Tiels n' Gees - Cockatiels & Budgies

With in-depth information on Cockatiels and Budgies.

Picking Your Friend: Cockatiels

Where To Buy Your Cockatiel

What Should I Look For?

Getting Your New Cockatiel Home

The First Few Weeks

Where To Buy Your Cockatiel

   You can get your bird from one of two places; a pet shop, or a local breeder. First though, you need to make sure that you have bought him a cage, food, and toys. When you have completed these steps, then you can move on to the next step.

   When you are deciding where to get your pet from, take the breeder's or pet stores reputation into consideration, as a shop with a low reputation is more likely to give you an unhealthy bird than one with a larger reputation. Also know that you should only buy a bird from a breeder or dealers who have their birds in a clean cage or aviary. If they are clean, this means that the breeder or dealers obviously care about the way that their stock looks, as they know that a customer will too.

What Should I Look For?

   There are a few things that you want to do when you are deciding on the bird that you’re going to take. While choosing, do not be afraid to ask for advice. While you are looking, take not of any birds that are sitting upright and nimbly on its perch, as these are the healthier and more fit of your choices.They will have shiny, bright eyes, and their plumage will be smooth and sleek. They will also take no harassment from the other birds in the cage. If you approach the cage too closely, a healthy bird will most likely show fear, trying to get away while at the same time, focusing its attention on you.

   Do not be mislead by "tame" birds. Only choose a bird that is agile, alert, and observant is advisable for you to purchase. The last piece of advise is not to buy" average" birds, buy the healthiest and most fit that you can afford.

Getting Your New Cockatiel Home

   Never transport your bird in a large cage. Don't even try wrapping the large cage in a blanket or towel, as they will flap about and may injure themselves. Normally, the breeder or pet shop will provide a small cardboard box to transport your bird in. This box will have enough room for your bird to comfortably sit in, partly restrained, but will have enough room to move around without hurting themselves. Also, once your bird has finished their trip and arrived at their new home, they will be nervous and exhausted from its trip. Make sure that once you get home, all doors, windows, and other openings are securely shut, and that there are no fires in the fireplace, no baking or cooking is being done, etc. Once you are sure of all of these things, can you transfer your bird from their travelling case into their permanent cage. 

   It's best if you do this transfer in as early morning as possible, as that gives the bird the rest of the day to settle down and check out their new and strange surroundings. It will also give them the time to find where the food is, the water, the perches, and most importantly, it will give your, bird the time to choose its roosting spot for the night. A rule of thumb to remember is to handle your new bird as little as possible.

The First Few Weeks

 During the first few weeks that you have your cockatiel, there are some words of advice that you want to listen to:

  • Upon arrival, have your bird examined by a veterinarian.
  • Quarantine your new bird from any existing birds that you may already have. Keep them like this for at least two weeks to avoid the transfer of any infectious diseases from the newcomer to existing birds
  • Allow your new cockatiel the time to rest. Put them somewhere quiet, and where they cannot be found and harassed by other animals.
  • Keep a constant temperature during the first three weeks. Also avoid any drafts, as you bird may catch a cold or another sickness.
  • Do not provide sand or grit for at least 13 days, because stress may cause them to intake too much of that, causing health problems that could be dangerous.
  • Avoid placing your cockatiel in total darkness at night, as they may get spooked by a car passing by outside. Always have a nightlight in the area. This will also help you bird find its food water and perch during the night time hours.
  • Your bird will need anywhere from 10-12 hours of sleep.
  • Also avoid as much direct contact and handling of your new bird for the first few days, as this will help reduce their stress levels. If you have a name chosen for your friend though, you can start talking to them gently, while using their name lots. By doing this, you are making sure that your bird understands that when you call out "Joey," that you are refering to them.


By following these guidelines you should have a cockatiel that will be finally accustomed to its new home, and will also be ready to start with its training within a few weeks of their arrival.