Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder),
Posted May 20, 2014
We were only supposed to have two cockatiels. Bubby and Toby. Both birds were pie's and, according to the pet shop, they were also both males.
It didn't take us long to figure out the pet shop was wrong and Bubby was renamed Bubbette.
Then, the pet shop told us that they wouldn't breed unless they had a nesting box. This was back before the internet was really all that popular, so we listened to the pet shop attendant and went about our merry way.
The pet shop was wrong again.
We were told, by two different pet shops, that the entire clutch wouldn't hatch. We would get one egg if we were lucky, and that was it. So we decided we could deal with three birds and left them there.
All seven eggs hatched.
Then, as if Bubbette and Toby truly just wanted to mock us, they both began to pluck their babies. My family and I ended up having to handfeed the clutch with eye droppers. It was an amazing experience, sure, but not what I was expecting!
Cockatiels are extremely intelligent, and I've had more than a few learn how to speak. They also catch onto 'up' and stepping up onto an offered finger very fast. Most of mine have been very long lived, some up to 15 years and older, so make sure you're willing to be in this for the long haul!