Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Jul 28, 2014
I had never owned a bird and thought I wanted one after seeing one a friend owned. The cockatiel was far messier than I imagined. The cage needed cleaning daily and usually twice daily. This was a male cockatiel and he was very vocal. He would mimic most sounds, especially any whistled tune. I taught him "Dixie" and "The Andy Griffith Show" tunes. He could also mimic a phone ringing, a smoke alarm, and a puppy barking next door. He was also very possessive of me and did not like other people.
I ended up giving him to my mom and she had him for several years. He escaped his cage and flew away. Owning a bird made me realize how trapped they must feel in a cage, although I often left his cage door open and let him wander around the house. I do not plan to own another. I think birds should be free to fly in their natural habitat.