Acquired: Pet store
Posted May 14, 2015
I grew up with my first cockatiel, Puffy. I received him for my 5th birthday. Even at a young age, I was able to be very active in his maintenance. I fed him most days, helped my mom to clean his cage (which was always quite an undertaking because it was almost my size), and played with him all the time.
When I would get home from school, he would come out and sit on my shoulder until dinner. He would walk back and forth, or climb up on my head while I did my homework and chores. Sometimes he would climb down my arm to the table and dance around until I took a break to scratch his neck and cheeks. It takes a strong person to withhold cheek scratches from those orange-cheeked cuties.
After dinner, he was my dad's. He loved all of us, but my dad most of all. I think he liked how broad dad's shoulders were.
The only issue we had with Puffy was health. Puffy got sick a lot, usually respiratory. He did live to be 15 years though. That is the sign of an excellent vet. It is tough to find good bird vets, so do you home work before deciding on one.