How Long Do Cockatiels Live?
An important factor when deciding what type of pet you want is knowing how long that pet can live. If you are thinking of getting a bird as a pet you will want to know approximately how long that particular bird can live.
So how long do cockatiels live? How long do budgies live? How long does an Amazon parrot live ? All these birds have vastly different life expectancy.
For example a budgie’s average life expectancy is only between 5 and 8 years, while a cockatiel’s life expectancy can be 16 to 25 years and an Amazon Parrot can live up to 70 years.
Now there are exceptions to all of these. There have been cases where cockatiels have been known to live until their thirties. In fact records show a cockatiel living until the ripe old age of 36. The thing that will determine how long your bird will live is their diet and if they are getting enough exercise. Your bird needs interaction on a daily basis to keep him physically and mentally fit.
Proper Diet For Your Cockatiel
Used to be when we fed our birds it was mostly a seed diet. Our birds, not knowing any better, ate the seeds with gusto. Seeds however have a high content of fat which over time is detrimental to your bird’s health.
A healthy diet for your cockatiel consists of more than just one item. You are looking for a balanced diet. Years of research by Avian experts have come up with the following diet:
- 25% cockatiel seed mix, vitamin enriched
- 25% pellets for cockatiels
- 25% vegetables dark leafy greens and fruit
- 15% cooked rice, pasta, corn and bean mix
- 10% table foods, grain, cereal, bread, pasta, cheese, meat, eggs etc
- Fresh drinking water
As you can see from this diet there is a lot of preparation on your part. Because of this many people will not be consistent with this type of diet. Also if you are giving your cockatiel this diet in his cage his dishes will have to be clean frequently as you do not want your bird to be eating spoiled or moldy food. It doesn’t take long for the food to spoil. I have put lettuce in my bird’s cage and within a couple of hours it has wilted. So be careful when giving your bird food that can spoil.
Another diet that is recommend is a mix of seeds, pellets, fruits, vegetables and nutritious table food.Recommended amounts:
- 60%-80% pellets
- 20%-40% fruit, vegetables and table food
- Small amount of seeds
Also make sure your cockatiel has a cuttlebone and a mineral block. This will give them the calcium needed in their diet, something that is lacking with pellets.
When you first get your new cockatiel it is important to know what they were being fed. Changing a cockatiel’s diet can sometimes be difficult. I had a female cockatiel years ago and she was about 3 years old when I got her. She had been on an all seed diet. I had another cockatiel at the time and she was on a mix of seeds and pellets. It took me months to get my new girl to even look at a pellet.
For some reason cockatiels love seeds a lot better than pellets and switching them from seeds to pellets will take time and patience on your part. This has been my experience with owning cockatiels anyway.
Cockatiels can taste what they are eating and they do have some foods that they prefer. We sometimes have popcorn for a snack in the evening. We always make sure to set some aside for Binkie(my cockatiel) before putting the salt and butter on it. However if you give him a choice he will take the buttered popcorn every time.
One thing about a cockatiel they will only eat what they need to maintain their energy level. So if they eat a lot of food from the table then they won’t eat as many pellets. So you need to be careful as to the amount of food you do feed off the table. Many of the foods that we consume can be safely eaten by our cockatiels. However some food is not good for them. Before giving your cockatiel any food from the table make sure you check it out to make sure it is safe. Following are a list of foods that are toxic to your bird:
- Sugary food
- Salty food
- Greasy food
- Leaves & Stems from potato plant, bean plant, tomato and eggplant
- Apple seeds
- Pear seeds
- Orange seeds
- Cherry pits
- Peach pits
This is just a partial list, as I said earlier check before feeding it to your cockatiel.
Many people are of the belief that your cockatiel needs grit to aid in his digestion. In fact just the opposite is true. Grit can cause a digestive impaction.
All the above information on diet will help your cockatiel live a longer life. Try to give your feathered friend as much a variety in his diet as possible. It may seem like a lot of work but isn’t he worth it?
Also remember your little buddy needs a cage that is appropriate for his size. A healthy diet and a friendly environment will help your cockatiel live a long healthy life.