Acquired: Bred bird myself
Posted Jan 24, 2014
I have two cockatiels that have bred several times over the years. Breeding is as simple as putting a nest in the cage. If you do not want the cockatiels to breed you simply remove the nest. I decided to "train" one of the cockatiels when he was born. After a few weeks, I would take him out of his cage to hold him and pet him, so that he would get use to me. I would also put him on my shoulder. As he got older, when ever I would open the cage to allow the birds to fly, he would fly straight to my shoulder. Training him to mimic sounds has not been too successful. He mimics the songs his parents already know, but he has been unable to mimic any sound I make. It may be that he needs to hear the sound more often. I believe the hardest training that a cockateil needs is learn new songs or even words.