Posted Mar 26, 2015
Near the end of last summer, I was BBQing when I saw a strange bird on the ground in my back yard. Turns out it was a cockatiel. He couldn't fly and our neighborhood is full of cats, so I scooped him into a box and brought him inside. I canvassed the neighborhood, but nobody claimed him or knew where he came from. Six months later he's part of the family.
He's not as friendly as I'd like, but I cut him slack since he probably had a rough life. I let him out of his nice, big cage most of the day, and he sometimes flies over to my desk to hang out. He hates hands/fingers, though. He occasionally has vocal fits, but is mostly pretty quiet. I wouldn't say he's an ideal companion, but I do enjoy having him, and I'd recommend cockatiels in general.