My name is Echo, and I am almost 13 years old. I am shy and quiet, but my friends know I am an amazing weirdo.
I have strait As and I'm in advanced classes.
I play soccer and volleyball, and I'm very active.
I live in a house, and have enough time to care for a bird. I am leaning toward cockatiel, but am unsure. I want a bird I can hold and cuddle. I also have a cat, but she is de-clawed. My mom had birds as a child, but for some reason doesn't want me to get one. I will keep mentioning it to her. I have done TONS of research, and I'm going to a pet place to see and hold some birds in a week or so. I have a strong conmection with animals, and I'm going to be a veterinarian when I am older.
Advice? Thanks for any help.
If you're considering a bird you'd like to "cuddle", your options might be slim. Cockatiels are generally more "pettable", although birds usually don't like to be petted, like a cat or a dog.
You mentioned you have a cat--would you be prepared to house the bird in a room with a closed door at all times, or have a "cat only" part of the house while still giving both pets attention? Cats are natural predators, and regardless of their temperament, and even though she has no claws, a wayward swipe through the cage bars can easily injure a bird.
Also, it sounds like although you have time to care for him/her, birds are just as social as dogs and need frequent company. If not, would you have space for two birds?
I think that if you read over this and feel confident you can provide these conditions for your new little friend, you should go for it! Cockatiels tend to be more "clingy", and budgies can bond very well with humans as well but aren't as clingy as tiels.
Feel free to ask any and all questions--we're here to help!
Good luck, and let us know what you decide
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It is good to hear you have done loads of research with regard to getting a bird, that shows you are a responsable person.
I agree 100% with Star's post but I would also like to add this, are you aware how long a bird can live, my first budgie lived for 18 years, I've no doubt that your cat loves cuddles and attention but they are very independant animals, in captivity birds are solely reliant on us and as I say they can if well looked after live for many years.
You are undoubtedly a very clever person, your grades show that, but can you give your time and attention to a bird in lets say 4 years, I am not trying to talk you out of getting a bird but I do need you to realise that by getting a bird you have a responsibility to it for (hopefully) many years.
Thank you for answering, I love the replies. I agree with most of this, however, if I were to get a bird I wouldn't want to wait four years. I understand that they live quite long, but I still am highly considering one. I will consider your responses when I go to the pet store to look at their birds, and hold them. (I'm not going to buy any yet, I have to be 100 percent sure I'm ready.) also, when I was quite young, my uncle owned a cockatiel that my mom's parents gave to him. I don't remember him, but I still feel a connection. (I know, I sound a bit crazy)
I can only share my experience for you to consider. I have four English budgies that were all hand raised and pretty tame when they came to me. None of them were ever enthused about being petted or scratched, and even though some budgies do enjoy that, it seem's most don't. After putting the four together as a flock, and enjoying watching them with each other, I decided to get a bird that I could bond with, and opted for a hand raised cockatiel. He was young and had a lot of human interaction when I got him, and we became fast friend's. He loves having his head, and face rubbed and scratched, and riding on my shoulder...
I did have a rehomed, and a store bought tiel years ago, and neither were as friendly. I would recommend finding a good breeder, that hand raises/socializes their bird's, and get them young, whether it be a budgie or a tiel...
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I'm glad you are doing your research prior to getting a bird (of any sort).
I agree with Star -- most budgies are not hold, cuddle, petting types of birds.
I'd personally suggest you hold off getting a bird for now. Having a cat and a bird really isn't the best combination -- you have to be very careful never to allow your cat in the room where the bird is. We've had multiple members who accidentally left a door open and then ended up with a tragedy.
You have a lot to look forward to with middle school and high school. You are active now and that is only going to increase as time goes by. Those years are filled with all kinds of new and exciting things and you may find that the time you have to devote to a feathered friend is much more limited than you now expect.
To familiarize yourself with the forums, please take the time to read through all of the How To Guides, the FAQs and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.
You'll find most of your basic questions are answered after you've read through all of them.
Echo....you have received lots of good advice and have many things to think about. Going to a pet store to learn more is good start but beware of the "impulse urge" to bring one home that day.
I owned a pair of Cockatiels in the past and they were so much fun and very loving. One down side that affected me was that they are very dusty birds. They leave a talcum-like powder all over everything. You would have to be diligent at cleaning your room. I had to rehome mine because their dander caused me to have some breathing problems that even an air filter didn't take care of.
And having one bird home alone all day can be hard on the Cockatiel. They are social birds and do best with at least another bird for companionship. One would be very lonely left home all by himself.
I have given you more to think about but considering everything is a must before bringing home a bird. Especially with a cat in the house.
My Daughter is a Veterinarian also. Good luck with your dream. It is a hard road to become one but if you are determined you will make it!
Thank you! All these replies are wonderful! Again, I will consider all of your advice. If I didn't have a cat, I would probably have a bird by now, but that is one of the few things holding me back. Thanks again, and have a wonderful day!
Jonah- thanks, I will if I get a cockatiel. :3
Little feather- ok, thank you!
Quite a few years back I had a cockatiel as a pet. He came from a breeder and my Dad picked her out. I'm not sure if she was hand raised but I don't think she was but she did become curious and friendly with me and enjoyed head scratches and attention like that.
In the case of either budgie or cockatiel, you must remember that they can be noisy. I share a room with 6 budgies and when they're all chattering at once, there's quite a noise. I find the noise tolerable (I don't like it when they sqwawk and they don't mind that I don't care for it, lol) and if there's a show I want to watch, I put my headphones on to listen as they will chatter throughout it otherwise.
Lots of good advice already given, so not much that I could add...
I will say, however, that it's a good idea to make sure your mom agrees with your decision as you won't always be able to care for your bird alone. So, if mom doesn't want a bird, it will be tough on all of you.
I also agree that with your school and activities, a single bird would be very lonely. And birds are not happy alone.
I wish you all the best