How Do I Handle 2 Flighted Out of Control Cockatiels?
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How Do I Handle 2 Flighted Out of Control Cockatiels?

Elleen A.  relates,    

 

I have 2 male fully flighted cockatiels that will not let us handle them. They are bonded. How can I get them to let us handle them again?

 

Dear Elleen

Short answer. You can’t.  Birds of a feather stick together and you have no feathers.  

 

Long answer.

 

You can clip their wings, separate them into different cages, and plan to spend several hours with each of them individually in daily sessions in hopes to earn their trust and want to be with you.

 

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What Is a Healthy Weight for an Adult Normal Grey Cockatiel?
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What Is a Healthy Weight for an Adult Normal Grey Cockatiel?

Gail H. wrote:

I have a very healthy 2-1/2 yr. old Cockatiel and he is still a baby to me.

I am wondering what weight is a healthy weight for him.

He has been molting since about 8 wks ago and of course, the molt is getting less now.

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Do You Think Lupron Would Help or Hurt My Cockatiels Behavior?
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Do You Think Lupron Would Help or Hurt My Cockatiels Behavior?

Joanne F. wonders aloud,

 

Been reading your blog about the effects of Lupron on female birds for egg-laying.

 

My vet is suggesting these injections for my male white face cockatiel, “Pico”.

 

Pico is literally like Jekyll and Hyde.

 

Very loving but can turn on you in a nanosecond.

 

He is so highly hormonal that almost anything is perceived as a potential mate.

 

Feet, sneakers, plastic Kind bar wrappers……the list is expanding.

 

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Can I Put A Baby Budgie In With My Cockatiel?
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Can I Put A Baby Budgie In With My Cockatiel?

Kim W. wants to know

 

Can I Put A Baby Budgie In With My Cockatiel?

 

Dear Kim

 

One-word answer. NO!

 

We recently were given a baby parakeet from a customer who found it outside her apartment building.

 

She could not keep it as she has an ailing bird currently and didn’t want to take a risk.

 

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I’m Frustrated With Featherbrite-how Do I Fix My Lighting?
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I’m Frustrated With Featherbrite-how Do I Fix My Lighting?

Cynthia expresses her frustration with the FeatherBrite birdcage lighting system:

I have the swag lights that require two bulbs.

I bought the 16 watts LED bulb and the UV blue bulb in September, and now they’re burned out.

I don’t even see the same bulbs as a set for sale on your site.

I have a Pagoda-style light that requires one bulb but those apparently aren’t sold for that style anymore.

I can’t keep buying lighting fixtures. Help!

 

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How Can I Reduce My Female Cockatiels Hormonal Issues?
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How Can I Reduce My Female Cockatiels Hormonal Issues?

Hello, I’m writing this because I have a 10-year-old Cockatiel female.

I’ve had her since I was 14 and she’s the most important thing in my life.

She’s gone through a lot though and has had to survive 2 emergency surgeries to save her life.

Becoming egg-bound and near-death both of these times due to chronic egg laying.

I don’t know what to do to help.

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What Sizes Do the Tropican Parrot Food Pellets Come in?
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What Sizes Do the Tropican Parrot Food Pellets Come in?

Linda L. would like to know:

Is the size of the Tropican Lifetime Parrot granules much bigger than the Tropican Lifetime Cockatiel granules?

Hard to tell from pictures

Dear Linda,

The Cockatiel size granule is 2 mm, the Parrot size granule is 4 mm.

The stick-sized pellet is about 3/4″ x ¼”.

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Does My Birds Need Heated Perches and Warming Panels?
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Does My Birds Need Heated Perches and Warming Panels?

Barbara D. wonders:

 

I have 2 Blue Fronted Amazons.

 

I have a heated Thermo Perch in the cage but am concerned about the winter room temperature when I bring the birds out to the living room in their cage to be with us, their room is set for 68/69 but the living room is more like 66.

 

So I thought the Snuggle Up panel might be good to add to the perch.

 

They have not checked out the warm perch yet.

 

I have seen them on the heated perch in the winter before, this perch is second to lowest perch in their cage.

 

Should I raise the perch a bit higher?

 

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