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u/imsoarin · 1 pointr/cockatiel

Like others have said; larger cage with smaller bar spacing, more toys. Find out what kind of toys your cockatiels like, they're all different and have preferences but most cockatiels will love shreddable toys.

This is the cage I have for my cockatiel that I would personally recommend:

Don't have perches placed above food dishes to avoid droppings in food/water. Careful on giving them full millet sticks, doing this frequently can lead to obesity pretty quick. Get a variety of perches that have different sizes, shapes, and materials to avoid foot problems. Avoid plastic perches.

Assuming they're male and female, you'll need to make sure the female is especially well nourished and avoids calcium-binding food like spinach. Calcium is very important for female cockatiels. Always have a cuttlebone available for them in the cage.

After they settle in an start feeling comfortable, start to ween them on pellets. There's a lot of online resources that can give you in-depth tips on how to do this. Also feed them vegetables; whether it's through shredding up kale or other veggies into their seed, or hand feeding them broccoli, they need their vegetables. I personally make a large blend of shredded vegetables and seeds monthly that I freeze, portion, and serve. It's called "chop", and would recommend looking into it later. Never completely cut seeds out of your cockatiel's diet, once they're on a healthy pellet and veggie diet, they should still get fed seed a couple times a week or so.

Be sure to check out some of the great resources others have linked in here. There's a lot to know, like the list of safe foods. Otherwise, congratulations on your two feathered friends and feel free to ask any questions!

Edit: cage recommendation.

u/ArmyofAnts · 1 pointr/cockatiel

I agree with the other posters- your little tiel looks a little bored and ready to play! a bigger cage would be surely appreciated, and some toys.
Toys are kind of hard because you never know what they will be into at first- and even then their tastes change!
These comfy perches are a good place to start

they are a little easier on their feet. As for toys, I generally go with 3 types of different toys to give my birdie some variety: something to shred, something that moves (likes a swing) and something shiny.

Planet Pleasures has a lot of great bird toys (funny name but good bird toys...)
These shredders are great and perfectly safe

my baby tiel (well, less than a year old) is rather obsessed with this toy called 'falling beads' (3rd one down from the top) and it meets my criteria of something shiny and something that moves.

as for guessing your bird's mood, this article is very helpful

And finally, as for taming your bird and getting it used to you, have you tried feeding it birdie crack millet by hand through the side of the cage? I wouldn't normally give birds millet just to eat but it works as a 'treat', gets the bird to have a good association with you, and is useful for training later on down the road.

I hope this is helpful! Good Luck!

u/BonchiFox · 3 pointsr/cockatiel

Sometimes it can take time ( normally weeks) for them to get use to new toys.

Here are a couple I personally used:
A) Foraging wheel. Super popular among all parrot owners.

B) Probably my tiels' first foraging toy I got them.. They love to chew up the seagrass and I would hide seed balls in the 'flowers'. The seagrass mat won't last long but I did keep the bulbs to use continuously.

C) This is a tad trickier foraging toys. You can first make it easier by taking out the wooden blocks and balls. Then slowly add it after they get use to it There are also paper strips that they will probably love to take.

D) Foraging clear ball

E) Another one of the 'first' foraging thing I would do for my tiels is this millet holder. This is super easier to set up. I would especially do this for longer trips out of the house. I would throw in millet and hang it and they would go to town on it. A couple other option is stuff it with veggies or seed balls with paper in between.

F) If you don't wish to put too money down at first, you can use a shoe box and shredded paper. Here is my flock using a slow feeder bowl with rock decor

G) You can put paper over their food bowl. At first your bird will knock it off. Then you can put a rubber band and poke huge holes. Then you bird will do little work to tear through the paper. Later make the holes smaller and smaller until you stop making holes. Then your tiel will have to tear through the paper to get to her/his food.
H)This tippler toy A tad harder toy for your tiel to figure out. You will have to fill it up a lot and probably tip it a couple times for him to see.

H) This clear, drawer toy Anotehr challenging one. You will have to leave it open at first then over time close it. Your tiel will learn to open drawer by himself eventually :D

Here are some pictures of my flock using these toys I mentioned.
I covered their play stand with paper so they will have to forage through it
My conure with the tippler toy
My tiels with the millet holders
Shoebox example with my flock
Millet with seedballs and paper
The put paper over their food bowl example
I used my late dog's slow feeder and rock decor for them to forage
Clear drawer toy
Example of C foraging toy

Good luck! :D

u/budgiefacedkiller · 1 pointr/cockatiel

You're awesome for helping these birds out in their time of need!

