how to feed cockatiel bird

What do wild cockatiels naturally eat?

A wide range of seeds, including grass seeds, fruits, berries, and plants are consumed by wild cockatiels. They feed on or near the ground. What they eat varies with food availability during different seasons.

What should I feed my cockatiel?

Egg-binding, low dietary calcium, vitamin A insufficiency, and other nutrition-related issues can affect cockatiels. To keep these birds healthy, a varied and well-balanced diet must be maintained at all times.

Seeds: As various plants go into season, wild cockatiels consume a wide range of seeds. Typically, commercial seed mixes include four to ten distinct types of seeds and nuts. But if given as the only meal, these mixtures—which are frequently heavy in fat and carbohydrates—provide a restricted or unbalanced source of numerous nutrients. In the end, this may result in poor health and possibly a shorter lifespan. Typically, a cockatiel will only eat one or two of its preferred kinds of seed.

Owners frequently provide millet seed, spray, or branches; however, these seeds are lacking in several essential nutrients. Birds adore honey sticks as well, but again, these are just seeds stuck together with sugar and honey on a stick—a similarly nutrient-deficient food. Cockatiels can also be fed molting foods, song foods, and conditioning foods, which are just variations on incompletely nutritious combinations of additional seeds. Long lifespans, disease resistance, and healthy molts are usually attained by birds fed a year-round, balanced diet.

Although seeds are very tasty and favored by birds, they are not a complete food source because they lack protein, vitamins, and minerals. A balanced diet should never consist entirely of seeds; rather, they should only make up a very small portion of it.

Your bird will eventually eat a more nutritionally balanced diet if you gradually give it fewer seeds and swap them out for healthier options like fortified bird pellets and a small amount of fresh table food.

Fruits and Vegetables Fruits, vegetables and greens should account for no more than 20-25% of the daily diet. Pale vegetables, with a high water composition (i.e., iceberg or head lettuce, celery), offer very little nutritional value. Avocado is potentially toxic and should never be offered to a bird.

In order to remove chemicals, fruits and vegetables must be thoroughly cleaned and cut into small pieces that are suitable for the bird’s size. It is not necessary to take the skin off. Offer fruits and vegetables in a separate dish. Reduce the amount of food your bird is fed or temporarily stop feeding it if it seems to develop a preference for just one food to encourage it to eat more of the other foods. Particularly in warm climates, fruits and vegetables should not be kept in the cage for longer than a few hours at a time, as they may spoil.

Water Fresh clean water must be available at all times. You may want to use bottled water, depending on how good your tap water is. Every day, dishes need to be thoroughly cleaned with soap and water.

Pelleted Diets: Cockatiels should eat pelleted food that has been specially made for birds. Commercial pellets come in a variety of forms, sizes, and colors under several brands.

Pellets are designed to satisfy all of your bird’s dietary requirements. Hand-raised babies should be started on pelleted diets. Mature cockatiels may be difficult to convert to pelleted diets. Different formulations are available for different life stages. Pellets are the ideal diet. Therefore, it is best to gradually transition seed-eating birds to a diet high in pellets. Pellets should ideally represent approximately 75-80% of the birds diet.

What about people food?

Generally speaking, your bird can eat any healthy, nutritious food that you and your family eat, but only in very small amounts (a teaspoon is the equivalent of a person’s dinner plate-sized portion, so it is appropriate). Follow the general guidelines discussed above regarding fruits and vegetables. Sometimes, even tiny amounts of lean cooked meat, fish, cooked eggs, or cheese are enjoyed by certain birds. Since birds cannot tolerate lactose, dairy products should only be consumed in moderation. Avoiding chocolate, highly salted foods (chips, pretzels, popcorn), caffeine-containing items (coffee, tea, soda), and alcoholic beverages


What is the best way to feed a cockatiel?

Pellets should be offered first thing in the morning, before other food, when your bird is most hungry.” It may take days, weeks, or months to modify a bird’s diet. If the bird is slow to take to pellets, you may offer a small amount of seed or fruits and vegetables later in the day.

How much do you feed a cockatiel?

The amount needed for a mature cockatiel of seed or pellets will generally be 1.5 to 2 level Tablespoons (30 – 40 grams) a day. Some owners often like to provide lunch for their Cockatiels. This is fine as long as the total amount fed per day isn’t exceeded. In the wild, Cockatiels eat in the morning and early evening.