Acquired: Pet store
Posted Jul 31, 2014
I had always had dogs, cats and hamsters as a kid then when I was a teenager I decided I wanted a bird. I researched the different kinds of birds that were common pets and decided on a Cockatiel. We bought Baldi, who I named for the bald spot on his head that Cockatiels traditionally have, from a petstore nearby and so began my journey in being a bird owner.
Birds are not nearly as social as dogs and cats but Baldi did seem to take to me and recognize me as his primary care giver. He would sit on my shoulder as I studied and read. He liked to sit on the shower head when I took a shower where he could put his little foot in the water and make it splash up a little on him and he would sing when I spritzed him little flicks of water.
He was easy to care for in regards to his needs and feeding. He was not picky about his food but favored sunflower seeds and loved just about anything I could hang from his cage that he could climb or swing on. He was easily entertained and seemed to be more vocal when I was in the room, though he never spoke words. What made having a bird tough for a teenager was the cage maintenance. Cleaning out a bird cage is a lot more work than letting a dog out the back door. Its a gross task that I would put off till I couldn't any longer. It was also tough having him out of his cage to much because I never paper trained him. He could be sitting on my shoulder and he would go to the bathroom which meant he ended up in his cage a lot.
While I enjoyed some things about Baldi and having a bird as a pet I did not feel much of an attachment to him and I felt like he was much more work than he was worth. I would not own a bird again but I can see why dedicated bird owners enjoy them.