would you have any references for building an outside aviary.
perhaps plans or drawings if not, somebody that constructs an aviary with experience for my cockatiels.
the maximum size the council i believe is 10mtr sq and a maximum of 2 per house.
i am thinking of using stainless steel wire.
i reside in the sydney area.
I have 2 Cocatiels and i just want to know what fruit trees and grasses i can plant in the outdoor avary its about the same size as a dubble garage
i have a pair of Cockatiels and they have eggs and i more them to another
avary because the male kept going into the other boxer and pull the other one out the box so i move them and they not go into there boxes with the eggs
so is there any thing i can do
I have a white-faced pearl pied 'tiel, and I don't know whether it should be put into a pied bird show, or the white-faced one..
I have two cockatiels that i need to find out the gender. How could i do that by just looking at them?
I am looking for a breeder in the Port Macquarie 2444 area, hoping you can help.
I am also in Nambucca Heads, looking for breeder so i can buy a grey cockatiel. If you find a breeder in this area pls let me know.
just came across this and saw it was 3 years old. are you still looking for a breeder? im looking for a male for my female xD
Hello, my name is Brianna.
I am looking for a hand reared juvinial cockatiel.
I would love a cinnamon pied whiteface but I would just love one that is grey and white, not wanting the yellow cheek. I am located in Toowoomba/Warwick. I am happy to travel.
If anyone can help me please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have bought two cockatiels. We were told one is male and one female. After reading descriptions I think we have two boys. Am I able to forward a photo if them so you let me know what we have???
I certainly have one female and another which I believe is also a female as one has laid 2 eggs and is brooding and the other is not interested at all - therefore I don't believe its a male.
We could possibly do an exchange.
I live on the northern beaches. this is my mobile. 0414 245 688 if you would like to contact me.
I have a cockatiel that recently had her companion pass away. Since then she has become very anti social, and she has actually started to hiss and attack me when I try to clean her cage toys and food bowls. I've tried talking to her and giving her lots of attention, but I think she is just too upset.
At this time, I can't get another companion for her, and so I have been wondering if there are any breeders who would like another pretty bird?
Where are you situated? How old is she? What colour is she?
I am in Nambucca Heads, looking for young..ish grey/normal cockatiel to hopefully breed from.
How can you tell a male tiel from a female tiel and secondly, can you teach a female tiel to talk as well as a male tiel?
What is the price of a 3 month cinammon tiel?
Some mutations are very hard to sex. It is almost impossible to guarantee the sex of a young cockatiel just by looking at it, DNA sexing is one sure way. If your in Australia You can get your bird DNA sexed. Please look at the links section of our website.
The price of a bird has many factors, urgency to sell by the current owner, condition, markings, is it handraised or aviary bred, availabilty in your area, etc... so you can see just saying a price is not an easy task.Females will talk some better than males, cockatiels are quite individual so just saying males are better talkers than females is not always the rule. The owners effort is a much more significant factor in teaching a bird to talk.
A friend's cockatiel (more lika a soul mae) recently died from Lead poisoning. This wonderful character (the bird), whose name is Buddy had contracted a viral disease and spent some time at the Vet. As a welcome home, Buddy's devoted owner purchases a new and better cage. Buddy was dead within a couple of weeks. There was no warning on the new cage or instructions on preparing the cage for safe use. Is this a common problem? Is there some point of contact for Buddy's owner to try to have some warning system put in place to protect others from this horrible and unnecessary fate.
This is a common problem known as heavy metal poisoning. There is quite a lot of info on the net on this subject. Unfortunatley alot of the cages we buy are imported from oversear and because they are for animal use the labeling for safety is probably under estimated rather than if it were an item for human use.Perhaps the Dept of Fair Trading could be a start if your in Australia :
I was told by my vets to wash a cage out with warm, soapy water and then spray it all over with vinegar (a natual disinfectant) and then let the cage dry naturally in the sun. It has always worked for me, when I've prepared my cages...
I hope this helps!
Eliza and birds! xxx
I have 2 cockatiels one is definitely a female as she is laying eggs. She begs her partner to come to the party but he?? doesn't seem to know what to do. Does all the lovey dovey bits of preening etc but I know he hasn't done the deed. What can be done, or should I do.
Are you sure you have one female and one male ? Just because one is laying eggs does not neccessarilly mean its male. You can get your bird DNA sexed. Please look at the links section of our website. Regards Patrick
I have a pearl cockatiel ,how can you tell the sex,likes males not females not a squawker but has started a habit of sitting on top of the cage talking in cockatiel quietly,i can do anything with it scratch his head with my nose,hope the bloody thing is not falling in love with me,does,nt talk yet.
At around 6 months of age, pearl cockatiels will start to lose the pearl pattern. The older they get the more obvious it becomes. That is as they moult and as the new feathers grow back they will have less and less of the pearl pattern. Females on the other hand will maintain their strong pearl pattern for life. I cannot be sure if it loves you or not, its coming up to Valentines Day soon, so maybe keep an eye out for the mail box. There may be something in it for you from the cockatiel. ha ha :)
I'm concern about my female cockatiel, on Oct 18, 11 she mate, after that she had a ball under her breast, so I thought she was pregnant now the ball went down and it's close to the cloaca but she has not lay any eggs, she goes inside her box with the male and stays there but nothing happens. She looks find, she is eating and acting normal but I don't think that it takes that long to lay eggs. Can you tell me please what is wrong with her?
Where can one view cockatiels in their natural habitat in the State of Victoria?
Try these links for information:
I have a silver cockatail. He is at least 20 years old. Healthy and happy.
Is this unusual?
We have recently purchased a cockatiel and would like to know if almond tree or pepper tree branches are safe for him.
I am moving to Darwin, NT, Australia from the U.S.A. I have a pet cockatiel, but from what I've seen, no birds (pets or otherwise) are allowed in to Australia unless they are coming from New Zealand. I understand the nature of this policy, since it would be terrible for Australia's native birds to be exposed to diseases, etc. However, my pet cockatiel is a member of my family, would never be going outside (at most, on a balcony), and would not be exposing other birds to illnesses, even if she were sick. Does anyone know of any way to have an exception made for a single pet bird? Any paperwork I can fill out? We're heartbroken at the prospect of leaving her.
Margeux, go to the website below for everything you need to know.
