Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Mar 18, 2009
I have raised Cockatiels off and on for more years than I will say and can honestly say that a good hand raised Tiel is my personal favorite.I could go on for hours about my birds and probably do. My favorite bird is named Starfire he is a pied that was given to me as a gift and the first thing the little darling ever said was love you I spoil him rotten but I also use him to show newly acquired birds that I can be trusted. Cockatiels require at least two play times out of their cage every day and love to spend it with their person, they can be very defensive of whoever they concider to be their person and often develope a deep bond with them. Star will sit on my shoulder for hours just to be with me (he's there now) and whispers in my ear. Hens sing and talk just as well as the boys, all it takes is a good smart bird and a bit of attention and you have a talker. I would recommend a hand raised bird as they already look to people for food and attention but even a crazy bird can be brought around with love. Cockatiels love bath time so you should always keep a bowl of water on hand for them. They are nosy and like to explore ant space they can squeeze into they have their faults of course and they also have very good memories. This can be a problem at times especialy if you trim wings or talons. My males see the clippers before I get them in hand and I spend a long time trying to catch them. They also live a long time so they are good first pets they are big enough that a child can see what they are doing unlike the smaller birds that might be squeezed and bite. A cockatiel requires rules and they know when they are being bad, mine have been trained to leave books alone and all we have to do is say their name when they try to sneak a nibble and they leave in a hurry. We train 'no' with a squirt bottle and if anyone even picks up the bottle all the birds head for their cages. They actually learned that one from Starfire and Stewie ( our old man he's almost 20) we never tried to train them to do it. They are not expense to keep as pets general feed for one Tiel is about 10.00 for 3 months worth and the extras they like can be found in most people's frig at any time.
They are generaly healthy birds and a well kept cockatiel will probably never need to see a vet.
One fault they have is chewing they have to taste things and you have to break them of it quickly ,the squirt bottle works wonders for this, another problem is house plants birds love green stuff and most house plants are poisonous so they should not be allowed in the same room with them. I love cockatiels in all their varieties