Which is a better option for a first time parrot owner?

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I don't think you've chickened out at all. You've made a well-reasoned, thoughtful choice about what will be best for both you and a bird. And your tiel is STUNNING! When does he come home? Do you have a name for him?
 

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I sure hope so because he comes with a dna certificate, Ik it’s not 100% accurate but I think it would be a pretty good bet that he’s male? He also hasn’t gone through his first molt and also I thought males were the ones that had barring on the tail?
Females have barring on the tails once they're adults. Mine did have if as a juvenile and I thought it was female but the striped tail disappeared and it ended up being male
 
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I don't think you've chickened out at all. You've made a well-reasoned, thoughtful choice about what will be best for both you and a bird. And your tiel is STUNNING! When does he come home? Do you have a name for him?
Thank you, just thought about which bird I could keep the happiest under most circumstances and cockatiel was the answer for me. He comes home tonight and I don’t have a name for him yet but I’ll share it with you all and some pictures when I have him home!
 
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Also can you guys see and let me know if his cage setup looks ok?
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Just got him home and settled in, at first he kept flying and kept hitting the walls of the cage and falling to the bottom but he seems to be a bit more calm now, is he just getting used to the cage and where the stuff is? I don’t want him to get hurt, this was the first pic I was able to get of him, he’s eating millet, drinking and preening his feather so I think he’s ok? Heard what sounded like beak grinding for a bit but that stopped too, now he’s just chilling in the same place, I think since it’s quiet now and it’s dark he’s resting. I’ll try giving him some broccoli in the morning. Should I do anything about him falling?
 

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Just got him home and settled in, at first he kept flying and kept hitting the walls of the cage and falling to the bottom but he seems to be a bit more calm now, is he just getting used to the cage and where the stuff is? I don’t want him to get hurt, this was the first pic I was able to get of him, he’s eating millet, drinking and preening his feather so I think he’s ok? Heard what sounded like beak grinding for a bit but that stopped too, now he’s just chilling in the same place, I think since it’s quiet now and it’s dark he’s resting. I’ll try giving him some broccoli in the morning. Should I do anything about him falling?
what a gorgeous baby! If You're worried about falling, you can place a few layers of newspaper on the bottom of the cage, or a towel without any loops that might get a toe caught in it. Also, if you can, try to have a ladder go up from the bottom of the cage to the upper perches. Baby cockatiels are clumsy as heck and sometimes need some extra motivation to climb up to their usual perch(es). It's not a requirement... and they can handle things well without it. It just helps :)
 
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what a gorgeous baby! If You're worried about falling, you can place a few layers of newspaper on the bottom of the cage, or a towel without any loops that might get a toe caught in it. Also, if you can, try to have a ladder go up from the bottom of the cage to the upper perches. Baby cockatiels are clumsy as heck and sometimes need some extra motivation to climb up to their usual perch(es). It's not a requirement... and they can handle things well without it. It just helps :)
Thank you, I’ll add a towel or a folded up bed sheet for padding rn and I’ll get him a ladder next time I go to the pet store, he’s just a baby and I dont want him to hurt himself
 
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Are his nostrils obstructed or am I just freaking out?
 

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A 3 month old unsexed green cheek conure or an 8 week old male cockatiel?
It has been four months since I got my two little female sun conures(first time ever owning birds). They each have different personalities and likes. I got them when they were 5 months old and spend most of my time with them. They are very social and love to hang out on my sons or husbands shoulders as well. They DO bite but the more you get to know them the more you understand why or when they are going to do it. They need fresh veggies and fruits on a daily in addition to their pellets and they take baths daily. They are so much fun but also I big responsibility. Good luck on finding your ideal birdie!
 

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