Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Jan 23, 2015
I got Cody from a breeder when I was a kid. He's beautiful, but I made the mistake of choosing a breeder who didn't work with the birds to get them used to being handled. I researched and tried for years to get Cody comfortable with even just stepping up onto my finger, but FIFTEEN YEARS LATER we never got there. I've owned other cockatiels and never had this problem. Something to consider if you want a bird that will hang out on your shoulder.
If you're thinking about getting a cockatiel, be aware that it's time consuming to keep up with cleaning, though not difficult. They are "dusty" birds, and you will need to take into account that in addition to cleaning the cage on a frequent basis, you will be vacuuming, dusting, etc. more often than before. Having had birds my whole life, this was not an issue for me, but I feel it's worth mentioning for anyone wanting a bird who thinks they're "easy" to care for!
I had to give Cody up once I moved to a condo - not because of any pet policies, but because he was always a LOUD bird! My neighbors weren't fond of it, to say the least. I made sure he had plenty of stimulation (new toys, new foods, and he was often out of his cage hanging out on his gymnasium or exploring the house) but this didn't seem to deter his vocalization. Luckily, he went to live with a 60 year old retiree who spends all day talking to him while she cooks, and he "chats" right back!