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Your Happy Healthy Pet
The authoritative information and advice you need, illustrated throughout with full-color photographs—now revised and redesigned to be even more reader-friendly!
With a chirpy "voice" and quirky personality, the cockatiel is the most popular companion bird. Cockatiels are not big talkers, but most can whistle. This fun guide will help you from the initial "get acquainted" period throughout your bird's life with information on:
- Selecting a healthy bird
- Setting up a healthy and stimulating home
- Feeding, grooming, and veterinary care
- The unique behaviors of cockatiels
- Getting small children and cockatiels to coexist peacefully
- Teaching your bird to do tricks
With their amusing antics, cockatiels provide live entertainment and a welcome release from everyday stress. You provide proper care, and they'll provide great companionship for years!
Giving pet owners the information they need to take the best possible care of their pets.
This is our sixth set of Happy, Healthy Pet titles. These are books pet owners can turn to for the essential information they need to raise a healthy pet. All books contain information on
- health care
- what to expect from the pet
- basic training
As our series expands and focuses on different kinds of pets, the emphasis remains on making the pet a companion. In addition, owners of more unusual pets will particularly appreciate the expert advice in these books because professional care for their animals may be difficult to come by. As always, the instruction is from experts—people who know their pet intimately, but also remember what it was like to have one for the first time. Happy, Healthy Pet guides are rich with professional quality color photos and are designed to be enjoyable and easy to learn from.
Featuring the Best Information, Best Resources, Best Photos, and The Best Advice to Care For and Raise Your Cockatiel
With The Cockatiel: An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet you will discover easy ways to provide the very best in care for your cockatiel. An avian expert offers straightforward advice so that you can create a thriving relationship with your new family member. The Cockatiel offers:
- Completely up-to-date resources, including top Web sites of interest to bird owners
- Information on how to choose the right cockatiel for you
- Quick access to everything you need to know about the behavior and well-being of your cockatiel
- Advice on the best nutrition to keep your cockatiel healthy and long-lived
- Ways to keep your quizzical pet cockatiel mentally stimulated and entertained
- Full-color photographs of a variety of cockatiels
About the Author
'Birds have been an important part of Julie Rach Mancini’s life ever since her father built a window shelf to feed pigeons as mealtime entertainment for her when she was a toddler. Her parents got her first bird, a parakeet named Charlie, when she was six, and she kept a special African grey parrot named Sindbad for more than ten years. Professionally, her interest in birds began to combine with her love of writing when the editors of Pet Health Newsasked her to write about bird health in 1988. She assisted in the preparation of the first issue of Birds USA, a successful annual publication aimed at the first-time pet bird owner, and became managing editor, then editor, of Bird Talkin 1992. Julie has been a freelance writer since 1997, with pets as her primary focus. '
Table of Contents
'Part I: The World of the Cockatiel.
Chapter 1: What Is a Cockatiel?
Why Choose a Bird?
Cockatiels and Children.
Chapter 2: The Cockatiel’s History.
The Cockatiel’s Background.
How the Cockatiel Got Her Name.
Chapter 3: Choosing Your Cockatiel.
Where to Get Your Cockatiel.
Selecting Your Cockatiel.
Signs of Good Health.
Bringing Your Cockatiel Home.
Part II: Caring for Your Cockatiel.
Chapter 4: Home Sweet Home.
Choosing a Cage.
What to Put in the Cage Tray.
Setting up the Cage.
More to Buy.
Chapter 5: Everyday Care.
Be Alert to Health Problems.
Cleaning the Cage.
Chapter 6: Feeding Your Cockatiel.
Foods to Avoid.
What About Grit?
The Pelleted Diet Option.
Chapter 7: Grooming Your Cockatiel.
Wing Trimming Step by Step.
If Your Bird Escapes.
Are Mite Protectors Necessary?
Chapter 8: Keeping Your Cockatiel Healthy.
Cockatiel Health Care.
Cockatiel Health Concerns.
Signs of Illness.
Cockatiel First Aid.
Your Cockatiel’s First Aid Kit.
Can You Catch Avian Flu from Your Bird?
Medicating Your Cockatiel.
Caring for Older Birds.
Part III: Enjoying Your Cockatiel.
Chapter 9: Understanding Your Cockatiel.
Common Cockatiel Behaviors.
Learn to Read a Cockatiel’s Crest.
Chapter 10: Having Fun with Your Cockatiel.
Taming Your Cockatiel.
Will My Cockatiel Talk?
The Trick to Training.
Tricks to Teach Your Cockatiel.
Traveling with Your Bird.
Appendix: Learning More About Your Cockatiel.
Some Good Books.