I hope some of you might be able to suggest ways I can help out this cockatiel that has showed up at my birdfeeder this past week. I haven't been able to find the owner. It flies very well so it can't be chased down. The problem is, I live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and our weather here is turning wintry and has been rainy/snowy windy and going below freezing. I'm amazed he survived this week at all. I don't know if it possible for him to survive the winter here though. I'd like to catch him. Failing that, I'd like to put out food for him that would improve his diet over just the seeds he's getting now and help sustain his body heat.

Can he eat suet? Will he? Fruits? What king and how served? Any other food.
Any advice in catching/sheltering and feeding this tough little guy would be appreciated as I've never kept a pet bird.

weaverbird
Can he eat suet? Will he? Fruits? What king and how served? Any other food. Any advice in catching/sheltering and feeding this tough little guy would be appreciated as I've never kept a pet bird.

Go to a local pet shop and buy Cockatiel Seeds. Also get a Tiel cage, place the food(Seeds) and water in the cage and then place the cage outside. Soon as he is in the cage, hopefully you can go and close the cage/take him in. Be slow as not to startle him. This is very brief. Others please add any other suggestions/expand on this. It is going to get quite cold in Canada and this poor Tiel is going to Freeze !!

Thanks.
Vijay
Any advice in catching/sheltering and feeding this tough little guy would be appreciated as I've never kept a pet bird.

Here is an Online Book ABout Pet Birds !!!
http://www.lafeber.com/docs-book/default.asp
The basic vitals are food and water. Also ensure there are no pollutants in your home. Everything else can be learned later but don't delay.
Best Regards,
Vijay
Any advice in catching/sheltering and feeding this tough little guy would be appreciated as I've never kept a pet bird.

Please post an update here as to how it all goes. Also contact the local SPCA, pet store for assistance/tips.
I read somewhere about an escaped Macaw some time ago, it was spotted but it frooze to death on a tall tree branch where it perched. So prompt action is needed specially considering the Canadian Winter/Cold.
Vijay