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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Care Socialization

Socialization

Proper socialization helps cockatiels to be more likely to enjoy the company of adults and children, as well as other birds in your home. Since cockatiels can live for 20 - 30 years, a good beginning helps them realize a more positive future.


Our birds are socialized in a variety of ways:

  • Inspected and handled daily after hatching. Parent birds are pets and typically have no problem with this.

  • Pulled from nest for handfeeding at ages 2-3 weeks.

  • Handfeeding also involves cuddling, talking to, and other necessary interactions to help baby bird feel safe and loved.

  • Babies are in a brooder at night, sometimes with birds from other clutches. During the day (when feathered and flighted) spend time in a flight cage with older babies and other pet birds.

  • Since tiels are flock birds, they learn much from older tiels about relationships to birds and people, eating, perching, and flight.

  • They spend time out of the cage for many hours each day and interact with people as well as other birds.

We strongly recommend considering two cockatiels instead of just one. They will bond with you as well as each other. In addition, they will provide each other companionship during the many hours you are not home. When you return, you are apt to find calmer and less emotionally demanding birds.

Our goal is to have our birds leave our home well-socialized, capable of loving and being loved, and ready to be great pets and companions in your home!

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