BIRD / new pets
A Set-up Guide for New Parents of Cockatiels
Tips for home, health, food and fun
5 things to know about your cockatiel
- Are extremely social
- Like daily interaction with their humans
- Are intelligent enough to learn commands
- Grow up to a foot long
- Can live for 15 years
Your cockatiel’s home
Birds need cages about twice the size of their wingspan. For a cockatiel, this means a cage at least 18 inches high and 22 inches wide. Cockatiels get along well in pairs and even in groups, but if you have more than one in a cage, increase the cage size accordingly.
Birds are sensitive to strong smells, smoke and wind. Keep them close to the family in a living room, den or bedroom, but not in the kitchen. Keep their cage away from windows.Shop cages
Your cockatiel’s cage should include at least two perches of different heights, thickness and texture. These variations help keep your cockatiel’s feet healthy and, to a bird, are a ton of fun. Don’t put your cockatiel’s food or water bowl directly under a perch, where droppings may land.Shop perches
Corncob bedding, aspen-wood shavings or recycled-paper products all make nice bird bedding. Cage liners work nicely, too. Spot clean the bedding weekly and completely change it once a month.Shop corn-cob bedding
Your cockatiel, happy as a lark
Cockatiels are birds of play! They love to interact with their owners, entertain themselves inside their cages with toys, and take baths.
You’ve got a smart bird on your hands. Keep your cockatiel stimulated with two or three toys, including puzzles that hide treats.
Give your cockatiel a “spa” treatment two or three times a week. Supply a bowl of warm water and let your cockatiel take a bath, or use a gentle mist from a clean spray bottle as a shower.
Cockatiels love to get out of their cages and perch on these homes-away-from-home.Shop toys, perches and decor
Help keep your cockatiel healthy
Cockatiels should be allowed to settle into their new home for a few days before you handle them. Even once your feathered friend is settled in, a vet visit may be in order if you notice any of these signs of illness or distress:
- Sitting at the bottom of the cage
- Decreased appetite
- Weight loss
- Less activity and preening
- Feathers fluffed for long periods of time
- Runny droppings for more than two days
- Discharge from nose or mouth
Talk to a PetSmart store associate or avian veterinarian if you have questions about your bird’s health.
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Vitakraft® Cockatiel Kiwi Treat Sticks$5.49
KAYTEE® Forti-Diet Egg-Cite Cockatiel Food$16.99
Prevue Pet Products Clean Life Cockatiel Cage$124.99
All Living Things® Cockatiel Nesting Box$15.99
KAYTEE® Cockatiel Honey Treat Sticks$6.99
Prevue Pet Products Court Playground Cockatiel Toy$49.99
Prevue Pet Products Pagoda Cockatiel Cage$499.99
eCOTRiTiON™ Essential Blend Cockatiel Food$18.99
KAYTEE® Garden Veggie Cockatiel Treat$6.49
All Living Things® Cockatiel Starter Kit$119.99
Kaytee® Kay-Kob® Small Pet Bedding & Litter$9.99