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Did you know that the Cockatiel is America’s number one bird? This adorable animal is cuddly, comical, outgoing and are talented whistlers. The male of this species are very well known for the whistle serenades which are often directed at their favoured person or object. Typically this little creature keeps busy by forging for food and spending time on their favoured persons shoulder.

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Cockatiels are native to arid regions of Australia – that is areas lacking moisture and insufficient rainfall. This fact may also support and be the primary reason why cockatiels don’t have the ear piercing screech of parrots originating from non-arid regions such as rain forests. Cockatiels in the wild will typically fly to the ground and forage for food. These species of birds breed in the wild, and are also easy to breed in captivity, which makes them ideal pets and widely available at lower costs than other birds from this species.

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Did you know that the positioning of a cockatiel’s crest feathers can tell you a lot about its mood? Cockatiels with straight up crest feathers typically means the bird is startled or curious. A cockatiel on the defence will hold its crest features flattened and close to its head. If it hisses this is typically a sign of high stress levels. Relaxed cockatiel will have a slightly held back crest feather in addition to fluffed cheek features and you might also hear grinding its beak.

Petware House carries an assortment of toys that perfect for the cockatiel which include pieces of paper, soft wood and cardboard or non-toxic rawhide to chew up. In addition this bird also enjoys hard-plastic type elements, such as beads to fiddle with. Most male cockatiels seek out reflective surfaces to whistle to so the addition of a small mirror into its living environment is sure fire way to get them singing. Cockatiels are inclined to seek out new place from it’s cage so use extra caution so you don’t step on it or allow other pets to get to close. Females seek out dark enclosed areas to nest in (even without a make cockatiel present). Cockatiels are great pets and can be taught to whistle on cue, getting them to do other tricks is a little more challenging.

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Did you know that some cocktails can be trained to talk? It’s true. Some male cocktails are more inclined to talk than their female counterparts and can be taught to speak a few words or phrases. Cocktails also chirp rather than screech and as a result make for relatively lower noise levels for apartment dwellers.

Natural ground foragers, Cockatiels will forage on the bottom of the cage for food so ensure you sprinkle some crumble treats and seed for your cockatiel to find. Cockatiels are extremely social birds and when given the opportunity to interact, will thrive. To remember to pet their check feathers and talk to them.

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A healthy cockatiel diet includes commercially balanced diets, such as Lafeber Premium Daily Diet Pellets, as well as other food, fresh vegetables and some seed. A well-cared-for cockatiel can live for more than 20 years.

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Here at Petware House, we can tell you that Cockatiels are very popular birds – perhaps one of the most popular. Why are these little birds so beloved? Here’s a five facts about cockatiels that may surprise you.

Without question, we can clearly see that cockatiels, which are one of the smaller species of pet parrots, are the first bird we would recommend for both pet owners and families – especially those with a child, but under supervision. Cockatiels are very social little animals and love spending time with their flock mates. They recognize their caretakers and are responsive to their voices. Cockatiels are relatively simple to care for, so they can be perfect first birds for anyone learning about the responsibilities of having a pet and unique care requirements.

Cockatiels are smart and entertaining creatures. Simply search for it on YouTube and you’ll find them dancing, singing and hamming It up. Cockatiels can be trained to perform for treats and do silly things. Simply offer them a treat right after they complete the desired behavior, and the performance of the behavior will be reinforced. Reward this behavior or time, and eventually it will perform it in anticipate of the treat.

A common misconception is that larger birds live longer than smaller ones, but when cared for properly, cockatiels can live to be twenty or older. The oldest reported cockatiel is nearly thirty years old. The longevity of these birds makes them attractive as pets for people who want a long-lived pet with whom they can bond.

Cockatiel’s are available in many feather patterns and colors, not just wild-type gray-and-white. You will find that most of them also have a yellow head and pretty orange cheek patches. This large variety is due to genetic mutations of the gray wild type. Cockatiels can have not only varied feather colors but also varied eye and skin colors. For instance, some cockatiels have reddish colored eye and skin colors while other’s have dark, or may have gray skin on their feed, while others have pink.

