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Cockatiel Q&A


Meet Rocky!

In June of 2010, my family and I got a cockatiel, and we named him Rocky. He has been living here for a while now and everyone who meets him, loves him. (Unless they have a general fear of birds...)

I have made some other pages on cockatiels and I have been asked questions about them. So, I thought that this page would be helpful for people who have questions. The answers will come directly from me and as quick as I can. Also, I assume that getting answers from an actual owner would be more comforting.

Keep in mind that I am NOT a bird professional or anything. My answers will be based on what I know about cockatiels, Rocky, and other trusted sources. And I hope that along the way, I will learn more too.

So, ask away!



I Have Some Good News!

And Some Bad News...

Okay, so good news: This lens has been very successful! But with over thirty questions asked and answered, I was concerned about the efficiency of this page. So, I made another one! Cockatiel Q&A: Part Two has been launched and I hope that it gets just as many questions as the original! The question asking for this page has been shut down, but no worries! The previously asked and answered questions will be kept up for your viewing and you can ask as many questions as you need to on the new site! Also, you can still comment about this site in general or ask more personal questions at the Guestbook in the bottom of the page if you so choose!

Bad news: To ask your question, you are going to need to make one more click to the new site... (Not too bad of news, right?) But make sure you check out the questions that I have already answered on this page!

Click Away: Cockatiel Q&A: Part Two



Shy Bird?

Asked by: Tamina Beveridge

Q:"We are looking after a friends cockatiel and he's really shy. He runs away from you and you can't touch him. I was wondering if that was normal."

A: It is normal for a cockatiel to be shy around people that they don't know. They don't really like change. So, give him a few days and see if he gets used to you. Don't chase him around, slowly get closer and let him get used to you being around. If it doesn't get any better, then maybe he's just shy in general. I hope that helps and have fun with your temporary cockatiel ;)



Paper Eating?

Asked by: Unknown

Q: "my cockatiel eats the paper in the bottom of his bird cage. is it okay to remove the paper and let him walk on the grate"

A: You shouldn't remove the paper from the bottom of you're bird's cage. If you do, the poop will be a lot harder to clean up. If you're bird is really eating the paper, you could try to bend it down or cut it to the right size so it doesn't stick up.

But in reality, it's quite alright. Most cockatiels bite things off just to spit them back out. Though, if you notice him actually swallowing it, then there may be a problem. Consider consulting a vet or bird professional if that happens.

Plus, most cages have the grate above the paper anyway. So, if you're still concerned, maybe consider getting a new cage?



Sleeping Habits?

Asked by: Unknown

Q: "is it normal for cockatiels to sleep on their back"

A: It depends on what you mean by its back.... If you mean their head is tucked into their feathers on their back (like the picture), then that is normal. That's actually how Rocky, as well as most other cockatiels, sleep. But if you mean that your bird is literally on the bottom of their cage, on their back, then that's definitely not as normal. Although different birds sleep differently, you might want to bring it to a local avian (bird doctor) right away incase it's sick. Make sure you keep a close eye on your bird!

I wish you and your cockatiel the best of luck.




Asked by: Unknown

Q: "Do cockatiels guard their owners?"

A: Cockatiels can often become attached to their owners. Once they get used to you and are comfortable, they are very friendly and sweet. It is unusual for your bird to guard their owners, but I wouldn't obsess over it. If you feel that there is something wrong with your bird, you can bring them to an avian (bird doctor) to make sure everything is okay. Most likely though, your bird just really loves you.



Too... Much... Poop!

Asked by: Unknown

Q: "How do you stop cockatiel from pooping outside the cage?"

A: You can't really stop your bird from pooping outside of their cage unless they don't leave their cage. But of course, that would be unhealthy for the bird. If your bird is out of the cage, then the best way to keep the floors clean is to know the 'sign'. When birds are about to poop, they puff up in a certain way every time. This way, you can quickly get a napkin to either catch it or clean it up.

If you have the problem where your bird is on top of the cage and is pooping of the side, as many do, you can buy a seed guard for the cage. Seed guards attach to the bottom of the cage and catch seeds and poop. Some of them have things on them that you can use to attach to the cage. Rocky has a clear plastic one that we have attached velcro to his cage. (It can be seen in the picture.) We clean it when we clean his cage. There are also fabric ones that you can hang. Seed guards can be found online and at pet/bird stores.



Abnormal Behavior?

