Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Posted Apr 02, 2014
Tookie was not chosen by me to be a member of the family, having always been more strongly oriented around cats and dogs it was a little difficult for me initially to accept my partners choice of adoption but he needed a home and we simply got to it.
Tookie had never really been socialized and liked to threaten and nip at you even from quite a distance away from his cage but we persisted and tried to get him to take a shine to us for several months before he finally sat on the back of my hand.
Tookie was a very vocal and domineering male to be around, seemingly attempting to show how much of a threat he posed to us should we decide on eating him instead of being nice and giving him tasty seeds to eat.
We owned him for several years and never truly stopped trying to get him to warm up to me and my partner but eventually after an odd outburst in which he refused to come down from a shelf for the better part of two days we simply felt that enough was enough.
He was a beautiful bird and incredibly easy to maintain and take care of. The only true issues we had were training him from being the age that he was and I have several friends with highly sociable and incredibly interactive Cockatiels that chatter with their owners and even play silly jokes and playful pranks.
A pet to be taken cautiously but deserving of the chance of love. I'd recommend getting them as young as possible to introduce behaviors and manners and from my understanding females appear to be the better, much less aggressive choice.