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On traditionally-colored cockatiels, once they've been through 1 or 2 molts at most (maybe too early for yours), striped tail feathers are clear marks of a female bird. With color mutations, there is a lot more uncertainty, but this page has a lot of hints and pictures.


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You've got a few choices. You can do a search on Amazon for "bird carrier." They tend to be a bit pricey but are built specifically for birds. Alternatively, you can go buy a small animal carrier or the smallest cat carrier you can find. Ideally it should be a hard carrier so you can seat-belt it into the car. Buy a rope perch, or any kind of perch that ...


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They're asking to be preened. Missy (pictured on the left) never gets the message, so Prince (right) pecks Missy after a few seconds, because he wants attention. I've also seen this in my other cockatiel pair and between two parakeets. Even one of my parrotlets bows his head to request preening from a parakeet.


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Due to the large size difference between a cockatoo and a finch, your cockatoo could easily hurt the finches without meaning to, no matter how sweet or friendly he is, so first things first, you should never let them out with the cockatoo. Now, if you're going to have them in a cage inside the aviary, that could work, but the main problem I'm seeing is in ...


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It could be a discoloration, especially if you can't see through it and if the lighting is poor. Nevertheless, cockatiels are prone to ulcerative beak lesions and while it's possible that this is quite harmless and just a chip out from a squawk, especially given appetite and behavior, I would still strongly recommend a trip to the vets just to be sure. The ...


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Given the comment, I would expect she is looking for a nesting site and is trying to protect that area. Most birds will attempt to locate a nesting site prior to laying eggs, but will occasionally lay with out a predefined nest. Providing a nesting box can help provide her with a safe comfortable place to meet these basic instincts. There are multiple ...


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There is a delicate balance between overseeing your cockatiels' hatchlings, and causing them stress. If the parents get stressed, or feel like they're in danger, they will stop caring for (even kill) their babies. Usually they will do this when they're still eggs, like if the breeder is looking into their nest too often, but it's possible that something is ...


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I've done this with two quaker parrots (Myiopsitta monachus), first by plane from the US to Europe, and some years later, by ferry from one European country to another one. First of all, you may be overlooking something. As far as I know you don't need export and import permits for cockatiels (CITES), but make very sure because pets, and certainly birds, ...


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You can dispose of the eggs immediately, but the female might lay replacement eggs. That can be unhealthful for the female, since egg-laying drains calcium and can even weaken bones. To prevent her from laying replacements, get some dummy eggs. When you take the real eggs, replace them with dummies. Warm the dummies in your closed palm first and she should ...


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I agree with Layna's post however I wouldn't say cockatiels are beginner pets. Each animal is different and has specific needs, you could easily say any pet is not a beginner pet with that logic. Be thorough with research, we all start somewhere. Mistakes will be made but don't let that discourage you. The most important thing when it comes to taking a ...


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What should I use? Never use anything but plain water when bathing your bird, even shampoo's marketed for birds are not good. Birds have a preen gland called the uropygial gland which secretes oils to keep feathers and skin healthy. Shampoos can remove these oils, leave soapy residues and dry their skin (which can ultimately lead to feather destructive ...


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I did not receive an answer here, so I wanted to post my own experiences. A couple of days later the bird became less aggressive, came out of the nest box more often, and stayed out for longer. When the time came to move her to a new cage, she was upset and kept screaming for a while. I put the nest box in the new cage, but she would not go and sit on the ...


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This seems to be a pretty common behavior for cockatiels, especially when they molt. The head and neck are the most common areas they can't reach with their beak, so they use their feet to scratch these areas, or rub them against something. They also preen each: you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours. I feel they also socialize to each other (and us) ...


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Positive reinforcement it's the key. Ignore undesirable behaviours, and reward your parrot everytime he has a good behaviour (e.g. paying more attention to him, coddle him, etc.). It's also important try to understand why parrot does that things; maybe he's bored and needs more toys, or play with his owner. It's very important that you provide things to ...


