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absolutangel 01-04-2017 02:50 PM

Back and thinking of adopting cockatiels!

It's been a while since I've been on the site, if anyone remembers me from back along Hello! We had a long time where we had two lovely budgies, Bumble and Blue. Sadly we lost them in 2014 and 2015, and having moved and had a lot on our plates didn't have the heart to get more.

However our neighbours (whose house is a bit like a parrot aviary )know we like birds and a couple of days ago asked if we would be interested in adopting their cockatiels. I think they look beautiful and I've done a bit of reading but wondering if anyone on here can give me an idea of how they are similar to and differ from budgies. Apparently they are both hand tame and very sweet natured, believe it's a male and a female.

I'm going round to meet them tomorrow hopefully, if we get them they have a huge cage and lots of good accessories so I'm really crossing my fingers that a) we'll have the space and b) after a bit more research I'll be sure they're a good fit for us. Any input or advice would be very welcome!

T x

BlueBirdNYC 01-04-2017 04:38 PM

I know nothing about cockatiels but they seem sweet from what I have observed here and there.

Mostly I just want to comment that it's awesome that you're considering adopting the birds.

FaeryBee 01-04-2017 04:38 PM

These links will give you a good overview of the species as pets and the similarities and differences of cockatiels and budgies:

Cockatiels as Pets

Budgie or Cockatiel - which is right for you?

lbeckman 01-04-2017 05:14 PM

Excellent articles, though the 2nd link didn't work for me (I searched on it and think I found the same article). Here's what they don't say. In my albeit limited experience, cockatiels can be more demanding than budgies--they know what their schedule is and by golly they want you to stick to it. And they can be loud about it. I couldn't understand what everybody was talking about in terms of loud cockatiels until I got two in as fosters. :blink: The two I own may let me know when something isn't right in their world, but they aren't all that loud about it. The fosters were another matter. :) All they same, we missed them when they were adopted and their adoptive parronts love them.

JRS 01-04-2017 05:33 PM

They are known to have a loud flock call but PAIR of HAND TAME cockatiels, are the best of both worlds. Happy to interact with you & the family and yet they have a buddy when you're otherwise engaged.

I looked at cockatiels before entering the budgie world but read that due to their higher level of 'feather dust' they weren't recommended for asthmatics as pets. There was a gorgeous cockatiel in a cage of budgies (not best practice) in a pet shop that I called at a couple of months ago, and I was soooo tempted.

FaeryBee 01-04-2017 08:06 PM

I currently have nine budgies and three lovebirds.

Four of the budgies I took in from another TB member.
At that time, I also considered adopting a cockatiel that was being re-homed as well.
However, the cockatiel was kind enough to make several very loud flock calls when I met him.

Unfortunately, I knew with the noise level of all the budgies plus my very loud lovebirds, there was no way I would be able to handle that volume of noise from the cockatiel as well.
I would very much have loved to take him, but knew I had to set a limit for myself somewhere. :(

I do believe that having a pair of hand-tamed bonded cockatiels is a wonderful opportunity for you since you currently have no other birds in your home.

Good luck and please let us know what you decide to do.
We're going to want to see pictures :photo: if you adopt them you know!

lbeckman 01-04-2017 08:16 PM


Originally Posted by FaeryBee (Post 3906322)

However, the cockatiel was kind enough to make several very loud flock calls when I met him.


The fosters once started flock/alarm calling when they were on my shoulders. They were still relatively new, but still. ;) Poppy and Simon, on the other hand, are more likely to give me wonderful whistling concerts.

FaeryBee 01-04-2017 08:21 PM


Originally Posted by lbeckman (Post 3906346)

The fosters once started flock/alarm calling when they were on my shoulders. They were still relatively new, but still. ;) Poppy and Simon, on the other hand, are more likely to give me wonderful whistling concerts.


When I took in my two rescue lovebirds (Pedro and Poppy) they called non-stop at the top of their lungs all day long for two full weeks.

I had to wear ear-plugs continually and truthfully thought I might have made a really big mistake.
Yet I knew there was absolutely no way I could every have left them where they were before I took them.

Anyway, thankfully they've calmed down somewhat over time.
Now my three lovebirds only call loudly on a periodic basis instead of continually.

Still, nine budgies and three lovies make much more noise than most people who have visited me can handle. :laughing:

Tracy, sorry for the side-tangent.

And now, back to the topic of the thread -- your two prospective cockatiels!

absolutangel 01-05-2017 12:21 PM

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Thanks for all your thoughts and the article links, really helpful. It sounds like temperament-wise they're great. Noise is my only concern, my husband works shifts so is sometimes sleeping during the day. Nothing that can't be overcome but I have a spot in mind for the cage and don't really want to have to rearrange furniture or think about a different room.

I'm going round to meet them in a bit, will be interesting to see what they are like and how noisy they are. I'm hoping not too shrill or loud. I'm also looking forward to seeing their African grey and macaws at close quarters! Here's a pic their current mum has sent me, hope it's attached ok!

absolutangel 01-05-2017 03:14 PM

Well I met them, they are very sweet! Both so tame, and happy being handled by her 6 and 9 yr olds. She's told me how much they want for the birds with the cage etc but needs to double check with her husband, if he's still happy with that we're going to have them!

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