Washington, United States
Posted Mar 26, 2014
I always found the idea of having birds that could talk very exciting. After asking my parents, I finally got a cockatiel. This was a bit of a trial because it was a baby and he quickly attached to me as momma. So when I went to school he would squawk! This drove the other house pets a bit nuts, but when I got home he would happily chirp and call for me. His favorite treats were the honey birdseed combs and he loved to sit on my shoulder as I walked through the house. One of the most important things is to keep the wings clipped if not they do fly and will fly away.
They can learn to talk, and as I worked with him he learned momma and his favorite word “No”. He loved saying “No Cat”, and “Bad Dog”, hearing that was quite funny to see the dogs walking out the room all shamed face going “what did I do?” The cleanup was a bit messy, I recommend hard wood floors for them, getting birdseed out of carpet especially shag carpet is a trial. All in all having them as a pet was a good experience. They tend to do better in pairs, but if you have a single cockatiel and bond with them they can live about 10 to 15 years. They’re a really good pets for all ages.