Besides two meals a day, cockatiels need water to drink and hygiene. While spring water is best, tap water is also acceptable to pet cockatiels. Change the water every day. Dirty water bowls or old water are health hazards for avian. Stagnant water allows bacteria and fungus to flourish, which is not suitable for the pet bird. Hence, clean the water bowl daily. You can utilise bleach, hot water mixed with soap or disinfectant for it.
How much food to give to a pet cockatiel?
As said above, two meals are more than enough. 30 to 40 grams of seeds and pellets is sufficient. This is about one and a half to two tablespoons of pellets. The best time is right in the morning and right before dusk. Wild cockatiels generally forage for food in the morning, rest during the day and eat a second meal during the early evening and then sleep right after sunset.
If you want to give your cockatiel a third meal, you can. The only condition is that the total amount of food per day should remain the same. So, adjust the meal portion accordingly.
If you have a young cockatiel chick, then remember they require almost ten to twelve hours of rest in a dark and quiet place. Keep the meal timing such that their rest is not disturbed.