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A subreddit totally dedicated to Cockatiels. Feel free to talk about anything related or to post pictures of your own parrots.

This is a community for the discussion of cockatiels. Talk about anything related, or post pictures of your own :)

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Recommendations for anti collision windows for licing room mirror?

The mirror cannot be removed. My bird does a great job at avoiding it but wanted to know if it's a good idea to get some of those stickers

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2024/05/31
06:25 UTC

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Chili is singing at his brother

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2024/05/31
06:12 UTC

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Many chirps

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2024/05/31
04:33 UTC

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lutino problems

is it true that lutino tiels have shorter lifespan compared to normal mutation and more likely to have health problems

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2024/05/30
16:14 UTC

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Should these droppings be of concern

Just wiped it off his perch. It looks very green to me

3 Comments
2024/05/31
03:25 UTC

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Why is my cockatiel making this noise

She’s been making this noise in the mornings when I leave for work is it a bad thing?

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2024/05/31
02:57 UTC

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Birds and cats?

Anybody have a pet bird with a cat? I have a cockatiel and my boyfriend has a cat, they’re both young enough that if we ever want to move in together it’s a problem. I’d never rehome my bird or ask him to rehome his cat, they are our family.

If we did live together I’d never want the bird and the cat to be out together, so we would keep them in separate rooms with closed doors but even that makes me nervous. How do y’all deal with birds and cats together? I’d be devastated if anything happened to my baby her safety is my priority

18 Comments
2024/05/31
00:58 UTC

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My bird is getting aggressive over a piercing

I have an industrial that I’ve had for many years and I noticed that my bird liked to pull on it and I always try to push him away because that’s just gross and not okay for him to bite but lately, I’ve noticed that he’s gotten very aggressive with me just because I won’t let him bite my piercing. He learned to pull it from the top and pulls it straight down and it hurts a lot! I’ve even tried to take the piercing off and he just bites my ear 😐what can I do?

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2024/05/31
00:07 UTC

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Flour!

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2024/05/30
23:39 UTC

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How long does it take for a cockatiel to lay after laying behaviour starts? I looked through the threads here but couldn't find any answers, but if I missed one I would appreciate if someone could link me toward it?

My bird is about 8-10 (unsure as we rescued her & the mate she was placed with from a basement which was owned by a guy basically running a bird mill) but she looked to be about 3 when we got her as we raised a cockatiel from hatching stage before in our past.

She's currently in her laying period, and they are unfertilized. Her main laying behaviour like territory issues, clucking and being in the bottom corner of the cage has been going on for almost a week and a half now. Usually in the past, she would have laid them right around when she started the main laying behaviour and I just want to know how long it actually takes for unfertilized eggs to pass, and when to contact her vet.

I'm not thinking she's egg bound, as she isn't displaying most of the signs- but she's gone down to her usual corner multiple times now as if she's trying to lay, clucks like she usually does, but it not actually happening is making me feel as if something's wrong?

Regular behaviour wise, she's just as she usually is besides a little bitchy- eating, drinking, passing urine/bowel movements and sitting on my shoulder as I write this. She's been having a little bit of contractions at times, and her back end has gotten only a bit pronounced as it usually does during laying period, though when she shows off to me and I can see her cloaca, there is no egg visible.

I also want to know how to help her pass one if she's having trouble doing so, but am unsure on how as she's never needed our help in the past & our first cockatiel never required any help either. The bird this post is about used to rely on her male cage mate, who would push his head on her underside in motion with her, and they would talk a ton and she would scratch her head under her bell, which always seemed to assist in the contractions. He passed in 2021 due to an injury and she is just this year acting as if she needs assistance again. She's back to clucking under the bell and scratching her head on it, and i feel terrible I'm not able to assist her if that's what she's needing...

I've made the room warm, she has her calcium gravel, and I've tried to coax her to use her proper bird bath but she just did it her first time last month, as for some reason she prefers to bathe in her water dish. She's quite wary of any sort of change or foreign thing that she's not used to, so it's hard to do the methods i've seen on the net like placing her in a smaller cage or a warm towel.

Any input is appreciated!!

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2024/05/30
23:14 UTC

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Sick Cockatiel - advice needed

Hello,

We have soon to be 10 year old male cockatiel.. In the past few weeks he has been having issue mainly with his right leg and right wing.. His weight is ok and vet didnt find any issue with heart or enlarged liver during medical exam 2 months ago.

