Acquired: Pet store
Posted Apr 20, 2015
I will admit, I have never been much of a bird person but, I fell in love with my cockatiel, Tweety, when I saw him! He was small, 2 months old, when I got him.
From the beginning, he was a very vocal bird! I always laughed and said he loved to hear himself! At night time I would have to cover his cage with a blanket to make him quiet down for the evening.
Training was a bit of a challenge for Tweety. I had issues with him biting for quite a while. I would be holding him and things would be going great and then, all of the sudden he would decide to give me a nice little nip with his beak, sometimes even breaking the skin.
Daily I would provide a fresh bird seed mixture for Tweety as well as a variety of fruits and veggies. They were an important part of his diet. Some of his favorites were mangos, grapes, and broccolli. He was never what I would have considered a picky eater. Fresh water was also provided daily as birds tend to sometimes make a mess of their water.
Cage cleaning was necessary weekly at the very least. If you are looking for a super neat and clean pet, a cockatiel may not be the right choice for you. I would have to sweep the area around the cage daily as various feathers and seeds always made their way to the floor and surrounding areas.
If I was going to be home for the day, I would leave the cage open and allow Tweety to go in and out of the cage as he desired. He was always easy to catch when it was time to be put away. Tweety was a social bird if it came to members of our immediate family that were around on a daily basis. But with others, he tended to be a bit more shy and reserved.
While I enjoyed him, I do not think I would be a bird owner again in the future. Not to say my experience was bad or anything like that. I just feel that they require a good bit of daily attention, etc and for me having young children, that is hard to do.