Thank you for this website! However, it does seem as though this application is only for animals that have zoological or research purposes. Is this incorrect?
Are weiros allowed to eat olive branches because my bird Nashi loves to destroy them? Is it normal for a weiro to chew of four steps on a wooden ladder that is in there cage?
Yes and Yes. They love to chew and olive branches are ok
i am ten years old and im aloud to get another cockatiel a plan white one so if u have any can u send me a photo and also my tiel picks its feathers on its chest is there any think u know about that so can u email me that and about the girl plan white tiel thank u so much!
I have cut one of my birds wings so it couldn't fly but now i keep it inside all the time i want the wings to grow back so it can fly around .How long do the wings take to grow back or do new feathers have to replace the old.
Depending on how the wings have been clipped it could take anything uptp 18 months to fully grow back, although your bird will be able to fly somewhat in around 6 to 8 months
The feathers shouldn't take long to grow back. Just make sure that with any birds, NEVER cut past the third set of feathers on wings as you could accidently nick the blood vein running through it and the bird could suffer and die...
It's harder on smaller birds like budgies and smaller breeds, if in doubt, DONT.
I I had a lovely grey and white cockatiel sitting in my front verandah this afternoon, he/she is super tame and very friendly. It has a purple band with NCSA on it. We would love o keep it but not if it is someone's loved pet! Can you please let e know if there is any way I can identify the owner by the band?
Kate, I can find the breeder info on this bird as we keep records but I will need the ring number and a small 2 digit number on the ring which is engraved verticle on the ring.
Hi the band is purple with 171 on it and the number sideways is 11
i have this one bird that is ugly and i am trying to find out what canned it is can someone help me please!
Perhaps send us a photo to see what it is , email to :
Hi there, I have a sweet little female Lutino who looks like she is about to lay eggs. She hides under the paper on the floor of her cage (when she isn't eating it) and will hiss a bit at me when I talk to her. Later she will quite happily come out of her cage for her cuddles. She isn't ill and is eating and drinking okay. Is this normal. Also, how can I get her to eat fruit and veg...I have tried before and she ignores it :)
How often are you allowed to feed a weiro a seed stick. I was told that they are not that good for them because of the seeds. Is this right or not?
They contain lots of sugar so limit how many you give, make it a treat not a normal part of the diet.
Is it normal for a weiro to change personality after they have turned one? My bird use to got to everyone but now she just avoids everyone but me. I think this is because she sulks when I go to school and also because I raised her. Am I right?
She possibly spends more time with you and therefore you have become her best friend. It is common for a bird to become attached more to some people than others.
Hi all just going to tell you all that may baby is now safe back with her family after acsdently flying out the door and lading on a tree. she was so scared her little hart was beating so fast. when i wiseled she wiseled back trying to find me. she is safe now back in her cage and i'm going to get her wings cliped for the first time at the vets.
Just asking do werios like getting thire wings cut?
Is it better to give a cockatiel a bath in a sink or a shower?
Is it better to give a cockatiel a bath in a sink or a shower?
Can you tell me please so i know weather or not to buy a shower perch.
Hi, Our club has a poster of cockatiel muatations and the last picture on it is of a double crested bird. I have looked everywhere but cannot find any info on this mutation. Does it really exist??
I have never seen one, nor have heard of it. But it may exist, there are mutations overseas that are not avialable in Australia.
How much do the clip/rings that you put on you bird cost?
Can you still put them on when your bird is 1 or 2
They are approximately 50 cents to $1 each. You will need split leg rings to put on an adult bird.
How much does it normaly cost to get a cheek-up for a cockateil?
Perhaps you mean a check up ? You would need to contact an avian vet in your area for that information.
Hi, I hope you can help me with this problem, I have a 5 year old female cockateil and sadly her partner few away two years ago. They were very much in love and had two babies. Now the problem is she has 'shacked up' with one of the babies, he has sex regularly with Marley and another female. There is another complication, as another male bird has been what appears to be madly in love with Marley for about 4 years. He seems obsessed with her. Now at every opportunity both males are fighting over Marley. flying into each other and chasing the other one away from her. Marley is continually stalked by these two birds. I have other females in the aviary, but both males are obsessed with Marley. Should I seperate one of the males and if so, which one. Does anyone have any advice please.
Hi i have a 9 year old cockatiel and i have been researching about gender and she/he has all of the physical characteristics of being female, but in the 8/9 years i have owned her, she hasnt laid a single egg. Is this something to be concerned about?
We have recently lost our beloved "Harry" after moving to a new house. We are looking for a male baby cockatiel or breeders in our area. (Jindabyne/Cooma). We are willing to travel to Canberra. Can you suggest any breeders in this area?
I saw some wild Cockatiels only yesterday and I want to know why they were only the normal grey colour. I it maybe because that is what they normaly looked like but if so then how did we get the other colours because my cockatiel isn't the normal grey she is more a light brown colour.
Dear Patrick (President): On reading a comprehensive article on Cockatiels in the Habitat section of "The West Australian" this morning I am somewhat alarmed that you stated carers need to trim the birds wings (which is essential) however you failed miserably in your duty of care to these wonderful birds by not stressing the importance of great care in doing so...I consider this the most important aspect of caring for any bird that roams outside it's cage!
As yet I have not seen the article. I did not write the article, merely answered a questionnaire. The part you refer to about wing clipping, was in reference to pet cockatiels. A large percentage of people that have a cockatiel as a pet are young children or someone that doesn't realise even though its a pet it can still fly fast. If you've ever seen a pet cockatiel fly into a closed window at full speed you may understand what I mean. Plus there are a lot of hazards around most homes. For the safety of the cockateil it is a good idea to have clipped wings. I understand what your saying about explaining the method of how to clip, but as I said I answered the writers questions. I would rather the average person not have the knowledge on how to clip and than make a grave mistake, rather take the bird to a vet or someone that knows to do it for them. If someone that owns one bird is given written information on how to do it, the results could be very bad, however if they are not given written information on how its done, they more than likely won't attempt it. I never wrote "essential" as you say and from your reply I see you think the most important thing for a bird that roams outside its cage is that the wings are clipped correctly, yes that may be one of the most important things thats why every cockatiel owner should not be doing it. Have you seen some of those do it yourself shows on TV ? they make it look easy but when attempted it ends up costing more to fix the mistakes. Here's is an extract from the questionnaire
What care/maintenance/exercise does a cockatiel require? The basic cage care includes daily cleaning of the water and food dishes. Change paper bottoms daily and litter coverings every 2-3 days. Weekly you should clean and disinfect the cage. Wash and completely dry the perches and toys whenever they become soiled. As a pet, it is important to keep their wings clipped! This will prevent them from taking to the air and never seeing them again and making serious injury less possible, as well as facilitate you taming and training your bird.
