We have been on the road a couple of days now, and I've chalked up the following questions. . .
1. Should I cover his cage at night? I've seen different opinions.
2. Is millet spray ok to leave in the cage all the time, or should itbe a treat? He loves it.
3. What about seed bars (honey bars)? Are they ok?
4. Is it normal for the bird to loose some of the small fluffyfeathers everyday? It is usually 2-3 a day (so far).
5. Will cockatiels adapt to water bottles? The open water splashesalot in the truck.
6. He has separation anxiety (best what I can describe it) when Ileave the truck, he calls loudly and paces the cage like a tiger. He calms when I go back. Is this normal? Any suggestions to calm him?
7. Some of you crafty ppl may be able to help me here. He loves toride on my dashboard, but the plastic is slippery for his feet. What is something I could stick on my dash that he could grab. I was thinking about the soft side of velcro stick ons, and glueing it in a few of his favorite spots on the dash. Is this a good idea, or does anyone else have any ideas?
Thanks for all the groups input so far.
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We have been on the road a couple of days now, and I've chalked up the following questions. . . 1. Should I cover his cage at night? I've seen different opinions.

No "right or wrong" here. Some people do, some do not. It's really up to you.
2. Is millet spray ok to leave in the cage all the time, or should it be a treat? He loves it.

I offer it to our Tiel all the time. He eats plenty of other food, so he does not fill up on millet. This is the only reason I have heard people say to not leave it in the cage.
3. What about seed bars (honey bars)? Are they ok?

Use them for ours. He loves them.
4. Is it normal for the bird to loose some of the small fluffy feathers everyday? It is usually 2-3 a day (so far).

Yes, this is normal. When he goes through a molt it will be a lot more for a while.
5. Will cockatiels adapt to water bottles? The open water splashes alot in the truck.

No reason you can't try. Just make sure he does learn how to use it before you take the water dish away.
6. He has separation anxiety (best what I can describe it) when I leave the truck, he calls loudly and paces the cage like a tiger. He calms when I go back. Is this normal? Any suggestions to calm him?

Yes, Normal. He wants you to be with him all the time. He will be fine.
7. Some of you crafty ppl may be able to help me here. He loves to ride on my dashboard, ... few of his favorite spots on the dash. Is this a good idea, or does anyone else have any ideas?

I would think any kind of terry cloth, like a towel. As long as it is attached in a couple places so it can't move his nails would hold it quite well. If you make it so you can clip it on and off, then you can just toss them in the wash when he poops on them.
We have been on the road a couple of days ... feathers everyday? It is usually 2-3 a day (so far).

Yes, this is normal. When he goes through a molt it will be a lot more for a while.

2-3 a day is few, he is not really comfortable yet, you will know when he has made the adjustment when he starts preening more. there will be lots of feathers and if he exercises his wings 2-4x a day (like he should), they will no longer be in the cage.
6. He has separation anxiety (best what I can describe ... go back. Is this normal? Any suggestions to calm him?

Yes, Normal. He wants you to be with him all the time. He will be fine.

he may always scream when you leave, if he is still screaming when you return i would worry. my Quaker sometimes went out of the vehicle in my pocket, he preferred that to being alone. he will either go to sleep or start chewing holes.
my tiels are no where near ready for that, and may not be ever. have thought about a tether, but that is a long way off, too. Loren
7. Some of you crafty ppl may be able to ... a good idea, or does anyone else have any ideas?

i have some older mouse pads that are 100% dense foam rubber and stick to most surfaces and would give good footing. something s/b avail in the flooring dept. of HDepot. also, there s/b a dash cover made for your truck that would provide good footing.

this one lucky bird, imho, if he adapts to travel, my Quaker would have loved it. have you named him? how about Lucky? Loren
Some will say 1 per week. They are very high in fat. We need to keep that under control, because fatty liver is a leading form of death for tiels.
Thanks for all the groups input so far.

The towel idea is a good one. If you use stick on Velcro, and put the hook side on the dash, they will hook on the towel, or washcloth as good as the right other part of the Velcro.
If he starts getting his toenails caught, you will need to trim them. Fingernail clippers will work, but be very careful not to cut so much off that you get into the blood. DO NOT attempt a trim without some cauterizing powder nearby, cause they can bleed to death.
Jim in NC
We have been on the road a couple of days now, and I've chalked up the following questions. . .

Just my opinions having lived years in a house with a bunch of assorted parrots.
1. Should I cover his cage at night? I've seen different opinions.

