my new cockatiel
Posted 29 January 2013 - 03:48 PM
Posted 29 January 2013 - 07:54 PM
All young males under the age of 1 years old will have fledgling colorations, which is the same exact markings that hens have. Typically around 4-12 months in age, they will molt out their baby feathers and replace them with adult feathers, although it can easily take two or more years to replace all feathers.
Males will have bright clear faces and hens will have dark faces. Does not work with pied, pearl, lutino, albino and a few other mutations.
Pearl males will molt out their pearls typically within 1-2 years where-as hens will keep their pearls.
Females and immature males will have bars on their tail feathers and spots on their flight feathers. This may not hold true for albinos, pieds and pearls.
My cockatiels get a mixture of seeds and pellets for dry foods. This is changed daily. Fresh/cooked foods includes eggs, grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits and sprouted seeds - not always fed together. I typically provide a 'mash' diet of healthy grains and legumes that have been cooked, then a mixture of fresh/steamed vegetables and some fresh fruits. Sometimes add in sprouted seeds to this mixture. This provides a variety of textures and colors all mixed up into one "food" item that they love to eat! Anything that's fed wet/cooked usually doesn't remain in the cage for more than a few hours.
Posted 30 January 2013 - 01:27 PM
Posted 30 January 2013 - 04:09 PM
Probably an older bird so you should be able to tell without DNA testing.
Did you put signs up in the local newspaper? Craigslist? Kijiji? Local grocery stores? Local vet offices? 911 Parrot Alert? Sometimes, owners don't always know where to look.
Posted 31 January 2013 - 06:46 PM
Posted 31 January 2013 - 06:56 PM
Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:11 AM
Yes, male, and a whiteface! He's lovely! Beaks have normal wear and tear, and as long as it's not excessive, nothing to worry about. Although, cockatiels are rather dusty birds, so their dust seems to enhance the layers in the beak. A great diet and bathes go a long way in to keeping them healthy!
Birds may not be interested in new items. Cockatiels are typically big chewers who like soft wood, yucca, popsicle sticks, beads and shiny things. Sometimes, you can encourage them to interact with their toys by putting favorite treats into the toys, or hanging the treats from the toys.
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