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AB 2014-6

AB 2014 pp 165-166 General Care of Pet Birds

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What is the scientific name for the cockatiel? Nymphicus hollandicus
What is a cockatiel? (Nymphicus hollandicus) is a small (about 100 gram) parrot which is native to Australia but has been bred in captivity for generations.
how much does a cockatiel weigh? about 100 grams
Where is the cockatiel native to? Australia
Are cockatiels easily tamed? yes
how long may they live up to? 20 yrs
What are the characteristics to the cockatiels beak? it is well adapted for chewing and biting
Are cockatiels strong flyers? yes
What factors should be considered before purchasing a cockatiel? about 100 grams, native to Australia but are bred in captivity, have beaks adapted to chewing and biting, strong flyers, easily tamed, live up to 20 yrs
How do you determine the size for the cockatiels cage? it should be large enough for the bird to flap its wings
What happens if cockatiels are kept in to small cages? tips of their feathers may be shredded as the wing tips are beaten against the wire
What is usually adequate for the horizontal dimensions of cockatiel cages? 18 in, but if the bird isn't getting much exercise it should be a bit bigger
What should be provided in a cockatiel cage? there should be 1 preferably 2 perches, a waterer, and a feeder
What should the floor of the cage be made out of? And what under the cage and why? the floor should be wire under which a tray is placed to catch droppings.
What is a good litter for the tray under the cage? Why? Sheets of newspaper because they're dry, cheap, and readily available.
What shouldn’t you do with the perch in a cockatiel cage? Why? you shouldn't place the perch directly above the feed or water or they will become contaminated with droppings.
What are the usual forms/textures of cockatiel food? crumbled or pelleted
What diets require no extra supplements to assure that your pet gets all the nutrients it needs? crumbled or pelleted feed brands
What is often mixed into a cockatiels feed? seeds
Where can you purchase seeds what do they come in? you can buy them at pet shops in small bags for the pet owner
What should be readily available at all times? pellets or seeds
What should you be aware of when seeds are in your birds diet? seeds have hulls which cockatiels remove when they eat. these hulls can pile up in the feeder & give the impression that the feeder is full but a feeder filled with hulls contains no food and the bird can starve.
How do you determine if feeder is filled with seed or hulls? blow on the feed. the hulls will be easily blown away while the seed remains.
What is similar problem to having a feeder full of hulls? some birds won’t eat the powdery remains of pelleted diets so they may need to be removed and have new pellets added.
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