Issues first started around 8 weeks ago, we noticed that he cannot properly walk on his right leg (he was just jumping around on his left leg) and his right wing also seemed kinda off. It looked like he tangled himself in the cage during the night (which never happened before).

As soon as we spotted that something is wrong with him, we immediately went to the vet. Vet confirmed that it looks like a bruise, gave him some pain medication and sent us home. He recovered within 1 week and started using his leg and wings again. No issue.

5 weeks ago, he accidentally burnt one of his nails on that same leg. We disinfected it, but his nail came completely off and started bleeding. We stopped the bleeding and immediately went to vet. This all happened in 3 hour span. He got some pain meds from the doc again and was sent home. He started recovering very well, his nail started growing again and he was very responsive. Chirping, eating well, asking to get out of the cage (we didnt let him for the first few days after the incident).

3 weeks ago, one morning, he couldnt walk on the same leg again, but his wing seemed ok. Nail was also ok and didnt look infected. We immediately went to vet again. This time it was a different vet at different clinic. Its an avian vet who also works with exotic birds in our zoo. He was suspecting something more than a bruise as it happened 2nd time, so he gave him meds and took sample of his stool (nothing was found). Birb was returned home and after 2 days he started recovering and slowly walking again. Until yesterday he was perfectly fine, flying around the house, walking, eating.. Birb being birb.

Today during the night it seems that our cockatiels (they are 2 in the same cage, 2 year old female and he) had night freight because some idiot decided to launch fireworks at 1 AM. They calmed down rather quickly and went back to sleep. Fast forward to today's afternoon (4 PM), he cannot walk again on the same leg (he was totally fine during the morning). He fell to his side as he was trying to get to the food. He was having some sort of muscle convulsions all around his body. He also vomited twice between 4 PM and 4:30 PM, so we again immediately went to the avian vet at the zoo. He gave him infusion with some vitamins and stuff, also some pain meds again. Again, bird was very responsive, chirping, not showing any signs of tiredness.

At this point to me it seems like some sort of neurotic issue (maybe he's having seizures while we are not at home), kidney failure or maybe metal poisoning (lead, zinc?). He is now sleeping well but he was twitching again before he fell asleep. We put him to the bottom of a smaller cage without perches, laid down a towel in case he falls over again.

We are supposed to go to the vet tomorrow again for a check up, but to me it seems that avian vets in my country (Slovakia) do not have that kind of equipment to perform more complex analysis of these small creatures.

I dont think blood tests were done, as vets were very hesitant to put him to sleep. So here I am, asking for an advice here, if anyone had anything remotely similar with their cockatiel, as we're at our wit's end, and sometimes internet (specifically Reddit) has much more experience than the doc.

Sorry for the long post and thank you if you read through all of this hot mess.

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2024/05/30
23:04 UTC

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Cockatiel food recipe

Should I add anything else? Been wanting to upgrade my cockatiels food lately but I'm not a fan of pellets. So these are the ingredients I've found so far

kale zucchini red bell pepper sweet potato Broccoli Carrot Spinach peanuts Walnuts Blueberry Mango Quoina Sesame seeds oats corn wheat sorghum sunflower seeds millet soybeans flaked peas canary grass barley apple beets parsley lettuce buckwheat (Plus whatever else I have at the time so like eggs bananas strawberrys and others random home items.)

50 percent veggies 20 percent seeds 10 percent nuts 10 percent fruits 10 percent grain

Tell me if I should add or change any ingredients or change the percentages. :)

2 Comments
2024/05/30
22:58 UTC

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Cockatiel obsessed with budgies

Our bird pepper is obsessed with our parakeets all he wants to do is look at them and pace. He's also very aggressive towards us when he's around them. If we separate them in two rooms he screams if he hears them at all and won't stop until he sees them again. He's fine when separated and there's a white noise filter blaring so he can't hear them but around them all he does is pace and be aggressive when we come near him. What should we do? Do we need to re-home out budgies?

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2024/05/30
22:34 UTC

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Babies eating :) attempt two

I tried to add this video the other day and it didn’t work, so here is attempt two. We have three surprise baby cockatiels and I managed to snag a (albeit blurry) video of two of them eating breakfast. :) it is blurry because I was keeping a distance so I had to zoom all the way in.

Ooh, I hope it works this time. Their little chirps make my soul melt. Cutest ugliest things ever.

