Cockatiels are known for their friendly and affectionate nature. But they do not bond very closely with their owners when not properly trained with positive reinforcement. And whether you’ve already got a Cockatiel or are considering purchasing one, I’d highly recommend you watch our free training videos that show you just how wonderful these little guys can be with just a bit of training.
But don’t let the amazing things these birds can do trick you into thinking ALL Cockatiels are wonderful… because only properly trained Cockatiels turn out that way. Cockatiels are not domesticated and they REQUIRE training to be loving.
But Once A Cockatiel Is Properly Trained…
The cockatiel is a favorite species among many parrot owners. They are small birds, about 13″ in length including their long tails, and their cages and play stands don’t overwhelm a room. As their vocalizations do not tend to penetrate walls like the larger parrot species, they are a perfect avian choice for anyone living in an apartment or condo.
Trained Cockatiels want to always be a part of the action. When the family has gathered in the living room for movie night, your cockatiel will be the first one making its way to the popcorn bowl (you will want to prepare a separate unbuttered, unsalted bowl for him). When you vacuum the house, your cockatiel will be riding shotgun on your shoulder.
He will thoughtfully preen your hair when you are sad, and generate unlimited amounts of fun and laughter with their antics. A well trained and socialized cockatiel will quickly become a beloved family member and you will wonder how you ever managed life without him.
Unfortunately, too many people get parrots with the expectation that they are like the family dog, who can be contended simply sleeping at their feet. A cockatiel is a highly intelligent species that loves to explore everything in the world around them. They are in constant motion and need to be active and mentally stimulated in order to thrive.
Keeping Cockatiels Mentally Stimulated
We here at BirdTricks.com have 2 favorite methods for providing your Cockatiel with enough mental stimulation to make him or her happy.
The first method that works after you have a Cockatiel who is tame, and has learned basic obedience commands like ‘Step Up’ & ‘Go Back To Cage’ is stimulate them by teaching them to perform tricks.
Trick training a Cockatiel is incredibly stimulating and if done regularly creates an expectation in your Cockatiel of excitement, where they start to crave the new puzzles and routines that they have to figure out with you each new day.
You can learn more about our trick training programs here: Trick Training Courses
But Don’t Forget About Providing Stimulation When You Are Away!
Let’s face it, most of us have jobs we have to go to where we must leave our Cockatiel behind to fend for their own entertainment. Most people do a terrible job of doing this and end up creating serious boredom issues with their Cockatiels. The most common problem that owners of a bored Cockatiel endure is the incessant, piercing scream issued by their bird as it DEMANDS to come out of its cage or it INSISTS that it be allowed an activity that you know is unsafe. A bored cockatiel will eventually become angry, and an angry cockatiel will bite and make no mistake about it, that small beak CAN inflict a painful wound.
Imitate nature, by using what we call, Food Finding Toys to hide your Cockatiels food in, INSTEAD of its food bowls. When daily food is properly hidden in well constructed toys, it can take your Cockatiel 2-3 hours to find breakfast while ripping apart paper toys to find just 2 morsels. This searching imitates the natural job of foraging in the wild for food and is the BEST solution for reducing boredom and keeping your cockatiel from developing boredom related behavior problems.