I have often seen people asking online whether or not they should trim their birds long tail feathers.
Your cockatiel or any other pet bird should never need to have his cockatiel tail feathers trimmed, contrarily to popular belief.
Some cockatiels may thrash their long tail feathers in the course of their normal activities and you may feel better about your bird’s appearance if you trim the scruffy-looking feathers off. But don’t go overboard with your cockatiel tail feathers as he does need them and you can see just why here.
Why Do My Cockatiel Tail Feathers Look So Scruffy?
If the cockatiel tail feathers are getting damaged often or look ratty all the time, it could be that your cockatiel’s cage is too small to allow him or her to move around easily and comfortably.
The perch he sits on could also be to low and his tail could be dragging on the floor.
Make sure the cockatiel’s cage is spacious enough to extend his wings fully and not have her crest touch the cage ceiling or the tip of the tail feathers touch the floor.
Hope this short bit of advice on a bird’s long tail feathers serves you well.