Posted Aug 09, 2014
After owning multiple parakeets I decided to take on another, more exotic, bird. I chose my cockatiel due to their beautiful coloring and cute little mohawks. I tracked down a breeder who had some babies nearly ready to be taken home! I jumped at the opportunity and brought home Coco about two weeks later. I had a great set up waiting for my new family member. I large cage filled with toys, treats, and cuddle bones for my bird to enjoy. He was such a little sweetheart, always cocking his head curiously at you.
He was very vocal, always chirping away. Usually it was pleasant, until night time hit. It took a few weeks to get him used to the sheet method. Which is placing a sheet over the cage to block out all light, and teaching him that meant bed time. He eventually got the idea and we didn't have any other problems with him after that. His diet was very vast, lots and lots of fresh fruits and veggies. As well as seeds and bird treats. He loved to play, and he especially loved his talking mirror. He would sit in front of it for hours and try to mimic the sounds. We never had any success with his speech unfortunately, but not for lack of trying!
Unfortunately Coco passed away a few years after we got him, while he was molting he pulled his blood feather and bled to death in the night :( He was a fantastic bird all around, I miss him all the time!