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2024/05/30
22:31 UTC

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Tips for taming bonded Tiels?

I just got these two yesterday from a Petco, they sold me both of them for the price of one since they were a bonded pair, and understanding that I did not want to separate them as I know how destructive that can be to a bird. That being said, I also worry that because they are bonded, it will make it harder for them to bond to and trust me. Does anyone else here have a bonded pair and was able to successfully get them to bond with you as well?

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2024/05/30
21:00 UTC

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Does having a second cockatiel reduce flock calling

I have a male cockatiel hes about 7 m/o and i dont own any other birds. Im thinking of getting another one not only because i want one, but he also flock calls everytime i leave the room. very loudly. Id like to know if getting a second tiel will help with this, or if both of them would be doing it so it would be double the noise. id allso like to know if instead of getting a 2nd cockatiel if i got a budgie if that would help or not. thank you in advance

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2024/05/30
20:53 UTC

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Are mirrors okay? I have just put one in with my dude I'm only going to keep it there for a few days. I know budgies shouldn't have them. But every other post on here is a tiel in front of a mirror.

6 Comments
2024/05/30
20:44 UTC

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I keep my budgies and tiel together, what can I feed them? obviously budgie food and tiel food but they don't know who's food is who's. So what can they have together?

2 Comments
2024/05/30
20:32 UTC

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So my tiel won't eat his pellets

Well first of all, we switched to pellets about 2 years ago, we tried every brand on the market until we found the only one that the dude likes, that one is zupreem, so, the issue recently zupreem i don't know why but they got no stock in europe(it's been a few months now) so i'm trying another pellets and well he seems to eat something but i'm worried, my tiel is many things and is good in a few more ones but intelligence is not his thing, so my genuine question, will my tiel be so dumb to be hungry or malnourished because he doesn't like the pellets(his companion loves the new ones(pellet brand testing number 2456) we got, so...) or he'll pull through? Thanks! (At the moment just in case i'm feeding him seeds because as i said, my boy is not the smartest kid on the school)

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2024/05/30
19:09 UTC

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how your email finds me

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2024/05/30
18:47 UTC

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Can I use soaked pellets for baby cockatiel

The baby bird formula is finished and I went around my place to buy one and I couldn't find any. Is it safe to soak some birds pellets ?

1 Comment
2024/05/30
18:38 UTC

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Sabrina Carpenter has competition

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2024/05/30
18:28 UTC

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Fierce

Lookin good 😎

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2024/05/30
18:16 UTC

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🥹❤️ Am Moo n I wuv u~

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2024/05/30
16:59 UTC

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Look at Pumpkin 😍

He is just 9 weeks old, one week with me - I love him soo much <3. In the back is Odin, he is 3 years old, lost his partner 2 weeks ago, so I got a new friend for him and they both already love each other. I'm so happy about this 🩷

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2024/05/30
16:25 UTC

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Still don't know gender

Sooo I still don't know the gender of my birb Bobby. He/she sings a LOT and here's a video of her/him singing (happy birthday) to themselves in the mirror. Idk if they have had their first molt yet cuz when we found him/her they had some broken tail feathers which a still very broken and not new. The tail feathers have stripes on them which makes me think its a girl but his behavior makes it seem like he's a boy. We don't know their age either but I'm assuming we found them at around 5 or 6 weeks old cuz they didn't know how to eat seeds yet and I had to give them formula. There was also constant screeching for food. What do you think?

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2024/05/30
15:44 UTC

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Still don't know gender

Sooo I still don't know the gender of my birb Bobby. He/she sings a LOT and here's a video of her/him singing (happy birthday) to themselves in the mirror. Idk if they have had their first molt yet cuz when we found him/her they had some broken tail feathers which a still very broken and not new. The tail feathers have stripes on them which makes me think its a girl but his behavior makes it seem like he's a boy. We don't know their age either but I'm assuming we found them at around 5 or 6 weeks old cuz they didn't know how to eat seeds yet and I had to give them formula. There was also constant screeching for food. What do you think?

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2024/05/30
15:43 UTC

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Is my cage big enough?

I have a cage that’s currently housing 2 tiels (one male, one female). However since it’s spring time and they’re hormonal I decided to put the separator in between them and now each half is W: 82,5cm x D: 56cm x H: 85cm. Im scared that this isn’t enough for them. Can anyone recommend me a bigger cage with a separator?

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2024/05/30
13:22 UTC

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