cockatiel Can Cockatiels be kept outside in a cage?


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Question by Tiffany O: Can Cockatiels be kept outside in a cage?
I have had one tiel for 3 years and we got a friend for it about a year ago. About 5 months after getting the new tiel I got sick with a cold but it never seemed to go away. I always have a stuffy nose. I went to the doctor a few months ago and she ran many various tests but nothing came back as the cause of the stuffing nose but that it is inflamed. I have also been on allergy medicine for over two years. I finally put two and two together thinking that my nose can’t handle having two birds. I was fine with one but started having problems when we added the second. I would like to see if this really is the problem and take the birds out of the house for a week or so to see if my problem clears up. We have a covered porch and they have a large cage that they are in. Is it OK to keep them outside all the time? How cold is too cold for them? We keep the house around 74 degrees. I have a lot invested in them and I enjoy their company, and would like to keep them. Thanks!

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Answer by portiaraylee
You could keep them outside, I would think, anytime above 40 degrees, as long as they have a nest box with bedding to get into at night. We have a cockatiel now that was found outside in 30 degree weather with snow on the ground!! If you are just wanting to see if you get better, keeping them outside all summer shouldn’t be a problem at all.

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6 Responses to “Can Cockatiels be kept outside in a cage?”

  1. Bobbi B on March 16th, 2011 3:02 pm

    you will be ok

  2. mockingbird on March 16th, 2011 3:50 pm

    keeping them outside for a week in room temp-like conditions is ok, but keeping them there year-round or longer is abuse, since then they’d be away from humans and you won’t notice if they get sick.
    also watch out for predators, lots of racoons and hawks and even squirrels kill birds that are taken outside and and left alone for an hour just to give them some sunlight (which is good for ’em)

    i know drafts are bad for birds, but they have nice feather coats, 60 degrees is find for ’em if there are no drafts.

    if you ARE alergic to birds, there are shots they can give you to make it stop.
    quantity is a factor too, so it makes sense that one bird would be ok but 2 too much.
    but even if you remove the birds,, you should have someone else vacuume the room to get rid of all the bird dander, since that’s the problem if anything.

    also, some people are alergic to mites in bird SEED. i read on-line about a woman who fed her bird veggies and stuff and not bird-seed to avoid the mites, and her alergies went away. you may want to research that avenue too.

  3. Abby C on March 16th, 2011 4:49 pm

    i would make sure it doesn’t get to hot for them. if you maybe could bring them in your garage at night when it is suppose to get pretty cold but besides that just make sure it is not too hot or too cold. i live in fl and i never have to worry about my ducks getting to cold. when it is too hot i take them in my garage and put on a fan it it stays very cool in there. i even put a baby pool and everything.

  4. SilverJewelryWrapper on March 16th, 2011 5:47 pm

    Cockatiels can be kept outside as long as they have been accustomed to being kept outside. Temperatures drop and raise drastically outside so the birds need to be acclimated before you can put them out for even just one night. There are also other factors that you need to think about before letting them outside, even if it is just during the day time.

    I have known people to keep birds outside from the lower part of MD down to FL and TX and over all the way to CA. If you live in the northern part of the us it is better to do anything like this until it’s warmer.

    Do you have an enclosed porch or is it just covered? An enclosed porch would keep them safer from predators such as cats/dogs/fox/raccoons/birds of prey/snakes/bugs, etc.

    Cockatiels tend to get “night frights” where they get scared and flop all over the cage. You have to make sure that you have a cage that could handle that kind of situation and even more so because all of the flopping could accidentally open the door to the cage. That brings me to the next question. What type of cage do you have for the birds? How do the doors lock, if they do?

    There are just a ton of things that you wouldn’t even think about! Raccoons can open things very easily so if it’s a slide type cage door, a raccoon could open it easily.

    Sadly, people can also steal your birds, a sad fact is that many birds (usually larger ones) get stolen out of outdoor aviaries often. Breeders get heartbroken because of this. I remember one breeder that kept all of her pairs cages outside behind chain link fencing with security dogs. The thieves killed the dogs and then took many babies. Many babies were killed as well.

    Weather is also a factor. The person who responded earlier about having a nest box where they can stay out of the cold. That’s a great idea. If you are going to add a nest box to the cage, you must make sure that it is secure inside the cage with tons of room for the birds or you may need to cut holes in your current cage to fit the nest box outside of the cage and keep it secure so it doesn’t fall off of the cage and allow the birds to get out.

    If you can wait until you can keep your windows open during the night then you can acclimate your birds to the outdoors easier because the heat/humidity is closer to the outdoors when the windows are open in your home.

    Please do some research. Grab a Bird Talk Magazine and look in the back where they have breeders ads. Look up breeders in the southern united states and talk to some breeders that keep their birds outside. They will have a ton of information to help you in the situation that you are in. Go onto the internet chat rooms and forums (birdboard.com is great!). People are more than willing to help out as long as they know your intentions are good.

    Good luck!

  5. Christie D on March 16th, 2011 6:11 pm

    No, it is NOT safe. Wild animals can easily get to them inside the cage and injure or kill them. Recently on another board a family thought it was okay and two birds were injured, one almost killed. A raccoon got to the cage, tore the wing off of one bird and scratched the other.

    Several hundred dollars later, both birds are alive, but traumatized.

    A better solution is to get a good quality HEPA filter and place it near the cage. It will bring the tiel dander into it and clean the air. It will make things around you healthier too!

  6. Lilly on March 16th, 2011 6:50 pm

    Oh my goodness. The same thing happened to me….I was getting a very bad canker sore on the roof of my mouth…and no one could figure out why…not the dentist or the doctor. It turns out that I was having an allergic reaction from kissing my cockateil all the time…Go figure, lol. In answer to your question, as long as the cockateils are kept in a warm and sheltered place, they should be allright outside.

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