Asked by: Richard

Q: "My 2 year old male has become obsessed with my feet. He constantly wants to stand on them and bite my toenails. He literally runs on the floor next to me as I move from room to room.

He has become very aggressive, and often bites me hard enough to draw blood when I try to get him to climb onto my finger, especially if he is on the floor at the time. He was not this way when I first got him. Any suggestions?"

A: For the first issue, I'm not exactly sure why your cockatiel is doing that. Maybe the first time it occurred, he tasted something he liked and now he keeps going back in hopes of that same thing. Or maybe your feet are just appealing to cockatiels... (That was a joke, but I guess it could be possible.) Don't let him near your feet, if you can. Keep him away and hopefully he'll get the message.

Now, he could be biting you for three different reasons; he could be afraid, defending territory, or it could be due to hormones. I would suggest not to leave him in his cage all day. That wouldn't help anything, and could even make it worse. You should still hold him and play with him. I'm sure you're concerned about him really hurting you. If this happens, you shouldn't react to it, you shold keep on your "poker face", so he doesn't think that he can control you. Just give him a firm "no".

If you are concerned about your bird's health and think that it could be a health related issue, then you could call your avian/vet and make an appointment. If you don't want to bring him anywhere and you just want some professional advice, then you could call an avian and ask for their opinion about what's going on and what to do.

I hope this helped you. Good luck, and I hope that you and your cockatiel can work it out. :)

**Note that Rocky can not fly due to a wing injury which is why he is outside in this picture. Do not bring your bird outside, they tend to get away from you**



Tame in the Wild

Asked by: Unknown

Q: "will a tame cockatiel survive in the wild"

A: The simple answer: No.

Why? Well first, it would starve in a short amount of time. Even less than a week. A domestic bird wouldn't know how to find its own food in the wild since it is used to having a bowl filled with food in the same place every day. Also, it wouldn't know how to defend itself from other animals that may attack it out there. And to top that off, it is illegal to set a non-native animal free in the wild. Birds deserve so much better. You sould find another person to take it or take it to a pet shop if you are considering setting one free.

**Note that Rocky can not fly due to a wing injury which is why he is outside in this picture. Do not bring your bird outside, they tend to get away from you**



Hot House?

Asked by: Unknown

Q: "can cockatiels live in a hot house"

A: I am pretty sure that cockatiels can live in a hot house since they are native to the hottest parts of Australia. But in general, they are fine up to about 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

Remember, your bird should always have fresh water available to them since dehydration is a major cause of cockatiel deaths. The water should be supplied always, even if your house is cold.




Asked by: horsewhisperer

Q: "have been given for pairs of cockatiels and one pair have hach out for babays on the 4th my grandma yous to hand feed them to get more money out of them and to that peeps could touch them i wont to do the same but i would like to know wen is a good time to take them from there mom an dad i was going to wait tell they are for weeks old it is a good time"

A: It would be best for you to start hand feeding the chicks when they are about two weeks old. If you wait too long, then they won't trust you and it will be harder to get them used to humans. Also, by that time in their lives, they have opened their eyes.

**Note that Rocky can not fly due to a wing injury which is why he is outside in this picture. Do not bring your bird outside, they tend to get away**



What exactly is my bird doing with his tail?

Asked by: gary

Q: "my cockatiel keeps on going over to his seed tray standing in it then rubbing his backside left and right does this mean he wants a mate ?"

A: If your bird is rubbing his butt on things (often making strange noises in the process), he is... err... "pleasuring himself". This is totally normal and they tend to do it often, but most vets discourage it since whatever they're rubbing themselves on could be a source of bacteria that could make your bird sick.

If that wasn't what you meant, then I'm afraid I don't exactly know what you're getting at. So in that case, my advice would be to further search the internet (keep in mind that not all sources are completely accurate) or contact a local professional.

The best of luck to you and your cockatiel :)




Asked by: Kathryn

Q: "How do i stop the shrieking, all day as soon as i take the cover off it begins. Ive tried everything".

A: Well, there's no guaranteed way to stop a cockatiel from screaming. In fact, that's usually what people complain about regarding them.

In my experience, Rocky usually shrieks for attention. So, if we take him out, he'll stop and act normal. So, you can try to play him/her more often maybe?

You could also try talking to him/her in a soft, calm voice. Though, I'm not sure how that would work out.

Apparently, some bird shriek because they are lonely. And not in the human way, but the bird way. (I don't think that came out right...) I mean, that maybe he/she wants a bird friend to play with. Now, I know that you may not want to take on another bird (they are a lot of work), but just putting that out there.