It can be hard for birds to adjust to a new routine (in this case to being caged for part of the day) but given they are already going through the shake-up of a new home I suspect they will quickly learn to see a cage as "home".

I agree with that two cages is a good idea. I also agree that the cage you have now is way, way, WAY too small. 18x18 is something I wouldn't even subject a budgie to for the long term. And considering your birds are used to being free roam, they will definitely appreciate you getting a nice, roomy flight cage. My favorite option is this, because it's HUGE for the price. Not to mention lightweight, easy to assemble and move around. If you are really willing to splurge check out the x-large version (still a steal at that price). With such a large cage you may even be able to get away with housing both tiels together right off the bat, since they will have enough room to get away from each other if they so desire it.

u/bubblez2687 · 2 pointsr/cockatiel

I give my bird a little seed and a lot of pellets, she always goes for the seed first but I give her a few days before I refill it. I have my cockatiel in this cage which has these awesome double sided food dishes so I can see how much she eats of her zupreem pellets and how much seed she eats. Be careful at first and make sure your bird eats the pellets the first day, otherwise refill the seed and try again. I also keep the food and water near the bottom of the cage, and her treat dish closer to her favorite perch. That way she can more easily see and get to her treats, it seems to encourage her to try things.

Most of all keep trying. They turn their noses up a lot but just give him a little of everything that you eat and he will come around. Pics of my cage setup and Biscuit, my lovable bird.

u/furgenhurgen · 4 pointsr/cockatiel

I think that's a good plan. If you have access to Amazon, I can't recommend this birdcage enough. I have gotten one for all my birds and most recently my 2 English budgies upgraded and they think it's the best thing ever. The rolling ability rocks and this thing is HUGE for the price you are paying.

Don't get discouraged...the people on this subreddit and /r/parrots are really helpful and supportive. I'm really happy you are looking for advice and talking with people about what to do to make your bird happy and healthy. That shows you care.

u/jediaelthewise · 2 pointsr/cockatiel

Congrats on your new birbs!

If you are able to, you'll definitely want to get a bigger cage and better perches for their little feets. We got this one and it's a great deal for the size you get:

Also when you can, get some non-dowel perches. As long as it's a safe wood, using a few tree branches with varying widths will help exercise their feet. You can use a guide like this to see which are safe or not:

Also give them some flat platforms as well so they can rest their feet. We put in 2 for our birbs and they love to sleep their now and lay down on the platforms and give their feet a break from gripping a perch all the time.

u/strberri01 · 1 pointr/cockatiel

I got mine from Amazon, but it is the same price on Available in white or black. I absolutely love how easy it is to pull and clean the tray, and the bars are easily wiped down. It also has several access points other than the two door openings which are delightfully wide, since it can be difficult to extract an unwilling birb. Plenty of room for my playground on the roof of the cage and it has a storage shelf.
I sound like a cage advertisement. It’s a nice cage and not as expensive as some.

Prevue Pet Products Wrought Iron Flight Cage with Stand F040 Black Bird Cage, 31-Inch by 20-1/2-Inch by 53-Inch

u/freckled_porcelain · 1 pointr/cockatiel

Harrison's, mixed with
Roudybush, topped with mixed human grade freeze dried veggies (broccoli, spinach, peas, corn, tomato, bell pepper, and carrots). He gets a couple nutriberries in his hanging treat ball. Plus he eats his share of whatever we're eating.

It sounds like a lot, but I mix the pellets in one container, and the veggies in another. In the morning I put half a shot glass scoop of each in his bowl, plus a couple nutriberries in his treat thing.

He is a healthy weight, and recovering from a blood infection. If I could get him to eat fresh veggies instead of dried, it would be great, but he refuses. Loves the dried. It would cost a lot to get everything at once, but buying over time wasnt that bad.

Edit: fixing the formatting.

u/snail_songs · 2 pointsr/cockatiel

If you can afford it, this cage is very popular. My tiel loves it and, after about a week of practice, has had no trouble climbing the vertical bars. The perches it comes with aren't great, but rope perches are pretty cheap and comfy for little bird feet!

