new cockatiel owners
Posted 10 April 2012 - 02:48 AM
Posted 10 April 2012 - 03:59 PM
Does the cage have a variety of toys, too? Shiny toys (no mirrors), beady toys, popsicle stick like toys, and other destructible toys?
It might be better to bring them both home at the same time so that they go into their new cage at the same time, rather than at separate times. In this way, you'll have a better chance that the two would get along together rather than one deciding he doesn't like his new cage-mate all of a sudden. If you are going to bring them home at separate times, then you need to be prepared to house them separately if they don't get along, and even then, you should have plans to cage them separate if they don't get along even if you do bring them home together.
Cockatiels are generally pretty good about cage-mates (I have 5 tiels and a bourke in a 32x21x35 cage), but you should still be prepared for worst case scenario.
Posted 11 April 2012 - 12:53 AM
Posted 11 April 2012 - 01:20 AM
You can either buy a play stand, or build one yourself. You can use PVC, dowels, natural safe perches, etc. You could even "build" a play area on the outside of the cage using rope perches, natural wood perches, wire "bridges", and all sorts of stuff! Lots of tiels love to chew and destroy things, so the more destructible things they have, the happier they'll be! Just try not crowd the cage up too much! (still trying to figure out how to incorporate a foraging station in my tiels cage without buying a new cage for them... )
I know one tiel owner built her two tiels a "metropolis" on the outside of their cages, full of lots of things to explore, chew and eat! Her tiels, especially her 'little boy' seems to love it!
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