Also (a more obvious tip), make sure nothing is scaring or bothering him/her. I know that when something new is introduced to Rocky's daily routine or environment, he isn't to happy about it.

If none of these work, you can either search the internet for more advice (I'm sure there's plenty more out there somewhere) or deal with it (or ignore it, whichever you prefer). Now, I don't want to have to come down to this, but if it's really bothering you (assuming you aren't very close with him/her) you could maybe find a new loving home? And no, I'm not saying you should do this. It's more of a worst case senario thing.

**Note that Rocky can not fly due to a wing injury which is why he is outside in this picture. Do not bring your bird outside, they like to try to get away.**



Tough Stuff?

Asked by: michael

Q: "i woke up and my cockatiel was on his back what dose this mean? If my bird is laying on his back is he dead?"

A: Well... As much as I hate saying this, it is not normal for a bird to lay on it's back... They just don't do it... So, chances are he has passed on. Or will soon enough. And since this is a tough thing, I'm sorry I couldn't get back to you sooner. I would think you have already figured it out by now though. I am very sorry for your loss!

Losing something you love or very close to you (such as a pet) can be a very hard thing. So, try your best to stay strong and remember all of the good time that you had with your friend.

I'm assuming you've already done this, but for the sake of other people who venture to this page in the future, it would probably be good to have a burial for your bird. When my family has an animal who passes away, we put them in a shoe box (we've never really had any large animals) and bury him/her in woods behind our house.

It isn't wrong to have a "proper burial" for your pet. In fact, it's what we do... And don't take offence to any sort of teasing if you chose to have a "proper burial". You see, a lot of people who don't experience birds just don't understand how close you can get to them emotionally. So, if that happens, just hold your head high and grieve the loss of your friend.

I'm sorry for you loss and I wish the best for you in the future!

Side note: If it just so happens that your cockatiel wasn't dead, then I would bring him to a vet as soon as you can get to one, since there is probably a health problem.





Q: "Well I've just got a "new" Cockatiel I use quotations because his original owner died and I've decided to take him in. He's about 8 years old. Has certainly gotten more used to us since for the first few day he wouldn't sing and only quitetly chirp to himself. Now we can hardly shut him up. But he barely comes out of his cage even though it's doors are wide open.

Is their any way I could make him more comfortable with the Idea of coming out?"

A: If your bird seems to be wary of leaving his cage, then you need to make him comfortable with coming out and being with you. Since you weren't the original owner, he might be a little nervous around new people like you. So, make sure you give him enough time to get used to the new face and don't get too frustrated.

A cage is basically its home and they feel safe when they're in there. Since yours won't come out on his own, you should take him out manually. Note that when you reach in to get him, he might not be willing to come out, so you'll have to pull him out gently using a towel or just your hand. Be careful!

Once you've gotten him out, take him to a place far away from the cage so he won't be as tempted to fly there. (If he can fly...) Okay, so you've brought him into a different room... Now what? Well, anything really. You could watch TV together, read, draw, talk to him, play with him, or anything like that.

Make sure that you don't keep him away from his cage for too long for hydration purposes. When you put him back in his cage, wait a little while then take him out again. Doing this a few times a day should get him used to you and make him feel more comfortable with you and away from his cage. Remember to remain patient and do not get discouraged if he seems to hate you. He will warm up to you eventually!

Once he gets used to you and starts to enjoy being with you, he might be more open to the idea of leaving the cage by himself. It's all about feeling safe and loved. Just give him some time.




Asked by: Nani Rodriguez

Q:"Hi i've had my birds for a while and I have 6 I take two out because the other 4 are new and not able to fly with out crashing why do my 'tiels scream when I leave the room really quick and stop when I come back? :)"

A: I definitely know what you mean concerning the screaming when you leave a room. Rocky does that all the time, and so do most other birds. They tend to have a little separation anxiety issue and don't like to be left alone by their owners. Rocky usually does it when he's not locked inside of a cage, but rather when he's on his play set or standing on top of his cage. Sometimes he starts screaming before I even get through the door.

The best thing to do in a situation like this (to stop, or at least limit the screaming) is to not obey the birdl. If they start screaming for you to come back, don't rush back to their sides. If you always do this, they won't understand that what they're doing is wrong. But rather, if you give them time to accept that you're not coming back right away. This way the bird know that the screaming isn't going to control you.

