Cockatiels are perfect family pet birds.
They are loving, sweet, and can get along with everyone.
However, like most pets, these birds produce dander and birds dust.
Therefore, it means cockatiels are not hypoallergenic.
Cockatiels produce fine powder on their feathers which keeps them protected when grooming.
The dander and powder from their feathers become loose, and when you inhale, it may cause health issues such as allergies and other respiratory health problems.
However, cockatiels are small birds and produce a minimum amount of dander compared to other pets such as cats and dogs.
The amount of dander and dust from cockatiels mostly affects people with underlying health issues such as asthma.
It is unlikely for people without underlying respiratory health issues to get affected by cockatiels dust.
Can You Be Allergic To a Cockatiel?
Yes, you can be allergic to a cockatiel.
In some cases, although rare, it can cause parrot-related allergies such as sneezing, coughing, itching, runny nose, and watery eyes.
Most cockatiel owners are not allergic to their birds.
However, there are cases where people start becoming allergic to their cockatiels.
If you are prone to allergies from other pet hair and dander, you will probably be allergic to a cockatiel.
If you suffer mild or moderate allergies, you can still live peacefully with your cockatiel without any worries
Find ways to keep the dust under control.
If you struggle with severe allergies, its best to avoid keeping a cockatiel.
It’s best to talk to your doctor to evaluate your odds.
Also, other pets such as Macaws around a cockatiel, can get affected by their dust.
How Do I Know If I’m Allergic To My Cockatiel?
If you are allergic to your cockatiel, you will start experiencing some unpleasant symptoms such as:
- Sinus pressure
- Nasal congestions
- Aggravated asthma symptoms
- Watery eyes
- Runny nose
- Irritated throat
Try to keep the cockatiel dust under control to minimize the symptoms.
To control the amount of cockatiel dust and dander in your home, do the following:
- Clean and change the bottom of the cage regularly
- Bath your cockatiel regularly to keep the dust from building up
- Use a damp piece of cloth when cleaning the cage. A wet cloth will catch most of the loose dust
- Before removing the liner on the bottom of the cage, sprinkle a little water. The dust will be suppressed and not stirred up to fill the room.
- Keep a minimal number of birds
- Use HEPA filters and use vacuum cleaners that has HEPA filters to clean your home. HEPA filters efficiently pick up 99.9% of dust, dander, allergens, and micro-organisms lingering in your home.
- If you are sensitive to dander and bird dust, wear a mask when cleaning the cage.
Do All Cockatiels Have Dander?
Generally, all birds produce bird dust.
All the tropical birds such as cockatoo, cockatiel, and Amazons are known to produce more amount of dust compared to most birds.
The dust is necessary for birds.
When it preens, the dust forms a protective layer over its skin and feathers so it does not get wet.
Also, it gives their feathers and skin the shiny appearance.
Although cockatiels are among the birds that produce substantial amount of dust, their small body size makes the amount of dust and dander they produce insignificant and less harmful.
If you want to reduce the amount of cockatiel dust, take the preventative measures discussed in this article.
Are Birds Hypoallergenic?
No, birds are not hypoallergenic.
All birds produce some amount of dust and dander.
Some birds have more dust and dander than others.
Birds that produce a minimal amount of dust and dander include.
- Parakeets, also known as budgies
- Pionus parrots
- Eclectus Parrots
- Quaker Parrots
These birds are considered hypoallergenic because they produce minimal amount of dander and dust.
Larger birds are likely to produce more dust compared to smaller-sized birds.
Another reason why birds are not entirely hypoallergenic is, when the bird’s feces dry up, it becomes dust and airborne.
People inhale the feces in powder form.
Dried bird droppings may cause respiratory issues such as asthma and the bird fancier’s disease, which affects the lungs.
Note, these symptoms are rarely fatal.
There is no bird that is 100% hypoallergenic.
Some birds produce less dust than others.
Cockatiels are among the birds that produce a lot of dust.
Unfortunately, cockatiels can trigger allergies and other respiratory diseases, especially to other pets, children, the elderly, and people with underlying respiratory issues.
The good news is that you can keep bird dust under control.
To reduce bird dust lingering in your home, keep your cockatiel and its cage always clean.
Consider using HEPA filters around the cage.
These filters are highly effective at capturing all the allergens, dust, and micro-organisms in the air.