Acquired: Pet store
Posted May 27, 2013
I owned a Parakeet for a couple years and after he died, I adopted a Cockatiel. I wanted a bird that was more advanced as far as being able to teach him tricks. I was also hoping for a very friendly bird. I learned that no matter what species of bird you buy, they each have their own personalities.
I have owned two Cockatiels. My first was quiet and not overly friendly and absolutely hated being in his cage. I let him out every day for several hours and it still wasn't enough. He would love to sit on my head and shoulders and that was the extent of his friendliness. My second Cockatiel could not have been more different. He is very loud and I mean very loud. I never knew a bird could be so loud! He loves his cage and prefers to be in it rather then out flying around. He is friendly when out of his cage and does well around my kids.
Although my kids spend time around my bird, I do not let them handle him. I feel that Cockatiels are far too fragile to be handled by small children.They are great
pets for adults, or older children, who are willing to spend the time with them to train them and make them great pets.
Training Cockatiels, although so worth it, can be very time consuming and requires a lot of patience. It took me many months to even get my bird to sit on my hand. He had no previous training before I purchased him however, so if you can buy one that has already been handled, it will help you greatly. A trained Cockatiel can make for a great companion, almost the equivalent of having a dog.
The only other downside is clipping their nails (and wings if you chose to do so). Other then that, I have had very good luck with my Cockatiels.