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Hi everyone,

I rescued a cockatiel last year that I fostered and transformed from a bird terrified of people and unable to fly to being tame, target-trained, and free-flight. Unfortunately when it came time to move him into a forever home I backed out because I love spending time with him.

Well, I also have a budgie who used to be all those things, but now has learned all of the cockatiel's initial reluctance to spend time with humans and doesn't do anything with me. While the two get along well enough, I also feel like the budgie's social needs aren't being met terribly more than as if he was a single bird.

I am thinking I should find a home for the cockatiel, retame the budgie, then get a second hand-tamed budgie. What do you think?
 

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Hi,
No,I do not think the cockatiel was a mistake,
If it was me,I would let the cockatiel and budgie stay friends and just get myself another hand-tamed budgie as pet to spend time with. Or get your budgie a budgie friend?

Hope this helps!!
Good luck:)
 

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Thanks! I really like that solution but I rent and it is hard to convince a landlord that two birds (one a cockatiel) are not really "pets" that will destroy their home. Three would push it from "I have a pair of small birds" to "I have a flock of birds" which has a whole different connotation.

Also, my husband and housemate do not want three birds.

And... I am concerned that with two budgies and one cockatiel the cockatiel would get outnumbered. I would kind of like to try this by babysitting a budgie while someone is away but I don't know anyone who has one.
 

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I do not think you should rehome the cockatiiel after all the trauma it has been through.I think you should take the budgie on its own and try and recreate the bon you had with it. I am sure with time this would work. But please dont cause the coclatiel any` more stree after all its been though. When it probably feels secure now.
 

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It sounds as though you interact frequently with your cockatiel and are simply worried your budgie is not getting enough of your time and attention.

Have you considered keeping the cockatiel and getting your budgie a budgie friend to play with? You do not need to feel you must "tame" both budgies. ;)

I have two budgies that are not hand tamed. They each have their own huge flight cage to sleep in but they hang out together all day every day and are given several hours of out of cage time together each day as well. I've not made any effort to hand-tame them -- I simply enjoy giving them the best life possible, allowing them to be best buddies and "just birds". Watching them is quite entertaining and I love how happy and well-adjusted they both are.

However, if you truly don't believe your husband/housemate and landlord will approve of another bird in the home, then I agree with marya. I would keep the 'tiel and spend one-on-one time daily with your budgie to regain his trust and recreate your bond. You tamed him once so doing so a second time shouldn't be as difficult as it was the first time around.
 

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I too, wouldn't re-home the cockatiel...could you give your budgie some alone time each day, in order to re-bond with him :)
 
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I'd keep the tiel, and spend more time with the budgie...and I would definitely show them both off with all kind's of pictures posted at talk budgies...:)
 
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At the risk of criticism for any number of detail in these videos... here is a link to a video I made with my budgie last summer to teach others fun target training things. I reminds me of happier times...

 

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Also one thing I didn't mention is it is not just about the budgie's companionship. I got the cockatiel with the goal of giving it a temporary home (it had none) and taming it to be prepared for its next home, and keeping him if he was a great fit for me. I chickened out and kept it even though he's not a great fit because:

- Dander: I have allergies and asthma. I have a HEPA filter and I encourage him to bathe but I'm not sure it helps that much.
- Volume: I have sensitive ears to begin with, and he's much louder than budgies. I alos have a small house with hard floors and minimal furniture, so it is painfully loud sometimes. I'm also afraid when I have a baby he will constantly wake the baby.
- Mess: For my budgie, I have drop cloths under play trees and barriers to block seed debris from flying everywhere. This is good because I am not a big fan of cleaning but if it is all in one spot and simple I form good habits. My cockatiel purposely tries to find somewhere OUTSIDE the vicinity of any of my mess collection measures (he wants to keep his home tidy that way) to drop his poops and seed pieces.
- Relationship: I have trouble relating to the cockatiel. I spend more time with him just because he demands it. Most of my time is trying to make sure he is on a designated perch and not pooping all over the back of my monitor or chairs or doors... Other times I'm trying to eat without him landing on my food. He does like to sit on your shoulder and hold his head against you which is adorable, except when he freaks out spontaneously and hisses/attacks your ear. He's harmless but he stresses me out and I already have so much to stress me out.

I guess I'll just work on improving my general bird husbandry and see if these issues go away. Right now I'm working on 2 masters' degrees and working 3 less than half time jobs so maybe if I just had more brainspace he wouldn't stress me out so much. As for the allergies... its hard to say, but I know I don't want to traumatize him with rehoming. :(
 

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Please keep him. He's happy now and he clearly loves you. I know you say he stresses you out but you backed out of re homing him for a reason and I think you love him more than you realise.
 

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Okay my current plan is to add more play stands so the birds have no excuse for perching/pooping where I don't want them to. The cockatiel will only be allowed in the living room where the noise/dust is not as harmful. The budgie will be out there when I'm at school and in my room at me when I'm home so we can bond.

The hard thing is keeping the cockatiel out of my room. If there is a two inch crack he tries to come through. We have to go to our door, wait for him to fly toward us then, as he's swinging around, hurriedly open the door and shut it behind us before he comes back! He is also louder when separated from the budgie.
 

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The hard thing is keeping the cockatiel out of my room. If there is a two inch crack he tries to come through. We have to go to our door, wait for him to fly toward us then, as he's swinging around, hurriedly open the door and shut it behind us before he comes back! He is also louder when separated from the budgie.
This reminds me of my Kakariki Noah.:) I think that's a good plan though.
 

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Thanks! I really like that solution but I rent and it is hard to convince a landlord that two birds (one a cockatiel) are not really "pets" that will destroy their home. Three would push it from "I have a pair of small birds" to "I have a flock of birds" which has a whole different connotation.

Also, my husband and housemate do not want three birds.

And... I am concerned that with two budgies and one cockatiel the cockatiel would get outnumbered. I would kind of like to try this by babysitting a budgie while someone is away but I don't know anyone who has one.
The "budgie sitting " sounds like a good alternative!
Good luck:budgie:
 

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It sound like you have toouch on your plate and you see more negatives than positives with your cockatiel. Maybe it's time to find him a loving home and someone who can give him undivided attention. Keep in mind that your budgie may start feeling lonely after that as it seems that the two have gotten used to each other
 

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From the post you made detailing why you feel the cockatiel is not a good fit, I believe both you and the 'tiel would be better off if you find it a good loving forever home with someone else.

Sometimes because of life-style, health, etc. it is in both the bird and the owner's best interest for the bird to be rehomed and your situation seems to fit the scenario. :hug:

I think both you and the cockatiel will be happier apart than you are together. Realizing that and working to make it happen shows a great deal of love and maturity on your part. :)
 
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