Acquired: Pet store
Posted Mar 23, 2013
Sparky was a cockatiel that I had from the age of around six until I was eleven or twelve. He was one of my first real pets and he was an amazing little bird. He could talk, sing and dance as well as any parrot and was full of character!
Cockatiels are quite easy to keep but you do need to remember that they are parrots and need as much care and attention as the larger breeds. The right diet, lots of interaction and attention, lots of toys and things for them to do when they get bored and preferably the company of another bird is required. Otherwise they can get very stressed and make lots of noise, feather pluck and generally become quite poorly.
Cockatiels are great birds to have around children as they enjoy a lot of interaction unlike other small animals who might not like children being around them so much - this doesn't mean that they don't like peace and quiet but I find cockatiels do like to be part of a 'brood' and prefer the company of others to being alone and isolated. This does mean though that if you aren't sure about getting a pet and how much time you might actually be able to care for them, a cockatiel might not be the right choice for you.