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Cockatiels For Dummies [Paperback]

Diane Grindol
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Book Description

June 29 2001 For Dummies
Natural-born charmers, cockatiels are small colorful parrots native to the Australian desert. When raised by people, they’re usually calm and cuddly and have an inquisitive, adventurous disposition. Cockatiels are just large enough to be handled easily, but they’re not so big that they require a great deal of space in your home. And while the cockatiel’s gentle nature and captivating personality encourage you to form close and lasting relationships with them, taking one into your life brings with it a host of specific requirements and responsibilities that you really need to be aware of before you take the leap into being a cockatiel owner.

Written by a leading national expert on companion birds and a lifelong cockatiel owner and breeder, Cockatiels For Dummies is your total guide to adopting, caring for, and forming a loving relationship with one or more of these diminutive parrots. It gets you up to speed on how to:

  • Decide if a cockatiel is right for you and your family
  • Select a healthy cockatiel
  • Provide a suitable indoor environment
  • Supply a satisfying and nutritious diet for your pet
  • Train your cockatiel
  • Communicate with your bird through body language
  • Interpret your bird’s moods
  • Breed cockatiels for fun and profit

Author Diane Grindol provides loads of sensible, easy-to-follow advice along with fun facts, trivia, amusing and informative anecdotes, and tips on how to have a great time with your feathered friend. Among other important topics, she fills you in on what you need to know about:

  • The pros and cons of pet stores versus breeders when choosing a cockatiel
  • Assessing a bird’s health and disposition and getting a health guarantee
  • Feeding, grooming, caring for, and socializing your pet
  • Exercising your cockatiel
  • Training your bird to be a great companion
  • Keeping your little pal happy and healthy for life

A fun guide for you and your cockatiel, Cockatiels For Dummies is the only book you’ll need to help you have the best possible experience with this smart, perky, incredibly loveable avian breed.


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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book ! Jan. 5 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Help me a lot to deal with my little cockatiel who is rather shy. Now, after the book advices and gently blowing on his feathers he is my cuddly little friend.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It' okay I guess Sept. 10 2013
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I'm about half way through the book. Some information seems to be accurate, there are some good ideas but a lot seems to be the opinion of the writer instead of actual facts.... Of course, each bird is different so when you read the book, take some and leave some. I suggest looking up some information on the web as well to complement the information in the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's for more than just "dummies" June 30 2003
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Cockatiels for DUMMIES May 27 2002
Format:Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I've owned tiels for over 15 years and I have learned many new things. Also, now I understand what my little friends are doing is not unique to them!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Only Book You'll Ever Need May 1 2002
By JVP
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, informative and entertaining book Feb. 19 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Racehorse or Cockatiel
I bought this book and then returned it -- I was not impressed. It did not tell me what to do when my bird laid an egg (eat it I presume!). Read more
Published on May 18 2004 by Mr. Leonard J. Rees
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful for the new bird owner.....
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. Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2003 by Dianne Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for any tiel owner!
Cockatiels for Dummies is a wonderful hand-guide for cockatiel care. It's written in an easy to read and understand format, which makes this book an absolute must for everyone... Read more
Published on Nov. 25 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The best cockatiel book!!!!
This is a great book for anyone who is thinking about getting a cockatiel! It covers all the basics like choosing a cockatiel, feeding, toys, cleaning up after birds, etc. Read more
Published on Oct. 14 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars cocktiels for dummies
i have been looking all over for a complete book on cocktiels and i think i have finally found it cocktiels for dummies i just ordered it and can't wait to get it thanks amazon.
Published on Oct. 10 2001 by "shlby309"
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK! "Cockatiels for Dummies" by Diane Grindol
Hi All,
We first became familiar with Diane's expertise by reading her articles in the pages of Bird Talk Magazine. Read more
Published on Sept. 14 2001 by Bill & Debbie O'Rourke
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