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There seem to be basically 2 possibilities: Another bird pecks her and plucks her feathers She scratches or plucks herself, which can indicate anything from stress or boredom to malnutrition or parasites. The first thing to do is getting the bird examined by a vet to rule out any skin condition, malnutrition, allergy, fungal infection or parasites. Then ...


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If it's the gesture I think you're describing... My brother, who speaks parrot,told me that this is a friendly greeting. He's able to do it well enough to reliably get "replies" and interest from zoo birds;I've been able to make that happen occasionally. He advises me that opening your "beak" and waggling your tongue (not sticking it out, just moving it up ...


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Should I use cardboard? Does it make sense to hang the bottom of a cardboard box in a cage for a cockatiel? Birds LOVE boxes, this is a great idea! Is cardboard safe? Cardboard is very safe, I make many toys with cardboard boxes (cereal boxes, cookie boxes etc.) - they tend to make very good foraging opportunities. When to not use boxes Some birds ...


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It was long thought that most birds had no sense of smell at all. A few groups (the Cathartid vultures [turkey vulture & greater and lesser yellow-headed vultures], Procellariformes [storm-petrels, etc.], kiwis, and a few others) do have an excellent sense of smell. We also know that some have little or no sense of smell (e.g., black vultures follow ...


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Fluffing up can be one of the very first signs of a sick bird. And by sick I mean VERY sick and needs the vet immediately. Birds don’t look sick until they are really sick. In the wild a sick bird is a dead bird. They are prey animals. A sick bird will fluff up, show half hearted threat displays, and look unhappy. Have an avian vet check her out right ...


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The dandruff-like substance on your shirt is a naturally produced powder that is normal in cockatiels. Birds have two primary strategies for keeping their feathers water-resistant. Most birds have an oil gland on their rumps and use the oil when preening their feathers. Others, such as cockatiels and cockatoos, have special feathers (called 'powder feathers' ...


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Similar answer. We have African Grays ; they love to spend most of the day shredding flat cardboard. We put a small box in the females cage, she soon stated laying eggs which involved screaming so we removed the box.


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We have 2 African greys, about 25 and 20 years. We have found "a busy beak is a happy beak". They love to tear things apart, never had a problem with splinters. Their favorite is chicken leg bones, they turn them into sawdust getting the marrow. Chicken bones are probably too big for cockatiels.


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First of all, it is important to recognize the signs of an overheating bird: He breathes Ford with the beak open He holds his wings away from his body It can end up on the ground It keeps the plumage plated He behaves in a stressed manner Reading you, I see that you have already caught some good reflexes. However, they are careful not to force-bathe their ...


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First, I’m no expert but have kept budgies. Other than a few "moults", they never lost feathers in large quantities and the only bald spot I’ve seen was a large tumour on an elderly budgie (under his tail). Even when they moulted, it seemed like they’d lost a whole budgies-worth of feathers but weren’t bald. How long ago is "recently"? Long enough for ...


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Our African Gray parrots do the same thing; I think it is a greeting as much as anything. However, I do break open the sheaths on new neck feathers . In the wild, birds will open these new feathers for each other. You can feel the smooth shafts , pinching them between fingernails releases the new feather. The bird will pull away and may bite if you get a ...


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Cockatiels should not be separated from their parents before they reach 8 weeks. 12 weeks is better, because that is about the time they would separate on their on in the wild: Cockatiels. But something else to keep in mind: Cockatiels need a LOT of attention when you keep them alone and not as a bonded pair, and you are talking about an animal that will ...


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This what we did when we had the first parakeet (as advised by the seller): Keep it inside the bird cage for at least one week, so he starts to feel it as "home". Interact with home as wished, but do not release him. He will also learn that the cage is the place where the food is. When you release the bird in the room, confine it to only one room ...


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Nothing I know or found proves at the cockatiel being unable to learn speaking at a later age. He may indeed be content with what he knows, and especially your reactions to what he knows, but he CAN still learn. If you really want him to speak actual words, have you considered clicker-training? For a cockatiel, I would recommend a clicker that you don't mind ...


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Birds are smart, period. Sight and sound are two main factors, they have a very poor sense of smell. They can tell gender as some parrots bond more with a certain gender, for instance my African grey LOVES men but is always weary of women.


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