Hello, I was wondering if you could recommend a breeder of hand-raised cockatiels in the Melbourne area.
You can ask around on my Facebook group if you are interested in joining?
You can ask around on my Facebook group if you are interested in joining?
You can ask around on my Facebook group if you are interested in joining?
Sorry Joanne, I do not know any in Melbourne. perhaps you can check this website :
or this aviculture club in Victoria
I live on the Northern Beaches in Cromer with 2 female Cockatiels.
One has laid 2 eggs and she is sitting on them with high hopes of hatching. Is there any one local that has a male to fertilise the eggs or a male for sale. My mobile is 0414 245 688 or 9982 7073
Sam perhaps look through the website below. You may also like to put on a wanted ad, describing what you'd like and the area you live.
hi im from india i have 10 pairs of cockitales i have the problam when the eggs ar hatch aftar 1 or 2 week the parants ar eating the fethers of babes so plesss give me some midicial advice thxxxxxx
Hi, my mother in law has her first lot of cockatiel babys, i would like to hand raise one for my children but i dont know what to do, or what they need to be in.
some help and advice will be greatly appreciated
I have 4 baby cockatiels 4-5 weeks old.The parent birds nested in a budgie breeding box and my concern is box is too small and babies may fall out as they grow bigger what should I do to prevent this from happening.Thankyou
Hi there,I have a question. In the US it seems the rarest cockatiel to find is a normal with NO splits. While I was looking at some Aus. Sites I also noticed that there were breeders also looking for normals with NO splits. Is it also uncommon to find pure normals in captivity there? We do have several US breeders working backwards to breed out the splits working towards some lines of normals in the pure form. Are there also breeders in Australia doing this too? And one other question, as to the wild cockatiel, those would be illegal to capture and breed and how is this controlled?
If you're not the people to be asking, could you please direct me to the right person or department?
Yes you are correct, finding normal greys without splits are hard to find. Due to everyone breeding mutations, it is quite hard to find them. Even if you find some, without test breeding you could not be 100% sure. I am not sure if breeders are breeding backwards here as you put it, more likely to be test breeding birds they feel are not split. For your question about trapping ...........All native birds are protected in NSW under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974. As illegal killing and trapping has contributed to the decline of many native Australian bird species, the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) manages licensing systems to regulate the keeping, buying and selling of these birds by bird keepers and pet shops. . For further information please copy & paste the link.........
We have a male cockatiel that is 12 years old this month. I feel we have done him an injustice by keeping him on his own for 12 years, although he does have a close relationship with my son and he gets to fly/have outside cage time around the house almost everyday for sometimes 1-3 hours. My questions are - is it not too late to get him a partner? Female or male? (I notice he masturbates alot on his perch and makes himself a cubby under the paper). How do I introduce them? I don't want to support pet shops, so where can I get another bird from. I originally got Charlie from a neighbour whose pair bred and she reared the chicks. Thanks
Thanks for your prompt advice Patrick. We live in Canberra. I would love to get in touch with a breeder here.
I wish you could help me. I live in southern Brazil, I have seven cockatiels, they loose a living room with a balcony, do not have their wings clipped.
From here one more time I can not take care of them more or person with whom I can leave them, I'm upset because I do not know what to do, I would not leave them in places or with people who will not take good care of them! What do you guys recommend me for their own good? I could train them to live during the day on the street and go home at night to sleep? I appreciate any guidance! Thank you!
Hi Maria, try logging onto our facebook page called ICR - International Cockatiel Resource. We have members from all over the world including Brazil. Maybe one of our members could help. https://www.facebook.com/groups/ICR.unite/
You will need to find a friend near to you to help. We are in Australia , sorry we cannot offer any assistance. Good Luck!
Hello, My grandmother has a baby cockatiel that is fully feathered and has just come out of the nest yesterday. It is flying short distances. I am wanting to bring it home and put it with our very friendly boy at home for company. What I'm not sure of is when I can seperate it from parents as we don't know when it hatched. We really want it to be friendly and teh avery parents and others are not. Thank you
Hi, I have obtained two cockatiels many years ago via an ad in the paper. I am now thinking of relocating overseas and the birds need some form of identification. But only one of my tiels wears a metal clip. At the time of purchase I didn't think much of it, but now I somehow need a registered clip. Any ideas on where I can obtain that? Do you offer cockatiel registration by any chance?
ON your website you have "TENTATIVE CALENDAR 2013" with a meeting on the 11/2/2013 at Emu plains. Is this meeting definite and can a non-member go?
Yes it is correct and visitors are most welcome at all our meetings. The one on Monday Night 11/2/13 is held at Melrose Hall, on the corner of The Great Western Highway and Park Street Emu Plains. Come around 8 pm. It is our Annual Juvenile Table Show. See you there.
hi.. i have a baby cockatiel that is crestless. it lacks the bump on the head from where the feathers grow. would this be considered a mutation or a fault??
Hi sue can you email me with regards to cockatiels pls
Good morning, I have just had my beautiful cockatiel at the vet to have an abscess removed and she had a prolapsed cloaca. 2 questions - 1. Is there any bird insurance in Australia as it knocked me for six ! 2. She won't go to the toilet all day while I am at work - what can I do ?? Many thanks...
On Tuesday our friend,Swoop, flew out our front door and has not been seen since. We have looked, called out, letterbox dropped, vet notified etc. Would anyone know of the chances of him returning, and how far he would have flown. He did not have his wings clipped. :(
Hello Barbara, try placing an ad on these websites :
What do the numbers on a leg band mean? And, are there different colours for different years? If so, what are they?
Hi, I have a male cockatiel that is very tame, I am thinking about getting him a girlfriend, will that make him less tame and want to spend time with the other bird rather than us?
I was wondering if you would be able to point me in the direction of support in the taree/Forster area as my female cockatiel has laid a clutch of 8 eggs and it appears atleast 5 are fertile. I would like to know more about hand rearing and care for baby cockatiels as this is my first time.
