Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Missouri, United States
Posted Nov 15, 2013
Our family has had Cockatiels since 1992. They are beautiful. They can be trained to repeat phrases and will come to their name. They know familiar voices and talk when those voices are heard. They don’t like to be left alone and when they hear activity in another room they’ll let you know by continual (loud) chatter. It’s fun to watch them play with their cage toys.
Eventually, when one of our daughters was about 14, she began breeding Cockatiels and selling as pets. Her care for them was exemplary. All of her birds were healthy and hardy. Of all the cockatiels we’ve had, only one was nasty and continually tried to bite. She still has one of the babies. We think Twiddle is about 14 years old, healthy as ever, and really sweet.
Cockatiels like big cages and enjoy time out of their cages, too. We don’t clip their wings. We’ve always let them fly around whichever room their cage is in.
They do make a mess around their cage, so be prepared with an attachment around the cage and know that you’ll vacuum daily. And their cages, like all birds, must be cleaned often (at least weekly). Again, as with all birds, do research as to their complete care. There are certain ways to handle them and they must have food for their specific species, etc.
I love Cockatiels.