Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Feb 26, 2014
A friend of mine bred these two cockatiels, Babs and Buster, for about seven years before selling them to me. I owned the pair (originally from Petco) for the next eight years. Finally, my next-door neighbor took them about three years ago. I bred the pair for about five of those eight years and it was actually a lot of fun. The chicks did not require a huge amount of time (maybe 1.5 hours/day on the busiest days) and it was fun to sell or give them away to others once they were old enough. Babs and Buster were never trained or friendly toward people because they were not hand fed as chicks. However, they were still lovely companions. I think they would make the ideal pet for a single or older person as they are not too difficult to take care of (especially if you stay ahead of the mess), they are resilient, and they are okay being alone for spurts of time (although they love people too). The male cockatiels can sing/whistle. Buster whistled the Andy Griffith theme song on occasion. Babs and Buster would not let you hold them, but their personality was still kind and I have missed them since they have gone on to (probably) their last home, my neighbor's house. Babs passed away this year after living for 18+ years. Buster is still going strong and is coping surprisingly well without Babs.