Posted Mar 30, 2014
Ms. Benson was quite a character, she seem to have sass and attitude at times. Sometimes she was lovable and other times she'd nip at you if you tried to come near her downy feathers. Her previous owner had her trained to stay on her shoulder while outside, in the car, and around town. I had a blast taking Ms Benson on my errands riding shot gun. She had spunk and showed it off with the typical head bop and weave that are common in cockatiels.
From the time I took over guardianship, she was laying eggs at the bottom of her cage. Eventually I borrowed a friend's male cockatiel and bred a few birds. If you're going to breed cockatiels, as soon as the eggs hatch, remove papa bird. For some reason, they're all attentive, protective and nurturing until the eggs hatch then they turn into cannibals and eat their young. Not a pretty sight.
Ms Benson loved to sing, but not so much that it was annoying or distracting. Like other cockatiels she loves her toys. Her favorites were the mirror that had a bell attached. She was well cared for and lived a long time. Her lifespan was somewhere around 12 years. By keeping her cage clean and the room she was in warm and draft-free, helped keep her healthy and happy.
Most birds love their treats, especially the sweetened seeds sold in pet stores. To ensure a healthy bird, keep the treats to a minimum. Fresh organic fruits/vegetables would be best. Since they're tropical birds mangos and bananas are a special treat. If you're going to have a free-flying bird, and you have house plants, get a list of toxic plants from your vet or off the web before letting your bird roam freely in your home.