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Old 07-12-2013, 02:19 PM
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Re: Cockatiel making strange sound?!

Quote: Originally Posted by SoCalWendy View Post
Just keep working with the pellets. But I wouldn't mix any seed with it. It's good that he is eating veggies. You can try green apples and also banana. Feed veggies, fruit, and any other food in a separate bowl from the pellets. His pellet bowl should only designated for pellets. Mikey is right about checking the meat on each side of his keel bone.
Thanks I've been feeding him his veggies either on a small dish in the bottom of his cage or on top of his playground.

If he ever doesn't have meat on either side of his keel bone, what should I do?

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Well, I personally do not think that pellets are the healthiest option for tiels (or any other parrot for that matter) so I feed them gloop, raw produce and a low protein seed mix. I have found that most tiels are not good fruit eaters but they do love their greens (so a large variety is in order but not too much spinach or chard, they are high in oxalic acid which inhibits calcium absorption - dandelion, watercress, kale are much better options). Because of the gloop, mine eat veggies everyday (corn, peas, carrots, sweet potatoes, green beans and mote plus whatever I add to the basic recipe to make the flavor of the day).

You also want to stop caressing her back (I also think he is a she) the way you were doing on the video. It's a no-no with birds as it's exclusively a sexual caress -birds never preen each other's backs and they only touch there to have sex.
Okay I'm not sure what "gloop" (is that a technical term?! xD) you're referring to, but it sounds interesting! I just want what's best for my little Nimbus, who I will stubbornly refer to as a male! ;D

Oh wow, I didn't know that! :O Is it okay to pet his wings, or is that also considered "back?" Nimbus doesn't really like it when I pet his chest or too low on the bottom of his neck. Is this a normal cockatiel thing or just a little quirk of his?

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Old 07-13-2013, 01:26 PM
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Re: Cockatiel making strange sound?!

I don't have a single pet cockatiel (they are not people friendly although they are not afraid of people) so I couldn't tell you what type of caresses they like but, if I went by almost all other species, what they like is to have their head, neck and cheeks scratched.

Gloop or goop is a dish made out of cooked (but not soft, just a hard 'al dente') whole grains, beans (the beans need to be thoroughly cooked though) and veggies that were cooked, chopped, chunked or diced (it depends on the veggie itself, for example, I use frozen chopped broccoli but I bake the sweet potatoes and put large chunks of them while the carrots are diced and the green beans are chopped -see what I mean?). Chop (or mash) is grains and beans but mixed with raw produce chopped into teeny, tiny even pieces (thus the name chop or mash). I prefer gloop because chop makes a lot of water and it has an even texture which my parrots don't like (they like different sizes and shapes and a more 'rough' texture than chop).
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Old 07-13-2013, 04:45 PM
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Re: Cockatiel making strange sound?!

Pajarita,

Cockatiels not people friendly??? You gotta be kidding me....Some of my Cockatiels are sweeter then any other birds I have! One flies to me on command but I raised her myself....
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Re: Cockatiel making strange sound?!

Mine would not step up or come to people at all, Mikey. Tiels are the sweetest tempered parrots and mine are not unfriendly in the sense that they would not bite me and a couple of them would step up if outside the cage but that's only because they feel vulnerable, but parent-raised psittacines are not people-riendly unless you train them for that purpose, something I would never do.
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