/r/cockatiel

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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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  • If you are posting images of a sick or injured bird, please tag your post NSFW. This will warn those who are not prepared to view such images, as well as clearly mark your submission as asking for urgent help or advice. Thank you.

  • Posts with images of birds in dangerous situations - in close proximity to a carnivore (dog, cat), outdoors without a harness, etc - may be removed.

  • Don't be mean. Personal attacks/insults will not be tolerated and may result in a ban, especially if the behavior persists after a warning by the mods.

  • Self-promotion is strongly discouraged. Posts or comments made solely to direct traffic to your blog/forum/shop will be removed.

  • If you have any questions about what is acceptable here, please message the mod team


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Got my lil raptors a new playground today, took a while for them to sit there but they seem happy 🥰

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2024/04/15
15:31 UTC

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They know..they always know.

No Doritos were harmed in the making of this video, expect by me of course.

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2024/04/15
15:25 UTC

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I can’t get him to go in his cage

My boy is almost one and I am seriously struggling with getting him to go in his cage. I’ve been working on training him to come when called and he usually does. I’ve also been working with him on going in his cage and he does well when we’re alone.

However, he is not likely to do either when other people are in the room. I’ll get him to come, walk him to the cage, be inches from the door, and he flies away. We go through this process for sometimes 10-30 minutes before he finally goes in. There are times I can’t wait and I have to just grab him. I try not to do this because it makes him wary of my hands. It’s just that I don’t have any other choice sometimes.

Any advice? I feel so overwhelmed.

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2024/04/15
15:22 UTC

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I rescued this pretty girl from Petsmart.

She is not tame. I welcome other's advice and experience taming a pet store cockatiel. They said she is a baby. Any guesses on age?

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2024/04/15
14:40 UTC

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I need to rehome a cockatiel

I have a darling baby named Tooty who sings and wants to fly around and explore and sit on your shoulder. But my mom is really annoyed that he poops in the house and now she’s made it so he can only fly around in my room and everywhere else he has to be in the cage. How can I help him get a better life, I hate to see him like this. He needs to be with other parrots and someone who doesn’t mind the mess of a bird flying around. I live in Virginia :(

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2024/04/15
14:23 UTC

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Guess eho flee away yesterday

My kid was playing with him ( on her finger and making race car noises, and he loved it btw) and my other daughter openen the backdoor ( she came inside, so she couldn't have known Vladi was out), and that scared him so he took of. He made a big 180° in our yard and landed on yhe roof of a neighbour. Whistling calling it didn't help, he only yelled back. I finaly found a neighbour with a high enough ladder, klimmed up and not 1 meter (3 feet) from the side he was sitting on a solar cel. After he saw me he jump/flee to my head ( where he remained until i decended the ladder) i took him inside and we all lived happily ever after. But seriously now, i had a mini heart attack.

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2024/04/15
13:58 UTC

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Help with harness

I don't think he likes it very much, should I take it off ?

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2024/04/15
13:47 UTC

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can i get an untamed tiel out of its cage?

i’ve had this tiel for a couple of weeks it’s a 1 yr old i’ve been trying to tame it and i’ve seen some progress but i feel like it should come out of its cage .. i mean it has wings for a reason .. so it is ok? or will my progress of taming crumble? also can i get it out with two budgies? because i’ve heard that they get along .. but at the same time i want to avoid problems and potential injuries ( btw the cage in the photo will be changed i will be getting a new bigger cage)

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2024/04/15
12:51 UTC

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Help with a total freakout!! First time!!

My cockatiel who I’ve had for 10-12 weeks and is around 6 months old just randomly had a freakout.

He usually flies very well but was flying with a weird misdirection, then hit the ceiling twice, hit off a wall, tried to land inside/on a lamp which was on (he usually doesn’t like landing there). And avoided all of his usual landing spots for the time he was in the air

Probably flew for 10/15 freaked out seconds and then failed to land on a window and fell down slowly to the ground. When I went to pick him up he was in the agitated position with wings slightly out that I’ve only seen online

I have put him in his cage to relax a bit. Hes currently on pellets+ restricted amount of seeds to wean him off the seeds. But I’ve topped his seeds up, made sure there’s water, put some calming music on and going to leave him alone for a bit

He seemed calm but rather confused, I moved him into his cage and let him perch next to his food, but he wasn’t moving at all so I offered him my hand to put him on his high up sleeping perch.

This type of spook/freakout has only happened to this level once or twice on the first week he got to our house, when he had no flying experience and didn’t know the room. But this is no longer the case..

Opinions? Advice? Stories of a similar time?