Only if there is a lot of light. Wild parrots generally sleep under open night sky. None of my birds need to be covered at night, but my old cockatoo will scream if I don't shut off the lights in his room after about 9pm. If it's brighter than a full moon they'll think it's daytime and be restless. For a good relationship with your bird let it sleep near you where it feels that you provide mutual protection. That's what flockmates do and it will improve you bond. I don't necessarily recommend having a bird in bed, but some of mine enjoy that. Some don't. Some like to sleep on the headboard or footboard. Some are tidy and some aren't. Depends on the particular bird, not the type of bird.
2. Is millet spray ok to leave in the cage all the time, or should it be a treat? He loves it.

It's a healthy food I don't recommend leaving any food in a cage longer than a day.
3. What about seed bars (honey bars)? Are they ok?

As an occasional treat if he likes it. Variety is good. Pinching off pieces of what you eat (assuming it's good for you) is generally fine too.
4. Is it normal for the bird to loose some of the small fluffy feathers everyday? It is usually 2-3 a day (so far).

Yes, most parrots are dropping feathers and growing new ones most of the time. Only worry if bare patches appear or if he scratches or plucks a lot. The mess of feathers is one of the "pleasures" of owning birds, but they clean up easier than the thrown food and the droppings. ;-)
5. Will cockatiels adapt to water bottles? The open water splashes alot in the truck.

Try it. Some birds like them, some don't.
6. He has separation anxiety (best what I can describe it) when I leave the truck, he calls loudly and paces the cage like a tiger. He calms when I go back. Is this normal? Any suggestions to calm him?

Very normal. Count your blessings that he does miss you. Not much you can do other than don't stay gone long or take him with you. Birds do the same with their flockmates. They miss them and welcome them back. If you stay away a long time (days) expect to be treated "roughly" with a few pecks for being disloyal.
7. Some of you crafty ppl may be able to help me here. He loves to ride on my dashboard, ... few of his favorite spots on the dash. Is this a good idea, or does anyone else have any ideas?[/nq]Mount a wooden perch horizontally. For a teil one about 3/8" should be about right. A piece of manzanita branch will be better than a pine dowel. It's harder so they can chew on it longer before it's destroyed and the variable diameter will allow him to pick the place which is most comfortable for his feet. Parrots can really clamp on to a tree branch tightly. That's what their feet are designed for. Don't use plastic (too slick) or metal (too much heat loss).

Use wood. Cloth on a surface is not very good as they can't apply torque to stay upright if the truck decellerates quickly. If you use a slightly curved branch you could just screw it directly to the dash with two small holes and the branch only touching the dast at two points. I'd mount it so the bird can just look over the dash and out the window, but not obstruct your view. If you ever drive though the southwest you can get all the manzanita you want for free.

I have about 20 acres of it growing on my property. It's only expensive in pet stores becasue it's a pain to package for shipping.
First, I do not claim to be a bird expert. I offer some opinions based = on being owned about 8 years by a Goffins 'too
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We have been on the road a couple of days now, and I've chalked up the following questions. . . 1. Should I cover his cage at night? I've seen different opinions.

Depends on you and the bird. Try it both ways, see which the bird likes = best.
2. Is millet spray ok to leave in the cage all the time, or should it be a treat? He loves it.=20

My bird does not want anything to do with it, so I have no experience = with it. I can see no problem, as long as the bird eats other things = too.
3. What about seed bars (honey bars)? Are they ok?

My bird loves them. The label reads good, but I do not know the real = food value. As with millet, make sure the bird is eating other things.
4. Is it normal for the bird to loose some of the small fluffy feathers everyday? It is usually 2-3 a day (so far).

Sounds about normal to me.
5. Will cockatiels adapt to water bottles? The open water splashes alot in the truck.

Never used one, do not see a reason why not.
6. He has separation anxiety (best what I can describe it) when I leave the truck, he calls loudly and paces the cage like a tiger. He calms when I go back. Is this normal? Any suggestions to calm him?

The bird has accepted you as his flock. He looks to you for = companionship, and protection in his strange new world. Before you leave, talk to him. Get close to the cage, put your hand on = the side and your fingers thru the bars if you can, so he can touch you. = Explain where you are going and when you will be back. Speak slowly, in = a soft voice. He will not understand the words, but he will know you are = giving him information. If you are leaving to get food, bring him some = of it. After a while, you will be amazed how much he will understand.
7. Some of you crafty ppl may be able to help me here. He loves to ride on my dashboard, ... few of his favorite spots on the dash. Is this a good idea, or does anyone else have any ideas?

