You’re bringing home a new, feathered family member. Think, “location, location, location,” because the correct spot for his cage is vital for his health, well-being and long life. Cockatiels can live for up to 20 years, so give your new bird a good home.
Best Cage Locations
Cockatiels are very social, friendly little birds. They thrive on lots of activity and interaction, so expect that as you and your family members pass by his cage and spend time in “his” room, he’ll want to talk and visit with everyone.
He’ll do great in a room where everyone in your family gathers to hang out. This could be your family room or living room. The kitchen seems like a natural place to put his cage, but it’s not. The stove, hot foods and liquids, sharp objects and noxious fumes can be dangerous to your little feathered guy.
What Your Little Bird Needs
Your cockatiel needs lots of activity. That doesn’t mean that he’ll be cool with unexpected comings and goings. He’ll startle, which will cause him to become stressed and irritable.
He needs lots of room, so buy a cage that’s at least 20 inches deep by 20 inches wide by 30 inches high. He needs to be able to fully stretch out his wings so he can get his flapping exercises in. Make sure the bar spacing is less than five-eighths inches to three-fourths inches wide. If you have a smaller cockatiel, find a cage with bars that are spaced more narrowly. Make sure some of the cage bars are placed horizontally so he can climb to his perches and bowls.
Prevent food contamination by buying a cage with a grate that allows your little guy to keep his feet out of his droppings.
Ideal Temperatures for Cockatiels
Your little cockatiel is vulnerable to drafts and cold air. He’ll thrive the best in a cool, but not cold location. Place his cage where the temperature is about 64 degrees to 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Your bird needs to have natural sunlight, but do not place him in direct sunlight -- he’ll overheat, and that would be sad. He also needs about 10 to 12 hours of sleep every night to prevent becoming stressed.
Good Test for Drafts
If you’re concerned about drafts, here’s an easy way to test for these breezy areas in your home: Light a candle and hold it in those areas where you are thinking of locating your cockatiel’s cage. If the flame flickers, look for another spot -- you’ve just found a drafty spot. You’re more likely to find drafty spots by windows and doors leading outside. Hallways aren’t good areas for your bird’s cage because family members passing by could inadvertently bump the cage.
Genevieve Van Wyden began writing in 2007. She has written for “Tu Revista Latina” and owns three blogs. She has worked as a CPS social worker, gaining experience in the mental-health system. Van Wyden earned her Bachelor of Arts in journalism from New Mexico State University in 2006.