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Choosing Your Bird: The Best Birds for Beginners

When it comes to birds, too many people get in over their heads, choosing a pet who's too large, too loud, too expensive — and ultimately, too much to handle. If your list of potential birds includes only [more…]

Trimming a Cockatiel's Wing Feathers

You can give your cockatiel varying amounts of flight capability depending on the amount of feathers you clip on her wings. With cockatiel chicks who haven't mastered flying, it's a good idea to gradually [more…]

Understanding Why Parrots Talk

Because parrots are social creatures, they need a form of communication to be able to interact. But what if there's no parrot around to talk with? Should the house parrot languish away, waiting for another [more…]

Reading Your Parrot's Body Language

Learning to recognize your parrot's healthy body language will help you know when he is feeling fine or when he's ill, as well as when he wants attention or food. It will also help you avoid receiving [more…]

Solving Your Cockatiel's Feather-Plucking Problem

Feather plucking is a complex syndrome. It can indicate either a physical or psychological problem with your cockatiel. You need to observe your bird closely, commit to medical care, and then be creative [more…]

Housing Options for Your Cockatiel

Your cockatiel will be happiest in the kind of enclosure he is used to. If you're getting a cockatiel from another owner, hopefully his home tweet home comes along with the bird. You can upgrade after [more…]

Bathing Your Parrot, Simply and Safely

Most parrots love to bathe, which softens dirt on the feathers and skin and encourages preening. If you bathe your parrot regularly, you will notice that his feathers will begin to become waterproof due [more…]

Potty Training Your Bird

One of the less pleasant aspects of sharing your life with a bird is dealing with the droppings. When the droppings land on the paper at the bottom of the cage, that's fine, but nobody likes cleaning droppings [more…]

Bringing Your New Bird Home

The day you bring your bird home is the day the world changes for you both. For you, this is the grand moment when all your research and admiration of birds suddenly becomes quite real. [more…]

Considering Age when Choosing a Parrot

Because many parrots are long-lived, you have the opportunity to welcome a baby or a senior into your home. Yes, there's a difference between baby behavior and adult behavior, but even if you get a baby [more…]

Problem-Solving Troublesome Bird Behaviors

You've had your bird a while now. You've perfected his cage and environment to make sure that happy. And you've trained him to make him accept your role as boss. Now, you can start to work on his individual [more…]

Teaching Your Bird the Step-Up Command

"Step up," or just plain "Up," is the most important command you teach your bird. When you ask your bird to perform this motion, he should step up onto whatever you're offering, be it your finger [more…]

Selecting a Perch for Your Bird

Gravity being what it is, even a creature made for flying spends a lot of time on his feet. And considering the need to keep wings trimmed for safety, pet birds spend even more time on their feet than [more…]

Understanding Common Household Dangers for Your Bird

Birds are hardy creatures in many ways, survivors both in the evolution game — where they boast residency in nearly every ecological niche — and in the challenging role of sharing their lives with humans [more…]

Choosing a Veterinarian for Your Pet

You and your veterinarian work together to keep your pet healthy, and you want to have a good working relationship. Choosing a reputable veterinarian requires your time and attention. [more…]

Substances Harmful to Your Cockatiel

Many of the cosmetics and cleaning products you use without thinking can be very harmful to your cockatiel. Being small creatures, birds are sensitive to even minute toxins in the air, so never expose [more…]

When to Clip Your Cockatiel’s Wing Feathers

When you first get your cockatiel, you need to clip her wings for her safety and your good relationship. You’ll develop the closest relationship with your bird if she is easy for you to control and if [more…]

When to Clip Your Cockatiel’s Nails

Trimming your cockatiel’s toenails is an occasional duty that improves everyone’s life. You should clip your bird’s nails on an as-needed basis, but here’s how you know for sure when it’s time for a trim [more…]

Plants Poisonous to Your Cockatiel

Birds live in trees, so you may wonder how plants can harm your cockatiel, but the fact remains that some plants are toxic to your pet, even if your bird doesn’t know it and may try to nibble it. The following [more…]

Safe Houseplants for Your Cockatiel

Having a cockatiel doesn’t mean you can’t have houseplants, although some plants are toxic to birds. But, a whole nursery of plants can exist in perfect harmony with your feathered friend, including those [more…]

Cockatiels For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Cockatiels, those small, colorful members of the parrot family, can be excellent pets. They’re generally friendly, inquisitive, and charming. If you choose to include a cockatiel in your family, you want [more…]

Online Pet Parrot Resources

Owning a parrot requires a certain level of interest in these tropical birds, and the Internet is a great place to slake your curiosity. The following Web sites offer a range of information from caring [more…]

Items to Keep Your Parrot Away From

Your parrot is a curious bird, but too much curiosity about the wrong things can be harmful to your feathered friends as well as to cats (which certainly pose a danger to your parrot). [more…]

How to Teach a Child to Behave around a New Parrot

Incorporating a parrot into your family takes some adjustment from everyone, especially children. The tips in the following list can help your child — and anyone who isn’t familiar with birds — adjust [more…]

Parrots For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Parrots are engaging and intelligent birds, which may explain the many Web sites devoted to them and their interests. These tropical birds need protection from some common household items and natural predators [more…]

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