So understand, that while this means that your pet love you and want to be with you, they shouldn't be used to screaming every time you leave. Trying to help them break their habit is not a bad thing and will only help you (and them) in the long run.

I hope that helped, and good luck with your cockatiels! :)




Asked by: Nani Rodriguez

Q:"My second question is do 'tiels feel safer when with their owners because mine love to be by me all the time."

A: Cockatiels like to be near their owners a lot. Whether it be because they feel safer or because they just love you. Although, the more extensive time you spend with them, the more likely it will be for them to start screaming to you when you leave the room. While, this is cute and all, it is not an activity that should be encouarged.

Cherish the fact that your pet loves you and wants to spend time with you, but make sure that they are receiving a good amount of time to themseleves and make sure they become okay with that.



Asked by: jamiem

Q: my question is cockatiels how long until flight

A: Assuming you mean around what age they start to fly, the answer to your question would be once all of their feathers grow in which are necessary for flight.

Which, for cockatiels, is around 6-8 weeks old.

Although some birds have started learning how to fly as young as 5 weeks or as old as 12 weeks.



Going Outside?

Asked by: Lily

Q:"Can anyone tell me, is it ok to keep cockatiel outside all the time. because i have 2 birds, and they lives outside in a cage every day. we don't really bring our birds inside because they are very dusty. and now we found cockroaches on the bird cage. i found at lease 10 yesterday. can any one help me with that? Thanks a lot. ;)"

A: Well, whether or not your bird can live outside depends mostly on two factors: temperature and predators.

Cockatiels are native to Australia, so they are used to warm weather. The temperature cannot be really cold, or they'll freeze. Also, they are not very good with changes, temperature included. So, even if the weather is nice during the day, a sudden drop of temperature at night can be fatal to the birds.

Having the cages outside, you would also need to be wary of wild animals that could harm your pet. Being outside, predators could easily access the cage and attack your bird unless you have a proper barior or have them in a screened in porch area.

They are also prone to night frights, which are when they are startled while they are sleeping and pretty much completely freak out. These can be deadly to the birds since they tend to thrash around in the cages, possibly causing extensive injuries.

You should also make sure that even though your birds are outside, they get the attention that they need. Which, if they are cockatiels who can fly, should not be done since they usually try to fly away.

As for the cockroaches... Obviously any type of bug or animal found near the cage, especially inside the cage can be of harm to the birds. This could go hand in hand with the night fright concept. Or even during the day time. I know that even if Rocky sees a little bug flying around, he starts to go insane.

So pretty much, they can live outside, but only if they are used to the weather of that area, are safe from predators in the wild, and feel comfortable. But since these things are usually hard to come by with cockatiels, if would be best if they were to be kept inside.

**Note that Rocky can not fly due to a wing injury which is why he is outside in this picture. Do not bring your bird outside, they like to try to get away.**



Cockatiel Best Friends?

Asked by: pat

Q: "we have two cockatiels that can't be separated each screams if they are apart how can you stop this"

A: Well, your cockatiels could be trying to communicate with each other for mating purposes. That, shouldn't last all year though. Only during mating season. So if it happens more often than that, it probably isn't related to mating. But if it is, you could try keeping them in different rooms for the time being.

If they are screaming just because they miss each other,then be patient. Try to bring them into a separate room individually for a little while each day.

Chances are it will take a while for them to be happy when not together, if ever. Just be calm with them and try not to get frustrated. They don't mean any harm.

Good luck! :)

**Note that Rocky can not fly due to a wing injury which is why he is outside in this picture. Do not bring your bird outside, they tend to get away**



Cockatiel Spitting?

Asked by: Carl Henderson

Q: "My Cockatiel has started spitting a lot and evidently it is getting on his feathers because they are matted. Otherwise he seems to act healthy enough - at least for his age - about 17"

A: Rocky has never spit as far as I know. Actually, I've never witnessed any cockatiel spitting for that matter.

From what I've been seeing around the internet, it's not normal for them to be spitting. Avian vets say that it could be caused by an infection somewhere in their throat or mouth. So, I would definitely bring him to the vet as soon as you can. Chances are, if that's what it is, they will give you an antibiotic to give to him.

The best of luck to you and your cockatiel! :)



Cockatiel Temperature Range?

Asked by: marme cerar

Q: "I put my cockatiel outside in his outside cage on the porch and He loves it. how hot does it have to get before I have to bring him back inside. He only goes out in nice weather but I don't know how much heat they can handle"

A: Cockatiels can usually get by in hot weather since they are native so some of the hottest regions of Australia.

