Cockatiels and Their Dust
Posted 16 February 2012 - 07:35 PM
I'm looking into getting a pet bird as a first time owner I have my heart set on a cockatiel. The only problem is that I've read that they create a lot of feather dust and since I have asthma and allergies to dander, if it would be a bad idea. I would like your advice on if any of you have allergies and still own this beautiful bird or known people who have. I might just end up making me decide on a different bird.
Thanks in advance!
Posted 16 February 2012 - 09:16 PM
Posted 18 February 2012 - 02:06 AM
Posted 18 February 2012 - 09:32 PM
Posted 18 February 2012 - 10:03 PM
i am not sure it will work out if you had to take antihistamines after just working with them. I am anti taking drugs all the time.
But things maybe different when you have one or two at home.
I find my have the most powder while and after molting.
Tiels are great pets to have, but I am biased, I love mine to bits. And now have six flying around the house. They are so well behaved, most of the time.
I helped out at a local rescue for awhile with a lot of other birds, but I do not think I could keep any of the others in a free flight situation like I do.
My guys are fairly laid back, all rescues or rehomes, except Zinny and the newbe.
I hope things work out and you end up getting a Tiel buddy.
Posted 12 March 2012 - 05:44 AM
And a word of warning on only handling the bird once or twice: I handled a guinea pig at the pet store several times with no issues at all. We bought the guinea pig for our daughter and then she and I both developed allergies to it after bringing it home. So. . .just because you didn't have issues in the store doesn't mean your allergies/asthma won't become a major problem after being around the bird for an extended period of time. If you can find a way to spend a relatively large amount of time around a cockatiel before purchasing one and still don't have problems, then you are probably good to go. But if you don't have that option, I would steer clear and go for something else like a conure or a budgie depending on what you are looking for in a bird. It would be a shame to bring a bird home and then find you need to rehome it because of health issues. I like the idea of temporarily taking in a rescue bird to see how you would do.
Posted 12 March 2012 - 01:58 PM
Posted 13 March 2012 - 04:23 PM
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