Congrats on your new birb! Hope to see lots of cute pics of him as he settles in

u/sharky237 · 1 pointr/cockatiel

I can really only echo what you said; great advice.

I have had two cockatiels for about 5 months now. The first, Nibbler, I have had since I was a kid, so probably around 12 years now. In April I moved out with Nibbler and he took the move surprisingly well (though he eventually did start picking at his feathers pretty badly but we solved this with getting a UV lamp as he just wasn't getting the sunlight he used to at my parents' house. That is another thing, get a UV lamp if you don't have one already they work absolute wonders for the health of your little birbs).

A few months after the move we got little Leona. We kept them in two separate cages for about a month (we were lucky enough to buy this bad boy used for $100). They don't get along perfectly, imagine a 12 year old, hyperactive girl living with a crotchety old man, but they get along well enough even with him preening her sometimes.

I agree with stopping at two, even if it is tempting to get an entire flock. Make sure you spend plenty of 1 on 1 time as well as 1 on 2 time with them. Also, get two of every type of perch and place them in similar spots in the cage. We have two corner perches in their cage and then two of these on which they love to sleep and nap; they each have their own to use so no fighting (well almost no fighting).

u/anzos · 3 pointsr/cockatiel

Beautiful birds! Don't pay attention to people being aggressive here. This is not how you educate people about things that need to be done or not. They are right about different types of branches, I personally have a few of these: I also have 1 set of stairs. Your cage is huge! which is really nice for the birds!

Branches like this is also nice: . I've heard from several places that these type of perches are not that good, but I still have some in my cage. As long as you at least provide other types it's not that bad! They also love toys that can be easily destroyed. Mine love to destroy cardboard, so I cut some squares and attach to the cage.

u/Ambedoia · 1 pointr/cockatiel

I know you said you may not be able to accommodate this, but I got this for my baby.
I actually started out with the same cage you got, just by someone else on amazon and it was only $100 dollars, not as expensive as that one. This brand is still Prevue, and I wish I would of bought this cage first. I've seen plenty of people use the cage you have linked for their tiels and it seems to work fine, but my girl seemed to hate the cage and only stayed on her sleeping perch in it even after having three weeks to get used to it. She begged to be let out.

Also, the play top she struggled to get on to. But, she is only 3 months old and is still learning to climb. I always had to put her up there myself, and she could never climb down by herself. My local pet store has tiels in those exact cages and they don't seem to have those issues, so its only a baby bird thing.

I got this one and she now runs back and forth through the whole length, goes in the cage by herself and will stay in there without begging for much longer. She spends about 6-7 hours out of her cage all day but will still go inside it on her own to chill. She just seems to like it much more.

But, as I said, many people have their birbs in that cage and don't seem to have issues. Mine was just picky lmao, I wanted to share it anyway

u/Nantosuelta · 2 pointsr/cockatiel

Pellets are fairly easy to find online. Here are some examples:

Harrison's pellets

Roudybush Crumbles and the smaller Roudybush Nibbles

Zupreem Natural pellets and Zupreem Fruit Blend

There are many more, but these are the one's I've looked at for my own cockatiel. My bird is not a big fan of pellets, but he will occasionally eat Zupreem Fruit Blend for budgies and the Roudybush Nibbles. He ignored the larger, "cockatiel" versions of the pellets.

My cockatiel is also not a huge fan of veggies. Like your bird, he'll eat the broccoli bits that look like seeds. I found out that he'll eat anything that looks like that, which includes cauliflower (especially purple cauliflower) and broccolini. He likes crunchy stuff, so he'll nibble on the stems of kale, spinach, and other greens (not the leafy part). Try as many crunchy vegetables as you can: green cabbage, red cabbage, snow peas, green beans, pea pods, etc. If I make a big show of eating sweet peppers and carrots ("mmm, yum yum, these peppers are sooooo good!"), my bird will get interested and try a bit. If you can, make yourself a little salad with lots of different vegetables and pretend to keep it away from your bird. When she comes up to steal a bite, let her get away with it. My bird will eat more vegetables if he thinks he's sneaking "people food!"

u/bluedew1 · 2 pointsr/cockatiel

I'd be a bit hesitant on the cover myself simply because as you mentioned, it's hard to remove, has the potential to overheat, ventilation might not be ideal, and there isn't a way (aside from getting out of the cage) for the birds to move away from the heat source if they're warm enough/too hot. It's important to have something providing warmth as an option for birds, with the important part being option- they know their own bodies best so you offer them what they might need, and they'll either take it or leave it.

