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Cockatiel Feeding Guide

A Cockatiel’s diet should be as varied as possible, like every other Parrot’s det. Pellets or complete food needs to be the base diet, approximately 60-80%, with the remainder being seed, fruits, nuts, vegetables, sprouting seed and other treats.

You can hide food in toys to encourage your Cockatiel to forage for food or place them in their feeding dish.

Cockatiel eating

Cockatiel eating

Complete and Pelleted Food

These give your Cockatiel all the nutrition they need.

Labefer Tropical Fruit NutriBerries contain 40 essential nutrients that your Cockatiel needs. Their small and circular shape make them fun to eat or easy to carry in their feet or beak.

Kaytee Exact Rainbow Cockatiel is a range of colours and shapes, as well as Omega 3 that your bird needs for strong beak and bones.

Sprouting Seed / Soaking Seed

Want to prepare a tasty meal for your Parrot? Then you need to try soaking seed. Simply let it soak in water for a few days, rinsing occasionally, and then serve up to your bird. It’ll give them many of the vitamins and minerals they need.

Sprouting and soaking seeds

Sprouting and soaking seeds

Other Treats

There are a range of treat sticks designed especially for Cockatiels from Vitapol. The flavours are Orange – Nut – Kiwi – Fruit – Premium.

There are two sticks in every pack, for double the fun.

Watch your Cockatiel enjoy some of the finest ingredients nature has to offer with Parrot Cafe Treats.  Each recipe has been made with only all natural ingredients such as red palm oil, honey, elderberry, plus a variety of fruits, seeds and vegetables.  With lots of delightful treats to choose from there is something for every Parrot. 

Parrot Cafe Treats

Parrot Cafe Treats

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Fruits are packed full of vitamins. You can offer fresh fruit, either cut up and placed in a food bowl, or fastened them to a fruit skewer. Remember to remove any uneaten fruit after a couple of hours.

Alternatively, for convenience and less mess you can offer dried fruits which hold nearly the same nutritional content as fresh. Popular fruits include:

  • Banana chips
  • Papaya
  • Cranberry
  • Berries
  • Pineapple
  • Apple
  • Mango
  • Figs
Fruit For Parrots

Fruit For Parrots

Fruits have lots of Vitamin C that support your Cockatiel’s overall wellbeing.


Vegetables too, help your Cockatiel stay fit and well. Green vegetables such as broccoli and kale are readily accepted, as too is carrot.


The Johnston and Jeff Cockatiel and Big Parakeet Seed is full of readily accepted ingredients.

Hagen Living World has tantalising tastes and textures, including fruits, vegetables and Tropican Granules.

Natural’s Pick ‘n’ Fly lets your Cockatiel eat a lot of what they would eat in the wild, grass seeds.


Cockatiel Parrot

Cockatiel Parrot

There following are readily enjoyed, you may need to pre-crack the shells on some nuts.

  • Cashews
  • Palm nuts
  • Cedar nuts

Please Note

We would always advise buying the smallest bag/pack possible to trial your Parrot with. It can take some time and persistence to introduce a new food. It may be worth having a second bowl of water next to your Cockatiel’s food bowl, as many enjoy dunking their food before eating it. Always have fresh water available.

We believe in the quality of our products, but should you received a product that you feel doesn’t suit your Cockatiel, we offer a 90-day money back guarantee – click here for details

Interested to learn more? We think you’ll enjoy reading these articles…

  • Foods you can cook
  • What can’t I feed my Parrot?
  • Fresh food your Parrots will love
  • Parrot nutrition
  • 10 ways to get your Parrot to try new foods
  • Successfully converting a Parrot to pellets

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