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Hey everybirdie! So I've been considering this for a couple weeks, and think I'd like to move forward. I would like to acquire a cockatiel to add too my flock. Not right now, because I want to get as much info as possible first, of course. I have a thread posted on TC and TC, and while I've gotten some good info there, they're much less active sister forums to TB. I'm gong that our resident tiel owners here can help me as well.

Anything you guys can give me! Male vs. Female, age, and maybe a breeder in the myrtle beach area? Thank you so much everybirdie!

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Hey Kristen,

I had a tiel about 18 years ago who lived with me for some years before my brother adopted her.

I think tiels make a lovely companion bird.
Mine, Sidney, bonded well with me and would step up, sit on my shoulder/head and generally enjoyed sitting with me. She also enjoyed other members of the family when we bought her into the family room when we moved and I was working more hours.

The biggest negative for me is how loud they can be. Sharing a room with 10 budgies is preferable to me because I personally found the noise of one tiel flock calling to be pretty headache inducing. When I had Sid, it was before I used the internet so maybe I could have done more to distract her with the flock calling as I would have had resources to use now.
The other big difference in terms of a negative would just be the dust they produce. It's a lot more than a budgie. I'm sure I don't get as much from all my budgies as Sid had.

Those are two serious negatives I would carefully think about.
The male/female thing is only able to be told through a DNA test. We thought we had a boy until she laid an egg.
I got mine from a breeder- a guy my Dad knew and went and picked him, so I had no idea of the age.

Sid was a lovely bird and they re the right bird for some people.
Despite my fondness of Sid's affectionate nature and a companion bird being of interest to me, I couldn't get one again because the noise for me was too much.
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The information about the dust they produce is absolutely correct. The noise level depends on the bird. Mine is not particularly loud, but the foster cockatiels that I have at the moment have shown me what people are talking about. In truth, they only get noisy if something alarms them, and less is alarming them as time goes on.

I wonder if I get less of the flock calling because they always have avian company??? Simon definitely counts the budgies as avian company, but he would like another cockatiel as a friend. (Foster cockatiels are bonded and, while they like hanging out with him and the budgies, are not particularly friendly.)
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Thanks guys! I am living all this info! The dust isn't going to be too much an issue, and nevermind the noise. Plus, every bird is different. I've learned that very well with my budgie flock, lol.
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The information about the dust they produce is absolutely correct. The noise level depends on the bird. Mine is not particularly loud, but the foster cockatiels that I have at the moment have shown me what people are talking about. In truth, they only get noisy if something alarms them, and less is alarming them as time goes on.

I wonder if I get less of the flock calling because they always have avian company??? Simon definitely counts the budgies as avian company, but he would like another cockatiel as a friend. (Foster cockatiels are bonded and, while they like hanging out with him and the budgies, are not particularly friendly.)
Yes, as I said, my experience was with one cockatiel and it could be that with other birds around the noise level is quite different. I can only gie advice on my experience and for me, tiels are just on the wrong side of 'too loud'.
If I had one now, with the flock, it might be that the budgies kept the tiel happier and less likely to flock call.
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Well I just got two a few days ago, so I'm by no means a cockatiel expert, but I can share what I've learned so far
First, the mess. My Spice absolutely loves to make messes. She throws her food around, spills her water and flaps around in the mess to spread it even further. Spilling the water can obviously be avoided with a dish that attaches to the wall.
And you said the dust isn't an issue. If no one in the house has asthma or allergies, then it won't be a health issue. But it definitely is a lot of dust, and if you have anything black it will definitely show. I had a black armchair next to their cage... that was a mistake!
Second, like others said, they can be a lot louder than budgies. Mine aren't consistently loud, but when something scares them or annoys them, those little lungs have a lot of power to them! Today there was a fly in their room and apparently Sugar didn't like that. She shrieked until I killed it. It's a pretty shrill, ear-splitting scream.

Like I said, I'm not an expert in tiels at all. But my two girls are lovely and I don't regret adopting them whatsoever! They're sweet definitely entertaining birds we're still working on bonding, but Spice is already eager to be on my hand and I've had them less than a week!
They're such beautiful birds with so much personality. I definitely recommend getting one!
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Thanks for your input guys! I'm really wanting one now,
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Hi there!

If you're getting a tiel , I recommend that you definitely get a hand-raised baby.

I've handraised my tiel Dino myself and I must say shes my most affectionate bird by far.
I have never encountered a more cuddly bird which always wants to be on people.

Their personalities are very different compared to budgies. A tiel will want a lot of your attention . They are quite needy unlike budgies who are often quite happy playing by themselves or with their own kind. They are definitely hands-on birds and love their head scratches.

Here are a few pics of Dino (which might nudge you the tiel way )









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Darn it Vinay! Cuteness warfare should not be allowed! Although I think I may be in love!

I think I am definitely going to get a tiel, but it may take longer than I anticipated, given our post hurricane roof situation.
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Darn it Vinay! Cuteness warfare should not be allowed! Although I think I may be in love!

I think I am definitely going to get a tiel, but it may take longer than I anticipated, given our post hurricane roof situation.

So sorry to hear about the situation there ..... hope everything returns back to normal soon !


One word of advice..... do not get an albino tiel like mine. They get dirty just so quickly.
Dino currently sports a bright green bum since she decided to dive bomb some spinach puree a few days ago .
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