Cockatiel’s are available in many feather patterns and colors, not just wild-type gray-and-white. You will find that most of them also have a yellow head and pretty orange cheek patches. This large variety is due to genetic mutations of the gray wild type. Cockatiels can have not only varied feather colors but also varied eye and skin colors. For instance, some cockatiels have reddish colored eye and skin colors while other’s have dark, or may have gray skin on their feed, while others have pink.

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Just as with any other species, the cockatiel does require some regular maintenance in order to ensure the bird remains in tip-top health. Cockatiels are well known for being excellent fliers and need more frequent wing clipping than most other parrot species. As a result they will require frequent wing clippings. In addition its normal for a cockatiel to sneeze several times through the day to help clear out any dander and dust from its nares. Carefully note the discharge and frequency of sneezing. If the discharge after a sneeze is not clear, or if you find that it’s sneezing too frequently, contact your local veterinarian. It’s also good to know that cockatiels shed older feathers and grow new ones a couple of times per year.

Don’t forget to feed your cockatiel a premium diet of daily pellets and berries as maintaining is healthy bird is crucial. For female cockatiels a common issue is chronic egg-laying which can deplete her body of vital minerals and calcium as well as egg binding. Females also need extra calcium in their diet, such as calcium fortified base diet or a supplement like cuttlebone. Some cockatiels, if feed too much seed, may suffer from malnutrition and vitamin mineral deficiencies and may also lead to fatty liver disease. A healthy, low-fat diet with the right balance of vitamin, minerals and amino acids can go a long way in preventing disease in your cockatiel.

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Here at Petware House, we carry many bird related products such as foods, medicine, cages, bird toys and a lot more. We will be pleased to help you choose a cockatiel that best suits you. While shopping for a cockatiel keep some of the following details in mind to help you make the best choice. Does the bird have any sort of behaviour issues or phobias? Does it enjoy being petted? How does the bird prefer to interact? What does it prefer to eat? Does he or she have a favourite treat? Here are some positive signs of a good healthy bird. Check for alertness, bright feathers, bright eyes and nares which are free and clean of runny discharge. Don’t hesitate to contact Pet Warehouse and a representative will be pleased to assist you.

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In addition to having some of the healthiest pets, great service and many types of pet food and pet food products, Petware House also carries everything you will need for your pet Cockatiel including cages and variety of accessories. Here’s some great tips regarding the setup of a home for your pet.

A great starting point is to decide where you will place the bird cage? Your cockatiel is a very social animal who enjoys human companionship. As a result, having your pet in an area of your home with good visibility around them is an excellent starting point.

Its best, for the health of your bird, to omit areas with direct sunlight, on a window perch or in the kitchen. These areas contain many hazards, too much heat, fumes, air drafts and so on could cause serious health complications.


For the most part, birds spend the majority of their time standing on their feet so a good perch is essential. Ideally a variety of types and sizes should be supplied. We suggest that each cage have a natural branch perch, a concrete perch and a manmade perch. Choose a perch size appropriate to the size of the bird.

Concrete and Mineral Perches

A concrete (mineral) perch gives your pet bird a spot to groom his or her beak and nails. In many cases this may also be called a grooming perch.

Branch Perch

Natural tree branches are a ideal for your Cockatiel and better than the wood dowels normally supplied when a change is purchased. The uneven shape of natural branches, the bird is not always placing pressure on the same part of the foot when he stands. Some types of wood to consider and are safe to use include ash, dogwood, elm, magnolia, amd grapevines can be used. Cut them down to size and be sure to scrub and clean them, rinse and let dry in the sun.

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A number of other options exist that make for great perches. For example, untreated cotton rope is great to use for perches and can be tossed in a washing machine for easy cleaning. Your pet Cockatiel may also enjoy swings as many birds enjoy this activity. Keep in mind that your bird will likely chew everything in the cage except for the cage itself, so be mindful of health hazards and medical problems which can be caused by plastic objects.

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Petware House is conveniently located at 7477 Lima Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana, which is just moments north of West Cook Road and a few minutes drive from the I-69. While heading north on Lima Road, you will find us on the left hand side of Lima Road, next to DAVCO Auto. We have ample parking for our visitors, parking for seniors, handicap and expectant mom’s. Additional accessibility is available for handicap and for the delivery of large items into and out of our store location. Come into our new showroom for the largest selection of healthy pets, pet food, pet accessories and let our friendly, knowledgeable staff help you find that perfect pet and solutions that work best for you.

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