What to do if a wing or tail feather breaks off and bleeds.
Cut the feather below the break or pull the feather out. If the feather is pulled out of the shaft, the bird will grow a new feather to replace it. If a bird is already stressed, it would be better not to ask it to grow feathers. Exception is when a broken feather is blood feather. New feathers growing in are encased in a plastic-like keratin sheath. The base of the new feather has a blood supply and nerves. If one of these feathers is broken, the bird experiences pain and blood usually flows from the feather. To stop the bleeding pull the feather from the base.
Bathing a bird.
You can use a spray bottle with lukewarm water or a bowl of lukewarm water and let the bird swim. The water cools in the air by the time it reaches the bird. They especially like this on a hot day. Spray from above, they open their wings, contort their bodies to get more of the spray and in general put on quite a display. Do not spray by its feed dish, so molds or bacteria don't start growing in the feed.
Keep the bird cage clean.
Change the cage papers every day so that mold or bacteria does not grow in
discarded food or droppings. Change the water every day. Disinfect feeder at least once a week.
Be aware of: Teflon pans produce poisonous gas when heated. The fumes can kill birds within seconds. Don't take chances. Death are plate glass windows and mirrors, which free flying pets fly into.
Life expectancy of cockatiels.
Cockatiels supposedly 15-20 years, but many do not live up to their potential life span because of illness, accident or lack of care.
Professional Pet Sitting Services offered in the Upper to Mid-Pinellas County Area