The heated perch linked below is a good option, I personally use this birdy warmer with my cockatiel: (Same brand too, has lasted 3-4 years now without issue, both him and my budgie love this thing despite having VERY different personalities) If it's particularly cold where you live, whatever side you have this warmer or heated perch, you can hang a sheet or towel to cover just that corner to kinda hold some of the heat there.

u/_justforyou · 2 pointsr/cockatiel

These are the cages I've been looking at for a cockatiel, they might be of some use for you. :P

I'm under the impression that longer is better than taller because it gives more room to roam and fly versus having to climb up and down the cage to access different areas. I'm also not an expert, I've had chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese, but still researching house birds before I take one in. /r/parrots would be a good resource for you as well, lots of 'tiel posts and lots of people with their own birdies, good place to ask for input!

u/lisamischa · 1 pointr/cockatiel

That could be it. She avoids the pedi perch and her foraging toy. But she's explored or played with the others to some degree.

This is the cage. I got the smallest one - I think 18x18x57? Some people say their tiels love it, but I feel like the bars are too slippery. I'm so unsure. I just want her to be safe and happyPrevue Cage

u/aletani · 2 pointsr/cockatiel

Buy "The Cockatiel Handbook" by Mary Gorman (I think that's the author...) off of Amazon. It's a very useful guidebook with lots of helpful info and quick look up stuff. the cockatiel handbook - amazon

It was an invaluable resource for me. I was in your position - I wanted to learn as much as I could before getting my tiel - and my happy boy, Mika is now about to turn 7 January 1st!!!

u/withouttunnels · 1 pointr/cockatiel

Yes, a very cute boy! I agree though, a larger cage and make sure to have a lot of branches of varying sizes. The linked cage (or the smaller version) comes with such branches!

u/qlowffria · 2 pointsr/cockatiel

I don’t have this cage, but I’ve seen it get recommended around r/parrots sometimes. It’s a pretty good size for its price and has good reviews.

edit: wrong link

u/pjf0xes · 2 pointsr/cockatiel

Leave them in the cage the first few days as they get used to their home. Eventually, they should get curious and want to come out of their cage. Try to place them in a room where there are lots of people so they become social and involved. If you have any other pets, then you'll probably have to take some steps to make sure they can't "get" the birds.

I also recommend you read Barron's Pet Handbook on Cockatiels. You can find it on Amazon for $13:

u/Arianfelou · 2 pointsr/cockatiel

I don't really recommend it for cockatiels. It's a very narrow cage and just not very good in terms of them actually being able to spread their wings and do some flappin'. (For budgies and similarly-sized birds however - it's great!)

For a tiel I recommend something more like this if you want lots of space.

Also, for birds I'd say you can usually find them on craigslist (or your local equivalent) or at a rescue, especially since there are so many who don't have good homes already, and tiels are very easily rehabilitated with some TLC even if they've had bad owners. Be sure, however, that you quarantine any new bird!

u/hmmtaco · 1 pointr/cockatiel

They will probably be fine but I was likewise concerned and got this cage warmer. It’s safe for birds but make sure the cords are not in chewing distance.

u/twolips · 2 pointsr/cockatiel

If I'm home, I'll have a space heater on whenever I don't think the real one is doing enough. Just make sure to check with the manufacturer that it's bird safe.

My birds also have this:
It emanates a small amount of heat, which is nice at night when they're covered.

u/theTman1221 · 2 pointsr/cockatiel

He is in the living room next to the couch we always sit on. We have an apartment so that is where we spend almost all our awake time when home.