You can register free on our Totally Tiels forum where we are more than happy to assist you with hand rearing questions and solutions. Log on to: http://www.isalde.com/totallytiels.com/forum/index.php?/index
hi i was just wondering if someone could give me a call 0427241900
I'm very interested in cockatiels and especially how to help the native ones.
Hi there, You have done an excellent job. I will definitely digg it and personally recommend to my friends. I'm confident they'll be benefited from this web site.
Hi I have a pair of cockatiels with three day old babies the father has lost interest in the babies and is not feeding or keeping them warm during the day , they were in an Avery but he would not go in the box out there ether I have moved them all into the house where it's a bit warmer just wanted to know if I should remove the male because he is running around the cage and every time she's goes in the box to the babies he panics
Hi I have 1 yellow cocktail about 9months old and he has the best of both worlds, a large Avery where he is covered at night and kept clean and fed and by day he lives mostly in side with our old Budgie.They get on well but Jessie is now showing naughty behaviour with bitting and just not being friendly to any one. I hope it is a male (that is suppose to be what I payed for), but its cheeks are bright orange. He whistles great and talks a little and responds in whistling to him .How can we train him to stop biting and behave. If I got him a mate would he behave better? but can I bring him inside on to his stand if he has another. Would he not want to be with us if hew had a mate?.
Thank you I love this bird but said to my husband he will have to go if he is anymore aggressive.
Hi I am looking to purchase an older hen , at least 5 years and over her breeding years to help balance numbers in an elderly aviary, we used to breed but have only the original parents birds left who are around 10 to 13 years old. Does anyone out there have a hen that could come live with us, WE love our birds and she would have a good aviary home
Fiona I have a four year old female cockatiel which I would like to rehome.
Could u tell me a reputable breeder in Melbourne please
Is there a Cockatiel or Weiro Society in Perth Western Australia, that I can contact?
I have many kinds of cockatiel birds and i want to know how i can buy from you
the kinds i needed is :-
1- Platinum cockatiel
2- Olive cockatiel
Hello, I have five cockatiels in an outdoor steel aviary. I live in Melbourne Victoria and I am getting a little worried about them out in the cold at night. I do cover the cage with plastic to avoid any cold draughts. Even though they have made it through many winters I still feel worried. One of the cockatiels is getting old and a little more fragile. Do you have any suggestions and any links that may help me. Thank you so much for your assistance.
i have just bred some beautiful coclatials and was wondering where i get a licence to breed and sell the birds as most pet shops etc ask for a licence i live in mount cotton redlandshire if you could help me it would be appreciated thanks lilian
My Husband & I have a male cockateil we purchased in 2007. He was 'hand reared' but this does not seem to be the case! He is a friendly bird if u don't touch him, otherwise he's a bit fiesty! We were thinking about getting another cockateil so he could have a friend. But as he is used to being by himself and not friendly to us hands hehe, we arent sure of what is best for our cockateil. Could anyone provide any advice, if its too late to introduce another bird and/or the best way to introduce them! Thanks in advance.
Katherine, I highly recommend getting your male cockatiel a female companion. I myself have a male cockatiel (who is friendly but not tame) that was on his own for quite a few years and I introduced to him a female companion. The rest is history. They hit it off!!! They are so beautiful together and share a very special bond. I love watching them groom each other and rub their heads together. It is the most beautiful thing and getting him a companion was the best thing I could have done for him. Mind you they have had some babies too :)
I have a two year old female cockatiel (named Nashi) and she love to be with me. She always lets me tough her and if I am giving her scratchers she will not let anyone else near her. I would like to know if I get another bird would our bond together break? Would she not want to spend any more time with me? Also is I was to give attention to the other bird will she hate me? I was thinking of getting a hand reared baby boy (normal gray).
Is there a certain way of introducing new toys and objects into a cage or around the bird? My cockatiel (two year old girl) is scared of new objects, toys, noises and people. She always runs away from new things or hides behind my neck. This all started happening after she was nearly swooped by a magpie when I had her outside with me on the grass ( the breeder recommend taking her outside to play on the grass because she always did this with all the birds she raised). I have never taken her outside again but she has still frightened of things unless I hold it in my hand or she watches it from a distance.
Peace be upon you
I am Habib Mbary my main job and business activities in sales and service of medical equipment.
Since a keen interest in animals, especially the Bride "Cockatiels" and the "budgerigar" I decided that I would run farm this beautiful bird.
Can you help me in raising these beautiful birds?
This is the original breeder pairs obtained from first principles. Are you selling me?
I'm living in the Iranian capital, Tehran.
I am waiting for your response.
So what was the answer?
Who do you respond?
could you please advise where I can get dan sexing of cockatiels done in Australia
Ron, DNA Solutions are in Victoria, here is their website :
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would you know if there are any breeders in the Albury/Wodonga area?
sorry patrick i have hit the wrong button to unsubscide from the blogs how do i put it right to recieve them still thanks
Please help! I have just rescued 2 cockatiels from absolutely appalling conditions :( They have been stuck in a dirty aviary with no sunshine, it was damp, and the feed they had was that old that there was grass growing in it! I have never owned a cockateil before but I do love birds and would like nothing more than to see theses beautiful little souls happy and healthy again. Please give me some advice as to where to start and what to do for them.
Also what type of fresh foods they require?
Hi < I was wondering if anyone can help me with a problem I am having with my 3 year old female cockatiel,
She is in a cage on her own (no Mate) plenty of toys, but has been continually having sex on her own. Today I rushed her up to the vet as she had managed to prolapse her rectum from doing this, the vet pushed it back up but did not have an answer on how to stop it happening again,
Can anyone advise me
I'm looking for a pastel face pearl / pied cinnamon/platinum split lutino white face (or something along those lines :-) ) male cockatiel for breeding. I thought I had found one but it was sold before I had the opportunity to purchase. Are there any other breeders with such a bird? I've emailed breeders on your website with no / little response. Any tips?
my 2 yellow cockatiels have hatched 3 babies but the 2 larger ones are still alive and well fed but the littlest one died last night and i didn't realise it wasn't being fed as well as the others patrich could you tell me in case this happens again how do i hand feed the babies and what with thanks
I have a cockatiel who was biting under his wing. Took him to vet in June. Was prescribed enrofloxican and meloxicam. He seemed to be progressing very well. However on Monday he seemed to lose ability to move his wings or walk. I took him back to the vet who said it was probably neurological and to continue the medicine but there was nothing they could do for him. I have isolated him in a small cage and he is eating seed and spinach and drinking but he is struggling to walk or get on a perch but if I pick him up he can sort of grasp my fingers. The vet was not optimistic about the outcome but I find it hard to accept euthanising him as he is still eating and chirping. He is a dear little thing but obviously if he is in pain then there is no choice. He is just over 6years young. Please help.