If it is way hotter outside than if your house, then it wouldn't be a good idea to bring him out since cockatiels do not respond well to extreme temperature changes. If there is a temperature difference of 10 degrees Fahrenheit or more, then they can't handle it.

In general, cockatiels will be okay in temperatures from about 60-85 degrees Fahrenheit.

When he is outside, you should look out to make sure that he isn't overheating. If he is holding his wings far away from his body and is breathing heavily or panting, this is not a good sign. This is how cockatiels react when there is too much heat for them and if it happens, then he should be taken inside or to a cooler area right away. And maybe try sprinkling him with cool water to get him back to normal.

**Note that Rocky can not fly due to a wing injury which is why he is outside in this picture. Do not bring your bird outside, they tend to get away**



Cockatiel Egg Troubles?

Asked by: Muzammil Baig

Q: "Hello my name is muzammil baig

I had payer of cocktail I think sum thing isn't right because

She laying egg sum time 1or sum time 4 or 5 mostly the egg are empty incase hatch 1 egg but she isn't feed the chick only male feed 1 don't under stand it is sum kind of dieses or ?

Help me"

A: Okay... So, I'm not exactly sure what you're getting at with your question...

But I would consult with a professional avian veterinerian with your concerns about your bird(s). Since, yes, the internet is an informative place, nothing beats advice from a vet who knows exactly what they're doing.

Good luck with your cockatiels! :)



Cockatiels and Newspapers?

Asked by: Amanda

Q: "Will my cockatiel eat newspaper if I put it on the bottom of its cage?"

A: All of the time that I've had birds, there has always been newspaper at the bottom of their cages, and it's never proven to be a huge problem. Rocky will sometimes chew at it if it's sticking up, but he won't swallow it. He just chews it off then spits it out. Which isn't very often anyway.

Most cages I've seen have had a metal barred floor for them to step on, and the newspaper goes under that. I'm not sure if that's the kind you have... But if it is, it should be fine since that's what they're made to do.

If you have a different kind of cage for your cockatiel, and are asking if the newspaper should just sit at the bottom, then I'm not sure. I doubt they would actually eat it, but would probably play with it a lot. Plus, the bird would be stepping in its poop.

I hope that helps! :)

(Also see: Cockatiel Paper Eating?)

**Note that Rocky can not fly due to a wing injury which is why he is outside in this picture. Do not bring your bird outside, they tend to get away**



Cockatiel Survival Regarding Food?

Asked by: marg

Q: "how long will sick cockatiel live with out food"

A: From what I've heard, a normal, healthy cockatiel can only go a few days without food. (And even less without water, incase you were wondering.) So, I would assume that a sick one wouldn't last as long since they probably need the nutrients from food to get better. Cockatiels can't go very long without food and water to keep them going.

I'm not sure what your situation is, but I would consult with an avian doctor. A sick cockatiel needs help from a professional.

The best of luck to you and your cockatiel!

**Note that Rocky can not fly due to a wing injury which is why he is outside in this picture. Do not bring your bird outside, they tend to get away**


Cockatiel Biting Itself?

Asked by: Ford

Q: "Why do cockatiels bite themselves?"

A: I'm not quite sure that it's normal for a cockatiel to bite itself...

But they do preen, if that's what you meant. Which is when they clean their feathers with their tongue and beak. I suppose that could look like them biting themselves.

If that's not what you mean, and your cockatiel (or someone else's) is actually biting itself, then I think there's a problem and that bird should be taken to an avian professional to make sure it is okay. The cockatiel could be plucking its feathers which is not healthy and should be taken seriously. They need help from a vet so that they can get help and don't get sick.



Baby Cockatiel Feathers?

Asked by: Mela

Q: "I have 2 baby cockatiels that my mating pair have parented for the first time. They are estimated to be a little less than four weeks old. They both have tail feathers, wing feathers and their crowns, but bald on their backs. Could you please give me some suggetions or ideas on what could be wrong or if I need to take to a bird doctor. This is the first time we have had with baby cockatiels.

Thank you."

A: From what I've seen, baby cockatiels usually have feathers on their backs... But don't take my word for it since I've never breeded them before.

Either way, if you think something is odd or unusual about the babies, then you should probably take them to an avian vet to make sure they are okay. Cockatiel's lives are very delicate and a professional opinion is very helpful if you think something is wrong.

Good luck!

