North Carolina, United States
Posted Nov 08, 2014
We are our cockatiels' second home; we took them from a family friend of a friend who was moving and couldn't keep them. On that note, it doesn't seem like the birds were really socialized or trained before they came to us. We'd read about cockatiels being gregarious and sweet, but our birds are standoffish and sometimes a little mean. They love sunflower seeds as treats, but don't seem to care about the fingers holding them, so we have to be very careful how we present the seeds. Cleaning the cage is fairly labor intensive, but that could just be three birds equaling more mess than one.
Our cockatiels are chatterboxes, and each can wolf-whistle and whistle the first few notes of "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" after my siblings spent a few days teaching them. Overall, it seems like these birds had the potential to be very good pets, but their first home wasn't the best and that skewed their personalities.