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Old 09-09-2018, 03:53 PM
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Hello I wanted to know a little more about cockatiels from owners, I understand that every bird is different, I just want to know a little more about them. What do you like about them, What annoys you a little about them? Favorite thing about them? Personality? If you could change one thing about them what would it be? Thanks
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yup..each one is different..BB is my first cockatiel. After reading many posts here,I decided on getting one after Smokey passed away. I've always had two birds,amy grew up with Smokey and was depressed like I was when she passed.

Beebs came from a breeder,who has been in business for nearly 40 years,and breeds all sorts of birdies,so I was confident with were BB was coming from.
With getting ANY bird,let him/her choose YOU,it'll make it so much easier when bonding/training begins. Out of four Normal Gray birds available to go home that day,BB was the only one who was interested in me The other three either didn't give a hoot,or ran away when I got close to them. BB hopped right on my hand and walked up my arm to sit on my shoulder then twittle/chirp in my ear He had picked ME and he came home with me that day.

Right from the get-go he was a sweet heart. I didn't even put him in his new house when we got home,I let him sit on my shoulder while I played on the computer. He took to head skritches right away. I talked to him as he twittled away ( the very first thing he learned was the wolf whistle,that took about five days for him to get down pat). He was clipped so he couldn't fly,and he hadn't even molted his baby clothes yet (that took what seemed to be a LONG time lol) So for him to get around,he had to use me as his taxi.
I immediately introduced him to friends,to socialize him. My brother when he came over,my son,my buddies Joe and DJ (who are now "Uncle Joe" and "Uncle DJ").
So Beebers got used to new faces fast! He does his wolfie whistle to Joe and DJ..he doesn't even have to see them,just hear their voices lol.
He learned to whistle the andy Griffith and Addams family theme songs very fast. He says a few words very clearly.."little boy..little boy"..."BB good boy!".."hello" "Beebers"..and a few others. He whistles and mixes up on the theme songs lol. I let him learn to fly,which he does very well. He'll fly to me when I call to him.
He plays a game with me..I let him out of his house then sit on the couch. he'll come running across the floor to me saying "c'mon..c'mon" then as soon as he is ready to step up on my hand,he turns and runs off in the other direction,still saying c'mon c'mon lol and he'll do this for five minutes or so then finally step up on my hand

Cockatiels get frightened easily (at least to me). If he gets scared,he'll take off flying at full throttle,yelling his fool head off,and fly like he is out of control! He has smacked the wall a few times I was considering getting him clipped at one point,but now he can zoom down the halls and turn on a dime,can even fly in circles in my kitchen without crashing!

I can put my hand around him while he is on my shoulder and kiss his little face and he makes kissy sounds back to me. He will SING HIS HEART OUT,in my ear,beaky pressed to my cheek. As soon as he hears me get up in the morning,doesn't even have to see me,he just lights up and whistles his heart out.


He can/will/does get night frights at times...teils do this..something scares the crap out of him when he is in bed for the night and he thrashes around in his house. I have to get up and turn on the lights and uncover his house and reassure the poor boy

The only thing he really does that bugs the crap outta me is..He WONT stay off my flat screen! No matter what I do!! I don't want him crapping on it!!! Oh...and he WILL NOT stop and try to do the chaa-chaa on my hand! He is relentless! I shoo him away just for him to walk down my arm to the other hand! Back and forth we go til I get fed up with it and put him back in his house!!!!
did I mention that he'll also "box" with my ear??

I paid $150 for him..If I knew then that he would turn out the way he did,I'd gladly would have paid $1000 This is JMHO though lol.


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And a Grey 'teil, BB...a.k.a. The Beebs
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Rest in peace,my precious Smokey..4/2015 at 28 years young

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Old 09-09-2018, 05:24 PM
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Re: Calling all Cockatiel owners!

Does his powder dust ever bother you?
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Old 09-09-2018, 05:33 PM
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Re: Calling all Cockatiel owners!

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Does his powder dust ever bother you?
Nope!






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Jonesy, a cute Goffin 'too
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And a Grey 'teil, BB...a.k.a. The Beebs
that was 18 weeks old 5/20/2016,






Rest in peace,my precious Smokey..4/2015 at 28 years young
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Old 09-09-2018, 05:37 PM
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Re: Calling all Cockatiel owners!

Wow Cockatiels sound awesome, I was also interested in free flight, Its not something I think of seriously, Just a thought. Has anyone freeflighted their cockatiel and/or has experience with it?
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Old 09-10-2018, 01:31 AM
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Re: Calling all Cockatiel owners!

You could “free flight” but personally I wouldn’t. Cockatiels are VERY strong fliers, wild cockatiels cover vast distances searching for food and water in the wild and “domestic” (for want of a better term) birds who escape can travel a long way indeed. Also they can be quite easily spooked (see previous post about night terrors) and can easily fall victim to predators. My advice for what it’s worth is keep your ‘tiel indoors for safety’s sake.
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Re: Calling all Cockatiel owners!

Berry is a darling. She is sweet, gentle, and has a lovely temperament overall. My avian vet always says that she is possibly one of the sweetest cockatiels she has ever met. Although being very attached to me and calling while I am away from the room, she is actually quite independent and doesn't mind being alone with her budgie friends for a little while. She is good with other birds, and has never tried to bite them, or even other humans. She is so affectionate, and always loves scritches, and is very playful. She also doesn't make an excessive amount of noise (probably partly because she isn't a male and doesn't whistle or anything). So, personality wise she is just the best.

