Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Jun 16, 2015
I purchased my cockatiel, Jake, from private breeder who just did it for fun. When we got the bird she was not sure the exact age, but she was sure he was a male (we found out years later "he" was actually a "she" when she started laying eggs). We originally got him as a pet for my dad who had owned birds in the past. Jake quickly got attached to me instead, and refused to go to my father or mother. He would hiss if they tried to pick him up. We would eat dinner on the couch or the dining room table and we would leave Jake's cage open. Every single night without fail he would fly over, land on my shoulder, and crawl down to my plate to share my food. So I just started leaving a little on the side for him.
He was the easiest bird to take care of. I would let him crawl around the floor once a week while I cleaned his cage which only took about 15 minutes max. He was always very friendly, and loved to give kisses. He would nibble on my finger affectionately, and always hung out on my shoulder no matter what I was doing. I recommend this bird for people who can spend a little bit every single day with him or her.