Originally Posted by Mygala
Yes, it's possible that a rat could be a potential danger to a small bird such as a cockatiel. Rats do eat meat, and it's possible something bad could happen. I'm not saying it's likely, you know your animals best, but it is a possiblity.
Do you keep your bird in a cage? The reason I ask is you mention a "nest" above the kitchen cabinet.
Cockatiels are pretty small, and to allow one to be free flighted, and wander around on the floor would make me a little nervous.
I'm a big advocate of clipping birds. They don't understand windows or mirrors, could land in toilet (if someone accidently left the seat up) on a stove or skillet. Not to mention all the sharp pointy things, or sharp edges we never think about.
Of course, it's your bird, I recommend you do what you think best, I just find it safer to have more control over flying and landing.
I appreciate your concern. We have had Pierre for 3.5 years. When we got him he came with clipped wings and we had a cat at the time. Once his wings grew out we left them because the cat was elderly and it would be more difficult for him to harm Pierre. At a young age Pierre ran into one window, not very hard, but since then he has not run into any others. He understands windows and has a usual flight course that he does not deviate from. He has never run into a mirror, he would much rather sit and talk to the pretty bird inside and I don't think we have any positioned in a spot where he would have the chance to accidently run into it. Toilets, my dad has us all trained lol. I don't think about it anymore, I go to the bathroom, flush, and immediately put the seat down for exactly the reason you mentioned. Yes accidents do happen, someone could forget but Pierre only goes into the bathrooms when he is sitting on someone who goes into one.
Yes, Pierre has a cage. He sleeps in it at night and he is put in there when we leave the house. But for most of the day he is allowed to free roam. (my dad works at home so he is usually here) If no one is downstairs with Pierre, he can ALWAYS be found either on his cage or up in his nest on top of the cabinet. He won't really go other places unless he is with someone.
So, he's a pretty good bird and free roam as well as unclipped wings works well with him.
Thanks for your opinion about the rat situation. I probably won't have any rats until I move out anyway but I am just doing my research to see if maybe I could have some sooner.