7441, South Africa
Posted Oct 22, 2014
Spud is a yellow cockatiel, he used to belong to our next door neighbour before the emigrated and he was given to us.
Spud was 7 years old when we got him 7 years ago. He hates me, I won’t deny it but he doesn’t like me – he bites me and always has done, but with anyone else he is fine and very friendly. Spud is a talker, he is quite noisy and loves it when people are around.
A cockatiel is a truly easy pet to keep, maintenance is a little challenging with the frequent clipping of wings and claws that can either be done by the owner or many vets do not charge. The cage is perhaps the most expensive part of the pet, the cage must be large enough for the bird to stretch its wings and must have an array of perches and toys.
Fresh food and water is required daily and the cage needs regular cleaning, this can be done by children who are supervised. Cats are fascinated by birds, if you have a cat be aware – spud and the current cat are fine and this is perhaps that the cat was introduced as a kitten.
Cockatiels do not like direct sunlight, they need sunlight but also a considerable amount of shade. They do not like the cold and at night they will sing as the sun goes down and should be covered up at this time with the cover removed the next morning.
Cockatiels can be easily handled and love just sitting on a shoulder being carried around the house.
There are a few food items that Cockatiels must be kept away from, especially avocados and feeding the correct seed is essential as the bird will become very yellow that is not a good thing. Before getting a cockatiel ask your vet or breeder about the feed you should get.
I would recommend a cockatiel to anyone who wants a fairly low maintenance animal and needs companionship.