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StvSpl, I live with:

5 cockateils

2 budgies

a nanday conure

a sun conure

a European starling

Like redonkolous said, these birds are like my children.

My avitar is Luna, my starling.
Wow! And I thought I had a lot of birds. Do your cockatiels all live together? I have two in the same cage (or castle as I call it, it's almost the size of my bedroom!) and was thinking about rescuing more from a nearby shelter but I'm worried they all won't get along.
 

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The cockateils live in three separate cages. Two females live in their own houses; three males live in another house with two budgies. The budgies are the best friends of two of the cockateils. (If you followed all that, you get a gold star!)

The new cockateils may or may not get along with the ones you have. Even if they eventually do, you would want to put them into their own house in the short term. The problem is that the ones you have now will be territorial -- it's their cage. Anybody you put in there will be stepping into their territory. Sometimes, that's not pretty.
 

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Hi Alene,

My first suggestion would be to read everything you can on keeping birds, talk to other bird owners... This article is a good overview: http://www.theaviary.com/s1295-21.shtml. BirdTalk magazine is a good resource; you can subscribe online.

Also, keep in mind that many parrots (including cockateils and budgies) can live a long time -- the larger species, amazons and macaws, can live 75 - 100 years, so they can easily outlive their owners.

If you do decide you'll be a good bird companion, I would get two. I am not a fan of keeping one bird, since they are flock animals, and they easily get bored and lonely. If you work or go to school during the day, you won't want your bird to be alone. I have heard people say that if you get two, they'll never bond with you. That has not been my experience. They will have a relationship with each other. They will also develop a relationship with you.

What species? IMHO, budgies are just about perfect. They're small, colorful, personable, very smart, can learn to mimic and even talk, but, unlike other parrots, they aren't very loud. I had a hand-fed budgie who whistled tunes, imitated the sound of me typing at the computer, cards shuffling. He adored my S.O., and would follow him around the house. He thought he was a big bird, and very cautiously made friends with my Nanday Conure, who is a much bigger bird. When Bubba died, we were heartbroken, and the Nanday Conure was depressed for months.

Cockateils are also a good choice for beginning bird keepers.

Also, remember that you want to purchase a very young bird. (Please don't get one that isn't weaned, yet, though!) A hand-fed baby bird will be your best bet, since it will already be imprinted on people. Or, you can adopt an older bird that is already comfortable with people. But please don't buy an adult bird which has never been handled from a pet shop -- it will be very difficult or impossible to tame.

Good luck on your decision. Please keep us posted.
 

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Thank you so much for the info. I am certain that before the year is up, I will be a proud bird owner. The Budgies sound fun. I am home must of the time and feel like I would make a great bird mommy. When I was a teenager, I used to raise chickens and finches. And we always had lovebirds and parakeets. I just miss the beautiful sounds that birds make and I don't have any kids, so a bird sounds just right for me. I will let you know!
Thanks again! I am just hoping my dogs will be fine bringing in some new family members.

Alene
 

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I used to work with a guy who had the best bird. I think he was a cockateil, named Omi, and he was just so laid back. He'd perch on your shoulder, your head, wherever, he was so sweet. Even with a stranger (me), if his "owner" trusted the person, Omi did.
 

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i have two cockatiels and a senegal parrot.

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I have been thinking about getting a bird or two. Any suggestions on what kind of bird for the beginner bird lover?
cockatiels, of course.
and i suggest looking for a rescue org to adopt from (people give up birds far too often), as well as considering two. even if they can't get along being in the same cage, they can keep each other company just being near each other.
 

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I'm quite partial to cockatiels myself, and I would totally recommend getting a pair. I was worried that if I got two they would bond with each other and not need me, but that hasn't been the case for me either. They sing me songs, tell me they love me (the cutest thing I've ever seen!), and buzz like my alarm when it's time to get up.

I know there are quite a few rescue orgs online where you can search for birds in your area that need to be adopted. I found 3 just by going to google and searching for bird rescue.

I hope this helps in your search for a birdie!
 

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Wow! And I thought I had a lot of birds. Do your cockatiels all live together? I have two in the same cage (or castle as I call it, it's almost the size of my bedroom!) and was thinking about rescuing more from a nearby shelter but I'm worried they all won't get along.
cockatiels are generally friendly and not too aggressive. if they have a large enough space that they can get away from each other, i think it would most likely work out. mine are very accepting of other birds.
 

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cockatiels are generally friendly and not too aggressive. if they have a large enough space that they can get away from each other, i think it would most likely work out. mine are very accepting of other birds.
Thanks for the advice, I would love to get more, I just didn't want to disrupt the relationship my two already have.

Does anyone have pics of their birds?
 

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I have pet chickens, there's one as my avatar, her name is Onyx. She just hatched two baby chicks, not from her own eggs, though. One is the baby of my hen Peanut, who was hatched by another of my hens, Kiwi. I'm not sure who the father is... The other chick Onyx hatched is probably a baby of Kiwi and my favorite rooster, Frank.
 

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Oh, Ludi, what a lovely chicken!


When I lived in Arkansas, I used to sit in my friend's grandmother's yard and hold the hens. I don't think the hens were too crazy about it, but it made me happy.


I've never uploaded attachments to this board, but I think I'm attaching pics of my sun conure and my starling.
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