Posted Apr 30, 2014
Howie was my yellow cockatiel and yes, I will call him my pal.
I raised and trained him starting at six months old. He was quick to learn tricks and play games which required two players. For example, if I put him on the table with a peanut or an M&M, he would use his beak to shoot it to me, hockey style. I would flick it back, and thus, a game was born.
Howie grew attached to me. If he was in his cage and I went into another room, he would call out to me. I often left his cage door open so he could come and go freely. I did this because sometimes he seemed anxious when I walked away. This way, he could follow me around room to room as I went about my business.
He would return to his cage to leave his droppings.
He was a great little guy as he was so interactive with those of us in the house.
He would say small phrases, sometimes repeating them a little too much. I never grew tired of the chirping and calling out. Having a bird so intertwined with me made me feel special, as I imagine other bird owners feel.
Cockatiels are messy! Feathers and seeds for everyone! I do believe Howie tried to share bath time with us too, for he could create a big splash for a little one.
He was healthy. I made sure to keep a constant temperature and keep him from any drafts. I kept him busy with plenty of rope, treats, bells, mirrors, etc. as a bored bird can tend to pluck their feathers out.
Cockatiels are wonderful birds if you're looking for friendship. They're not the best "talkers" but they are intellligent, funny, and interactive.