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  1. Cardboard Box

    Cockatiel Talk
    I just wanted to announce--or agree--that a cardboard box is the best cockatiel toy ever invented! One of my two birds, Zeke, is very energetic and chewy. He's hard to handle because, in addition to flying almost constantly, he also needs to chew almost constantly, to entertain himself. And I...
  2. Ten Thousand Villages Sunny Garden Birdhouse--Safe?

    Cockatiel Talk
    Hi TalkCockatiels! :-) Thanks for all your help in the past. For Christmas, my brother and his family gave my birds this beautiful Ten Thousand Villages Sunny Garden Birdhouse: http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/2b2f0b26737e8d3cbf418c54e5aa861d. It looks like it would be fun for a bird to...
  3. Sucking (or Stuck?) on Safety Pin

    Cockatiel Talk
    Hi Talk Cockatiels! :-) My first bird did this weird thing. I thought it was just an idiosyncrasy. But now my second bird is doing the same thing. Both birds like safety pins. But on multiple occasions, both birds also appear to have their beak stuck on the safety pin. They just hold the...
  4. Can I bring my cockatiel into public places?

    Your Cockatiels Health
    Hi, I was wondering if it is safe to bring my cockatiel into a public place with birds there. My local bird sanctuary is hosting a " bird day ". People are supposed to bring their parrots there for activities and treats. Would it be safe for my cockatiel to go?
  5. Teflon/Non-Stick Cookware Danger?

    Your Cockatiels Health
    Hi everyone, I have read in many cockatiel care books and online, that teflon/non stick cookware is really unhealthy/toxic for cockatiels? I am interested to see if anyone else has heard this or if you have replaced your non stick cookware for alternatives. I am finding it pretty hard to find...
  6. Making my living room bird-safe? HELP!

    Cockatiel Housing and Toys
    Having considered the layout of my house I have decided that my living room is the best place to let my birds fly around. It is the only place where they can potentially be both central and safe. The thing is that I am not a tidy person by nature so there is a LOT of work to do to make it...
  7. Hardboard, Chipboard, OSB, Plywood: are they safe?

    Your Cockatiels Health
    I want to use one of these for the back side of the new cages, instead of having them wired; but I want to make sure that the fids won't get poisoned licking it. I was thinking of a melamine sheet but it's too expensive, shame because it 's very easy to clean. Breeding cages have 5 wooden walls...
  8. Carabiners: safe as toys?

    Your Cockatiels Health
    Does this carabiner (in gold color, without round key-ring) seem safe to use as a toy? (img link: http://www.promoslogos.com/weblog/wp-content/uploads/carabiner.jpg) [=story as comment=]
  9. Is this toy safe for my tiel?

    Cockatiel Housing and Toys
    She seems to like this toy a lot which is great since she doesn't take well to toys. I made sure the colorings and etc. are safe. Anyways, I'm not sure what the blue material is. It seems to be pumice or calcium block like. Ideas? Also, if she ingests whatever that part of the toy is will she be...
  10. How safe are straws for DYI toys?

    Cockatiel Housing and Toys
    I've been reading up on DYI toys, and I'd love to use just the 100 packs of supermarket straws to make toys for my feathered children. But I'm a little concerned about what happens after they shred the straws, what are the possibilities of them swallowing the plastic? And if by accident they do...
  11. Outdoor Painting

    Your Cockatiels Health
    Hi everyone! This is the first time I write anything in this forum. Thank you for having such a great place with lots of questioins and answers about cockatiels! I am baby sitting my mother-in-law's cockaiel, (I don't have a lot of experience taking care of tiels) but so it happens that there...
  12. Balsa wood safe?

    Your Cockatiels Health
    Hi everyone :) Billy has a wooden ladder I purchased at a pet store, and I covered it with a piece of untreated balsa wood from the craft store... I came home today and the lil bugger has been chewing the edges of the balsa wood, but not ingesting them ( at least I don't think he's been...
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