Acquired: Pet store
Billings, Montana, United States
Posted Jun 10, 2013
My roommate and I have acquired this pair of bonded male and female cockatiels just days ago and we are already fascinated by the whole experience.
Caesar and Marie Antoinette are 8 years old and we purchased them from the pet store on consignment. Their previous owners didn't do much training as far as we can tell.
But that being said, these two have adapted to their transition really well. While they are a bit shy about being touched or petted, they have gotten very comfortable in our apartment. We left the gate of the cage open for a few hours and the male has made some short visits to the roof of the cage.
We pretty much keep an internet browser open to research information about their needs constantly. (It's still interesting that google chrome doesn't accept that "cockatiel" is a real word)
I don't have a lot of wisdom to offer so far, but I am definitely observing a lot and I have been entertained the entire time. The female is the dominant of the two. The male doesnt eat until she eats and he doesn't take a bath until she takes one. He has been very persistent in preening her, and she hasn't been in the mood for preening so she nips him slightly. We were told by the pet store clerks that their previous owner had to separate them for being a bit hostile. We try to keep an eye on them, and the more adjusted they get to the new apartment, the more affectionate their behavior has become.
My roommate painstakingly assembled a nesting box for them today, and the two have already toured it.
So far they have been really quiet; I have no history with birds, so I was paranoid they would be up all night chattering. Caesar's mating song was a bit noisy, but the complexity of the vocalization was so lovely that the noise wasn't really bothersome. They had a couple night frights before we decided to leave a light on for them.
I will certainly provide updates on their lives as time goes by. This whole process has been really interesting.