Posted by Bill R on 1/25/07
On 1/24/07, LindaC in OK wrote:
> On 1/23/07, Bill Raid wrote:
>> We've had our Cockatiel for 2 years. We found him in our
>> back yard. He screeches a lot. Would getting a companion
>> Cockatiel help or make matters worse? Covering his cage
>> seems to be the only thing that works. Any ideas would be
> you are the birds flock and getting another might get you 2
> screaming ones. Sometimes it works out and sometimes not.
> To me covering would only confuse the issue between
> my next thought is the home the bird came from wondering if
> they are still heartbroken. I know I would be. Did you look
> on www.birdhotline.com and 911parrotalert for lost birds at
> any time? If you tell me the city and state you are in I
> will look around. And what mutation/color is he?
> As to what the bird is trying to tell you... are his wings
> clipped so he can safetly have out of cage time at all
> opportunitys? Does he have a good diet to include healthy
> veggies? Does he get a good misting 2 or 3 times a week?
Dear Linda C:
Thanks for your response! I definitely share your feelings
about concern for the previous bird owner. In July of 2004,
when we found the bird, we ran ads in both local newspapers for
3 days and reported our find to the local SPCA in an effort to
find the owner. Several people responded and came to our home
to identify their bird, but sadly our bird was not the one they
lost. We were not aware of www.birdhotline.com or
911parrotalert at that time. There is always the possibility
that the previous owner grew tired of the work involved with
keeping a bird and intentionally released it. There are some
cruel people out there. While I'm sure that there is a chance
that a responsible pet owner can lose a bird to the wild, I
don't think it's too likely. And if they really were
heartbroken, they would have called the SPCA and checked the
Our bird eats plenty of vegetables. We give him a large
variety of foods including Laveber's pellets, nutri-berries and
others per our vet's recommendation. He is in very good health
I'm happy to report. We cannot allow him to roam freely
throughout the house at will because we have a cat, but we let
him out frequently in a closed-off room so he gets plenty of
exercise. We have not clipped his wings but we are very careful
about covering windows and mirrors. No, we do not mist him,
but we have seen him flpping water about in his water cup, so
he probably would enjoy it. How do you do this? In the cage?
Can you help me with technique?
I'm home most all the time and I frequently move our bird to
the room where I'm working. He watches TV with us and gets
lots of attention. He has lots of toys and we rotate them
frequently. This bird is not lacking for attention. If
anything, he is border-line spoiled. He screams occasionally,
especially when we sit down to dinner. Is there some type of
corrective action we can take other than covering his cage? I
agree that covering his cage sends mixed signals, but we
certainly can't reward him with a snack. Moving him to another
room works sometimes, but that doesn't seem very nice. I'm
wondering if this behavior could be a carry-over from his
previous owners. I have to admit that we are learning as we go.
We've never been parents to a bird before. We read "The
Cockatiel" by Julie Rach and picked up a lot useful
information, but she does not have too much to offer in the way
of correcting screeching behavior.
Thanks again for taking the time to respond.