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What should you feed your Cockatiel?

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For a long, healthy life, cockatiels should be fed a high quality, toxin-free formulated diet with daily supplementation of very small amounts of chopped vegetables and fruit (according to manufacturer's recommendations). Some cockatiels, especially those that are highly inbred or those with red eye color, may respond to a pelleted diet change with increased drinking of water and increased urination (called polydipsia and polyuria). In this case the bird should be temporarily returned to a seed diet and an avian veterinarian should be consulted for this condition.


Credit: Used with permission of the Zoological Education Network.   Reviewed by Amy I. Attas, V.M.D.
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