Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Jan 22, 2013
Another animal that was my wife's! Cocky was an interesting case, because we answered an advert in the paper to a couple who had 2 budgies and 1 cockateil. We agreed to take them and when we got them, they were all living in the same cage. It became apparent though that they were not getting on, so Cocky got moved into a seperate cage.
In the beginning it didn't seem like there was much that these birds would actually do, but we had moved my wife's PC into the bedroom where the birds lived and she would let Cocky out to keep her company as she typed on the computer. A bond quickly developed and Cocky became more tame and allowed strokes by everyone else in the family. Unfortunately, not very long after we had her, she became ill. It seemed that she kept producing eggs, but they would get stuck and this caused problems and eventually she died. My wife was very sad about this and vowed never to purchase another bird!
Although it had a sad ending, I would still recommend a cockateil to someone looking to own a bird, though it may be best that you wait until your children are at least over 8 years old. Although they are not in the least bit aggressive, they are very fragile birds and younger, less controlled hands may hurt the bird. Cocky did not live as long as she was meant to, but this average lifespan is still much shorter than other birds from the parrot family, such as African Grey's. So if you are worried about having to say goodbye to your feathery friend you might want to think of buying a different breed.
Overall, Cocky was a beautiful and charming little thing and we still to this day miss her!