I recently acquired an electric air filter with ionizer.
I have not as yet used this and I was wondering if using this will affect my Cockatiel in any way.
Hi, I was wondering if you could recommend any avian vets in Western Sydney, preferably in/near Mount Druitt?
Thanks in advance.
I have a little flock of cockatiels and enjoy their company very much. We whistle back and forth, trading riffs.
Okay, had to leave another post, the photos of the grey and white are just like mine, we share veggies.
I was thinking to get a cockatiel and im just wondering are they cuddly and affectionate?
Another question is
Is it a good idea to get one if i already have a budgie will the budgie get jealous?
Also how much are the prices for a cockatiel?
My cockatiels has sat on my head - she did this to the vet too at a check up, and has sat on my shoulder. Naturally, they go for the highest perch. If you go to an animal rescue that takes in birds, you can visit in the store before hand and feed a little millet while you are cage side. That may give you an idea how amiable the bird(s) are. As for getting a pal for one you have already, make sure you give room for a second feeding bowl to take the tension off the first few feedings at least. Sharing might not come easy at first, later it will. Keep extra healthy treats available so the competition is low for you. And, do not disappear to work and leave the two alone right away. Take the time to be home all weekend to see the transition, if you have a spare cage - or a traveling case, dust that off just in case some serious feathers get ruffled in a battle of WW3, lol.
I have a male yellow pied who is approx. 15 yrs old. He has gone very yellow in his feathers that visitors comment on it when they haven't seen him in a while. He also has whispy fluffy feathers all over. Is this normal? He also seems to have lost power in his beak - doesn't seem to be able to crack his sunflowers anymore. He gets a varied diet of seed and fresh greens. I have started him on some vitamins in his water but is there anything else I can do for him?
Hand raised albino cockatiel in need of loving home. Owned & loved by my daughter but we are moving to rental property which will not accommodate her. We would all be much happier if she was going to a loving home.
Hi Sue, what state are you in and how much are you asking?
what state do you live in
Hi folks. I 'rescued' a cockatiel from the RSPCA in Dubbo in 2012 and it has a leg band with NCSA 04-150 on it. I was told the bird came from the Sydney area. Does the band identify the bird?
Hi, I'm located in Emu Plains and was enquiring if one of your local members would be interested in offering some advice/assistance for our cockatiel. Our cockatiel is approx 6 years old, she suffered from chronic egg laying about 4 years ago and subsequently now has Arthritis.
We would like to give her the best quality of life possible but being amateur bird owners we are finding online advice conflicting. If someone could please contact us we'd love to hear from you. Alternatively if anyone can recommend an avian vet in the penrith area, we'd be happy to visit them for advice. Thank you.
please can someone help, today one of my cockateils wings was ripped off completley by a hawk it was the biggest hawk i have ever seen in my life it was black with white on the tail at first sight i thought it was a black cocky but it wasnt
the bird is tame and it seems in no pain as it is playing with the other bird i live just out of penrith in silverdale
will it grow back, should i wrap the bird his inside and very happy to play on top of the cage and pic at my brick wall like usual
he doesnt want me picking him up
i have had a hawk take my chickens of late and a few years back tore 3 ringnecks through the wires of the aviary, they are now hawk proof this cage has bars but not usually outside but was getting a clean
Can someone please point me in the right direction. I have a male cockatiel which we have had for 7 years, we can no longer have him and I would like to find another home for him. My husband and i have recently had a baby (our first) and we live in a small unit and our cockatiel loves attention which we no longer have. He also wakes our son all day. We still love him and want him to get a good home and I just don't trust doing it another way.
Can you please recommend anyone that can take him or help us rehome him?
We bought a 12 weeks old hand reared cockatiel from a pet shop. We believed all hand reared cockatiels are tamed, however after one week staying with us, our bird is still afraid of us and just wants to stay in a cage. What advice people have for taming our bird.
Hi, my name is megan and I have had my cockatiel since november 2013. however, as tries to fly and moves around, she breaks her tail feathers constantly. Is this a problem and is there something I can try to do deter it? Or is she unwell? Thankyou
Do you have any contact details for breeders in Melbourne?
Could you please help me or direct me to someone who could? I have a male cockatiel who is suffering from grief, it's very sad. He lost his partner of 13 years last November (2013) and he's a completely changed bird. He used to love me, now he HATES me (I think he thinks I killed his partner). He used to talk and now he doesn't and he bites me now, viciously. His only friend is his mirror. I don't want to take the mirror away. Is there ANYONE that might loan me a female hand raised cockatiel until he dies (I think he is 14yo), just to make him happy again? I'd be happy to pay full price for her as long as I could send her back later to a GOOD home (I don't want birds after Freddy dies). I have a very good home and I'm a responsible owner (I can send photos of their "indoor/outdoor" cages which are prety big! Or is this just a dumb idea? Thanks for listening.
Hi, I have a cockatiel who I noticed always makes a weird almost hissing noise, and tonight he was on my shoulder, not in a particularly good mood and was making this noise, and I realised he is actually spitting- is this a bad thing.. is he sick or just grumpy!? Thankyou
Could you recommend a person or a place in the Melbourne/Geelong region to buy a hand-reared cockatiel?
my cockatiel has bald spots above his eye and on his head and i notice he isnt breaking the coverings of his feathers so he is getting lots of the hard type things and wont let me break them myself if that makes sense- what should I do?
hello I live in Toowoomba and I am wondering if you know of a breeder l
Please help me.. I had 3 cockatiel birds, all of which I had to move from in my living room downstairs in the laundry where the temperature drops significantly. I put a snake across the bottom of the door to prevent breeze from blowing in & put a hand towel on their play gym to snuggle up to if they get too cold. They were down there for 1 month as I have a newborn baby & didn't want their fine feathers getting in her lungs. Sadly I neglected them with tender love & care as I have no time to show them affection with a new baby as a single parent so I only went down there to give them fresh seed & water. My eldest is 24 years old. One of my three cockatiels suddenly died & I don't know if it was my fault & I'm hoping you can tell me. My poor baby that died had part of his beak pealed off it looked cracked. His eyelids & eyes were indented in like they had caved in his face. Underneath him he had a mess that looked something like diarrhea bowel movement down his tail. What do these sound like to you? Can a hand reared cockatiel die from lack of human interaction/loneliness? (None of my birds were close to each other so wouldnt cuddle up to one another) What are signs of a cockatiel that has frozen to death?
