Acquired: Pet store
Posted Mar 01, 2014
Cockatiels are such chirpy little creatures full of beans. I own two Cockatiels; Terri and Po. Both female I believe, although not sure about Terri as she is a cinnamon pearl double mutant and it is very difficult to sex them as they do not display the usual gender specific phenotypes. Po; my youngest bird is a natural grey. I bought Terri from the pet store and she is very tame. I was told that her breeder hand reared her. I bought Po from a private breeder 5 weeks after she hatched. She was a small ugly thing: bless her. I hand reared her myself and now she is extremely tame!
I see them as my children, I don't think my life would be complete without them. They are such great company for example as soon as they get let out they fly to my head and shoulders and just hang out, sing a few tunes etc. They are sometimes really naughty; Po keeps biting off the keys off my laptop. Both of them also sit and have dinner with me: try and peck what ever I'm eating from my mouth.
Cockatiels are attention sponges and they like to be active- you need to make sure you have time for them, if not get them a friend at least. My ones always scream the house apart when I ignore them. They are not as noisy as bigger parrots like Cockatoos and Macaws though.
All in all I think if you're thinking of getting a bird, Cockatiels are a great option. They are very cheap to buy and maintain too.