Posted Mar 23, 2015
Both of my birds were given away to me as their owners were unable to care for them. C.C. was very friendly and knew how to speak and sing songs, but Sam was unsocialized, didn't know words/songs, and would draw blood if you let your hand venture too close to his cage. I would suggest keeping wings clipped to prevent any mishaps- C.C. flew into a door once and dislocated his shoulder. Although the vet was able to pop it back in, his shoulders never seemed quite right after that. Be careful of aerosols, carbon monoxide, and using products like straightening irons or non-stick cookware- they're more sensitive than you would think. I requested that my bird would be housed in his own room when used for a play production, yet when I went to check on him he was housed in an area full of people using hair spray and curling irons, and there was blood coming from a nostril. Other than their chemical sensitivities, cockatiels seem to be great pets as long as they're socialized. Be ready for seeds tossed on the floor if you get a cockatiel, as they can be quite messy!