How to train a cockatiel: tips for hand breeding

The Calopsite parrot , also called the water lily parakeet, is a medium-sized budgie that, when adult, can be about 30 cm long. Despite maintaining a strong and wild personality, if raised with patience and the right method, it can become a wonderful life partner, affectionate, playful and great company. In this article we will provide tips and trivia to help you in hand breeding!

How to recognize male and female cockatiel?

The sex differentiation of Cockatiel becomes visually evident no earlier than the tenth month. Young Cockatiel parrots are all basically gray. But when the male reaches adulthood it will be possible to appreciate more intense colors. Especially the cheek area will be colored with a nice bright yellow with the classic bright red knobs. Additionally, males tend to have a longer, curly tuft on their heads.

The female, on the other hand, has the pearls of the feathers as a characteristic in the livery. This indicates those pearl gray shades, which do not go away with the entry into adulthood (as it does for males).



Canto Calopsite – when does he start singing?

Another characteristic of the male compared to the female is the greater predisposition to singing. The song of the Calopsite is very particular and funny. This budgie, in fact, is able to learn sounds and tunes and reproduce them during the day, to attract the attention of the owner. The female, on the other hand, tends to emit sounds and whistles, but is not very inclined to singing.

Technically, these budgies could start singing after the first 2 or 3 months. But the timing can vary according to the natural propensity of the male and the perseverance of the owner in repeating some tune to learn.

How to breed Calopsite parrots

The Cockatiel can be bred respecting the needs of movement, and therefore, without forcing them all day in a cage (we will therefore speak of breeding by hand). Of course, anyone who chooses to buy one of these beautiful parrots is likely to want to build a relationship with it and consider it a pet. Consequently, the hand approach is the most recommended.

The theories on how to raise a Cockatiel by hand are different: there are those who argue that for hand breeding we must start with parrots yet to be weaned (more delicate and dangerous approach for the bird), those who instead think that the adaptation to the master is also possible with more adult specimens. In both cases a lot of patience, delicacy and pampering at will are required.

For weaning purposes, first of all, the pullover should be handled starting from 20-25 days and never before (to avoid hurting him). To interact and create affinity, of course, you have to feed him. For animals it is an iron rule to rely on and trust those who feed them. For this it will be necessary to use a syringe and feed it with a creamy porridge, prepared with goo powder and hot water.



Cockatiel how to train them?

Having established that they are budgies suitable for living with humans like other pets, the question is: how to train a Cockatiel ? Catch it, cuddle it, play with it, caress it, warm it in your hands, bring it close to your face and keep it with you as much as possible …

These gestures, combined with an infinite patience, will help the parrot to get used to the man and will make him sociable, affectionate and playful. Talking to him, whistling songs, or singing is also helpful in encouraging him to repeat.

Aviary and Cockatiel Cages: which one to choose?

If the bird gets used to living free there will be no need for an exaggeratedly large Cockatiel cage . The important thing is that it has comfortable dimensions (at least 40 or 50 cm between width and depth), which does not make it feel excessively constricted. Of course, it must be furnished with all theaccessories for aviaries appropriate: perch or perches, a water dispenser, a small manger etc …


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