I visited a local bird store today with the intention of meeting the new clutch of cockatiels they have. The store breeds various kinds of birds and rescues some too. However, I met two cockatiels. They were so cute! I loved their sweet voices and watching them preen each other.
They're both female, about 8 years old and they were rescued from an animal hoarder over a year ago. The rest of the birds taken from that home were sold except for these two.
They are very closely bonded and can't be separated. One lost a leg due to the poor care of their previous owner. She can walk just fine but struggles with climbing. The store hasn't been able to find a home for them because no one wants the disabled one. The pair is only $75 and comes with all the needed supplies (because the store is desperate for them to find a home.) They aren't tame but aren't aggressive.
I would love to take them but I'm worried about taking in two rescues when I have zero experience with cockatiels!
Is it possible to tame the pair? They're 8 years old and were previously mistreated.
Is this a task I'm ready for? Be brutally honest please. I have no experience with cockatiels. I want these two to find a loving, capable home. If you don't think I'm ready to be that home please let me know.
What kind of accommodations would I need to make for the disabled bird?
I'm not certain I will be adopting these two because I had a hard enough time convincing my mom to let me get one cockatiel, let alone two!
You can see the disabled bird's leg in the second photo.