I am hoping you may be able to offer me some advice regarding Cockatiels.
The situation is that I have a two-year-old female Cockatiel, originally hand-reared, that for some reason seems to like me rather than my wife. In fact, it positively ignores her. She is the one that feeds it and makes every possible attempt to befriend it but all it wants to do is be with me. It sits on my shoulder all the time in the evenings, makes a fuss whenever I go out of the room and gets obviously excited when I return.
The problem is that I have now developed an allergy to her dander. It took nearly two years to develop but now it is at the point whereby I can manage with the bird in the cage but as soon as she is let out she tries to come to me, does her normal preening and I promptly start suffering with running eyes, severe itching and the normal symptoms of allergy. I have tried over-the-counter antihistamines, but they seem to do nothing at all to alleviate the symptoms.
Constant vacuuming keeps the problem manageable, but only if the bird is kept caged. My wife is now concerned that, having been used to having close human company, the bird is now likely to suffer by being ignored and left alone virtually all the time. Not knowing too much about bird psychology, I really don’t know if that is likely to be the case. Whilst I can’t give her the same attention I used to, I don’t want to see her suffer. She constantly calls out to me but I can’t respond by letting her come to sit with me.
I would really appreciate some advice as to whether Cockatiels do suffer from loneliness. If so, would it be kinder to get her a companion bird. When we first got her she shared the cage with about ten budgerigars – which we ultimately passed on to a friend – so we do know that she is able to accept other avian company.
Thanks for your attention.
Hello people, good day.
My name is karoline, I am Brazilian and I have 3 cockatiels here.
I'm thinking of moving to australia and I would not let my cockatiels here.
I tried to find some information on how to lead, but found no concrete information
By chance, would you know tell me the procedure to get my cockatiels to australia?
The procedure here in brasil I've discovered.
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I have a hand raised girl cockatiel, about 3 yrs old and I think she is a pastel silver. She is very broody and we have heard that this is a good age to get her a companion bird. We are not looking to breed particularly, but would like her to have a companion as we are getting busier as the kids grow older.
Does anyone know of any males in the Sydney area that would be suitable?
Just wanting to know if anyone would be interested in me bringing our range of no mess bird feeders to your next meeting @ Emu Plains in November?
check them out at www.seedmate.com.au
can anyone tell me the correct spacing in wire for cockatiels is 25x25 mm too big
I was wondering if someone can help me out. I am wondering if it is safe to feed cockatiels Melicope elleryana? We have it growing in the backyard and the lorikeets love the flowers on them.
If you could let me know that would be great.
I have a 2-3 month old hand raised cockatiel,4 days ago she was on my shoulder near hot water and unfortunately flew into the water,she was there briefly but has received fairly bad burns to her legs,her underbelly and a little under her wings.She is still alert but extremely lethargic,her food intake is not as good as it was but she is still eating,drinks water regularly and is sleeping a lot.We have taken her to the local vet who has injected her 4 times with fluid and they gave us a cream and anti=biotics.I feel so silly for having her so close to hot water is there any other suggestions that may help?
I am looking for a breeder of hand raised juvinile cockatiels close to the northern beaches, my two kids are very keen to get one each and I am hoping that I don't have to travel miles?????
I would like to know more about the blue cockatiel and were I can bye a Pair Please. You can call me on 0451005671 with any information.
thank You Sue
HI we have a male coctateil, he is hand reared, whistles, talks, loves his head scratched. he was my mum's bird and she has now passed away. can you suggest anyone that maybe interested him, I don't just want to give him away. he would be great company for someone and he loves company. thanks regards tracy
We found a cockatiel at the childcare 3 weeks ago being pick by other 10 birds. The poor thing was very frighten and couldn't fly away. We try to find the owner and no one claim for him so I decided to kept him.
His is at my place since Friday (5 days) I have no idea how old he is and how to training him to be more confident and relax at his new environment. I spend lots of time sitting side by side him talking soft and singing to him.
Is there anything else I can do? Is there a way to find out how old is he. The only thing I know is that it's a male.
Im looking for a lutino white face cockatiel im in brisbane *(sandgate) female handreared not avairy can u suggest where i can find 1 & how much about 1yrs old pls or ph 0466015316 thnks
We recently purchased a Cockatiel from a breeder who before handing him over suggested our bird had his wings clipped. The breeder then clipped our bird's left wing. We did not want his winged clipped and now we are wondering if the wing feathers grow again, can anyone advise us please? Thank you in anticipation, Joan and John Harding
Greetings, I have a beautiful Cockatiel named Peppi, I think he is about one year old, I bought him at a pet shop about a year ago, I was just escorting a friend but this little bird flirted with me so intensely that I felt he wanted out, so I bought him.....he has been with me a year and I absolutely adore him, but with a heavy heart I know that I am leaving the country in 12 months and will have to leave him behind, along with Prince, who I was given as company for Peppi, both Cockatiels, but unlike Peppi, Prince is quite reserved...both are free to explore the huge room outside of their cage with many perches which I have built........basically I want to find a special person who will love these two birds as much as I do.......every morning I spend about 15 minutes gently scratching Peppi's head, which he makes these site little bird sounds of appreciation..........I really need to find someone very special, so am reaching out here so that you could help me find someone who will look after them for me when I leave.......many thanks, Nat Ferfoglia
I got a cocketiel like 4-5 months ago from someone who breeds with them,he got a white face,and like a white lines/markings on each wing. How do I know if its male or female?
I have 2 male cockatiels in an outdoor aviary.I am unable to catch them. I am moving house and will not be able to take them with me I
would like them to be safely looked after.Can anyone help me with this please.?
