Are You A Good Candidate To Own A Cockatiel?
Are you ready to own a cockatiel? This article will take you through a couple of questions you need to ask yourself before you think about bringing one of these special animals home.
A cockatiel can offer their owner plenty of charm and loads of personality.
Cockatiels also come free of the problems such as biting and excessive noise that the bigger parrots bring with them. Although they are not noted for their talking ability like the bigger members of their parrot family, they can be taught and are good at whistling simple tunes.
Before you consider buying a cockatiel as a pet, you need to consider the following:
- Do you like or love animals?
- Do you have the time to care for one properly?
- Are you allowed to have pets where you live?
- Can you afford the extra expense each month?
If you have answered yes to the above questions, then you are probably a good candidate for cockatiel ownership.
You must be the sort of person who doesn’t mind a bit of mess, as cockatiels can be messy by discarding their seed hulls and feathers around their cage.
You shouldn’t mind the noise either, as they can be quite vocal, especially in the early mornings and evenings.
If you are allergic to dust, you might need to consider another pet, as cockatiels will make you sneeze.
If you want a cockatiel as a pet, try to buy one that is young and hand reared. Cockatiels are usually weaned by the time they are eights weeks old, and should be fine to purchase any time from then. They will be easier to train if they are used to human contact and still young.
To maintain a cockatiels lovable personality, they need companionship. You will thus need to devote about a half hour or more a day paying attention to your bird. If you can’t spare this time, get two cockatiels so that they have each other for company.
A half hour a day isn’t really a lot. You could cuddle him while you watch your sitcom, or eat breakfast or dinner together. Let him watch you get ready for work in the mornings. Time can also be spent on training and taming your cockatiel on a daily basis.
Before you become a cockatiel owner you will also need to consider the following:
- The total cost of the bird, cage, and accessories
- The cost each month for bird food
- The cost of veterinary care
- How busy your life is and how much time you can spend with your bird?
- Who will care for your bird if you go away?
- How many and what type of pets do you currently own? Remember that a cat and a bird don’t normally mix well together.
- Do you have space in your home for another one?
Here is a Cockatiel Care Guide for you to read through.