Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Mar 14, 2015
My children and I got Woodstock from a friend whose cockatiel had babies, and we were excited to welcome this beautiful little feathered guy to our family. We were deciding what to name him, and my son thought of Woodstock, after the little bird in the Peanuts cartoon. He was gray, with bright orange cheeks and yellow crested feathers, and would preen his feathers, whistle and step up on our fingers almost immediately. We learned he liked millet with a passion, and would eagerly go after it whenever we put a sprig in his cage.
One day, when he was about a year old, we woke up to find that Woodstock had laid five eggs in his cage! Evidently, he wasn't a he after all...he was a she! The eggs weren't fertilized, of course, as Woodstock was our only bird, but she sat on them faithfully, waiting for them to hatch. We read our cockatiel book and talked to the people at the local pet shop, and learned that we would have to remove one egg a day. If we removed them all at once, Woodstock would get depressed, and yet they advised us that she would get depressed if we didn't remove them at all. So, one of us distracted her, as another would sneak away one egg. Then, it seemed, she was happy again, until she laid more eggs months later.
Finally, a few years later, she had been sitting on her eggs while the kids were at school and I was at work. From what I can piece together, she got her wing through her cage bar and got stuck. In her panic to get back to her eggs, she flapped and her wing was almost torn off by the time we got home. I remember it was Easter weekend, and I sat with her in my lap all night, waiting for the vet's office to open. When they did, the vet used blue sports injury wrap tape, and it looked like Woodstock had a blue chicken wing on one side of her body. She seemed to adapt herself to getting around her cage and perch after her injury, but she never flew again. We enjoyed having Woodstock as part of our lives for another year. Cockatiels are great family birds, very affectionate and friendly, and provide very interesting interactions and fun.