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HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR BIRD

By nature most birds are a flock species. Your objective when bonding with your bird is to establish who is the head of the flock. To accomplish this you first must gain the birds trust. NEVER strike the bird, this will only make the bird afraid of you... not trust you.
As with any pet, treat it with love and it will give you love. Treat it unkindly and you will have a mean spirited pet.
Let your bird eat with you. Cockatiels love to eat in a group, so by allowing the bird to eat with you and your family you will gain the birds trust. Most birds will eat just about anything they see you eating so don’t hesitate to give it what you are eating. The earlier you introduce new foods to your bird, the better.
No No’s for birds are: Chocolate, caffeine, avocado, apple seeds, sunflowers, plug-in air fresheners & candle scents, Reynolds cooking bags, carpet fresh carpet cleaner, Fabreze. These items are deadly to birds.
Teach your bird to step up on command. Also, stick train it. NEVER allow your bird on your shoulder. This gives them the upper hand and they think they are head of the flock.
Always change your bird’s water daily and check it’s pellet. Change pellet every other day unless it is empty.
Keep your bird’s cage clean. However, NEVER use toxic cleaners. Warm soap and water with a little Clorox will do just fine.
Also, never spray aerosols in the same room as your bird. Their lungs are tiny and inhaling the fumes will surely kill them. This includes air fresheners, oven cleaners, ammonia based window cleaners, 409 type cleaners, etc… Also, be careful when cooking with teflon coated cookware. If overheated, it will emit deadly gases that will instantly kill your bird. You get the idea. Safety is the key.
Set a bedtime for your bird. They need at least 8-12 hours daily. Also, never cover your bird unless it is to discipline it, (Screaming). Cockatiels can have “Night frights” and will do bodily harm to themselves, if scared, by thrashing wildly in their cage.
I hope this little information sheet is helpful and I know you will be good birdy parents.
Compliments of Louise Welbon of Bird Friend’s Pet Shop in Brandon (813) 655-1617


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