**Note that Rocky can not fly due to a wing injury which is why he is outside in this picture. Do not bring your bird outside, they tend to get away**



Timid Cockatiel?

Asked by: autumn

Q: "I just got my cockatiel bird today and hes sooooo shy how long is he gonna stay shy"

A: Cockatiels are often shy when they are in a new place or around new people. The key to getting your cockatiel to be more comfortable around you is to keep trying and don't give up. Even though it might take a while, he will eventually warm up to you.

So just keep trying to pick him up. If he doesn't want to be taken out of the cage, make sure you don't give up until you get him out. Make sure he knows that you won't hurt him.

Try to talk or sing to him more often, hold him more often, give him treats maybe, try to pet him on his neck and let him know that you are a friend.

As for how long he'll be like this... Well that all depends on how often you are around him and how quickly he realizes that you aren't going to hurt him. Which could take a while. But don't give up!

Good luck, I'm sure you two will be the best of friends :)

(Also see: Shy Cockatiel? & New Cockatiel Friend? right on this page, or Cautious Cockatiels at Cockatiel Q&A: Part Two)

**Note that Rocky can not fly due to a wing injury which is why he is outside in this picture. Do not bring your bird outside, they tend to get away**


New Cockatiel Friend?

Asked by: Mango

Q: "I just got a cockatiel about two days ago and I got from a friend so he isn't used to me any tips for how to get him used to me?"

A: Cockatiels want friends that they can trust, so be that friend to your bird. Take him out of his cage often, talk or sing to him whenever you can, pet his neck (or where ever else he likes), give him treats and toys (if you have them), and pretty much be with him whenever possible. Find new fun things to do as well! He also needs to realize that you aren't going to hurt him, if he hasn't already.

These birds need to know that they are loved, which can be achieved through a lot of attention and kind words. (Yes, they know the difference.)

Keep in mind, though, that this will take time. The acceptance from your cockatiel won't happen just overnight. Cockatiels usually don't do well with change, especially with something as big as switching owners and homes. So, give him time to adjust and be patient! He'll come around to you eventually.

Good luck! :)

(Also see: Shy Cockatiel? & Timid Cockatiel? right on this page, or Cautious Cockatiels at Cockatiel Q&A: Part Two)


Incubating Cockatiel Eggs?

Asked by: Robert J

Q: "parents abandoned egg i want to try to help it what is the temp to inbucate egg willing to do anything needed to help it survive?"

A: When an egg is abandoned by the parents, it is common for it to be a defective egg. Which, in other words, means that the bird will not survive or already hasn't.

But incase the baby cockatiel is okay, you can put it in an incubator or find a pair of cockatiels that could foster the egg.

In the case of an incubator, the egg should be kept in 99 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures for chances of survival. Make sure you wash your hands with soap thoroughly before you handle the cockatiel eggs and make sure that you are very careful with them!

It is common for the baby bird inside the egg to have died shortly after it strayed from it's mother from the lack of warmth. If the egg hasn't hatched within 18-21 days of nesting, then it probably hasn't survived. If so, then there would be a ring of blood around the circumference of the egg.

Good luck!

**Note that Rocky can not fly due to a wing injury which is why he is outside in this picture. Do not bring your bird outside, they tend to get away**


Cockatiel Refusing Seeds/Pellets?

Asked by: Sydney Sparks

Q: "When i first got my cockatiel he was kind of a baby, so i was feeding him a special formula and now he refuses to move to seeds/pellets !!! He wont eat them and i have to wake up early everyday to feed him the formula, cause he would starve if he doesn't eat it! and he wont eat anything else! Help ???"

A: Well, as I'm sure you've seen everywhere on the internet (or elsewhere), "try, try again!"

But I know how frustrating that can be and as a cockatiel owner, or even worrisome. When Rocky doesn't want to eat a certain food, he just will not eat it, and I assume that's how your cockatiel is behaving. And I understand that you wouldn't want to let him reach the point of starvation when you can just feed him the formula.

Honestly, though, I don't know any strategy other than "try, try again." I haven't heard of any others, so I'm not quite sure what to do.

If it were me, I would keep trying to feed him the seeds and pellets. But if it is taking a significant amount of time to work out, I would consult an avian professional to see if they have any different ways of handling this situation.

I am sorry if I wasn't of much help, but I hope that you are able to work out the difficulties and let your cockatiel have a fantastic life!

**Note that Rocky can not fly due to a wing injury which is why he is outside in this picture. Do not bring your bird outside, they tend to get away**



Noisy Cockatiel Environment?