He lives in this cage

I started throwing an old hand towel over him because it prevented him from taking off and injuring himself. Once in hand I uncover his head, let him stand in my hand while still in the towel, and hold my thumb and forefinger on either side of his head in a manner that prevents him from wriggling out, but also makes it so he isn't being clutched in a hand, but rather just the thumb and forefinger rest on his shoulders (only stiffen them when he struggles, no squeezing)

Before that we would try catching him by hand but that made him even more freaked out than the towel and he often would escape.

u/happycheese86 · 1 pointr/cockatiel

One of the first books i bought. The second.
Used copies can be got for $5-10 with shipping.

Check out location sanctuaries or even try to find a local 'guru' that might let you foster a 'tiel so you can see what's it's like before committing. and if you go with a breeder, please double check that their practices are sound and not a 'backyard breeder' churning out babies for cash. The difference btwn 'find a bird that likes you' vs. 'come pick one out, it's $400' kinda attitude.

u/EspeonValesti · 3 pointsr/cockatiel

This is the cage I use.

I actually have 2 of them, one for both my tiel and GCC, and they both love them.

It's a pain in the ass to put together, and the spring doors on the side can be a problem (zip tied them shut), but it's overall pretty good for it's price.

u/vestahound · 1 pointr/cockatiel

I don't have a tiel but my brother does. The cage he ended up getting was this:

It was a pain in the butt to set up, but so far it's been pretty great for his two tiels.

u/caniki · 1 pointr/cockatiel

I believe we have the same cage as the OP. We got it from Amazon. Prevue Pet Products Wrought...

There is a nice cover available for it as well.

u/Tumorhead · 4 pointsr/cockatiel

If you can afford it I'd recommend getting a HEPA air filter to clean the air, since airborne pollutants are more dangerous than the raw stuff ;) (it also helps with kitchen smoke, aerosal sprays, incense, etc that might get at the birds).

u/parody_bit · 8 pointsr/cockatiel

This is what my vet recommended for an underweight cockatiel. My mom uses it for her very-small-boned conure, too. It’s sweetened, and they usually really like it:

Obviously, millet is worth considering—they pig out on it, and it’s high fat. But it’s not super nutritious.

u/sleepycarbon · 2 pointsr/cockatiel

In my opinion, this cage is too small to even start with. The absolute smallest cage a cockatiel should be in is about 24x24x24, which this isn't at all. To the OP: there are big cages on Amazon for only $100. Here's a popular one.

u/Passan · 1 pointr/cockatiel

You guys should try Nutri Berries. Supposed to be just as healthy as pellets for them. They came recommended by my vet.

u/argentmaelstrom · 1 pointr/cockatiel

Did you ever get an answer to this? I've been wondering about it too.

edit: I did some prodding at the product over on amazon and learned that apparently it works for them too!

u/demonlordghirahim · 1 pointr/cockatiel

Okay yea that cage would be more suitable for a big macaw, not a little tiel.

Honestly it might be better to put them back in the smaller cage until you find a bigger cage with proper bar spacing, since a small cage is cramped but the bar spacing can kill your bird.

My tiel is currently in a cage that's definitely too small due to me traveling between school and home a lot, but I'm moving out in a month and getting her this, which you might want to look into because its very big, well reviewed, has proper bar spacing, and inexpensive for the size

u/squeekypig · 3 pointsr/cockatiel

I have two I can review :) First, this one I bought for my birds last year, and they did sit on it a lot. I used it for step-up training too. One of them almost destroyed the ladder from chewing through it. It's currently in pieces on my floor though because all the wood is held together with cheap glue that finally lost it's stick. My tiels don't like swings, so I replaced that with a toy, which keeps them busy for a bit :)

Second is this one. Even though the price is a steal compared to other play gyms the same size, I don't recommend it. My tiels weren't interested in it at all. Every time I tried to put them on it they flew off immediately. They couldn't even be enticed with seeds in the little food cups. The toy on it is in a bad place for a tiel to play with. (Further, my tiels still haven't touched that toy even when I put it in their cages in easy places.)

u/rkenglish · 1 pointr/cockatiel

You could use an infrared heat lamp, but that's not a great solution for nighttime because light interrupts the quality of their sleep. You could also check this out:

u/Anolis_Gaming · 2 pointsr/cockatiel

Something like this. Wrought iron is finished and it won't chip away like the painted on powdercoat will. I'm not really trusting of most petstores especially ones that aren't for exotic birds. Hell, every bird store ive been in sells mirrors and those are real bad for their mental health.