I can't think of many annoyances, but perhaps her slightly attention seeking behaviour is a little frustrating at times. Sometimes (not always) when I am in the room, and she is not the centre of my attention, she will do naughty things to get my attention. So she'll start trying to destroy objects, she'll go where she knows she isn't allowed, etc. However, I consider this to be a minor fault, and I don't take it too seriously. She does have night frights, unfortunately, but a night light next to the cage really seems to help. The dust is an issue for some, however I just keep an air purifier running and I haven't had any issues. Cockatiels would not be the best birds for people with asthma I don't think.

Clipping wings is a matter of preference. Berry's wings are not clipped. Free flight outside is not something that I would recommend with a tiel, though.

So yeah! She is a gem, and shows many of the traits of female cockatiels.
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Re: Calling all Cockatiel owners!

I had two cockatiels and they are both very different!

Boo is my 7 year old male whiteface grey. I got him when he was 3 with his mate Peach and they had babies for me in 2016 which were adorable. They tried again this year but sadly unbeknownst to me, Peach was sick and passed away from kidney/liver failure. Even after having babies he will step up for me and sit on my shoulder. He is fully flighted and likes taking laps around the living room. He won't let me touch or pet him though, he is not a very cuddly bird but is still hand-tame.

Ember is my 5 month old male pastelface pearl cockatiel, got him from a breeder after he was weaned (he flew on an airplane to get to me) and it was love at first sight for both of us. He has been my best buddy since the day he came home, he is much more cuddly than Boo is and demands pets and scratches, and loves sitting on my shoulder. He has never bitten me, he'll give me an annoyed beaking if I'm trying to make him stop doing something he wants to do. He is clipped so can't fly very well but still manages to make it a few feet before landing on the ground. I'm in the process of harness training him (aviator harness) and can't wait to bring him places.

COckatiels are great, I love them because they're small and easy to handle, their bites are not bad to endure (Boo has gotten me a couple times over the years), they do make noise but it isn't anything unbearable. We live in a duplex with someone above us and have never gotten any complaints about their noise. They do like to sing in the morning and evenings.

Their diet is pretty easy to handle, as they are small they don't eat a ton every day and so that also goes without saying that since they are smaller, it's less expensive to care for them then larger species like greys or amazons. Mine aren't destructive with their perches so they will last a long time. Since they are small it makes it easier to spoil them too with a big cage as mine wasn't too expensive and will last a long time.

So yeah, as others have stated it really does depend on the bird, you will get ones tha aren't so cuddly or affectionate but you will also find ones that just want your love, lol. It's always best to meet the bird before you take it home so you can bond and see if it likes you. Ember was sort of special in that he was extremely calm when he got home to me, it took him a few weeks to even make a chirp but once he did, he hasn't stopped.

I want to get Boo a girlfriend, lol as he is more happy with a mate (in my opinion) but I love both my birds

With a tiel, I would not recommend any sort of free flight. There are TONS of crows and hawks in my area and all it takes is one big gust of wind and your bid is gone and lost forever. They can, however enjoy flying in your home or in a screened in porch, something like that, or better yet, harness train them and they can come outside and sit with you on your shoulder and even make short flights to the ground with the tether around your wrist.
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Re: Calling all Cockatiel owners!

I love cockatiels, in fact, they’re my favorite birds! Ducky, my female lutino cockatiel, is an absolute sweetheart. She has never bitten anyone, and all she wants is love. She is very affectionate and one of her favorite things to do is to nuzzle up against my cheek and stay there. She bows her head to beg for scritches, and when you scritch her, she turns her head and closes her eyes. It’s so cute!

Cockatiels are known to be very calm and peaceful, and Ducky lives up to that reputation. She just loves to sit on my shoulder and preen. Ducky isn’t hyper or always on the go like my conure. Also, she isn’t loud at all. The only time she makes any noise is when she’s in her cage and wants out. Keep in mind that male cockatiels are noisier because they whistle a lot.

Ducky is also very intelligent and has learned many tricks. She can do recall, wave, wings, spin, tunnel, fetch, basketball, and ring toss. The only thing she has refused to do at this point is any trick that involves her going upside down - it’s just not natural for cockatiels like it is for conures. So most cockatiels aren’t going to be doing acrobatics or rolling over on their backs.

I am a strong advocate of leaving birds flighted. Ducky is an excellent flier and just loves to fly circles around the room! She flies to me when I call her, and I’ve taught her to fly down the stairs to look for me. However, I wouldn’t recommend free flight, which is when you fly your bird outdoors. It’s just too risky, especially with a bird that spooks easily. Cockatiels are small and easily lost outside.

I really can’t think of a single thing I don’t love about Ducky. The dust may be an issue for some, but I’ve never had any problems with it. For me, Ducky is the perfect companion bird. So there you have it
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My Cockatiels cover the board as far as behavior is concerned.

Cheeky is not hand tame, He sings beautifully, and I can only get him to step up on a wooden spoon to move him around.

Mango and Angle are two female birds I raised from the egg. The love to be scratched on the neck and petted on the head. The are 3 years old last month.

None of my Tiels are Velcro birds.

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