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Cockatiels For Dummies Paperback – Jun 29 2001

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (June 29 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764553119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764553110
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 1.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #124,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Find out about raising and living with your pet cockatiel

The information you need to enjoy your cockatiel The cockatiel's gentle nature and captivating personality encourage you to form close and lasting relationships with these diminutive members of the parrot family. With tips on dealing with the cockatiel's breeding and nesting behaviors to advice on feeding, housing, and training, this useful guide will have you singing for more.

Discover how to: Select a healthy cockatiel Provide a suitable indoor environment Supply a satisfying and nutritious diet Train your cockatiel Communicate through body language Interpret your bird's moods

The Dummies Way(TM) Explanations in plain English "Get in, get out" information Icons and other navigational aids Tear-out cheat sheet Top ten lists A dash of humor and fun

Get smart! www.dummies.com Attention pet owners! Get free Dummies Daily(TM) e-mail newsletters Sign up for tips on a variety of pets Keep your pet healthy and content - the Dummies Way(TM)

About the Author

Diane Grindol is a columnist for Bird Talk magazine. She holds educational seminars for companion bird owners and speaks regularly at bird clubs and avian events throughout the United States.


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Wow! This is an excellent book! I bought this book because I'm getting a cockatiel for my birthday. I knew absolutely nothing about them. I got so frustrated because I didn't think I could take care of a bird and started rethinking my decision to get one. That is, until I read this book. Now I am so confident and feel so knowledgeable because this book really explained everything in plain old every day English. It was so easy to understand it even made me feel like I can even breed them! That's how confident I was when I got finished reading this book.
Thanks, Diane for the very good information and all your knowledge!
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Diane Grindol has a very natural and entertaining style of writing that makes this book as much fun to read as to use as a reference. It's a great title about these wonderful birds with a lot of useful information I haven't seen much written about prior. My own bird unfortunately suffers from night frights on a regular basis, and this is the first cockatiel book I've looked at that spends any time discussion the issue. I'd read something about it on the internet, but it was nice to see an expert put it in print. As a reference, this book certainly holds its own against any other consumer-level guide on the market.
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After Christmas, my husband and I visited the Animal Welfare League of Arlington shelter with the idea we would adopt a cat to replace our 19-year old kitty who died last year. I never made it to the "cat room". I wandered into a "miscellaneous pets" area just off the entrance, and found cages of bunnies and ferrets and other creatures including a pair of bonded cockatiels. When I was a child, my grandmother raised love birds, and I had always wanted my own bird, but the presence of cats made that difficult. Currently catless, I decided to take the birds home. After I purchased two cages, and a few other things at the shelter, I made a trip to the local bird store for seed, pellets, cuttlefish bone, toys, and other assorted necessities the shelter folks recommended. When I told the proprietor of the bird store I was a new owner, she recommended COCKATIELS FOR DUMMIES.
Over the past few weeks, I've been seeking all the information I can find about cockatiels. Although my daughter and daughter-in-law have pet birds (love birds, parakeets, and a dove) none of us knows much about cockatiels. Diane Grindol's approach to happy and healthy cockatiels includes advice about preventative health care maintenance, but she also provides plenty of suggestions for ways to bond with your bird.
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If you are going to buy just one book about cockatiels, this is truly the one to own. It's well written and researched, and presented in an unintimidating, friendly manner, and covers all the basics you'll need to know to nurture and share a happy relationship with a devoted pet. There's excellent advice about choosing, housing, feeding, training and caring for one or more of this wonderful species of bird, and solid advice about handling emergencies, choosing a vet, etc.
And as other reviewers have mentioned, this book's insight into cockatiel psychology and development is exceptional, and it really helps to understand why a bird might be behaving in a certain way, and what this behavior might communicate.
Previous to acquiring a cockatiel, I owned a halfmoon conure for a number of years, and although I'm an experienced bird owner, I learned a lot from this book. I'll be sure to keep it handy in case I need to consult it in an emergency. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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I ordered this book from another website the minute I found ot it was available, and it is one of the most helpful resources I have found. I have purchased several books on tiels and this one blows all the others away. Being a relatively new bird owner, it offered me some helpful tips on how to handle and feed my bird, and some nice things such as how to pet a bird- my tiel is so sweet and begs me to pet her after I tried some of the tips in this book. It also offers varied and less confusing advice than the other books on diet and basic care, and some very good taming and training tips. I liked that although it does offer info on breeding, it seems to focus mostly on keeping tiels as pets, which I found extremely helpful. The book was interesting and entertaining, and extremely informative. I highly recommend this book as a resource to anyone who has or wants pet cockatiels!
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This book is excellent for new cockatiel owners or a cockatiel
owner that wants an informative book. I really enjoyed reading it. Covers all the basic's, feeding, housing, colorings, taming all that you'll need to know. I highly recommend it!!!
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