Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Dec 31, 2014
We kept Misty with his sister Kiki for a few years before we moved and ultimately had to rehome them. While they were beautiful birds, they were very messy and quite cheeky!
Misty would often empty the contents of the cage out onto the floor around the cage, and would regularly splash water from his water bowl onto the floor too! The cleanup surrounding the cage was much more tedious than the cleanup of the cage itself.
Misty was quite aggressive on occasion, and would bite fingers, eyebrows, and lips until he drew blood. While this was not a regular occurrence, it did make supervision a must when he was out of the bird cage. With that said, he was always very friendly (even protective) of his sister Kiki.
We never had any health problems with our two birds, and their grooming/nutritional needs were very simple. Both birds enjoyed cuttlefish bone and millet seed to vary their dietary requirements.
I wouldn't recommend cockatiels to a young family as young children can be incredibly rough with such small birds (a cousin of mine pulled out a lot of Misty's feathers during a temper tantrum on one occasion!), and can hurt them quite badly without intending to.
These birds would suit someone who has the time to socialise with them, and allow them time to fly around outside of their cage. Ideal for an older couple, or a family with older children.