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nm12345 
- 04-13-17 22:40 - 2 comments

Hi guys, I just got a new cockatiel and I now she is less than a year old but they didn't know the months. Does anyone know how to estimate the age? She is still clumsy and has big eyes, but she is bigger in size than my other cockatiel which is 17 months old. She is the one on the left.
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still very scared :(

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bunnymadnad 
- 03-10-17 10:52 - 0 comments

Hi everyone please excuse me if i have posted in wrong section.
so we got cleo 3 weeks ago we were told that he is 8 months old . Our poor boy is terrified of everyone and everything.I felt with lots of gentle chatting he was getting used to me but it seems not . If i approach his cage to change food or water he is hissing and now lunging too . so my question is does he need a friend ? I dont want him to be so scared and upset. thanks in advance.nadine
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My Birds POO

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Pastha 
- 02-04-17 01:59 - 1 comments

[size="4"]We got sandy a little over a year ago as a orphan from the bird store where we board Kiwi when we go away. He is 5 years old. Ever since we got him his poop is very watery and loose. I took him to our avian vet 2 times and all she can say is to get him off seeds and put him on pellets. This didnt make sense to me as when we got the bird he wasnt eating seeds and had the same watery poop. We also went to see another avian vette who said same thing about not eating seeds and he wanted to do blood work for like 500 dollars which i wasn't able to afford. I converted him to 80% pellets and there was no difference in his poop. She tested his poop and said all looks ok When we got him he was only being fed nutriberries and Harrison but the bird wasn't eating the Harrison. We were told that's all that sandy would eat. So we tried feeding him all kinds of things and he would eat almost anything. fruits veggies corn flakes chicken etc. Poor guy wasn't being fed too well. Ok here is my question. I understand the the poop has 3 parts; the solid matter feces that is coiled, urates which are opaque white or cream colored and urine a colorless liquid. Sandy poop doesnt have any urates in it only the feces and mostly urine. It is not diarrhea (so the vett said). Can anyone tell me what would cause the birds poop to not have the urates in it and why the poop is so watery? Thanks in advance
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Appropriate Setup For Cocatiel

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Googie85 
- 01-22-17 10:43 - 0 comments

Hi All!

I am looking for advice on my cage and play area and was wondering if it is appropriate for a single cockatiel.

Many Thanks,

Googie.
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Bald/Bleeding Patch Under Wing

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anelephantfly 
- 01-11-17 04:51 - 0 comments

My cockatiel Elephant just got home from a two week stay at my parents house, and when I went to pick her up my mom pointed out an inflamed area under her wing. It's vacant of feathers and from the looks of the scabbing she's been picking at it. Mom thought it might be from grooming her too much. Anyway now that Elephant is home we've noticed her picking at it while she cleans. Scabbing seems to have gone down but were wondering if we need to take any action. Perhaps wrap it up? Has anyone else experienced something similar?
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New Cockatiels

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Jhene 
- 12-27-16 02:22 - 0 comments

Hello everyone, Today I got two new cockatiel's from a pet store. When I brought them home, I allowed them to settle in a bit until I changed them to their new cage. I opened the cage door and they decided to come out. I did handle them for short amount of times. The next day, I decided to let them out again two hours before their bed time and they flew onto my shoulders. Today was a bit different than yesterday, when I tried to pick the one up it didn't allow me to, although the other one did. Do you think I should let them settle in a bit more? I've had them for three days now.
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Jayjo 
- 12-15-16 01:26 - 2 comments

