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I have a 13 week old cockatiel that I recently got. I have always loved birds and wanted one as a pet. I visited an aviary with the intention of just looking for fun, and ended up falling in love with this bird.
however, I also have a dog and so I can’t let the bird free roam my house. I have to shut the dog out of the room while I let the cockatiel out of the cage.
So I was wondering, how long each day should I be letting him out to fly? Currently it’s an hour each morning, I open the cage and he flies straight out and sits up on top of my curtains. I try in the afternoon to let him out for another hour but he never wants to come out again.

before I get the comments about how I’m an awful bird owner, the seller was trying his hardest to sell another type of bird to me and it was a struggle to buy this one. He also had a lot of birds that were “too old” and weren’t for sale. I think if I didn’t buy him, he would have never sold. So my cockatiel at least has a better life than he would have had in that place.
 

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I have a 13 week old cockatiel that I recently got. I have always loved birds and wanted one as a pet. I visited an aviary with the intention of just looking for fun, and ended up falling in love with this bird.
however, I also have a dog and so I can’t let the bird free roam my house. I have to shut the dog out of the room while I let the cockatiel out of the cage.
So I was wondering, how long each day should I be letting him out to fly? Currently it’s an hour each morning, I open the cage and he flies straight out and sits up on top of my curtains. I try in the afternoon to let him out for another hour but he never wants to come out again.

before I get the comments about how I’m an awful bird owner, the seller was trying his hardest to sell another type of bird to me and it was a struggle to buy this one. He also had a lot of birds that were “too old” and weren’t for sale. I think if I didn’t buy him, he would have never sold. So my cockatiel at least has a better life than he would have had in that place.
Hello, Beth24! Congratulations on recently getting a cockatiel!

Keep in mind that cockatiels are social birds, and they need social interaction. So at minimum, I would recommend spending at least about two hours a day with your feathered friend. Make sure he has a lot of toys in his cage to keep him occupied when he is inside the cage.

Have a great day! :)
 

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Hello, Beth24! Congratulations on recently getting a cockatiel!

Keep in mind that cockatiels are social birds, and they need social interaction. So at minimum, I would recommend spending at least about two hours a day with your feathered friend. Make sure he has a lot of toys in his cage to keep him occupied when he is inside the cage.

Have a great day! :)
Thank you for being so kind! He is in the main room and so there are always people around to talk to him while he is in his cage. Which I hope is good enough socialising. And then I let him out for the hour in the morning to stretch his wings (although he just flies onto the curtain and sits there. Doesn’t seem to want to fly around)
I think he is happy as he doesn’t want to come out in the afternoon and seems content to stay home
 

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Thank you for being so kind! He is in the main room and so there are always people around to talk to him while he is in his cage. Which I hope is good enough socialising. And then I let him out for the hour in the morning to stretch his wings (although he just flies onto the curtain and sits there. Doesn’t seem to want to fly around)
I think he is happy as he doesn’t want to come out in the afternoon and seems content to stay home
No problem! I hope I helped.
(Also, cockatiels enjoy being talked to, so good socializing!👍)
 
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