I suggest a piece of indoor/outdoor carpeting. It will be stiff enough = to not slide or fold, and is washable. Attach it with double sided foam = tape. It is easier to remove than glue. You can also get small pads of = velcro fasteners at most hardware stores. Stick one half to the dash, = the other to the carpet. This makes removing and reinstalling easy. The = adhesive on the velcro may not stick well to the carpet. If so, hot melt = adhesive will do the job.
Thanks for all the groups input so far.

The best to you and your bird.It sounds like you are off to a good = start.
john
We have been on the road a couple of days now, and I've chalked up the following questions. . ..>

Just my opinions having lived years in a house with a bunch of assorted parrots. sleep near you where it ... it will improve you bond. I don't necessarily recommend having a bird in bed, but some of mine enjoy that.

Louis, do you do this? do you use a seperate cage? i often take them to the bedroom in the afternoon when i rest and they ususally just zonk-out, like me. i put them on the nite stand in a small travel cage.
i think they like it, they take turns sitting on the side closest to me, but i would hesitate to have them "sleepover". Loren
sleep near you where it feels that you provide mutual ... a bird in bed, but some of mine enjoy that.

Louis, do you do this?Yes.

do you use a seperate cage?
No cage for me or the bird. Most of my birds sleep on top of their cages or on T stands.
i often take them to the bedroom in the afternoon when i rest and they ususally just zonk-out, like me. ... it, they take turns sitting on the side closest to me, but i would hesitate to have them "sleepover". Loren

Sure the birds like to be near their biggest and strongest flockmate. It give them a great sense of security.
Of my eight birds three are frequent sleeping compainions. One is my scarlet macaw Carmen. She perches on the edge of the bed next to my pillow with her tail hanging to the floor. She sleeps soundly all night, waking at the crack of dawn. When I need a reliable "alarm clock" she handles the job well. She sleeps there one or two nights a week.

My CAG's usual sleeping spot is on the foot of my bed on the bedboard. She's there most nights with or without another bird at the head. She (Goose) doesn't wake me in the morning, rather sits quietly until I get up.

The third is a blue crown conure "Ricky" He is a very cuddly bird and on colder nights loves to cuddle against head or beard while I sleep. At sunrise he simply flys back to his cage and water bowl.

Not all birds even if their bonded are good bed companions. My B&G pair though reasonably cuddly are far to restless during the night and my White front amazon insists on using me as the perch, which isn't comfortable with his claws clamped to my wrist. The other three birds in my house aren't bonded to me, though our white eye conure sometimes sleeps with my wife.
Ok, by now you think I'm nuts, but would you believe that a few years ago I had a full grown peacock (7' head to tail) who slept on the foot of my bed on cold or stormy nights. Even he would sleep quietly until sunrise causing no problem.

Lou Boyd
We have been on the road a couple of days now, and I've chalked up the following questions. . . 1. Should I cover his cage at night? I've seen different opinions.

They like a nice dark quiet night time. By covering the cage, it is possible to regulate the day/night cycle, which drives hormones like mating.
2. Is millet spray ok to leave in the cage all the time, or should it be a treat? He loves it.

Probably should be a treat, it is like candy to them, leads to fatty livers.
4. Is it normal for the bird to loose some of the small fluffy feathers everyday? It is usually 2-3 a day (so far).

Yes and no. In general, no. However, being in zone 5 chicago my tiel is shedding small white feathers, to get ready for winter, cause the temps just changed.
6. He has separation anxiety (best what I can describe it) when I leave the truck, he calls loudly and paces the cage like a tiger. He calms when I go back. Is this normal? Any suggestions to calm him?

Learn to whistle, so that you can call him when your away, but within earshot. Let him know that your not gone, just out of eyesite. Once you both have figured it out, you'll be able to communicate. Give him a whistle as you come back. As others have pointed out, your part of his flock now.
7. Some of you crafty ppl may be able to help me here. He loves to ride on my dashboard, ... few of his favorite spots on the dash. Is this a good idea, or does anyone else have any ideas?

CPVC (beige plastic) pipe couplings will fit standard wooden dowels. You can get a tee and a flange, along with a dowel at a hardware store, and whip up a quick bolt on perch for a few bucks, in a single stop.

Or in your case, invert it, and mount an T perch upside down from the roof.
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