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My cockatiel screeches the whole day, when not everyone is at home or even when everyone is. Sometimes it because of the weather. He can be quiet all day then he starts screeching. Can someone please give me a tip to stop it?
He may be lonely. Try getting another bird to keep him company. Does he stop if you cover his cage?
Cover the cage
I'm not sure if my Peanut is suffering from dry skin, nerves, or mites (she has the bird protectors). She is very tame and loves to go on car trips. I have never clipped her wings, so she can get out and exercise. My question is, can you bathe a bird or do I need something else?
Birds do like to bathe - but be warned - as some people fill a bowl or put them in the shower. In some cases this is ok but often the bird goes into shock & may die of fright by being forced by their well meaning owners. The safest way to bathe your bird is to fill a clean plastic spray bottle with LUKE warm water & gently spray the bird. Believe me it will love this & you'll get a lot of pleasure from watching it lift it's wings & beg you for more.
The safest way to give your bird a bath is by filling up a clean plastic spray bottle with luke warm water & spraying him lightly with it - birds love this - you will get such pleasure in watching him shuffle about & lift his wings. DO not do what some may suggest & put him in the shower or bath as they often die from the shock or fear of this.
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Lemondrop is a 10 month old rescue bird, that we got in the spring of 2010. He has a malformed beak and would have been destroyed. He loves to play with a toy that talks back when he pushes the buttons. He likes to go around the house with me. Lemondrop loves to sing with sirens, bells, and whistles. He can get very loud when he hears them.
Romeo is a 7 year old cockateil. When I first got him, the pet store told me he was a girl. I named him Lucy (after Lucille Ball). When he was about 6 months old, I found a site that did DNA sexing via feathers. I found out that Lucy was indeed a boy. Needless to say, we were surprised. I decided that it was not that important to change his name since he was used to it.
A few weeks later he was kissing me on my cheek and neck, being quite the lovable little bird. I told him "you are quite the Don Juan of birds". Right then I realized "Romeo". He took to his new name right away. Although it did take me awhile to replace all the pink stuff with boy colors.
He is a avid talker and loves to eat chicken (yes chicken, vet said it was ok) and mashed potatoes. Some of his favorite sayings are "Romeo is a pretty bird", "Romeo is a good boy"; and "Romeo is a dodo bird". He is very much loved and along with his 2 sisters (chihuahuas), our beloved pet children.
Your Pet's Age
Almost 2 years old
Your Pet's Breed
How and when did you get your pet?
Almost two years ago, a family friend was moving overseas and was unable to bring Little Feet, so I adopted Little Feet into my family.
What does your pet like to do for fun?
Little Feet enjoys whistling, singing, and talking non-stop (literally), sometimes you can make out short phrases like "I love you", "What are you doing", "How are you doing" and "Hello!"
Little Feet loves to hang out outside during the day while enjoying the fresh air and playing with hanging toys in the cage. Little Feet's favorite toy is a reflective mirror. Every time Little Feet plays with the reflective mirror, you often here "I love you", it is adorable.
Little Feet is great company, loves to roam freely around the house (when allowed), and goes on your shoulder often.
Do you have anything else to share about your pet?
Little Feet is a clever and determined bird. Very well behaved when indoors because it is a treat to be able to free roam in the house, very social type of bird and friendly.
I got him on Christmas Eve! My dad gave him to me. He likes to walk on the floor, hang out on my dad, fly, cuddle, and that's about it.
These are some of my babies. I hand rear Cockatiels, not as a business, but for love. The hardest part is when it comes to adopting them out.
I got my bird from a friend in July 2005, they were looking for a home for him because they weren't home enough to give him attention
This guide is about caring for and training a pet cockatiel. They are originally from Australia and are prized as household pets and companions. Living to as old as 25 years, cockateils are found throughout the world and are relatively easy to breed.