This week: Dr Magdoline Awad on cockatiel behaviour

Whereas birds make nice pets, house owners ought to guarantee these particular necessities are met to make sure their feathered good friend lives a cheerful life.

Whereas birds make incredible pets, house owners ought to guarantee they supply a regular of lodging, administration and care applicable to their species’ wants.

In line with Animal Welfare Australia, chicken possession is a 5 to 10-year dedication — cockatoos can stay to 80 years or extra — so researching your breed must be a prime precedence.

A superb place to start out is the AWA’s Code of Practice for the Housing of Caged Birds, the place you may work by a guidelines.

Dr Magdoline Awad, chief veterinary officer at Greencross The Pet Firm and SMARTDaily’s weekly pet columnist, explains, it may be necessary to observe your chicken’s behaviour to find out its wants.

AFTERNOON ACTIVITY SURGE

Is it regular for birds to get hyperactive? Our cockatiel will get an enormous surge of pleasure at 4pm daily and he makes plenty of noise and strikes round heaps. What goes on and what ought to we do?

Cockatiels are very social and interactive birds, so it appears like he’s wanting some firm and issues to do.

Cockatiels can make great family pets.
Digital camera IconCockatiels could make nice household pets. Credit score: istock, iStock

Maybe he’s ready on your return after being out for the day? As clever birds, cockatiels take pleasure in numerous interplay, and it is strongly recommended to have plenty of applicable and secure toys, or a chicken fitness center for him to play with.

Your vet might help you with suggestions on methods to make play time secure, what precautions to take, and what sort of toys are appropriate because the fallacious ones will be poisonous or trigger intestinal obstructions if ingested.

The food plan he’s being fed also can make a huge impact on this, as diets too excessive in fats (seed mixes, significantly sunflower seeds) may cause extra intercourse hormone manufacturing and result in behaviour issues and illnesses associated to weight problems and vitamin deficiencies.

Smart Daily's Vet columnist Dr Magdoline Awad.
Digital camera IconGood Day by day’s Vet columnist Dr Magdoline Awad. Credit score: Information Corp Australia, Toby Zerna

Pelleted meals, and contemporary fruit and greens are greatest, however should be slowly launched if not a part of the food plan in the meanwhile.

It’s all the time really useful to have your cockatiel well being checked by your native veterinarian twice a 12 months to detect prospects of underlying well being points.

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