Asked by: Sydney Sparks

Q:"i have a very noisy house, and everybody sleeps REALLY late, so my cockatiel's not having enough sleep. what should i do?!"

A: A cockatiel should have about 10 hours of sleep per night. They won't be able to sleep very soundly if there is too much noise, as you said. So, I suppose you only have two options to allow your cockatiel to get enough sleep in your house.

1) Find a room in your house that is less noisy than the rest of the house (if possible) and have your bird sleep there. But chances are, if your house is very loud, then finding a room suitable for a cockatiel to sleep in will be difficult and maybe not even possible.

2) Ask the people in your house to allow your cockatiel the time to sleep... Assuming the people are reasonable. They don't have to be completely silent, but just quiet. And if your cockatiel is closed in a separate room, it sould be able to sleep. Or if it's not people that are the problem, you could do your best to reduce the volume or get rid of whatever it actually is all together.

I'm sure you'll find some way to let your bird get a healthy amount of sleep. I wish you the best of luck!



Cockatiel In Cage?

Asked by: Sunnie

Q: "i feel bad for putting my cockatiel in a cage, i kind of want him outside all the time, i just feel that i'm trapping him or something .. is this normal? or am i just stupid?"

A: I think that it is pefectly normal for a loving cockatiel owner to feel guilty when locking their bird up in a cage. But think of it this way...

You can't have him out consantly, because you wouldn't be able to watch him all the time and that wouldn't be safe...

And him being in his cage gives him time to eat, drink, and take naps. Which all cockatiels need.

Also, if you don't already, put toys in his cage. This way you might not feel as bad for keeping him in there since he'll have things to play with and keep himself busy.

But seriously, you're not stupid for being concerned about your cockatiel's well being. You're just being a caring friend. I hope this helped!



Freaked Out Cocktiel?

Asked by: Sydney Sparks

Q: "Is it normal that my cockatiel is easily freaked out? when the phone rings he freaks out and poopos! every time, And so many other sounds!"

A: Cockatiels are easily frightened by strange noises, especially loud ones that happen suddenly. It's pretty normal for them to have big reactions even to the smallest of changes in their environment.

I wouldn't worry too much, but if you do think that there could be a real problem with your bird regarding its health, you might want to get him checked out by an avian professional just to make sure there is nothing wrong with him. The pooping does seem kind of strange, if you ask me...

Good luck!

**Note that Rocky can not fly due to a wing injury which is why he is outside in this picture. Do not bring your bird outside, they tend to get away**



Sick Cockatiel?

Asked by: jenn

Q:" I think my 7 month old cockateil is sick will he get better on his own?"

A: A cockatiel is, in general, a very fragile animal. And when they are sick they become even more fragile.

Your bird could possibly get well on his own, if he isn't too sick. But the best thing to do at this point is to bring him to a professional avian vet who can tell you exactly what is wrong with him and the best way to help him get better.

I hope your cockatiel feels better soon!



Questions on Cockatiel Q&A: Part Two

Curious to see what the second Cockatiel Q&A page has to offer? Be sure to check it out!

Cockatiel Q&A: Part Two


Cockatiel in a New Place?

Cockatiel Sitter?

Dependent Cockatiel?

Cockatiel + Dog Trouble?

Cockatiel Not Chirping?

Cockatiel Mirror?

Cautious Cockatiels?

Spooked Cockatiel?

Strange Cockatiel Noises?

Cockatiel Gone Wild?

Swaying Cockatiel?

Lost Cockatiel?

Cockatiel Feather Loss?

Cockatiel Hate?

Baby Cockatiel Not Eating?

Unusual Cockatiel Behavior?

Cockatiel Not Pooping Right?

And more to come!



Need More Help?

Do you need some more resources regarding cockatiels?

Do you have a cockatiel or are planning to get one and don't know everything there is to know about caring for these birds? No worries, you can find out all that you need right here:

Rocky, my pet Cockatiel: Cockatiel Care Guide

Do you want to buy a cockatiel, but don't know enough to be sure on whether you should get one? Well, this page has basic pros and cons of owning a cockatiel and can help you decide:

Pros and Cons of Cockatiels

Do you want to know more about cockatiels in general? Read up on this amaing species:

Cockatiel Fun Facts

Do you want to find gift ideas to make your cockatiel the happiest bird ever on special days or just 'cause? Find all of the cockatiel presents they could possibly have on the wish list here:

Gifts for Cockatiels

Do you have any other suggestions for pages I can make concerning cockatiels that could help other people? I think that I have covered a lot, but am open to any friendly comments or thoughts. Please leave your thoughts in the Guestbook at the bottom of this page. Thanks!