Hi I found a cockatiel last week which I have been caring for. I will be unable to keep it as I have 2 dogs that are not happy. I have advertised on various lost pets websites, contacted the local Council and put it on the RSPCA website and so far had no response. I shall keep it for the rest of the week in case the owner gets in touch but cannot keep it longer than that. Does anyone have any suggestions of how I can find a good, safe and loving home for it? It is a lovely little bird but I do not know a great deal about birds, their associations or really where to start. Any help would be much appreciated.
Hi Lyn, I am in exactly the same boat. I found a cockatiel and posted on websites. What did you end up doing with it?
We have a 3 year old female cockatiel given to us one month ago after his elderly owner died , she will only eat seed and will have nothing to do with my wife ,can we change her behaviour and how
If I apply for membership, would I be able to purchase leg rings? If so, how much would they cost, and roughly how long would it take for them to arrive in country Victoria?
My hen laid four eggs this season, and two have hatched - a week earlier than expected...
Sarah, NCSA leg rings are $60 per 100 to Members. Members can buy as little as 10 rings for $6 plus postage.
Go to : http://www.cockatiel.org.au/membership.html
Where on your website can I find the pricing for your leg rings?
Hi, I inherited a lutino peral(?) cockatiel I think, I was wondering if you have any information on it the leg band reads NCSA1166 on a black metal band. My grandad found her so he never knew much about her either
Mel, this is a breeders ring, Please call me for further Information.
I am thinking of adopting a cockatiel that needs a home. I have never had a bird before but I have a 9 year old cat. Is it reasonable to house a cockatiel in the same household as a cat? They would only be together under supervision.
hi patrick just a question i have been hand rearing 3 baby cockatiels as their parents left them to my care they were born ist one 2nd jan 2016 i have been feeding them the formula 3 times a day when do they wean themselves i have seed and water in the cage and they seem to be eating and drinking but i suppose it doesn't fill their crops full they are very tame through doing all this
I have 4 mth female cockatiel. The question I have is do they eat casuarina nuts, Australian Native nuts and pods please. In addition, does any one know where I can purchase Bird Munchies Cockatiel gourmet blend down in Melbourne please. Both Coles and Woolworths only stock the parrot blend and while you can purchase the product directly online from Bird Munchies the problem is you can only purchase it in bulk. That is 6x 1 kg. Your responses would be greatly appreciated. Thank you :)
Looking to add to our family with a pair of female cockatiels :)
I'm looking for local breeders with a good reputation - can anyone recommend anyone local [northern beaches/north sydney area?]
I've had birds all my life [mainly corellas and larger natives] but now that I'm out of home I don't have the space for larger birds with a huge outdoor avery.
Hi im hoping to share an Australian parrot owners group on facebook for social networking and possibly meeting other parrot owners inside Australia 🐦
I have recently bought a pair of cockatiels for breeding to hand raise for my children. I have no way of telling the sex of the pair only to go by what I have been told by the breeder. He felt the pelvic bone and said that’s how he does it. I have been now told this is not very accurate. I am trying to find someone to email some pictures to for a second option. Could you help put my mind at ease? I think he said they were pearl pied. I have always had budgies and hand raised them for the kids but seem not to knowledgeable when it comes to Cockatiels. They seem to have the trats of male female but I am still unsure after all the research I have done. Thanks
I have a 9 year old Cockatiel which Ive raised since a chick (Jack Sparrow). We ended up giving him total attention after the loss of our little dog as Jack was fretting for her badly and refused to eat and started removing his feathers. He is doing very well now, however we may be inheriting my grandmothers cockatiel as she can no longer care for her. I'm desperately worried about introducing another bird to the house as I know Jack is 'the top dog'. Any ideas, suggestions, etc????
We recently brought a 12week old cockatiel from our local pet shop. When we first got her home,she wasn't eating seed,only the dry lorikeet mix she'd been trying at the pet shop(they had rainbows & all food was together) we had some dry mix here as we'd had a honey eater previously. After 2 days she slowly started eating the smallest seeds & drinking water. We have now had her approx 1week & tonight she had blood in her poo. She has done approx 7 poos since & every one of them is bloody, we are very concerned & want 2 know how we can help her if at all,its after hours here but we plan on taking her back 2 the pet shop in the morning & find out what's happening 2 her & why,if u could contact us asap I'd really appreciate it,thanks
Robyn, please contact me as you left no contact details.
Patrick 0460 20 30 40
Hi. I am looking to acquire 2-3 pairs of wild-type cockatiels and do not want birds that will throw colour morphs. Does your society have any one who breeds only natural type birds?
found a cocktail with a tag the last 3 digits are 424 want to reunite it with the owners
Hi. I'm looking for a young male whiteface cockatiel in Sydney - can anyone help? I have found 2 babies that look like they are whiteface males, but they have white on top of their heads - are they still whitefaces? My daughter really wants a whiteface male and I'm having a lot of trouble finding one. Help!? Thanks in advance.
Cockatiel found with tag, last 3 digits are 469. Would like to reunite with owner.
Update to leg ring details - correct number is NCSA 14 169 - black ring
I've just lost my cockatiel from my house in Bardwell Valley. He is a month old lutino pearl and was last seen flying north over Bardwell Valley Golf Course, which is just behind my house. He is tagged - number is 509.
Any help you have would be much appreciated. And any suggestions of where else to pose this information would be great. Thank you
Edit for post above, bird is 7 months old. He was lost at approximately 7.30 pm on 27 January.
Hi Eriq, sorry but that isnt the tag number for this little fella. I also posted on the Facebook group call 'Cockatiels lost and found nsw australia' and registered the bird as found on Parrotalert.com. Goodluck with your search!
Thanks for getting back. I really hope someone finds him and can get him back home safely.
Has anyone heard/seen anything on the cockatiel that I lost about 5 days ago. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
What native grasses can I buy at a nursery to plant in my garden for my cockatiels to eat?
HI, We have just moved to the south coast of NSW St Georges Basin area ( south of Nowra). I have to sadly downsize my cockatiels as our new house wont accommodate an aviary. I am looking for a lovely home for my 2 hens, grey in colour. They are healthy but not tame and and I bought them from the annual bird show at Fairfield. I don't want money for them, but would like to re home them so they are happy. I think they are about 6 years old. thanks Alison.
