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Birdseed looks very much like rat food to a rat, and a cockatiel cage can attract all sorts of unwanted visitors. Mammals sometimes carry diseases that don’t affect them but are lethal to birds, and wild rats might attack your pets. Pet rats and cockatiels don’t always get on either.
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Cockatiels are one of the most dandruffy pet birds there are, and you'll often see a puff of dandruff after they preen. Some people are allergic to the dandruff, so consider finding out if that will be a problem before you commit to owning a cockatiel. Cockatiels are active pet birds, so your cockatiel needs a spacious bird cage
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Do the children want a bird? Getting a new pet can be an enjoyable, family oriented activity but this alone is not a good enough reason to adopt any pet, especially a bird. You have to want a bird too. It will be your responsibility as an adult, to monitor the bird's care, living environment and health every single day. A child can not be expected to monitor the health of a bird by noticing early symptoms of illness or a change in droppings. This is a parent's responsibility. Ask any responsible bird owner and he/she will tell you that keeping a cockatiel healthy and happy can bemore work, more time consuming and more expensive than owning a dog or cat. Fresh foods, pellets, toys, other cage supplies and medical care are expensive. Birds should have yearly check ups which includeblood tests and other lab tests just like a cat or dog. Birds also get sick and injured. The diagnostic tools, medical procedures and treatments that are available to help sick birds from avian veterinarians are remarkable but expensive. A young child or teen can not be expected to pay for all of these expenses. This is your responsibility, not your child's. Understanding this before buying a bird will help to prevent you from breaking your child's heart someday. If you don'thave time or are unwilling to monitor the daily care of your child's bird,please don't bring a bird into your home. A cockatiel that feelsthreatened or frightened will scream. Cockatiels are afraid of the sudden movementsof small animals or children, deep voices, humans screaming or yelling, the high pitched voices of some toddlers, loud music or televisions, slamming doors,barkingdogs, thunder, fireworks, firecrackers, the sounds of outdoor workers near thehome, the sound of the wind and wild birds. Any of these factors can cause acockatiel to scream. There are other causes besides fear, thatwill spark an episode of screaming. Pet birds exhibit problematic vocalization in homes thatare, hectic, chaotic or overly energetic. Cockatiels that are hormonal during longer hours of daylight in Spring and Summer, birds that arebored or never taken out of the cage, birds that are overly excited, cranky, not feeling well, tired from not getting enough sleep at night (10-12 hours), birds that have had a change in their environment or routine, grieving birds who have lost a cage mate and single birds who are left home alone all day may also scream. In all of these situations, a certainamount of screaming is to be expected and it's normal. Other Causes of Screaming: Birds in the wild also scream when they are frightened or when they perceivedanger. The purpose of the "alarm call" is to warn otherflock members of that danger. It's an instinctive behavior and onenecessary for survival. If your pet bird is frightened by a stranger, an intruderor a perceived danger in your home, it's normal for him to scream too. You may have already noticed that your cockatiel is a veryeffective "watch bird", screaming when he hears you coming home fromwork or when he hears the mail carrier approaching your front door. Birds are tinyanimals compared toother objects and creatures in the environment so they are always on highalert for predators. From a bird's perspective, the new picture hanging on thewall or the new, colorful toy or rope perch you put inside the cage can seem like big, frightening, bird eatingmonsters. CopingWith Fear: Cockatiels will thrive in a safe and secure environment. Birds feel safer in cages that have corners so avoid cages that are round or dome shaped. Place the cageup against a wall and away from visible doors, hallways or windows, where approaching people,vehicles or wild birds may startle him. Adjust noise and activitylevels in your home to create a more "bird friendly" environment. Keep dogsand cats away from the cage and encourage allfamily members to interact with your bird. If you have small rodents aspets, keep them in a different room, away from your bird. Before placing new toysinsideof the cage or placing your bird inside of a new cage, leave them out next tothe cage where you bird can see them for a few days. When you offer yourbird a new food, prepare some for yourself and eat with yourbird. Take a good lookaround to see if anything has changed. Your child may have left a teddy bear near the cage and it's frightening your bird. If your bird suddenlystarts biting when he's out of the cage, put him back inside of the cage for a brief, "time out", until he calms down. Tohelp cockatiels cope with the inevitable changes in life,expose them to a variety of situations and places when they are young. Encouragevisitors to talk to your bird. Introduce your bird to different rooms inside ofyour home and places outside of your home. Take your bird with you when you pickthe kids up from school, when visiting family and friends and when you goon vacation.