Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
Posted Dec 21, 2012
I had my cockatiel when I was younger, early teens, but I remember her very fondly. She was an incredibly friendly bird, and we had her wing regularly clipped so that she could fly free around the house without flying away. She used to swoop in and land on the heads of unsuspecting visitors, which I remember made me unpopular at the time.
The types of food that a cockatiel requires includes a diet of bird mix, you can get cockatiel specific mixes from a pet store, but make sure that they are fresh. Also feed fresh food such as, fruit, including apples, mangos, melons, strawberries, and vegetables such as peas, sweetcorn, carrots, celery, and more. All this food should be cleaned and free of pips and peels etc.
The type of cage you get for your cockatiel can vary greatly, but a popular choice is a large cage where they can fully spread their wings without touching anything. It should be kept clean with clean water provided daily.
Cockatiels, as with all birds, can be incredibly noisy. My husband has had a bad experience with a cockatiel, calling them "Noisy things who do nothing but eat."
I guess it just depends what you are looking for in a pet.
If you are looking for a pet that is fun and interesting, while being a little messy and a little noisy, then a cockatiel is for you!