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Cockatiels outside or inside?

tiel
April 30th, 2011, 03:48 PM
(I apologize if this question is in the wrong place, but any help would be terribly appreciated)

I recently got 2 cockatiels: I want them to stay inside with me, and my parents think they should permanently be outside.

Does anybody know, what in general is best for cockatiels? To be inside a house or outside in a garden?

cpietra16
April 30th, 2011, 04:50 PM
I would have them inside...but that is my :2cents:...you can take them out on nice sunny days...under supervision. Not sure what part of the world you live in...or what kind of wild life you might get in your area...but I would feel uncomfortable leaving them unattended...:shrug:

Goldfields
May 1st, 2011, 04:24 AM
I've never owned any but a friend has hers inside, they are tame enough to be allowed to fly around in the house and one could mimic the sound of the phone ringing to perfection. LOL.They seemed to be really good indoor pets.

Melinda
May 1st, 2011, 07:43 AM
do you know how many cockatiels we've caught outside over the years? *S* they are indoor pets, mind you, in our aviary we had an outdoor flight cage that , like a dog kennel, had a huge door way that we would "herd" them into at night and shut them up.

cpietra16
May 1st, 2011, 09:22 AM
I thought Tiel meant cage and all...I don't think she meant to just let the bird fly out in the open...:shrug:or did she?????

Bailey_
May 1st, 2011, 10:22 AM
Where do you live and what type of weather do you experience? Do you have an outdoor aviary already set up, or are your parents encouraging you to make one? NO birds should be left outside without a proper set up, ever.

My first question is why are your parents even asking you to do this? Is it because cockatiels can be a bit noisy? Is it the mess? Do they just not like animals in the house?

Cockatiels are very social and people oriented. As you can see from the comments above regarding cockatiels, it's rare that they are owned as pets and not kept inside with their people. They are funny birds that love to entertain and interact with humans and this cannot be done when they are kept mostly outside.

CP16 brought up a good point - predators are a huge factor. Unlike other parrots, the cockatiel can be frightened easily, which can kill them. They don't need to be attacked to die.

If you are considering a cockatiel, I highly reccomend they be kept inside. If you can't, it might be a good idea to wait until this is more feasible for you and your family.

14+kitties
May 1st, 2011, 12:10 PM
If you are considering a cockatiel, I highly reccomend they be kept inside. If you can't, it might be a good idea to wait until this is more feasible for you and your family.

Bailey - the cockatiels are already purchased.

Melinda
May 1st, 2011, 08:41 PM
I thought Tiel meant cage and all...I don't think she meant to just let the bird fly out in the open...:shrug:or did she?????

I figured they meant a cage sitting in the garden.

joeysmama
May 1st, 2011, 10:07 PM
I would think that they would be much happier, and SAFER, living inside where they could be with people. It's my understanding that they don't do well in cooler weather either. My cousin keeps her house a little warmer for the sake of her cockatiel.