easier and healthier for him..

Thanks so much!


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Posted: 11/16/2013 9:32:57 AM
I have no advice but wanted to say I am excited for you! My daughters boyfriend has a cockatiel ( called Dave!) and he is such a character, he cracks me up! I am sure jojos will be great company.


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Posted: 11/16/2013 10:20:14 AM
I think candles are ok, but I wouldn't burn it right next to his birdcage or anything.


As for the food, you can "share" with him socially to get him to try new things. But you will probably want to have a good relationship with him first. So when you have him out of his cage and are handling him, set a bowl of fruit and veggies out. Eat some, then give some to him to try. Make a big deal about it- they love that. Lots of noise: "mmmm this strawberry is so yummy! yummy yummy!"

You can also clip large romaine lettuce leaves or dark leafy greens to the birdcage with a clothespin. Those are really fun because it's basically food and a toy- birds love ripping things up. Also you can make fruit kebobs to hang in the cage. They sell metal kebob rods with hooks at pet stores that are made for this purpose.

Another fun option is to use a natural wood perch (you can buy one, or use a stick you find as long as you make sure the stick is not poisonous to birds and doesn't have pesticides) and stick fruit into the twigs, and put it in the cage. Birds love natural wood perches anyway, they are great because of the varying thickness of the perch; birds like to have different sizes to give their feet a break.

You will also want to start mixing his food with a good quality bird diet pellet right away- half birdseed, half pellet. You don't want to starve him in case he decides he is NOT going to eat the pellet, but eventually he will try it if it is mixed in and over time you can reduce the ratio.

You can also hide treats in foraging toys. Sorry, I don't know any good websites to learn how to make them. I always bought bird pinatas from the pet store, but those are pretty pricey. Making your own makes a lot of sense!


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Posted: 11/16/2013 10:22:33 AM
I was told not to burn candles when I had my cockatiel. They have very tiny lungs and they are easily damaged. I was also told not to use oven cleaner when the bird was in the house. Things like that. The fumes are enough to make them sick.

Enjoy your new bird! I miss my Rico!




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Posted: 11/16/2013 10:37:26 AM
Our cockatiel just wandered the table eating off our plates at meal times.

we found that the parrot that shares our house LOVES raw yams and will actually spend an hour ripping it apart. and popcorn.
BTW she is nearly 40 and if she wants it she can have it.

Birds like eggs, and Her royal highness used to like chicken legs. eating a leg used to keep her occupied for a good hour.


We don't believe in clipping wings and have found that birds will rarely just fly around.


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Posted: 11/16/2013 11:48:42 AM
Fumes are bad. The smaller the bird, the less fumes it takes to hurt/kill them. Candles, cleansers, Teflon pans...there are now tons of safe non stick pans that won't hurt humans or birds like Teflon does.

I'm so glad you're getting this bird. I had one and loved him dearly. I'd get another if I wasn't so afraid my cat would hurt one.



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Posted: 11/16/2013 12:07:30 PM
hmm, I burn candles all the time in the same room as our cockatiel, and he's been fine. the candle is about 12' away from him.

we got ours "used", he was 2 yrs old. he loves to be stroked behind his head, and when someone comes to the house he'll run along the floor with the barking dogs and screech. he wants to go outside with them too, we think he thinks he's a dog. he'll also wolf whistle at us and say pretty bird.

ours won't eat fruit, I haven't tried lettuce. he loooves Cheetos, crackers, chips, anything crunchy. I've heard cheese is bad for them, so we limit Cheetos to one.

we have our cage next to the couch, and behind the couch in a bay window is a playstructure we built out of dowels and thin wood. he's never locked in his cage, and he happily walks back and forth between his homes and onto our shoulders, etc. we discourage him eating at our table, but he wants to. the gym is a lot like this: gym and we use corn cob bedding to keep clean. also, ours loves those wired rope perches that you can bend any way you want and attach to the cage.

good luck, hope he's a great bird!



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Posted: 11/16/2013 1:20:30 PM
I have had birds for 25+ years from canaries, finches, cockatiels, parakeets, and the parrots I have now. Candles are a no, no. They actually are not good for us either. Also, teflon pans are bad also. I did not know all of these things early on in my years of bird keeping, and their lifespans were effected because of the things we used in our house. And as far as cleaners, we only use water, vinegar, and Dawn now. They clean everything in our house, and it sure saves money too! There are lots of things you need to be careful of. I highly recommend you become a member of:

Avian Avenue

Everything you need to know about foods, products, do/don'ts, foraging, everything is on this site. It truly is awesome!!!! I pray you enjoy your baby. They are SO fun. I just had my girls out playing a few minutes ago. They bring laughter to our home every single day. I pray your fid does the same! Blessings,


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Posted: 11/16/2013 1:23:54 PM
Oh, and for the flooring, I highly suggest putting a piece of plexiglass on the grate. Then add a layer of newspaper. It makes cleaning SO, SO easy. Corn cob bedding and other beddings are dangerous as they can ingest it and cause a blockage. The plexiglass/newspaper idea was from the site I linked above. I have been doing it for 4 years now, and surely wished I would have know that MANY years ago. It is awesome!


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Posted: 11/16/2013 2:29:14 PM
My cockatiel is 20 and I've always burned candles although not right near her.

Shes a picky eater and she likes millet seed, corn, mashed potatoes, rice, popcorn...pretty much it.


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Posted: 11/16/2013 2:36:39 PM
do not feed iceburg lettuce. Or chocolate to the bird.


We kept our cocketiel in the corner furest from the kitchen and I used a candle warmer in the kitchen...it didn't bother her. But my house is well ventilated. The new house is a different story.

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Posted: 11/16/2013 2:47:26 PM
Thank you all for the wealth of information!!!! I will be picking him up in just over an hour


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Posted: 11/16/2013 4:26:12 PM
there is a great forum called Talk Cockateils they are a friendly bunch , they have a ton of info and advice

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Posted: 11/16/2013 4:50:56 PM
Ditto what everyone says - especially about Teflon pans being VERY bad for cockatiels. DD21 works in a rescue aviary and it's so sad to see the Teflon damage done to some of the cockatiels.

DD's cockatiels like hiding in cardboard boxes, but they ignore most other toys. They feed them rice, peas, corn, and seeds sometimes, as well as greens and pellets.

Enjoy your new bird. I was never much of a "bird person" until DD starting working with them. These little guys have so much personality!!!



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Posted: 11/17/2013 12:20:24 AM
Also be sure to look up a list of foods 'tiels cannot have, some will surprise you. Here's a good guide: cockatiel feeding guide

Avoid AVOCADO too; it is toxic to birds. That's one that you might not expect. Also rhubarb and chocolate. Don't let them eat the seeds from fruits. Don't give the foods high in sugar, salt, or fat. It's best to stick with natural foods; fruits, veggies, grains. Although our avian friends are curious about whatever we are eating, and sometimes don't ask permission before they steal a bite!

Iceberg lettuce won't harm the bird, but it doesn't have any real nutritional value so other types of lettuce are a better choice.

OH, also, you might see grit being marketed at the pet store to cockatiel owners, but don't be fooled- cockatiels do not need grit.


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Posted: 11/17/2013 11:10:09 AM
Thanks everyone for the great advise!!! Jojo is home and is doing beautifully!! He even shared some apple with my daughter!
Again... Thanks so much!


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What I'm shooting with (or rather, What I'm trying to shoot with.......)
Sony A350
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And some other stuff that I have no idea what it does.....

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