I am hoping to get some advice for my cockatiel that has become unwell. He is in quite a large inside cage that we could take him up to the local vet in but I am quite concerned that they may have to handle him which he has never liked which would cause considerable stress to him. And I am also not sure of (a normal vets) knowledge for cockatiels ? He is 15 years old and has always been in very good health until about a week ago he started puffing up constantly and became quite obsessed with his food. He also stopped his normal singing and noises which have been replace with just a short cheep. He is still managing to get around his cage but when he is resting he seems to be labouring and as I said very puffed up. I am in two minds as to what to do as I do not want him to suffer and would like to help him but the stress that would be involved for him at the vet at his age does not make me feel sure of taking him to our vet - we have never had to take him before. If anyone recognises any of the symptoms that that I have described it would be very much appreciated if you could comment on my post. Thank you.
I am living in cairns
I am looking for handraised lutino cocktails
Please give me some information
lm breeder looking to own Platinum Cockatiel if any body can help me in this matter i will be thankful .
I am looking for a good foster home for my two hand raised cockatiels. Unfortunately my living arrangements prohibit me from having them with me. Hopefully, I will be able to take care of them myself again in 6 months and am looking for a loving temporary home for both boys. I want them to go to a good and safe home, with experienced cockatiel handlers who have the time to interact with them and keep them socialized. Here is a link to a video showing a typical day for my two cockatiels https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdq0RwDHPRs&feature=youtu.be
If you could put me in touch with somebody, of circulate this among your community I would be very grateful. Please email me to request a direct phone number.
Good morning I have a beautiful hand raised cockatiel he is 4yrs old and we named him Trevor, I have had a blood test done that shows he is a male.
We recently moved into a unit and he is very unhappy. He need to be happy and would like to see if anyone would be willing to take him in?
A close friend of mine had a thirteen year old hand reared cockatiel who recently passed.
He hasn’t been the same since and I am looking for a new buddy for him.
He lives in a house with a yard and there are indoor and outdoor cages.
He will be well cared for and spoiled regularly.
Hi George, I have a 4 yrs old hand reared cockateail, he is very special, he can whistle a few turns and love’s to have a cratch, he will sit on your shoulder, he is very tame.... We have recently moved into a unit and he isn’t happy. I am hoping to find someone that would love him as we do. He wouldnt be suitable to share a cage as he has alway had his own. If you like further information please feel free to email me
Hi, I have a male budgie and a female cockatiel who are great friends. But recently my cockatiel has become broody and the budgie tries to mate with her. He also constantly regurgitates and feeds her. Is this normal or even healthy for them or do they need to be seperated?
Hi everyone, just a quick question... I have a male White Face Pied Cockatiel and was wondering what colour mutations i would get if i paired him up with a normal grey female? or would i be best pairing him up with with something else?
Hi everyone, I found a cockatiel drowning in my pool. I rescued it and put it in a large cage. It doesn't seem very happy and I really don't want to keep it. What should I do? Is their anyone who could take it?
Hi I have a very tame much loved pet cockatiel. She is about 13 years old. I am going on a ten day trip and need a babysitter. The bird likes to get out for a fly and enjoys having her head scratched. I will not let my family look after her as I don't trust them. Just a little fly and some attention keeps him happy for the day. What can I do?
Hi all! I am hoping there is someone who can help us out with taking on some eggs to incubate.
Our pair had a clutch of 5 a couple months ago and we did not remove the nest box in time so they have started laying again and we since have 2 new eggs in the nest box. I am hoping to remove the nest box to prevent them breeding again but we are hoping to be able to give the 2 eggs (I expect more to come) to someone who has a tiel that is currently laying. Unfortunately we do not have the time to keep raising babies and would love to see them go to someone who is happy to take on more bubbas.
If anyone would be interested in a few more eggs for their clutch please let me know!
I recently bought a cockatiel - not from a breeder. The owner told me she was a female, 3-5 years old. She is totally white with no cheek patches, black eyes, and the only colour on her is a pale brown at the end of her tail. She doesn't seem to totally fit any description, e.g. lutino whiteface...what is she likely to be?
I have 3 cockatiels, two boys and a girl, they are around 15 years old, sadly I am unable to continue to give them the life they deserve. I am in the ACT and would love them to go to someone who has time for them. They must stay together as they scream if they cant see each other. Please help.
Hi, I am looking for a breeder of cockatiels in Sydney, my son is turning 10 in September and his only wish for the last 2 years is a hand reared cockatiel. His researched everything there is to know and I feel his ready to take on the responsibility. Can anyone recommend someone that will have a pied cockatiel preferably ready for the next month. I’m having no luck at all. Thank you.
I have seen some big cages on stands on E-bay suitable for cockatiels but they all have vertical wires and no horizontal wires. Can anyone advise me of a local cage builder who does it properly? Or is there no such animal left around in Australia?
Thanks in advance for any advice you could provide.
Ps. I live in Greenbank, Qld but freight to here will not be a problem.
Hi, I have a 10yr old cockatiel .. very healthy and friendly. I am looking for someone to look after her while we go away on holidays. I live in Wahroonga N.S.W.
Hey there. Over the years we’ve taken in a number of cockatiels but my parents are looking to move soon and I won’t be able to take all of them with me into an apartment. Looking for a home for two males and a female, one of the males is the son of the other two. All three are aviary birds, familiar with humans but unwilling to be too close. The female is pale yellow cinnamon, and the male is dark grey with a white face. Their offspring have been really beautiful, pure pale yellow.
Please if anyone could help, I really want to see them somewhere with lots of birds where they can live out their days in aviary flock heaven. Thanks
I have a Cockateil who is causing me some concern, he has developed an insatiable appetite over the past ten days and has now started to fluff up his feathers making him look twice his normal size, he is still friendly but is causing me concern, any help would be most welcome
I have an approx. 5 year old female cockatiel. She has laid phantom eggs previously and has recently been displaying the behaviours of tail raising, continuous 'song', seasonal aggression etc. However, in the last 2 days she just wants to be on my shoulder and appears to be having difficulty with her balance and now sits leaning forward and slightly hunched so she doesn't over balance. She is still eating, drinking and preening as usual. Any ideas on what might be going on with her? Thank you in advance.
Hi Debbie, I have no idea nor useful help full comments for you. I had a Cockatiel for nine years and he was a happy little chap but I had to get rid of him as he was affecting my wife's health through lung irritation. We gave Topsy to friends who love him to bits and he is now happy with his new mum and dad