Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Jan 21, 2015
Oh the joy of owning a Cockatiel… or do they own you? Having a bird like this is a commitment. Cockatiels take a lot of work. They are very social birds. They need attention. I got Sly (my cockatiel) when I was 7 years old. He barely had any feathers and needed to be fed from a syringe. And from the start, I loved him to death. He was very shy, but I kept talking to him, and kept the cage door open at all times so he could climb and fly around. Sly loved music. He would bob his head up and down whenever a song would come on the radio, or I would hum a tune of my own. He even had a catchphrase – “Hello baby,” which I taught him to say, and was adored by the entire block because of it. Sly was a faithful and loving companion for nearly two decades.