Huntington, West Virginia, United States
Posted Dec 12, 2018
I've owned several cockatiels over the years. My first two were a male and female pair that we named Pretty Boy and Polly. Pretty Boy was very social and affectionate. He loved cuddles and kisses. He also could mimic songs. I listened to the Red Hot Chili Peppers a lot back in the day, and he learned how to whistle Californication- the whole song! He also imitated telephones, car alarms, the microwave's ding , and said both his name and Polly's. He danced along with any sort of music, as well.
Breeding the birds really wasn't hard. For the most part, they did it themselves. The babies were fun to watch and play with, but they looked a bit like aliens.
Cleaning was always easy, but I ended up having to do it twice a day if I didn't pay attention to what sort of food I gave them. They liked to fling their food. It was much easier with pellets, as opposed to millet or seeds.
I highly recommend cockatiels to anyone considering a bird as a pet. I still have one that I watch while my best friend is away for college. He's not noisy, not messy and not hard to take care of, which has been my experience with all cockatiels.