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Old 08-29-2018, 03:53 PM
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Re: How many cockatiels?

I’ll tell you one thing. Get one bird and see how much time and work goes into bonding and caring for the bird. You might change your tune once realize all the time and work it requires to live with a toddler with wings. As much as I love Birdie and would love to try a different species, She is certainly enough for me....and I’m retired!
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Old 08-29-2018, 04:15 PM
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Re: How many cockatiels?

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Iíll tell you one thing. Get one bird and see how much time and work goes into bonding and caring for the bird. You might change your tune once realize all the time and work it requires to live with a toddler with wings. As much as I love Birdie and would love to try a different species, She is certainly enough for me....and Iím retired!
This is an excellent point. Especially if the OP has never owned a bird before, I think getting one would be plenty for starting out. There's a lot of people out there that like the idea of owning birds but get one and it ends up driving them nuts with the noise, the flying, the attention they need.... it can be exhausting. And that's just ONE bird.
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Old 08-29-2018, 05:48 PM
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Re: How many cockatiels?

Well first be sure you can handle a bird in general before getting any. I would always suggest visiting your local bird rescue or shelter and volunteer there and ask questions about care, mess, noise, etc and know more about the different species of bird before deciding to get any.
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Old 08-29-2018, 08:19 PM
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Re: How many cockatiels?

My advice, for what it’s worth, is get one now, bond with him or her for a few months or so, & get another later, particularly if they will be alone most of the day. BUT do try to ensure they are the same sex even though this can be tricky. I had a mature female & got what I thought was a juvenile female who turned out to be a boy and when he reached sexual maturity all hell broke loose! He fell madly in love with her but became extremely aggressive & territorial towards her & we ended up having to cage her during his hormonal rages just for her own protection! As for different species, you can't go wrong with a budgie, they're so darling.

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Re: How many cockatiels?

katiea, it's fine, I agree with you! Although we humans *ARE* supposed to be our bird's flock, we are not birds. We can in no way replace an actual bird. We can't mate with them, have babies with them, etc. Now, even if you have a flock situation doesn't mean you need to encourage those behaviors either... but again, most birds can, and do, benefit with other birds being in the home even if that other bird(s) is not the same species and they don't get along. I've seen it myself going across multiple species.


If a person can handle getting two birds and is willing to put the work into it, I agree, two is better than one! But likewise, one bird *for now* may be beneficial for someone who's just getting into birds and may not be prepared for having multiple birds.


I will say though that I've had my first cockatiel for almost 17 years now, in about a little over a month it'll be 17 years! And she is also 17 years old. She was hand raised from day one from her breeder, was the last of the chicks to be sold, and she was bought by friends of the family for me. Through the years, she's seen seven other cockatiels come and go... and I'm currently fostering two other cockatiels. Once they find homes (one after she's deemed healthy - she has a skin infection and getting treatment for it), that will be nine other cockatiels. All of the others were second hand, plus, birds that have had one or more homes before coming to me. Some I kept and they passed from age related health issues, others I found homes for.

Through all of this, Casey has *always* remained friendly. Always demanding attention, always looking for ways to get into trouble (aka - find places to nest!), has never truly been aggressive, has only *TRULY* bitten once in her entire life.



The first, and thus far *ONLY* bird she has bonded with was my first conure... whom I got a month after I got Casey. He was a really sad 'little' guy. Wasn't anything described as a conure and wasn't really trusting of humans either. Against my own wishes, they became cage buddies and had remained so until he, my first conure, passed on from his own health issues. She has never bonded to any other bird like that since. Sure, she enjoys having other cockatiels around, and she has attempted to make friends with my second conure, but quickly learned that he's not worth being friends with. Again, never lost the bond with her. In fact, it has helped other birds learn to trust in me simply because she has paved the way. I would love it if I could find a bird that she could have that bond with like she did with my first conure. I know if I did manage that, she would still remain bonded to me but be fine having a buddy, too! Granted, her relationship with my first conure was pretty one sided! LOL They got along, but if Noel was eating something with his foot, Casey would often sneak bites and Noel never cared. If Casey wanted head scritches from Noel, she never got them... but she did preen Noel, which he enjoyed. The two often slept cuddled up together.


Casey still looks the same as she did 16+ years ago! Maybe not quite as much energy, but still the same friendly and quirky personality!
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