A question to cockatiel owners.
Posted 12 January 2012 - 10:03 PM
I have a question. Have you guys trimmed your cockatiel's wings? Because i dont really want to that to an animal,i want to know if it is necessary and give me your opinions..
If you havent done anything with its wings,does your cockatiel try to escape? and do you bring your cockatiel outside?
Posted 13 January 2012 - 12:04 AM
I don't take them outside, mainly for fear of West Nile Disease, but also because even with clipped wings, a bird can get away.
Posted 13 January 2012 - 12:59 AM
Second, all my cockatiels are flighted, with the exception of one... and that's because she, more or less, gave herself a one sided clip. Only my hand raised cockatiel (I did not hand feed her, but I've had her since she was 5 months old) is *really* tame and the others are all second hand (plus) birds and not so tame. What I find absolutely amazing though is when these birds decide to fly to me because they want to! There are pros and dangers to both flight and clipping and I choose flight for my birds. It helps to keep them in shape, it's good for their heart, keeps them healthy, etc.
If you are going to clip, *please* make sure it is the right choice for you. Be sure to allow the cockatiel at least 2-3 months of flight prior to clipping. (the longer, the better!) Likewise, if you are going to leave your tiel flighted, be sure you can handle a flighted bird in your home.
Posted 15 January 2012 - 04:33 AM
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Posted 15 January 2012 - 04:15 PM
A young bird will bond to you just as easily if you feed treats from your hands. Older birds take longer, but can be tamed as well. Just give them time and let them come to you instead of invading their space. My current tiels are both rescues of unknown age. I've guessed that they were about 2 years old when I got them. My first tiel was a parent raised pet store bird that was completely wild. I tamed him using treats and he was my companion for 23 years.
Posted 15 January 2012 - 06:03 PM
No need to hand feed. Get a bird that is weaned. You will still bond and have less chance of injury to the bird
Posted 15 January 2012 - 06:38 PM
Posted 15 January 2012 - 07:34 PM
Some birds may be a danger to themselves when flighted, but it's more because they don't know how to fly and don't know where it may be safe to fly. Other birds may require a trim if they are doing aerial attacks on humans or other pets and the owner is having difficulty training them.
If you have egg-laying hens, they *should* be flighted and allowed plenty of exercise weekly so as to help prevent egg binding.
Whether clipped or flighted, birds should be restrained via a harness or carrier/cage while outside to prevent accidents.
Posted 15 January 2012 - 10:26 PM
As for the 'handfeeding', I strongly urge you not to do so. Have the baby's breeder feed and wean. So much can go wrong with handfeeding, and to have a first time owner feed, is just so dangerous for the baby.
I hope you get your bird soon, and don't forget to post photos. Do you have any breeders picked out yet?
Becky.....Where Fur and Feather Meet.
Posted 16 January 2012 - 01:44 AM
It's a very bad idea for a completely inexperienced person to try to handfeed a baby bird. Handfeeding is delicate business even for experienced people. There are a lot of things that can go wrong, and when something does go wrong the story usually ends with a baby that is dead, injured, or malnourished. A baby that you handfeed yourself will not be any tamer than a baby that was handfed by an experienced breeder, and a baby that was handfed by someone who knew what they were doing has a much better chance of being healthy.
a very young one which i intend to hand feed myself... I have never kept birds before and i dont know much about them
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