Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted May 30, 2015
This is a review about our cockatiel, Rocco:
We received two cockatiels from a local breeder as our first bird pets -- a gray and a white cockatiel. The gray bird is who I am referring to.
The great thing I liked about these was having them together. We had a moderate size cage and that allowed both of them to move around and play with each other. Rocco and [Luna -- the female white cockatiel] were a great match. He seemed to care for her dearly and of course they were "intimate" a couple of times, but no babies!
It was fun to have them fly around the house in free flight. We were always a little nervous because we did not have their wings clipped to prevent them from flying away. Of course, we also worried about droppings going all over the furniture!
They were very easy to care for. We cleaned out their food/water bowl weekly and used newspapers in the bottom of the cage for easier clean-up. Great birds to own.
We ended up giving the birds to other rightful owners after my first daughter was born. It probably would have been okay to leave them in the cage, but we were very protective of the kids and didn't want the birds to get hurt either by the kids harassing. Plus, I didn't want to be limited on how often the birds could be out of the cage because I have a heart for animals and don't like them to be confined.
-- Very fun to have out and hold
-- Easy to handle (grabbing the body)
-- Simple to maintain (feeding)
-- Great beginner experience