Tiels n' Gees - Cockatiels & Budgies

With in-depth information on Cockatiels and Budgies.

Health and Hygene: Cockatiels

Not A Health Problem

Health

-Signs to look for

List of Diagnoses

Hygene

Not A Health Problem

   On occasion, you many notice your cockatiel regurgitating or puking their seed. This is mostly because they believe that you are a part of their flock (or family) and that it is their responsibility to try and feed you. Our Cockatiel, Eko, does this every time my family eats a meal at our dining room table. Our budgie does this as well, except he does it for his plastic toy bird to try and feed it. this is not an uncommon thing for cockatiels or budgies to do, and does not mean that your bird is ill.

Health

   On occasion, you many notice your cockatiel regurgitating or puking their seed. This is mostly because they believe that you are a part of their flock (or family) and that it is their responsibility to try and feed you. Our Cockatiel, Eko, does this every time my family eats a meal at our dining room table. Our budgie does this as well, except he does it for his plastic toy bird to try and feed it. this is not an uncommon thing for cockatiels or budgies to do, and does not mean that your bird is ill.

List of Diagnoses

Please refer to the Medical Diagnoses page for the list of diagnoses for you bird.

Hygene

   You know that you always need to bathe or shower right? Well your birds need to as well. There are many ways to go about doing this. First you need to know that when you give them a bath, it needs to be warm water, no really hot water here. You could try buying a little bathing dish that hooks onto the door of your cockatiels house. fill it halfway with water and maybe put a mirror of a favorite toy in to try to encourage your cockatiel in. If your bird is tame enough, (and yes, This has been done in my family) You could fill you sink with a shallow pool of water and let your bird use that. Before you do, make sure that the sink has been scubed down so that there is no food or bacteria left that could potentially harm your bird. The easier way is to use a spry bottle of water (not cold) and use that. make sure that it has only been useed with water and nothing else. spitz then and then either wrap them in a blanket or use a hairdrier on low and warm, blow them off to help dry off their feathers.

   You should only be giving your bird a bath when it is warmer than 20 Celcius (68 Fahrenheit). The reason for this is because even though a cockatiel is hardy, a bird that has had a bath is going to be cooler than before and if a draft manages to catch them, then they can die.