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Cockatiels-Care and Safety


Birds require a lot of care and attention, and responsible pet owners should be aware of the kind of maintenance they require and be willing to provide it.


Cockatiels Care and Safety -Grooming


Birds need a regular bath (and those from humid areas, like the Amazon, need them more frequently than others). Youíll need plain water. Donít add soap or any ďspecial productsĒ since the chemicals could irritate the skin and feathers.

As for what kind of bathóit varies from bird to bird. Some cockatiels like to swim in a bowl; others prefer a quick shower with a spray bottle, while there are those who enjoy taking a bath with their owners.

You may also encounter birds that donít seem to want a bath at all. If thatís the case, do it gradually, using a spray bottle first, before introducing them to a bird bath. They will eventually get used to it.


Cockatiels Care and Safety -Clipping wings


Many cockatiel owners recommend clipping the wings of their birds. The obvious benefit, of course, is that it canít fly far. This lets you set your pet free for short periods of time during the day, to let it get exercise and allow a change in scenery (birds get bored too, you know). And even with the best of precautions, itís been known for birds to escape, especially when changing the food or water, or cleaning the cage. At least you know that if you had accidentally left a window open, it wonít high-tail it to the open skies.

Clipping wings will also protect the cockatiels, which wonít be able to survive on their own if they escape, and may even hurt themselves. Some mischievous birds may also get into trouble if theyíre allowed to wander too far, so itís really for their own good.


Cockatiels Care and Safety - Nails, beaks and feathers


You will also need to trim the nails of the birds, but itís very rare to need to trim the beak (which gets worn down anyway when they feed or play). If you notice that youíre trimming either too often, bring your cockatiel to the vetóthis may be a symptom of a health problem.

Cockatiels, like all birds, will groom themselves, often by running their feathers through their beaks. This is normal, as long as theyíre not actually pulling them out. This disorder is called feather picking, and is a symptom of a problem.

Owners shouldnít apply any ointments or salves on the feathers. This is as senseless and dangerous as dipping your pet into an oil spill.

Donít forget to clean the birdís surrounding environment as well. Cockatielsí delicate respiratory systems can easily be damaged by exposure to hairspray, insect sprays, and even cigarette smoke. Donít put the cage in the kitchen, either. Non-stick pans can emit a gas when heatedóhumans arenít affected, but birds will be

You should also create a bird-safe room where your pet can explore when you let it loose. It should be free of ceiling fans, poisonous household plants, predators like dogs and cats (or very mischievous young children), and even mousetraps.


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