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RE: Looking to add a feathered family member

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Posted by: PHIggysbirds at Thu Apr 30 23:05:58 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by PHIggysbirds ]  
   

Good luck with your new soon to be feathered friend. Most books should cover the basics of what you need. Cage, food (fresh and pelleted/seeds) perch sizes, fresh water and don't forget the importance of toys. Foraging toys, chewing toys, shredding toys etc to keep your new friend happy even when playing alone in his cage, and of course while outside of the cage playing with you or your family as well foot toys can be used.

Don't opt for a smaller cage go for as big as you can afford and that has the correct bar spacing for a cockatiel. Many cages pet stores sell as being for a certain size bird are way to small or at best are the very minimum required. Provide plenty of perches of different textures and sizes, swings, rope perches, boings always make interesting perches as well.

Find a local avian vet. If the breeder you have talked with gets the birds a first health check at the vet then great and ask for copies of paperwork, otherwise I would strongly recommend getting one yourself. Many breeders are "good" but don't always have their birds checked regularly with new breeders coming in or going out and people coming to meet new birds, bacteria and viruses can be spread amongst birds or carried in by the people so a vet visit is always a good first step.


   

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