Posted May 14, 2014
"Bird-en" was my mother's bird, but he hated everyone in the house but me. My parents did not have the bird caged (I can't imagine why not), so he showed its love for me by flying around the room repeatedly when I entered, landing on my shoulder, shoving his face into my cheek for a nuzzle, and then pooping on me. It wasn't his fault--once again my family had adopted a pet that had been under socialized, neglected, and finally cast-off by its previous owners. My parents had not done the proper research before taking on the bird, and were completely unequipped to deal with the particular challenges that Bird-en presented. If you choose a cockatiel, make sure you get it young, socialize it early, and train it properly. Otherwise, you will have a flying, pecking, pooping monster on your hands.