Hi, I am the proud owner of 7 cockatiels.
I never thought of myself as a bird person until the day my youngest son came home with a bird perched on his shoulder. He knew it wasnt a wild bird and after whistling at him for some time the bird came to him and he brought him home.
After some research we found out it was a cockatiel and went from door to door in the local area to see if anyone had lost such a bird but came up with nothing.
A neighbour offered to house him till his true owner could be found but sadly we never did find the owner but the bird is doing great and has a loving new owner, not me, even tho my son begged and begged me.
A few weeks went by and my son was still going on about this cockatiel he had found so I decided I would get 1 for him as he was showing a real interest, so this is how the tiel family started.
Tom was our first followed quickly by Kiwi as I didnt want him to feel lonely. They loved to come out their cage and the whole house revolved around them, even me lol
Over the next few months I made the mistake of visting the pet shop and fell in love with another tiel and quickly brought it home, welcome home Flo.
Then came a breeding pair that was sold to the pet shop as the owner was moving away, the female won my heart and the birds were given the names Thursday and Friday by my eldest daughter.
After all the different colours I had already I wanted a white cockatiel and soon found him, welcome home Daisy, which is the mischievious 1 of the bunch and can open the cage doors.
No more tiels my husband said, I agreed this was enough as we dont have the biggest front room in the world.
But after going into the pet shop for the bird food I saw 2 more cockatiels, a lovely light grey pied and the male was white and yellow mixed. Their previous owner had died and both birds were housed in a small cage, I couldnt see them like that could I?
The male won my heart, coming to see me and whistling away, thankfully for me my husband agreed I could have them so Baby and charlie came home with me.
We now had 8 cockatiels in our home after I always said I would never have birds.
After 8 months Tom got sick, we noticed he was in the corner of the cage by himself, where normally he would always be with Kiwi. After a few days we took him from the main cage and put him in a cage of his own and phoned the vet for advice.
Sadly after 2 days he died and my son was heartbroken as Tom was his tiel, we never did find out why he died.
4 more months passed and Kiwi was acting strange, straight away she came out the cage, I wrapped her in a towel to keep her warm and gave her cuddles while my husband set up the cage but she never made it into the cage, she died in my arms. I cried like a baby and then worried if I was doing something wrong.
My husband assured me our tiels were better fed than him, fresh food and water everyday, millet once a week and fresh vegetables. Cleaned when they were dirty so no I hadnt done anything wrong it was just nature.
A few months after that my mum was struggling to look after her cockatiel and budgie which was housed together so we gave them a home so she could still see them. We now have 7 cockatiels and 2 budgies.
I didnt realise how fun it would be to keep birds and how different each of them are, 3 of my male tiels can say " what you doing? " but only Baby is the real talker, Daisy likes to escape, Flo is the quiet 1 and Friday has just become a father and doing great. Yes we have 2 baby tiels aswell.
We have 2 female tiels called Charlie, both rescue birds, 1 is nearly 5 years old and the other has just become a mother.
Thursday is the noisest female and likes to start all the others off in the house when the hoover comes out lol

Well this is our tiel family and after losing 2 of them I wont be getting any more as it broke all our hearts
Thank you for listening to me go on and on
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Our beloved Dewey

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Shayla 
- 12-03-16 04:33 - 0 comments

"I'll lend you, for a little while, a bird of mine," He said.
"For you to love while he lives, and mourn when he is dead.
It may be six or seven years, or maybe twenty-three,
But will you, till I call him back, take care of him for me?
He'll bring his charms to gladden you, and shall his stay be brief,
You'll have his lovely memories as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay, as all from earth return,
But there are lessons taught down there I want this bird to learn.
I've looked the whole world over in my search for teachers true,
And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes, I have selected you.
Now will you give him all your love...not think this labor vain,
Nor hate me when I come to call, to take him back again."
I fancied that I heard them say, "Dear Lord, thy will be done.
For all the joy this bird shall bring, the risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shower him with tenderness and love him while we may,
And for the happiness we've known, forever grateful stay.
And should the angels call for him much sooner than we planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes, and try to understand."
(--Author Unknown--)
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Here is our family

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Shayla 
- 12-03-16 04:24 - 0 comments

From left to right is Buttercup, Ditto,Blossom,and Lucas.
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How can I log in with Facebook once I already registered

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Shayla 
- 12-03-16 02:28 - 0 comments

Is there a way to log in with my Facebook account once I have registered... When I created my account I didn't notice the registration link for the Facebook option... Suggestion... Put the link up top where it says "Register with Facebook instead of below the box describing it's benefits.... Thanks bunches... Shay
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Shayla 
- 12-03-16 02:13 - 1 comments