Questions, comments, concerns about this page in general? (Or about Rocky) Comment below!

Have a question about cockatiels that you want me to answer for you? No problem! I'll answer your question as soon as I can on this page: Cockatiel Q&A: Part Two


kailey on September 04, 2017:

I'm thinking about getting a cockateil, and was wondering if you could give me some pros and cons or tips about care/training etc....


urva on April 18, 2016:

hi....I have two cockteils and for some time one of them is behaving really violent and agreesive ,he always try to bite my toes even if i'm walking by..making huuuffss sounds try to threaten me. always annoyed and restless..please tell me what should I do to comfort him?

Birds&co on June 14, 2015:

I have a hen cockatiel (just over a year) in a cage with three males, I was under the impression she wouldn't breed due to;

*there not being a nest box

*none of the birds being that close

*no signs

*her not being 18months

But today I caught her breeding with one of the males, I thought it was nothing to worry about as she immediately lost interest afterwards. But a few hours later I caught her breeding with one of the other males. And I don't want to remove her incase she lays eggs and is left to incubate herself.

Is she able to lay fertile eggs? I plan to hand-raise any chicks myself as I don't think she'd be a good mother. But if she lays eggs I won't know who the father is in order to separate the other males, so how would I know which is dad? Would there be signs?

I never planned to breed cockatiels so I'm quite shocked to see her breeding with two of the males

Zoe on September 18, 2014:

Hi, my lutino cockatiel recently passed away and I'm afraid that my other lutino cockatiel snowy is going to as well, he's been sleeping a lot and we just found him sleeping on the bottom of his cage. Please help :-(

SteppingStonesTo on December 10, 2012:

Definitely loved your Lens and appreciate all the work! I have an aviary and 33 'tiels. Everyone of them are different personalities and special in their own way. Most of them come to us and each one is my favorite :-)

anonymous on October 17, 2012:

My previously tame and friendly cockateil has become very aggressive. He attacks when I go in the cage to feed him. He often draws blood if I don't get him off of me fast enough. Is there anyway to change this behavior? What causes in?

RedPanda25 (author) on October 07, 2012:

@anonymous: Thanks for your inquiry!

I have answered it on https://hubpages.com/animals/cockatiel-q-a-part-tw

See: "Cockatiel Not Pooping Right?"

RedPanda25 (author) on October 07, 2012:

@anonymous: Thank you for your inquisition!

I have answered it on https://hubpages.com/animals/cockatiel-q-a-part-tw

See: "Unusual Cockatiel Behavior?"

anonymous on October 06, 2012:

I think my cockatiel is having problems pooing, what can be done?

anonymous on October 05, 2012:

My male cockateal (Beaky) heard a bird chirping on the tele, he started chirping loudly, then flew out of his cage on to the living room floor. I went to work, and found him still on the floor some seven hours later. I threw a towel over him, picked him up and put him back in his cage,as I was worried incase he was de-hydrated. He screamed as I was doing this, and he went on to the cage floor and lay down. He's still there some hour or two since I put him back in the cage. Even the canary (Snowball) is looking at him and chirping to him, they get on so well. Beaky lowers his head, and Snowball pecks him on the head. Is he ok, I feel so guilty, I thought I was helping

RedPanda25 (author) on September 26, 2012:

@halloweenprops: Agreed! :)

RedPanda25 (author) on September 26, 2012:

@anonymous: Thank you for your question!

See: "Spooked Cockatiel" at squidoo.com/cockatiel-q-a-part-two

anonymous on September 24, 2012:

I have a make cockatiel and his owner couldn't take care of him anymore so I got him and it was a slow process but we started bonding and he was getting good with getting on my finger when in the cage or out..I was moving his cage outside cuz he likes it and the cage broke and scared him to death..ever since then he doesn't want to get on my finger when he is in the cage and now when he is out of the cage..he will get on a perch no problem at anytime but anytime I try with my finger he's foes crazy biting me..what should I do..once I do get him on my hand he is fine but it's the initial getting on the finger that's the problem and when he's in the cage u can forget about him Getting on your finger..he's becoming more aggressive with this..any tips?

halloweenprops on September 05, 2012:

These birds are great!

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