We're not trying to convince anyone to get a bird -
quite the contrary, we want everyone who leaves with one of our
birds to fully understand and accept the responsibility of owning one of our birds.
They are small parrots. That means they will imitate sounds, they will
sing, they will make noise. While they aren't chirping 24/7, they can be
quite loud at times. Birds are rather messy critters. When they bite into
a pellet, some of it zings onto the floor, some zings into the cage, and
some zings into their mouth. A cage guard helps a lot with keeping the
mess down, but the best thing you can do is to buy deep food dishes. Parrots need to be played with regularly,
or else they will become less tame and more apt to bite. I know it's exciting
to have a new pet, but don't play with the bird for four hours in one day,
and after a week become bored with it, and hardly let it out. Birds like
to live on a schedule, so it helps if you play with them about the same
amount each day. Cockatiels produce a fine white dander, which is perfectly
normal and healthy. It is the sheaths that enclose new feathers, which
slowly dissolve and become this powder. A light misting or regular bathtimes
will help control the dust. I myself am allergic to about everything found
outside, in addition to asthma, and I have no problem with the dust. Birds
need fresh water everyday, and it needs to be changed whenever it becomes
contaminated (ie, bird poops in bowl).
If you can't afford a bird, then don't own one! This can't be said enough.
How many birds are in shelters, or are suffering terribly because someone "didn't have the money" to
take it to the avian vet? Emergency vet care can cost $1000 or more. Are you in a financial spot to
be able to pay for it? Sometimes things happen, where you become unemployed, or for some reason, have a lot
less money. Then you need to think about what's best for the bird. Failure to take an obviously sick or hurt animal
to the vet is a crime called neglect.
That said, please use the links below to gain information about parrots:
Coming soon.... The Biting Parrot, and more Companion bird Caresheets.
You can also obtain information from the North
American Cockatiel Society, the National
Cockatiel Society, and the American