Posted Jan 23, 2015
I lived in an apartment with a Cockatiel for six years. By the time I’d moved in the original owner had moved out some time ago, and the bird was left as a part of the unit. It was a beautiful animal and a quiet one as well, but somewhat indifferent to the tenants. He would interact with just about anyone if they brought him some dandelion leaves to snack on, but paid little attention to anyone empty-handed. You were given the sense that you were the guest in his house, rather than the assumed reverse. The cage can be a bit of a pain to clean, but just the standard bird mess. Throughout my stay I didn’t see a single health issue with Jackie, and he was nearly the perfect pet, only he didn’t care to act like one.
It may be that fact that no one who lived in the apartment was the original owner, but if you’re looking for an interactive pet, this may not be for you. If you’re looking for a beautiful, quiet, and clean roommate that is also a bird, this may be exactly what you’re looking for.
Also a few of my friends couldn’t stop sneezing whenever they came to the place, so check your allergies before making a decision.