Missouri, United States
Posted Dec 25, 2013
Of all the pets I owned, none have brought as much pleasure, with as little maintenance, as Karlita. Karlita was a female cockatiel we bought when she was about 3. Even though karlita didn't live very long, cockatiels are known to live longer than most birds. She was extremely easy to take care of. We would refill her food trays and give her fresh water once a week or so, besides that, the only real care they need is to have their wings clipped and beaks/talons shaved down every once in a while. She never chirped as much as the parakeets we owned, but when she did it was a pretty enjoyable sound. I don't know if this is normal with cockatiels, but Karlita was really into males. She always ruffled her feathers up and would sit on any guys that came over. It was always funny, and a household joke. She was a great, easy pet to own, and everyone was sad when she died. You have to be very careful with cockatiels, because most birds are VERY sensitive and easy to hurt, and to get sick. Also, you don't have to clean out birds cages very often, but when you do, its a bit of a chore. Cockatiels are great pets for any house or apartment, and while they don't take up much living space, they fill whole houses with their noises and beauty.