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2024/04/15
10:04 UTC

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Advice on dealing with a clingy cockatiel

I had a cockatiel, Peeko, on her own for 10 years, and she was pretty happy but as I started working more, I could tell she was getting lonely so I got a new baby, Mocha, to be friends with her 3 months ago. All was well until about 2 weeks ago, when Peeko suddenly developed a lump that grew rapidly and turned out to be an aggressive tumour. She had surgery 2 days later but unfortunately it didn’t go well and we had to say goodbye.

Now we have Mocha alone. She is singing and playful and happy (making all the noises she picked up from Peeko in their 3 months together) but she will not let me anywhere without her. If she’s on my shoulder and I try to set her down on a perch or surface, she will scramble back up to me, or get a bit aggressive and not even let me get her on my hand. Previously, she was happy to explore around the house without me, because Peeko was always close by her. If I leave her with my husband, she will try to get back to me until I’m out of sight, then she is fine with him, and he’s able to set her down and walk away and she is fine.

I’ve been off work since we lost Peeko because I’m recovering from my own surgery, but I go back to work in a week and I’m worried about how Mocha is going to handle this. We know we should get another cockatiel to be friends with her, and we plan to, but I’m not ready for another yet after Peeko.

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2024/04/15
07:38 UTC

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Feet where?

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2024/04/15
07:08 UTC

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Bath time success yet again

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2024/04/15
06:03 UTC

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Leaving chick while at work

Hi everyone. So I have picked up a 25 day old cockatiel chick today. I have experience with young chicks and feeding them into adulthood but I have started a new job that requires me to be in office 3 days a week from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Obviously during I wouldn’t be able to feed the chick (my office is about 30 min from home so I can’t go home in lunch break) my question is.. at his age, is it possible for him to go that long without feeding (8 hrs)? I obviously would feed him right before I leave home and feed him as soon as I get back. But I’m not sure if he can go this long at this age between feeds, so just want to see what others think! Thanks.

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2024/04/14
14:18 UTC

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yall say hi to Vic :>

I just wanted to share this pic cuz I think it’s cute.

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2024/04/15
02:42 UTC

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Same thing

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2024/04/15
02:25 UTC

494

Banging around his one brain cell

23 Comments
2024/04/15
00:04 UTC

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Unorthodox request - cockatiel foot dimensions

Hello all,

I'm looking for rough dimensions to work with of a cockatiels feet, in order to get a tattoo of a bird's footprints on my shoulder. I'm not needing anything intensely accurate, just enough that I could do a rough trace/sketch of a cockatiels foot prints. Something easy I'm considering would just be a bird standing next to a ruler, which I could easily compare to their feet in the picture.

I'm getting this to try and commemorate my old cockatiel after his passing, something which hasn't been easy at all. It would mean the world to me if anyone could provide.

Thank you!

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2024/04/14
23:56 UTC

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Does it mean I can leave the house more?

I visited my dad for three days. I was supposed to come back tomorrow but I really missed my flock of four and came home earlier (I also have important stuff to attend to but I leaned towards getting home instead of staying because of them). Now I feel guilty because my dad wanted to spend time with us, he doesn't visit often.

When I was at his place though I felt guilty for leaving my birds. I thought they were upset at me.

Turns out the bitches had the time of their life and when I came back they were like "oh, there you are".

My mum says the first day was tough, they wanted nothing to do with her and were scared. But she bought them some millet, they've been listening to audiobooks and eventually the tamed guys allowed her to pet them. They also got to sleep outside of their cage and nobody micromanaged their every movement.

Ngl I'm a little upset with them. I thought we loved eachother why aren't they angry?? But on the other hand I hope that this is a sign that I'm overreacting and should allow myself to have more freedom.

Of course I won't abandon them but spending a week at my dad's guilt free would be nice. I thought both him and my birds needed me equally and I'm an asshole for choosing my pets over my own father but now I see that my dad needs me more and I feel like shit.

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2024/04/14
20:47 UTC

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Why is my cockatiel biting after years?

My boy is almost 12 and I’ve had him since a baby, and I’ve noticed for a few several years that he started biting and doesn’t let me touch him at all expect for the occasional once/twice a year scratch. He’s also been addicted badly to mirrors since he was young and we didn’t know it was bad for them back then. I took mirrors out a good 5 years ago but he still tries to get to my dresser mirror even tho I tape it with paper always. The only thing he’s ever interested in is to get to the mirror and stay there all day. I think this is what led him to be afraid of my hands and always bite but idk. What should I do in terms of making him less addicted and aggressive with me?

4 Comments
2024/04/14
20:20 UTC

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Just getting some fresh air

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2024/04/14
20:14 UTC

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Cockatiel sneezes after drinking water

I have 4 cockatiels, the 2 youngest sneeze every time they drink water, is this something to worry about?

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2024/04/14
19:59 UTC

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I would actually kill for him it’s not even funny

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2024/04/14
18:57 UTC

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