Hi there... I am Shayla and we have 4 cockatiels. How they came about is a long sad story.We started out with 2 males. Lukas is approximately 12 years old, and Dewey who was approximately 9. For many years they seemed to be doing fine until Dewey tried to assert some independence and then Lukas became very dominant causing Dewey to be very stressed and he started plucking his feathers under his wings and along his sides. We took him to the vet several times but the only option was to separate them which was also a nightmare because as much as Dewey was stressed with Lukas it was worse for him alone. We put an antibiotic cream where he would pick and it would clear up for a while, but eventually he started to pick again. We talked to the breeder we bought them from and she thought it would be a good idea to separate them and place a younger female bird with each of them so they weren't alone, and there weren't dominance issues.
Since gender is difficult to determine as well as if the birds would be compatible we were allowed to bring birds home on a trial basis to see how everyone got along.(We started this because Dewey was picking again and it was pretty bad so we really wanted to have him in a cage where he felt safe.We were using the cream again and he was starting to heal) We lucked out right away with one and one was definitely male and scared Lukas. He definitely would have put Lukas in his place but our goal wasn't to punish Lukas but to have both of our birds happy and healthy. So the male went back and we found the sweetest bird... So we then had Lukas with Buttercup and Dewey with Blossom. She was so very loving towards Dewey. She knew that he wasn't feeling well and was always at his side nibbling him gently... I would say giving him kisses. Lukas wasn't super fond of Buttercup but he tolerates her well in his cage. Sadly even though Dewey was healing on the outside he must have developed an infection and he passed away 2 weeks ago... Blossom alerted us to his worsening condition. She kept calling out for him as he took his last breaths in my husband's arms... It tore our hearts out and was unbelievably painful for our 7 year old daughter who basically grew up with him. It was unbearable to continue to hear Blossom calling out to him we didn't know what to do... Our goal was 4 happy cockatiels and we were down to 3 with one constantly reminding us all of our beloved Dewey. So we did the only thing we could think of and that was getting the other male that we had returned. Which leads us now to our newest dilemma... The birds we bought are approximately 6 months of age and where Lukas doesn't seem to fancy Buttercup as a breeding partner, Blossom and Ditto seem to be acting like a couple of hormone filled teenagers... I have researched a lot and it says definitely don't breed until they are at least 18 months old. We even contacted the breeder and she said they were "just practicing" these birds were caged together in the store, and she had stated that it happens all the time. Yet I read that females can be capable of breeding at 6 months but it isn't safe. I also read that males can be infertile at this age. We don't have a breeding box set up... We are going to swap the birds for a while but what if she is already fertile? We have seen about 3 attempts and today it appeared that it was more than an attempt.
Yeah wow a lot of information... Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated... I don't think our family is ready for another loss. We have been doing our best following guidance from a very experienced breeder, but now I am questioning everything...

-Shay-
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What Color Is My New Cockatiel

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Googie85 
- 11-29-16 14:52 - 1 comments

I have recently got myself a new Cockatiel and I was curious as to what color mutation he is. Also I have another question, sometimes he sticks his head in the air and its like he is gasping for air, or singing but nothing is coming out. Is there a problem or is this natural behavior?

Many Thanks,

Googie.

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Splayed legs and flightless

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Donnasjb 
- 11-25-16 20:35 - 0 comments

Hello I need help with 2 questions.
1/ Budgie with splayed legs - what is the best thing to use to bring the legs in. She seems quite young recently rescued was laying on the bottom of cage no energy panting. I have used a rubber band and she has her legs in so she can stand much better. She occasionally gets her legs free and when she does the legs go out again and she gets really tired. What is my best course of action to improve her life?
2/ recently rescued a flightless tiel. When he spreads his wings they seem quite normal - could be a badly trimmed wing that is causing his issue ( this I am not sure about) Is there any way the feathers will grow back and he could be able to fly like my other boys one day? Is there anything I can do to help him and improve his life.
Thanks you all very much
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Help with Taming. Is he Hiding From Me?

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nomadsland 
- 11-25-16 00:01 - 0 comments

Hi Everyone

I just bought a parent fed cockatiel and I'm trying to tame him. He's a little scared of me and I can't get close but I'm reading and speaking to him through the cage. Often he's okay and just sits and listens... sometimes his eyes even flutter and he closes them like its soothing. Sometimes though when I talk to him he climbs down from his perch and sits in the corner at the bottom of the cage, I'm just wondering if I should stop and give him space when he does this or carry on reading and speaking? He doesn't make a fuss or try to fly but I'm worried he gets overwhelmed and is trying to hide from me and if I carry on being in his space when he's afraid I'm just making it worse instead of getting closer to taming him.
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Hand in cage

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KatieP 
- 11-08-16 19:18 - 1 comments

I've had Peter for almost a week now and have been putting my hand in his cage each day, talking to him and singing to him and sitting near his cage. He has started coming up to me when I'm standing by his cage and he chirps at me. Today, when I put my hand in his cage he didn't fly to the corner straight away like usual. He sat and looked at me with his crest back but curled and then began climbing round his cage on his bars before settling on the perch that was next to the one my hand was on and stamping his feet up and down and bobbing his head towards my hand. What does this mean? Was he cross with me? He was chirping as he did it and didn't really seem cross... he still won't let me touch him but is much happier with my presence now. Thank you in advance for your help. Katie
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