Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Jan 25, 2015
Bailey was my wonderful friend for 8 years. Cockatiel's have incredible longevity for a bird (as much as 20 years!) and will give countless hours of entertainment. But this is after a number of hours of getting to know each other and the moods and meaning of their behavior. As with children, each bird is different in temperment.
Remember that Cockatiel's need adequate space in their cages to move around and a cage with a door opening large enough to get in and out without "ruffling their feathers". A lot of times, if screaming is all your bird is doing, it may be a matter of moving the cage to a more suitable location. Drafts or other commotion around the cage all the time can upset the bird. A clean cage at all times is necessary to keep feathers clean and healthy.
Cockatiel's can be quite moody - and by that I mean quiet some tmes and other times screaming so loud that the neighbors can hear. Training, like with any other animal, is all about repetition. And sometimes you will probably wonder who is training who! As a matter of fact, Bailey would sing for his breakfast every morning.... 6am! However, with patience and loving care, your cockatiel will come around and be your best friend too!