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Old 01-05-2020, 12:54 AM
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Hi. New to this forum. Joined the other day after I decided to bring a sweet Lutino Budgie into my family and wanted to learn from this community. He/she is currently at the pet store being cage trained. I have been visiting him/her (I think it’s a him so I am going to go with that for now) every day to start bonding. The store I purchased him from has one available cockatiel which has caught my eye every time I am there bonding with my budgie. He’s the only one available out of the 7 they have in the “pen” so naturally I thought he was the “reject”. But today he proved me wrong. He has been super sweet and affectionate, but most of all PATIENT with everyone I have watched hold him, including children!!! I found myself thinking about him constantly after leaving the store today and am now considering bringing him home as family as well.

So my question is, does anyone have experience with having Budgies and cockatiels together? I would house them separately but would love to bring them out together on the play or tree stand during family time. I have minimal experience with cockatiels. I had one for 2 years that never tamed and unfortunately met a terrible fate due to a bad decision I made, but even during the time I had with him I can’t say that owning him made me an experienced tiel owner. And he was my only bird.

Mainly looking for advice, pros:cons to having both, would having 2 housed separately make either less tame, .....TIA
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Old 01-05-2020, 03:24 AM
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Re: Considering a cockatiel too....

I have seen a lot of video's of people with multiple specie's of birds out about the house. You can try it and if they don't get along (within a weeks time) keep them segregated then. jh
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Old 01-05-2020, 05:12 AM
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Re: Considering a cockatiel too....

Hello to you and welcome to Parrot Forums!

Budgies and cockatiels generally get on quite well. Budgies are well known for their pester power though so having separate accommodation for your cockatiel is recommended. My vet describes budgies as that pesky little brother who just doesn’t know when to quit and this is something that often gets them into trouble. Cockatiels are more tolerant of this behaviour than most though so I think as long as you exercise common sense they should be fine.

As far as taming and training is concerned, if you’re starting with two youngsters who have already been socialised with people they should adapt well in your home. In the early stages it may be best to have individual one on one time with each bird separately so each one has an opportunity to bond with you. My cockatiel Fang was hand raised and is generally very sociable (when he’s not being pushed around by a certain lorikeet that is!). My budgie Val on the other hand was a bit older when we got him and is not hand tame but loves hanging out and playing with the other two. Budgies are more flighty by nature so don’t be discouraged if he takes longer to settle. Remember they are going through major adjustments in their short lives and neither of them has any reason to trust you. It’s up to you to ensure each interaction they have with you is positive, take everything very slowly and move at the bird’s pace, even if it’s glacial sometimes! And don’t forget to come back here and give us updates and post some photos - we LOVE baby photos
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Re: Considering a cockatiel too....

Haha "pester power", I love it.



My senior tiel hates the little guys, HATES them(but even with all his tiny hatred, he has never hurt one or anything like that. Just squeals angrily when they get too close, and ahouts for me to come get him or the budgie). Probably because he is a grumpy old man and the budgies seem obsessed with him. But yeah, tiels and budgies in the same house do tend to work out fine. Separate cages of course, but it should be fine.
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Re: Considering a cockatiel too....

Welcomed! Lots if great info and great people here! I too think having two will be great, especially since they are both young and not set in their ways. Can't wait to see pictures of them! And gear about them eating their veggies! Getting young birds started on a healthy diet pay off for life. And young ones are more willing to try new stuff.
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Re: Considering a cockatiel too....

Hi and welcome to the forum! We have quite a few members who have budgies and 'tiels. I have an Amazon and 'tiel and they both come out at the same time. I'm lucky as far as Amy (Amazon) simply adores BB (cockatiel) and after watching/supervising for the last three years I can say Amy would never harm BB.
Amy doesn't fly,doesn't know how to..BB is an excellent flap flapper. He'll hang with Amy,sing to him,wolf whistle and when he has had enough..flap flap to me!
I don't see any problems with a budgie and 'tiel. As stated,budgies can be bossy little so-and-so's so i'd keep a close eye on them.


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Old 01-05-2020, 06:36 PM
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Re: Considering a cockatiel too....

Well thank you to all who responded. I went back today to bond with my budgie and had plans to spend time with the cockatiel, but to my pleasant surprise he was already out picking his forever family in an 11 year old girl who was so great with him. Obviously this little guy wasn’t meant to be for me, but so thrilled he found a great home. I think it wasn’t meant to be because my little Budgie is showing me winning his trust and opening up his personality to me is definitely going to be a labor of love and time. Thanks to everyone for being so welcoming. Guess it’s time to start asking my questions on the budgie threads. (I have a feeling I’ll be back on here though in the not too distant future. )
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Re: Considering a cockatiel too....

Sounds like a win-win for everyone concerned Awesome! We are always here to help in any way we can. Please check in anytime you can. Remember a "stupid question" is a question not asked! And BTW...we LOVE photo's!
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Old 01-08-2020, 11:42 PM
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Re: Considering a cockatiel too....

Hey Jim @AmyMyBlueFront Here’s a picture of the new little guy. Still unnamed. Leaning towards Omelette, Fish or Tweety Bird. Found out a new batch of hand-fed Tiels are hitting the floor tomorrow and am super interested still. I have been scouting cages on Craigslist. If I can do it without a huge financial impact Immediately I am seriously considering taking the plunge. Stay tuned......

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Oh Tweety Bird! Beautiful baby!
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