Posted May 18, 2013
The first bird I have ever owned was a cockatiel. We found him in a field down the road where he had gotten loose from somewhere. We were never able to find the owner. So, I now had a bird that I knew nothing about.
When we first got him he was very quiet, he slept a lot, and never tried to bite. I didn't know anything about raising a bird. So, I went online and started learning. I just wish I had read some key points earlier on.
- I was able to teach my bird to say several different words and phrases. When he would say them, you could tell what he was saying. It was pretty clear.
- He was relatively gentle for quite a while. When we first found him, he would sit on your shoulder and lick your cheek. He just loved being around people.
- No matter where I placed the cage, the bird screamed. It didn't matter if he was around us or not. He wanted out of the cage. I just couldn't let him out all day.
- Trimming flight feathers is a must. I didn't learn this until too late. By the time I learned about this, he was already biting and you couldn't do much with him. He wanted out to fly around and it was terrible trying to get him back in his cage.
- Trimming nails is a nightmare. We had to wrap ours in a towel so that he wouldn't bite.
- Bird health can be affected if they are not kept clean and in good quality air. I even read that scented candles could hurt them.
Overall, I would say that owning a bird was an experience I'm not sure I am cut out to repeat.