- Birds need physical stimulation, too.
Some people buy birds because, in their eyes, they’re easier to care for than for a cat or a dog.
Wrong! Birds normally fly, that’s how they live in the wild. And the cockatiel, even though he is a little bird, will require plenty of exercise. That means that he need a spacious cage and some out-of-the-cage time daily. That means you’ll have to have some patience while he is circling around in the room and please, please leave the windows and the doors closed while he is busy doing that. The bird has to be supervised for the entire time while he is enjoying his exercise, since he might fall behind furniture and injure himself.
Cockatiels are social birds, they live amongst a flock and have a tendency not to do so well alone. If you’re planning to acquire one bird, be aware of how cockatiels have the emotional intelligence of a 2-year old human- which means he is needy!
You will have to spend at least two hours everyday with your pet. That doesn’t mean you will need to hang with him for two hours, but at least be in close proximity to him for this period of time, he will attempt to socialize with you and communicate you his requirements. You can listen to music, or read to him aloud or just speak to him. The bird will like to float on you and watch you doing your chores or just chill.
- They tend to live for a long time.
That’s a long time. If you can not commit to take care for a bird for at least 7-10 years, than just do not buy it. Purchase a cute, small mouse.
- They do have behavior problems.
Cockatiels like to sing and vocalize, will try to communicate with the birds outside and like any other bird, will be especially noisy in the evenings and in the evenings.
But if they’re not stimulated enough or do not have a regular, you might find yourself with a screaming bird. The exhausted cockatiel, that does not get the attention that he needs will try to get it by being really loud. And should you not react properly, this behaviour will intensify and will be really tough to unlearn.
Therefore, if you enjoy your peace and quiet, get a cat. If you don’t have the patience nor the time required to stimulate your bird, then get a fish. It’s better for everyone.
- They need a specialized vet.
Taking care of the cockatiels is a simple job, but you will need to closely watch his appetite, his water consumption and to make sure he has various foods in his diet. Cockatiels are birds of prey so that they will try to hide the fact they are ill until they can’t do so anymore. You’ll need to become an expert at your bird’s behaviour, carefully watching his routines along with his droppings, since they can tell a lot of your birds’ health.
If he gets sick, you’ll need to locate a doctor that has some experience with treating exotic pets, although the majority of the vets are specialised in treating dogs and cats.
- They are delicate birds.
When it comes to the environment, cockatiels are extremely sensitive. They enjoy a regular – lights on/out at specific hours, they enjoy a consistency and they do not really like change. Actually, they are fearful by it. So they need someone that can maintain an order and a consistency for extended amounts of time.
Also, they are delicate birds, they occasionally have night frights and will require your immediate attention they might injure themselves.
They aren’t well suited for smaller children. They are beautiful, sometimes majestic and very friendly- ideal target for kids – but they are to be treated with care, so they’re better suited with older kids. So keep that in mind when purchasing one.
If you can manage all of the above you should be aware that cockatiels are excellent companions, they are kind and quirky and at times empathetic, really pleasant to watch and can entertain you and your guests with beautiful songs and vocalizations. If taken care of properly, your bird will become your very best friend.
Best of luck!